Alison’s Newsroom team have their say

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Alison’s Newsroom team have their say

“SEASON ONE, WE’RE GUESSING,” noted actor Jeff Daniels, who portrays the show’s central character, cable-news anchorman Will McAvoy.

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Published: Mon 15 Jul 2013, 12:51 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:58 AM

“It’s like a first draft. So, for Aaron, he’s trying to figure out how to write for me. We’re trying to figure out who Will is, who (Will’s executive producer) MacKenzie is. Where does the show work, where would it go, what’s the direction? So, you almost need a season to figure that out. I think we guessed right quite a lot. But coming into season two, it’s like we own it.”

“We kind of play a lot of the cards right at the beginning,” explained executive producer Alan Poul. “But we’re actually holding back a lot. The idea was not to make the season about what will happen with the big story ... but, rather, how did this happen? How did this become such a mess?”

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And it’s likely to continue to polarise both viewers and critics - something Daniels said he and Sorkin knew the show would do from the start.

“First of all, look: Art is supposed to push buttons,” Daniels commented. “We live in a divided country. We live in a (country) of left-of-left and right-of-right screaming (people), and they’re the only ones that are being heard. So here comes this show that takes some shots at the right-of-right and they don’t like it. So -bang! - they hit the Twitter, they hit everything, and off they go.”

Not that that’s such a bad thing. In fact, if some folks from the right weren’t screaming, one of the show’s actresses admitted she’d be concerned. “If we’re going to (portray) an accurate cable-news programme, we have to slant one way, because that is what cable news is now,” said Olivia Munn, who plays reporter/anchor Sloan Sabbith. “You can name cable-news networks and they all slant one way or the other.”

“You know, there’s a saying in theatre,” observed Tony winner John Gallagher (Spring Awakening), who portrays Newsroom producer Jim Harper. “If someone doesn’t walk out of your show, you’re doing something wrong,” he continued. “And I think the same goes for all art - that I think if it doesn’t polarise a little bit, then there’s something wrong. I think that anything that’s absolutely across-the-board loved or absolutely across-the-board hated (is problematic). I want to hear where people disagree.”



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