“The Newsroom” Finale and The End of TV’s Most Underappreciated Show

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By Josh Axelrod

“The Newsroom” officially ended its three-season run on Sunday. It hit just about every series finale note it should have. Mac was pregnant, Don and Sloan were happy, Jim and Maggie were in love, Neal was back in the U.S., and Charlie was recognized as the larger-than-life figure he always was before B.J. Novak…sorry, Lucas Pruitt pushed him over the edge. The show even ended with Will staring into the camera and beginning his newscast with a “Good evening,” just to remind us that ACN’s cameras won’t stop rolling just because HBO’s did.

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The Newsroom S3E5: “I’m Scared All The Time”

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By Josh Axelrod

I never thought “The Newsroom” would be the kind of show to kill off its characters. Well, its major characters at least. There have been brushes with mortality on the show before, but the stakes for the ACN staff are rarely life and death. So when Charlie Skinner collapsed and banged his head on that desk, it came as a total shock. His death wasn’t quite as crushing as Beth’s on “The Walking Dead,” but it was pretty damn close.

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The Newsroom S3E3: “Do You Kiss Your Sources With That Mouth?”

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By Josh Axelrod 

I continue to be weirdly into everything that’s going down on “The Newsroom.” I recognize that it’s not “Mad Men”-level TV, but for some reason everything happening with ACN feels just as grandiose and important as the wheelings and dealings of Sterling Cooper Draper Price. Of course, the stakes have now been raised for Neal and Will McAvoy considerably.

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The Binge Diaries: Why The First Five Seasons of ‘The Office’ are the Pinnacle of Television Comedy

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By Josh Axelrod 

A little context:

During my last few semesters of college, I fell in with a group of weirdos who were obsessed with “The Office.” They were to “The Office” what am I am to “Community” (see my bio).

My experience with “The Office” was pretty lukewarm. I started watching around Season 4, enjoyed it for two seasons, then lost interest. It’s not that I stopped enjoying it. I just got busy, and unfortunately I had to downsize. And Dunder Mifflin got the axe.

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