The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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We Just Decided To 

TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 24 June 2012
Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.

Director:

Greg Mottola

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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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
Elizabeth Marvel ... Sharon
David Cromer ... Moderator
Jason Butler Harner ... Lewis
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Ned Vaughn ... Dick Warren
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Storyline

April 20, 2010. Will McAvoy comes back to his national news anchor desk two weeks after a PR disaster at a college forum. He discovers that most of his staff are following his executive producer to another show, and his boss has hired Mackenzie MacHale as the new EP. McAvoy wants nothing to do with her and talks to his agent about getting her fired. While he and MacHale hash things out in his office, the news wire carries a report about a fire at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well. McAvoy's old EP dismisses the intelligence that MacHale's assistant is discovering. How will McAvoy handle the opportunity to devote an hour to this news - and can the team put a show together on the fly? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The voice of the Minerals Management Service junior employee with whom Will speaks on air is Jesse Eisenberg in an uncredited cameo. See more »

Goofs

Reference is made to a reporter having been embedded with troops in the Vietnam War, but embedding reporters did not start until after the Vietnam War. One of the first instances was the Falklands War in 1982. It was somewhat prevalent in the First Gulf War and the initial stages of the War In Afghanistan in 2001. Criticism to the lack of insight in these wars led to changes and it is from 2003 - the Iraq War - that the term "embedded journalism" came into wide use. See more »

Quotes

Will McAvoy: You're the spokesperson for Halliburton.
Nick Warren: And I came on this program voluntarily.
Will McAvoy: I don't have subpoena power, everyone comes on this program voluntarily.
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Connections

Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #7.32 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main title soundtrack
by Thomas Newman
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Will McAvoy: portrait of a loathsome news anchor
23 May 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

A curious start for a TV series in that the big show-stopping scene is right up front. McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) flies off on a rant during a college panel, lighting into a student over the current state of American politics; and that's our intro. It's clear that this meltdown is a mouthpiece for Aaron Sorkin's politics. When Will gets back to the office (now a place of confusion and shuffled employees, he becomes the bitter cynical side, while his old executive producer (Emily Mortimer) is the idealist.

This is when the pilot starts to lose steam; the dialogue is entertaining, but McAvoy's terse presence becomes overbearing. It's when the BP oils-pill story hits that the show really livens up; everyone starts functioning as a group in the classic journalistic fashion. The general attitude among the staff seems to be just putting a good show on the air. And I can get behind that. I'm hoping there's more of that to come.

6/10


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