'The Newsroom's' Jeff Daniels on Season 2, 'Dumb & Dumber' sequel

Jeff Daniels is known for a wide range of roles in theater and film, but we wanted to pick his brain about his current stint: his role as cantankerous cable news anchor Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom."

The hyperdramatized series was the subject of heated debate when it made its bow last summer for its ideology and its sometimes shallow portrayal of women. All of which makes it all the more interesting to see how it will fare when its second season launches next month.

Daniels joined us for a mostly glitch-free video chat Thursday afternoon in which he gave props to NBC newsman Brian Williams for his behind-the-desk posture, talked about getting the hang of Sorkin's verbose dialogue, how the show has changed and how he processes news coverage.

And — because how could we not bring it up?? — we had to ask what the holdup is with the "Dumb & Dumber" sequel.

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