Much as producer-writer Aaron Sorkin used the White House as a platform to address various issues on "The West Wing," so he does with a fictional cable news network in this superbly acted HBO drama series.
Jeff Daniels has what could prove to be his signature role as senior anchor Will McAvoy, who abandons his milquetoast image to speak his mind on a variety of issues ... to the frequent alarm of his boss (Sam Waterston). Emily Mortimer plays Will's ex-flame and current producer; the ensemble cast also includes John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Olivia Munn. Jane Fonda recurs as the network's owner. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by cast and crew; deleted scenes; episode preview and recaps. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
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