BREAKING NEWS

The drama inside the newsroom season 2 is as good as the day’s headlines

1 THE LITIGATION BEGINS

Marcia Gay Harden plays litigator Rebecca Halliday after actress Rosemarie DeWitt left due to schedule conflicts. It’s up to her cutthroat lawyer-ness to defend Atlantic Cable News in a wrongful termination suit that threatens the network.

2 MORE TERRY CREWS

As Lonnie, Will’s bodyguard, the lovable muscle man was sunshine amid the oft-heavy news drama.

The no-nonsense beefcake is back to prevent Will from self- destruction.

3 ELEKSYON! AND OTHER FIGURES

The nine-episode season takes place over a five-day period leading up to US Election Day 2012 with flashbacks from 2011. Expect the economic shenanigans of the Occupy Wall Street movement to take light.

MORE FUN THAN ACTUAL BALITA UNFAMILIAR WITH LAST YEAR’S FAVORITE HATE-WATCH DRAMA? HERE’S THE NEWS CREW RECAP

WILL MCAVOY

Played by: Jeff Daniels

The pontificating news anchor who’s on a self-imposed “mission to civilize.” Will is modern- day Don Quixote who longs for the golden age of news broadcasting.

MAGGIE JORDAN

Played by: Alison Pill

The scrappy PA who’s unhinged and wild-eyed. Watching her will give you a panic attack. Her relationship with Don borders on creepy, and the will-they-or-won’t-they-finally-do-the- nasty that she and Jim have going on goes from cute to tired quite fast.

MACKENZIE MCHALE

Played by: Emily Mortimer

Peabody award-winning journalist, executive producer of News Night, and Will’s ex. Last season she accidentally sent an email to the entire crew because she couldn’t grasp the idea of auto — complete. Did we mention she’s supposed to be a Peabody awardee?

DON KEEFER

Played by: Thomas Sadoski

The smug former executive producer of News Night and Maggie’s on-and-off BF who gets in the way of Jim and Maggie knocking boots. His chemistry with Sloan Sabbith is undeniable and makes for proper newsroom dramedy.

JIM HARPER

Played by: John Gallagher Jr.

The token bookish pogi with a crush on the new (Pill). He’s MacKenzie’s and isn’t to step on anyone to get the truth, even if those toes belong to the former executive producer of the show, Don, who is his crush’s boyfriend.

SLOAN SABBITH

Played by: Olivia Munn

The senior financial analyst, and only female character on the show that can get through two sentences without having a fit. When your most well-rounded character is Olivia Munn, tuning into the news turns into a no-brainer.

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