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Ysabelle Cheung reports on Season 2 of Aaron Sorkin's controversial drama

HBO's pack of newshounds finished up Season One polarising viewers, with one camp praising the tight Sorkin scripting and others calling the show misogynistic and self-indulgent. Fortunately, critics have given the drama a vote of confidence for the second season; here's what we can look forward to...

Hold the Front Page
Season two starts off 14 months on from when we last saw the News Night crew. Things aren't in such good shape, considering Will's controversial remark comparing the Tea Party to the Taliban. And they're about to get worse, as tumultuous real-life events of 2011 and 2012 come to a head, from Occupy Wall Street up to the elections. Expect the fall of Tripoli, Trayvon Martin and other big leads.

Tip of the Iceberg
A bad tip on a story eats its way into the network, testing the fragile relationships between staff and also threatening the reputation of the very establishment of News Night itself. (Read: big lawsuit. Huge. Remember CNN's Operation Tailwind coverage?) Similar to Season One, all nine episodes are still news-sensitive, but an overarching plotline also unfolds from this warped tidbit – referred to ominously as 'the Genoa tip'.

New Kids on the Block
Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden suits up as a lawyer hired to protect ACN staffers and The New Adventures of Old Christine star Hamish Linklater joins the team as a temp replacement for Jim. Returning guest stars include a svelte Jane Fonda swanning her way back in as high-powered CEO Leona Lansing, as well as Hope Davis as the show's gossip columnist, Nina Howard.

Off the Beaten Path
This season, we get to see a little action outside of the newsroom itself, as our lovesick cubs embark on journeys metaphorical and literal. Jim goes on the road to cover the Romney campaign (joined by none other than Meryl Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer), while Maggie returns from an assignment in Africa, mysteriously shaken and with a newly cropped hairdo. Back in the newsroom, those hoping to see the whip-smart Sloan settle down with someone might be surprised by the season's turn of events. "By the end of the season, something does happen in Sloan's love life… but it kind of comes out of left-field," Olivia Munn said in a recent phone interview. She added coyly, "it could be Don, but maybe not."

The Newsroom New episodes air Mondays at 9pm, exclusively on HBO and HBO HD.

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