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Will McAvoy threatens to quit in latest 'Newsroom' teaser

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The central question of The Newsroom‘s final season, it seems, is about a whistleblower. At least, that’s the primary focus of the latest teaser for the season, which shows a photocopier printing out what seems to be the final scripts for the series.

In the scripts, Will is concerned about the whistleblower when Reese declares, “He’s gonna be sent to jail.” On the page, Will utters the words, “Well … I think it’s time for me to quit.”

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Jeff Daniels on Emmy upset: 'It could have been anyone'

If you were surprised by Jeff Daniels’ win for Best Actor in a Drama Series at Sunday’s Emmys, you were in good company: The Newsroom star himself couldn’t believe it either.

“I’ve been nominated a bunch of times — Google it — enough to kind of not lean forward, not hope too much, be glad to be invited to the party,” Daniels said backstage after his win. “There are six of us nominated; there easily could have been 10 other guys that could have been where we are. It’s a really crowded time in television. It’s a great time to be in television. I felt the work stood up to what the other guys are doing, but we’re all doing different things. It’s anybody’s game, really. I was happy to win, but surprised, because it could have been anyone.”

So will there be more Will McAvoy in the future? Daniels tweeted a few weeks ago that the Aaron Sorkin-created series had been picked up for season 3, but HBO has been mum so far.
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InsideTV Podcast: The evolution of Julie Chen on 'Big Brother'

We’ve always liked Julie Chen. She has an amazing way with words (especially when those words happen to be “But first…”), and she’s never had any problem poking fun at her own Chenbot persona. However, unlike Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is known for grilling contestants until they are charred, Chen has usually employed a much lighter, friendlier tone upon greeting the Big Brother house-guests right after they have been evicted. However that all changed last week when Aaryn Gries was voted out of the house. Gries had spent her time on the show making numerous racist and homophobic comments, including many disgusting digs at Asians. Chen, who is Asian-American, took the unusual (for her) step of revealing her personal feelings about the comments while hosting her other CBS show, The Talk. But the question remained: Would she call Aaryn out when the two were finally face to face? The answer was an indisputable yes. READ FULL STORY

'The Newsroom' season 2 bonanza: New character posters, plot scoop

Shhh. Can you hear that? It’s the winds of change… and they’re blowing blank pieces of paper all over the Desert of Discontent, or wherever ACN’s News Night team has gathered for The Newsroom season 2’s promotional campaign. (Thought we were done with tumbleweeds and moody stares after that second Newsroom trailer? Think again!)

These nine new posters — which feature each of the show’s regulars, as well as a group shot — come on the heels of a Newsroom event at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in which series creator Aaron Sorkin teased a few more specific details about his drama’s sophomore outing. (Spoilers, naturally, follow.)

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'The Newsroom' trailer: 'Chips are falling' -- VIDEO

This is so much better than Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) wandering in the desert with his news team.

In the new trailer for the second season of The Newsroom, the chips are falling where they may. I know that because Jane Fonda’s harpy of a boss says exactly that.

Apparently, Will is being grilled for calling the Tea Party the American Taliban by the U.S. Congress and his own corporate attorney (Marcia Gay Harden). Don and Maggie are still a couple — 13 good days in a row and counting! — and someone says they have revealing photos of Sloan, while Occupy Wall Street and the Romney presidential campaign serve as background. There’s plenty of yelling, whispering, and ladies kicking the crap out of guys in the office. Oh, yeah, and a little walking-and-talking. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

New trailer for 'The Newsroom' shows the gang wandering the desert -- VIDEO

If the new trailer for The Newsroom is to be believed, Atlantis Cable News may be temporarily relocating to the middle of a desert. Much more likely, of course, is that this new teaser for season 2 of the drama is simply setting the “us against the world” mood. The dialogue-free spot features Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) wandering the desert and seeing flashes of all the other characters before the whole gang (save for new recurring star Marcia Gay Harden) gather in front of a television set as the tagline appears: “Together they stand alone.”

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'The Newsroom' season two takes us way back in time to 2012 -- VIDEO

Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) continue working together despite their history and tense romantic future? In the promo below, Mac reminds Will: “For just a minute, you forgot that you were mad at me.”

We also get a look at Marcia Gay Harden’s character, a key element in the new season-long arc, which includes a deposition about a wrongful termination suit. And Neal (Dev Patel), who was so brash as to be a proponent of blogs last season, this time around latches on to another story his bosses are reluctant to go along with — the Occupy Movement.

Maggie (Alison Pill) “is going to lose everything,” which hopefully includes frumpy sweaters — but not a place in the delightfully frustrating love quadrangle with Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), Don (Thomas Sadoski),  Sloan (Olivia Munn), and the Romney campaign.

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'The Newsroom' at PaleyFest: Olivia Munn vs. Piers Morgan and other highlights

Host Piers Morgan spent most of PaleyFest’s Sunday night Newsroom panel offering his own opinions on the 24-hour news cycle and posing wandering, often self-absorbed ethical questions to the HBO series’ actors as if they were actual news producers. As a result, viewers gained little insight in to season 2 — except that the Sandy Hook tragedy may be addressed and that fans of Sloan and Don’s sexual chemistry will not be let down. The panel finally heated up toward the end via audience questions. Below, the highlights: READ FULL STORY

'Newsroom' scoop: Marcia Gay Harden joins cast

The Newsroom has found its new litigator.

TV vet Marcia Gay Harden is joining the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO cable drama. She’s replacing Rosemarie DeWitt who, as we posted last week, is leaving the show after shooting only a couple episodes from the upcoming second season (parties involved citing scheduling issues for her early departure from the show). So now Harden will take over the recurring role of Rebecca Halliday, a litigator who defends Atlantis Cable News in a wrongful termination suit. DeWitt’s completed scenes will be re-shot with Harden.

Harden has previously had arcs on USA’s Royal Pains, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and FX’s Damages. The Newsroom returns this summer.

Rosemarie DeWitt leaving 'The Newsroom'

Rosemarie DeWitt is exiting HBO’s The Newsroom.

The United States of Tara and Mad Men actress is leaving the program after shooting only a couple episodes from the Aaron Sorkin cable news drama’s upcoming second season. She will be replaced by another actress and the production plans to re-shoot her character’s scenes. DeWitt was cast in the recurring role of Rebecca Halliday, a litigator who defends Atlantis Cable News in a wrongful termination suit. One source says storyline changes shifted the role’s production timeline and created a conflict for DeWitt (as a recurring character she wasn’t contracted to stay available throughout the whole season like a series regular).

Here’s a statement from HBO: “As the production schedule for season two of The Newsroom has shifted, Rosemarie DeWitt has encountered scheduling conflicts and will no longer be able to continue in her role.”

DGA Awards TV noms include Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, and Bryan Cranston

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:

Dramatic Series:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”

Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY

Best & Worst of 2012: 10 great and 5 not-so-great episodes

EW takes you through the 10 best and 5 worst television episodes of 2012. See them all below!

The Best

1. Game of Thrones, ”Blackwater” — May 27, HBO
Season 2’s climactic Battle of the Blackwater wins because HBO allowed producers 
the time and cash to stage a ­massive land-and-sea con­frontation. Thus, this was an episode of rousing heroism, chilling cowardice, gory action, and one giant green explosion that went ”FOOOOOM!” The most ingenious part? It made us care about the warriors on both sides. Staging that battle in viewers’ hearts was the episode’s most successful wartime victory of all. –James Hibberd

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'Once Upon a Time,' 'Revolution,' 'The Newsroom' to be featured at PaleyFest

Good news for fantasy fans, electricity haters, and Aaron Sorkin geeks: The Paley Center announced today that events featuring the cast and creators of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, NBC’s Revolution, and HBO’s The Newsroom will be held at next year’s PaleyFest.

The annual festival includes panels centered on current and beloved-but-canceled shows. This past year’s lineup shone a spotlight on Community, American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, and Castle, among others. Once Upon a Time‘s cast and creators also attended the fest in 2012.

Though a full lineup won’t be announced until Jan. 9, tickets for the fest are already available. Did somebody say best Christmas present ever?

Read more:
‘Once Upon a Time’ recap: There and Back Again
7 Fall TV Winners & Losers
Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): How J.J. Abrams pitched ‘Revolution’

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