The Newsroom series finale recap: 'What Kind of Day Has It Been'

December 15, 2014 3:10 AM

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"What Kind of Day Has It Been," the episode that serves as The Newsroom's farewell, can best be described in a Stefon-inspired rundown: "This series finale has everything: Flashbacks, funerals, the naval hymn from "Titanic," a jam sesh featuring Jeff Daniels and John Gallagher Jr." Thing is, most of it was completely unnecessary. In actuality, The Newsroom ended last week: Charlie Skinner died, Will McAvoy got out of jail, Jim and Maggie got together—and Aaron Sorkin permanently alienated whatever audience he had left by featuring a controversial college-campus-rape story line.

Sure, there were a couple of loose ends to tie up: Neal Sampat returning to the U.S. from his exile in Venezuela; figuring out the journalistic future of ACN with a new-media guru like Lucas Pruit at the helm without it descending into a version of Access Hollywood. But those relatively important el...

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