The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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When Charlie gets a tip from a mysterious informant that the President is about to make a major announcement, the news team tries to confirm what it is about.

Director:

Joshua Marston

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer ... MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher Jr. ... Jim Harper
Alison Pill ... Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski ... Don Keefer
Dev Patel ... Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Solomon Hancock (voice)
Christina Kirk ... Flight Attendant
Natalie Morales ... Kaylee
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Jane Barrow
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Storyline

Sunday evening, May 1, 2011. The ACN news team is at Will's for a party to mark a year of good reporting. Charlie gets a call alerting him to a major news announcement at 10. By 9:00, everyone's on their way to the studio (with Will under the influence of a Vicodin and two pot-laced cookies). Don, Sloan, and Elliot are stuck on the tarmac at LaGuardia waiting for a gate. As the team uses brains and sources to narrow the possibilities - and get confirmation of what's going on - Charlie has to make the call as to when they go on the air: get it right without collateral damage. By evening's end, he gets a second tip suggesting that another story is brewing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

In Studio 60, Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) mentions catching Bin Laden taking the pressure of their show. In this episode, catching Bin Laden lays pressure on the show. See more »

Goofs

The establishing shot of the plane carrying Don, Elliot and Sloan from Washington DC (DCA) to New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) shows a 747 with its recognizable second level "bump". The runways at LGA are too short for a 747. The interior of the plane has six-across seating typical of the smaller 737s that actually do operate between DCA and LGA. See more »

Quotes

Police Officer: You're a big guy, okay? Don't do anything that's gonna make us nervous.
Lonny Church: Nothing I can do about being big and black at the same time.
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Crazy Credits

The speech made by President Barack Obama to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was the focus of this episode, is played over the closing credits. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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in a different voice..
22 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Newsroom

Sorkin's admirable attempt to dramatize the news section with a gut wrenching anatomy on behind the scenes of this show business, is one of the biggest upset ever to come across the screen. And not because of its failure on various aspects, it still falls under mediocrity but the expectations that it brought with such caliber of cast and makers, it is surely a swing and a miss. Sorkin's signature writing patterns is clearly visible as it is brimmed with competitive arguments and too many verbal sparring that moves with ferocious pace, he always keeps his audience on the edge of their seat trying to keep up with the narration.

But as much political galore this vision is, the actual content, the core of the drama that it has to and does rely upon is the real culprit in here. The conversations are chalky and the connections of the plots to pass the storyline forward is poorly weaved out. It seems like the venue has changed but the usual love affairs and breaking and mending of equations, is still their, the seen-this-seen-that details are outdated and audience is much smarter than this. The execution too isn't appropriately handled along with the camera work that is more pretentious than it is productive.

The only responsible man that makes your time worth is Daniels, in his morally complex and socially challenged coat that he is in, which too may seem like your usual anti-hero, but has much to offer as the character ages on screen. Supporting parallel-y is Mortimer whose quirkiness is easily absorbing, than her drama is, to be fair she isn't given the range to factor on a larger scale. Other supporting cast like Pill, Patel, Munn, Sadoski and Gallagher Jr. are the weak links to the series. The Newsroom could have been much more than just news, and this time even Sorkin couldn't convince us to watch the news.

Season 01

The euphoric energy that ignites its pilot, never wears off throughout the season, but with none whatsoever new concrete material to offer in terms of characters or the equations between them, this is probably the most disappointing writing to come from Sorkin's magic bag.

5/1

The structure of the script is intriguing, the way it puts characters in a limited range, like the airplane sequence, but the conversations aren't convincing you to even nod along, Sorkin's thinking needs a bit more finesse.


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