The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The Genoa Tip 

After running with what the team believes is an accurate tip backfires, delivering a heavy blow to their credibility.


Jeremy Podeswa


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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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
Hamish Linklater ... Jerry Dantana
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Aya Cash ... Shelly Wexler


After running with what the team believes is an accurate tip backfires, delivering a heavy blow to their credibility.

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Release Date:

21 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Will quotes outlaw John Dillinger as having said: "The problem with living outside the law is that you no longer have the protection of it." In fact, the quote is from Truman Capote, who actually said: "The problem with living outside the law is that you no longer have its protection." See more »


It is mentioned that Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American was killed in a targeted drone strike ordered by President Obama. In the episode, it stated the date was September 21, 2011, but Anwar al-Awlaki was actually killed on September 30, 2011. See more »


Will McAvoy: And you know all those times the two of you ask me why I am a Republican as if that's something that needs an explanation?
MacKenzie McHale: I don't know what the hell you are on about.
Will McAvoy: I've never heard either of you ask anyone why they're a Democrat. Well, it's right here. The purposeful suspension of common sense.
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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »


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it's a very common name..
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 02

Attempting to overcome the limitations of the previous seasons, this exploration of a news channel is now more focused in the professional life than the personal one, but still it doesn't suggest that they are going to draw out a magic rabbit out of the hat, it still is a story we have all heard of.

The Genoa Tip

Gallagher Jr.'s track is seem to be written with the least work involved, it's a big chunk of cliche, while the rest of the material is professional enough to demand your attention through all the diplomacy of politics.

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