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The Newsroom

Third season cast of The Newsroom
Genre Comedy
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Creator(s) Ken Finkleman
Executive producer(s) Ken Finkleman, Jan Peter Meyboom
Starring Ken Finkleman
Peter Keleghan
Karen Hines
Country of origin Canada
Original channel CBC Television
Original run 19962005
No. of episodes 32
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Newsroom is an award winning Canadian television comedy series which ran on CBC Television in the 1996-1997, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons. As well, a two-hour television movie, Escape from the Newsroom, aired in 2002. Image File history File links Thenewsroom. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... A single camera setup is the name given to the filming procedure used to film motion pictures. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Peter Keleghan is a Canadian television actor, who has played roles in many of Canadas most popular comedy series. ... Karen Hines is a Canadian actor and playwright. ... CBC Television is the primary English language television service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... CBC Television is the primary English language television service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


In the United States, The Newsroom airs on PBS stations across the country. PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...


Set in the news department of a television station (never officially named, but clearly based on the CBC itself), the show — which was similar to such earlier series as the British Drop the Dead Donkey and the Australian Frontline — mined a dark vein of comedy from the political machinations and the sheer incompetence of the people involved in producing the nightly news. Drop the Dead Donkey was a situation comedy that ran on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1998. ... Frontline is an Australian situation comedy TV show, which satirised Australian television current affairs. ...


The original 13 episodes were meant as a short run, which was never intended by either Finkleman or the network to develop into a multiseason series. Following the end of The Newsroom, Finkleman produced three different short-run series for the CBC, More Tears, Foolish Heart and Foreign Objects, all of which included Findlay as a linking character. (A Findlay-like character with a different surname had also appeared in Finkleman's pre-Newsroom series Married Life.) More Tears was a Canadian television series, which aired on the CBC in 1998. ... Foolish Heart was a Canadian television series, which aired on the CBC in 1999. ... Foriegn Objects was a Math-rock/Metal band formed by Deron Miller and Jess Margera of the popular rock band, CKY. They released a 5 track EP in 1995 entitled The Undiscovered Numbers an Colours and performed a few shows. ... Married Life was the first of a string of miniseries Ken Finkleman made for CBC in the mid-90s. ...


However, none of these subsequent series were as well-received by the public or by critics as The Newsroom had been, and the CBC began to express their desire for a new set of Newsroom episodes. Escape from the Newsroom, which included a fourth wall-breaking plot digression in which the characters directly addressed the idea of reviving the series, was meant partly as a sarcastic response to that request. However, Finkleman did ultimately agree to produce 13 new episodes, which aired in the winter of 2004. The last four episodes of the second season where shot as a mockumentary. The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ...


A third season of The Newsroom aired on CBC beginning February 14, 2005. All three seasons and Escape from the Newsroom are available on DVD. February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

Contents

Characters

George Findlay

George Findlay, played by series creator Ken Finkleman
George Findlay, played by series creator Ken Finkleman

Series creator Ken Finkleman starred as executive producer George Findlay, a venal, petty man who cared only about his sex life, his lunch orders and his personal image within the network's bureaucracy. Findlay was exceptionally intelligent, but self-absorbed and utterly unconcerned about anything besides himself. Image File history File links Georgefindlay. ... Image File history File links Georgefindlay. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Executive producer is a role in the entertainment industry that is sometimes difficult to define clearly. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Bureaucracy is a concept in sociology and political science referring to the way that the administrative execution and enforcement of legal rules is socially organized. ...


In the third season episode "One Dumb Idea", Karen offers her idea on a character based on Findlay for a sitcom idea he was trying to come up with, saying, "I think if you're gonna go for reality, or, sorry, for a similitude, I think your character should be deceitful and self-serving. Basically, pathologically ambitious and actually lacking in any real humanity." In other words, a sociopath. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Pathology (from Greek pathos, feeling, pain, suffering; and logos, study of; see also -ology) is the study of the processes underlying disease and other forms of illness, harmful abnormality, or dysfunction. ...


Findlay apparently suffers from constipation, hinted at by his obsession with bran muffins, fibre products and doctor appointments for procedures including a colonoscopy. Constipation or irregularity, is a condition of the digestive system where a person (or animal) experiences hard feces that are difficult to eliminate; it may be extremely painful, and in severe cases (fecal impaction) lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction. ... Bran is the hard outer layer of cereal grains, and consists of combined aleurone and pericarp. ... For the meaning of fiber in nutrition, see dietary fiber. ... Colonoscopy is the minimally invasive endoscopic examination of the large colon and the distal part of the small bowel with a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. ...


He constantly avoids talking to his mother who is always calling him at work. Telling people to tell her he is in a meeting or on vacation, he even went so far as to have an intern get the telephone number to the show changed. When asked why he refused to talk to her he replies, "talk to her? You're missing the point. The point is, this place is too cheap to get me an assistant. If I had an assistant, she could talk to my mother. But because this place is so god damn cheap, my mother has no one to talk to." Findlay does, however, have a close relationship with him BMW dealer, often calling him about small problems with his "$40,000 German car." In North America, an intern is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on education rather than merely employment, making it similar in some respects to an apprenticeship. ... BMW AG (an acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, or in English, Bavarian Motor Works), is an independent German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. ...


Jim Walcott

Jim Walcott, played by Peter Keleghan
Jim Walcott, played by Peter Keleghan

Peter Keleghan starred as Jim Walcott, the similarly shallow but far less intelligent anchorman. Walcott is often told by the others that he is smart, but Findlay always refers to him as an idiot when he is not around. He lives alone with his cat and has been charged with sexual harassment several times, including an incident when he offered sexual favours to an underage girl in return for a ride in a helicopter. Image File history File links JimWalcott. ... Image File history File links JimWalcott. ... Peter Keleghan is a Canadian television actor, who has played roles in many of Canadas most popular comedy series. ... Peter Keleghan is a Canadian television actor, who has played roles in many of Canadas most popular comedy series. ... Anchorman may refer to: News anchor, someone who works in radio who hosts a regular news program Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a 2004 American comedy movie This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Idiot is a word derived from the Greek , idiōtÄ“s (layman, person lacking professional skill, a private citizen, individual), from , idios (private, ones own).[1] In Latin the word idiota (ordinary person, layman) preceded the Late Latin meaning uneducated or ignorant person. ... Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. ... In law, a person who is not yet a legal adult is known as a minor (known in some places as an infant or juvenile). ... The Bell 206 of Canadian Helicopters Robinson Helicopter Company (USA) R44, a four seat development of the R22 A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors. ...


In the final episode of the first season, "The Campaign", Walcott, along with other staff of the newsroom, go into politics. Walcott is running as a Liberal for the provincial government of Ontario. He is asked by a reporter from The Star if he is in favour of eliminating child poverty in Canada, to which he responds confusedly, "this is a provincial election." Politics is the process by which individuals or relatively small groups attempt to exert influence over the actions of an organization. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a center-right provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total... The Toronto Star is Canadas biggest newspaper, with a weekly circulation of 3,236,655,[1] though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within Ontario. ...


During a fundraising party he mishears a woman he his talking to about abortion, thinking she said, "the decision should be between the woman, her doctor and her dog." After "listening to [their] polls", the campaign team decides it best for Walcott to be pro-life, and at a pro-life rally he falls victim to a slip of the tongue by saying, "I believe life begins at masturbation." Walcott's attempts to garner additional support include making appearances with his ex-wife and a disabled person, both of whom are represented by agents demanding more money per appearance. Opinion polls are surveys of opinion using sampling. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Pro-life advocates make a silent complaint in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Pro-life is a term representing a variety of perspectives and activist movements in bioethics. ... album of Steve Vai. ... Mulher Sentada de Coxas Abertas, Drawing 1916 by Gustav Klimt Masturbation is the manual excitation of the sexual organs, usually to the point of orgasm. ... The term disability, as it is applied to humans, refers to any condition that impedes the completion of daily tasks using traditional methods. ... A casting agent is a person who finds jobs for actors, models, and other people in various entertainment businesses. ...


During a campaign speech, Walcott is shot and ends up in a coma with a bullet lodged in his brain. While watching the results of the election on the news, the campaign team celebrates its win just as Walcott dies in the hospital bed beside them. Comatose redirects here. ... An election is a decision making process where people choose people to hold official offices. ...


In Escape from the Newsroom, Walcott returns to his job as news anchor. His "death" was clarified as a two-year coma. Walcott offers Atom Egoyan a story idea about "a news anchor, who's shot in the head, is in a coma for two years, but survives with a bullet lodged in his brain, and then struggles to return to his news desk." After Egoyan says to Walcott that he read about the same thing happening to Walcott, Walcott seems surprised and says, "yeah, there is a parallel there somewhere." Atom Egoyan and wife Arsinee Khanjian at the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. ...


Karen Mitchell

Karen Hines appeared as segment producer Karen Mitchell, who was the news department's rare example of intelligence and professionalism. Karen seems to be the only one who takes journalistic integrity seriously, while the others try to find ways to boost ratings by glamourizing news stories with sensationalism. Karen Hines is a Canadian actor and playwright. ... Journalism ethics and standards, include principles of ethics and of good practice to address the specific challenges faced by professional journalists. ... Sensationalism is a manner of being extremely controversial, loud, attention-grabbing, or otherwise sensationalistic. ...


Karen is apt to point out the ignorant prejudices of most of the staff, as they in turn tease her for not being able to find a date. Findlay suspects her of being a lesbian after she is featured in a feminist magazine as one of ten women in the news who make a difference. He "connects the dots" of her different personality traits to arrive at this conclusion, including observations of her not being able to sustain a male-female relationship, the fact that she knows the editor of a women's magazine, and that she is aggressive, argumentative, sure of herself and moralistic. Karen, however, is not a lesbian, as this only illustrates Findlay's way of thinking. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A lesbian is a female who is exclusively emotionally, sexually, and romantically attracted to other females. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Connect the dots puzzle for adults. ...


When offering her suggestion on characters profiles for Findlay's sitcom idea, after ridiculing Findlay (see above) she went on to describe a character based on herself that should be "highly intelligent and attractive in an unconventional way, with very strong legs from the years and years of yoga and running that she has had to do to keep her sanity in a toxic psychic environment that is 'the newsroom', and basically far too busy doing her job to get involved in your stupidity or, I'm sorry, your character's stupidity." A woman practising hatha yoga Yoga is a family of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ... Toxic redirects here, but this is also the name of a song by Britney Spears; see Toxic (song) Look up toxic and toxicity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Other characters

Each season had a different supporting cast of newswriters, reporters, producers and network bureaucrats. The 1996 season one cast included Jeremy Hotz and Mark Farrell and Findlay's two "yes men" segment producers, Tanya Allen as Audrey the intern, David Huband as Bruce the weatherguy, Julie Khaner as Findlay's boss Sidney and Nancy Beatty as Nancy, Findlay's other boss. Jeremy Hotz (b. ... Mark Farrell, born 1968, is an award-winning Canadian comedian and writer, who honed his talent in the Yuk Yuks comedy club in Halifax,Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto in 1989. ... The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, are pranksters who style themselves as anti-corporate activists. ... Tanya Allen (born 1975 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television actress. ...


The 2004 season two cast included Matt Watts as Matt and Jody Racicot as Alex who replaced Jeremy and Mark as Findlay's "yes men" segment producers. Douglas Bell played Allen, a writer, hypochondriac and Harvard graduate who often stutters. Holly Lewis played Claire and Alberta Watson played Susan. Tom McCamus also appeared in one of the 2004 episodes as a newswriter who informed Findlay of his own terminal illness, to Findlay's lack of concern; his character died at the end of the episode. Hypochondria (sometimes hypochondriasis) is the unfounded belief that one is suffering from a serious illness. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Alberta Watson Faith Susan Alberta Watson (born March 6, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian movie and television series actress, better known as Alberta Watson. ... Tom McCamus (born July 25, 1955) is an award-winning film and theatre actor who is most widely known for his work on the science-fiction television show Mutant X. McCamus was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, but was brought up in London, Ontario from the age of 10 when...


In 2005, the season three additions to the cast included Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall as Jason, who replaced Alex as segment producer, Kristin Booth as Nora and Sarah Strange as Susan Murdoch, Findlay's boss. Jeremy Hotz returned to the cast for the first episode when Findlay rehired his character and then fired him later that episode. Kristen Booth (Born 28 August 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) is an Canadian actress. ... Jeremy Hotz (b. ...


The show also included guest appearances by a number of public figures, including David Cronenberg, Bob Rae, Hugh Segal, Naomi Klein, Daniel Richler, Angelo Mosca, Cynthia Dale and Noam Chomsky, playing themselves in interviews on the newscast. David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Robert Keith Rae, PC , OC, O.Ont , QC , B.A., LL.B, B.Phi. ... The Honourable Hugh Segal, CM, LLD (born October 13, 1950) is a Canadian senator and political strategist. ... Naomi Klein (born May 5, 1970 [1]) is a Canadian journalist, author and activist. ... Daniel Richler, one of the sons of Canadian author Mordecai Richler, is a well known arts and pop culture broadcaster and writer. ... Angelo Mosca was a Canadian Football League player between 1958 and 1969 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but he was better known for his wrestling career. ... Cynthia Dale (born 1961 as Cynthia Ciurluini) is a Canadian television star, dancer, and actress. ... Avram Noam Chomsky, Ph. ...


Episode Guide

  • Season 1 (1996-1997)
  1. The Walking Shoe Incident
  2. Dinner at Eight
  3. Deeper, Deeper
  4. The Kevorkian Joke
  5. A Bad Day
  6. Petty Tyranny
  7. Dis and Dat
  8. Parking
  9. Unity
  10. The Meltdown Part I
  11. The Meltdown Part II
  12. The Meltdown Part III
  13. The Campaign
  • Escape from the Newsroom (2002) (movie)
  • Season 2 (2004)
  1. America, America
  2. Death 1, George 0
  3. Pushy, Moneygrubbing, Cosmopolitan Racist
  4. An Enormous Waste of TIme
  5. Anchors Away
  6. One of Us
  7. Never Read Symptoms
  8. The Fifty
  9. Slow Leak
  10. Reality Stikes
  11. The British Accent
  12. Say Cheese
  13. The Second Coming
  • Season 3 (2005)
  1. One Dumb Idea
  2. Dial 'G' for Gristle
  3. Lolita
  4. Latent Homosexual Tendencies
  5. Baghdad Bound
  6. Learning to Fly

Awards

DGC Craft Award The Directors Guild of Canada is a Canadian labour union, founded in 1962, which represents more than 3,700 professionals from 48 different occupations in the Canadian film and television industry. ...

  • 2005 - Outstanding Achievement in Direction - Television Series - Ken Finkleman - (For episode "Baghdad Bound")
  • 2005 - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Television Series - Tom Bjelic, Allan Fung (For episode "Learning To Fly")

DGC Team Award Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... The Directors Guild of Canada is a Canadian labour union, founded in 1962, which represents more than 3,700 professionals from 48 different occupations in the Canadian film and television industry. ...

  • 2005 - Outstanding Team Achievement in a Television Series - Comedy (For episode "Baghdad Bound")

Gemini Awards The Gemini Awards are an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements for TV members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. ...

  • 1997-98 - Best Director - Variety, Comedy or Performing Arts Program or Series - Ken Finkleman (For episode "Meltdown, Part 3")
  • 1997-98 - Best Performance - Comedy Program or Series - Jeremy Hotz, Ken Finkleman, Mark Farrell, Peter Keleghan, Tanya Allen (For episode "The Campaign")
  • 1997-98 - Best Photography - Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts Program or Series - Joan Hutton
  • 1997-98 - Best Picture Editing - Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts Program or Series - Allan Novak
  • 1997-98 - Best Writing - Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Ken Finkleman (For episode "The Campaign")
  • 2005 - Best Writing - Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Ken Finkleman - (For episode "Baghdad Bound")

International Emmy Awards Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Jeremy Hotz (b. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Mark Farrell, born 1968, is an award-winning Canadian comedian and writer, who honed his talent in the Yuk Yuks comedy club in Halifax,Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto in 1989. ... Peter Keleghan is a Canadian television actor, who has played roles in many of Canadas most popular comedy series. ... Tanya Allen (born 1975 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television actress. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... An Emmy Award. ...

  • 2005 - Best Comedy (Canada)

Rose d'Or The Rose dOr (or Golden Rose) is a highly prestigious television award, given annually since 1961 at the Festival Rose dOr in spring each year. ...

  • 1997 - Bronze Rose, Sitcom.

San Francisco International Film Festival The San Francisco International Film Festival held in March 1957 in San Francisco was the first North American Film Festival. ...

  • 1997 - Silver Spire, Television - Comedy - Ken Finkleman (For episode "Walking Shoe Incident")

WGC Awards Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... The Writers Guild of Canada represents more than 1,800 professional writers working in film, television, radio, and multimedia production in Canada. ...

Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ... Ken Finkleman (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television and film writer, producer and actor. ...

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