Warning: Plot lines for the first three episodes of Season Two of "The Newsroom" will be discussed. It may spoil the show for you and ruin your life. Do not read if you want to be surprised.
With Season 2 of HBO's The Newsroom set to premiere on July 14, fans of the show are waiting patiently to see how the story continues for Will McAvoy, Mackenzie McHale and the rest of the staff of NewsNight.
Heading into filming of the second season, Aaron Sorkin ran into a major problem while filming episode three of the show's second season. The first two episodes of the season were filmed and in the can but Sorkin, who drive for perfection is well-known, realized that he wrote the show into a major corner and he could not get out of it.
"I doubt HBO is going to be happy with my telling you this, but I got off to a false start with season 2," said Sorkin. "With my hat in my hand, I went to HBO and said, 'Would it be all right if I started again? I know it's going to cost time and it's going to cost a lot of money.' Other networks would have said no."
So what happens when Sorkin has the first two episodes of season two reshot and episode three rewritten? Instead of getting ten episodes this season, The Newsroom will only have nine episodes for season two. Here are the descriptions for the first three episodes of the season from Spoiler TV.
Episode 2.01- "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers"
Will and the staff are questioned by a lawyer, an on-air remark gets Will pulled from Sept. 11 anniversary coverage, Jim volunteers to cover for a reporter on the Romney campaign, Neal investigates the beginning of Occupy Wall Street.
Episode 2.02- "The Genoa Tip"
A tip on a story that will cripple the network begin to become more real; MacKenzie and Sloan continue to push Will; Don urges Will to advocate for Troy Davis; Maggie gets an assignment that she has been begging for; Neal is arrested on Wall Street.
Episode 2.03- "Willie Pete"
Will tells Nina Howard the truth; a new witness to the Genoa story emerges; Jim tries to get his questions answered.
So with the plots for the first three episodes out to the public, needless to say a lot will be happening. However, with only nine episodes in the season, will the show accomplish what it needs to with one less hour to tell the story?
What we do know is that Will calling the Tea Party "The American Taliban" will get him in trouble with the public in addition to the network. In addition to that topic, Sorkin announced that other real-life news stories that will get coverage will be this "past Presidential Election, the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), Trayvon Martin and drones."
Sorkin is not a writer to really change his style of writing due to criticism but did mention that he did make some changes in wiring season two.
"There are a great many people who weren't just disappointed with The Newsroom but really maddened by it," Sorkin told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was impossible to avoid hearing that. I hope some of the people who were turned off by the show last year take a second look and maybe are a little bit happier. But you're playing a dangerous game if you write to try to change people's minds."
"The Newsroom" second season premiers on July 14 at 10 p.m. on HBO.
Watch the desert trailer for season two of The Newsroom below: