‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer – Everybody’s in the Desert

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A few weeks ago, HBO released a sneak peek at season 2 of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom that revealed a few breadcrumbs about the upcoming storyline.

Now we’re getting a more stylized, metaphorical trailer that strands the crew of Newsnight in a desert where they chase mirages and encounter some of their own fears and frustrations. Also, there’s a song by Tom Odell called “Can’t Pretend”.

Many of the relevant plot points from last season (and this season?) are touched upon in the trailer: Will’s deep down desire for happiness with MacKenzie and his crippling anger over her past betrayals. The Jim, Maggie, Don, and Sloan quadrangle. Charlie’s drinking and Leona’s ever-watchful eye.

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The Leona thing – with Jane Fonda plastered on a billboard while looking over Charlie’s shoulder – may speak to her role this season.  We already know that a large chunk of season 2 will be dedicated to a wrongful termination lawsuit and the blowback from that, so it’s easy to assume that her wrath may be a bit more formidable this time around or that Charlie might not be as lucky.

As previously stated, the trailer is thick with metaphor, so while Jane Fonda smiling deviously on a billboard as Jack McCoy throws back a cocktail catches the eye, the thing that really stands out is Will chasing Mac up that hill only to find the glow of a TV that seems as abandoned in the desert as the Newsnight staffers that surround it. Is Sorkin trying to say that while they’re all chasing something, the show is their true salvation? What about the closing tagline, “Together they stand alone“? Seems like this season of The Newsroom is about to get bleak.


The Newsroom season 2 premieres @10pm on July 14th on HBO.

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  1. So is this show a comedy? Or a drama? Or is it like sorkins other writing, like the social network quick witted dialouge?

    • From what you listed I would say like the social network. It is very well written, with snappy dialogue, interesting characters, and some sharp humor at times. While I did not enjoy how overly political the show got toward the latter half of the season, I recommend it if you like Sorkin’s past work.

    • It can get a little bit preachy at times, which is fine if you’re on the left, I’d imagine it would wind up any closed minded right winger.

      It’s the same sort of thing as West Wing, quick dialogue, looking at social issues. It’s not as good as WW, but it’s more thoughtful than lots of shows out there.

      Sorokin’s always worth watching.

  2. One of the greatest shows in recent memory.

    • No, far from it, unless you come from a certain political perspective, and then, it might be your inclination to promote it so.

      Mr. Daniels, just make Dumb and Dumber To with Jim Carrey, and I’ll be happy.

      • I don’t really agree with this sentiment, yeah the show contains many characters with diverse and strong beliefs, but the idea that if you disagree with them will lead to you not enjoying the show… Well that is complete bunkum IMHO. When did it become a standard practise for people to stop listening to what the other side had to say?

        It may be because neither of the two major American political parties reflect what I believe, but I found this show to be an engaging drama within a political construct and not the other way around.

      • I completely disagree with MANY political aspects of this show, yet find it to be one of the most well written character driven shows out there. It gives perspective to many issues that are important that not many people even care about. At times you love a character and the next hate him/her then bang back to love. Its amazing. If you like good writing and character dev then i recommend this show.

        Your political views should not have anything to do with like/disliking a show, as long as it is engaging.

        • Sorry…I can’t watch this show for the same reason I can’t watch MSNBC…arrogant, elitist, preachy rubbish.

  3. This show is amazing. I would call it politically centered in that most news on both sides is garbage propaganda. It’s a show about trying to find and present truth in news again, and how hard that is to do in the modern era.

  4. Stop with this and get Dumb and Dumber made!!

  5. i love this this show, it is wonderfully acted and i think Jeff Daniels is amazing in this show. Yah, there are a few attempts at comedy that don’t land so well but others that land perfectly. Sometimes it feels a little “sitcom-y” for HBO but it’s still an awesome show.

    So far the main complaints people have about the show is “it doesn’t agree with my personal politics” I think that is a lame excuse to not like a show though. So, if you can get past that then definitely check it out.

  6. I love this show and I’m ready to get back to its story.