The Newsroom

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Election Night, Part II

    Aired 9/15/13

  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Election Night, Part I

    Aired 9/8/13

  • S 2 : Ep 7

    Red Team III

    Aired 8/25/13

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    One Step Too Many

    Aired 8/18/13

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    News Night with Will McAvoy

    Aired 8/11/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Daniels

    Will McAvoy

  • Emily Mortimer

    MacKenzie McHale

  • John Gallagher Jr.

    Jim Harper

  • Alison Pill

    Maggie Jordan

  • Thomas Sadoski

    Don Keefer

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  • The Newsroom is the tale of a fictional cable news program with a lofty goal: bring back integrity and journalism to the news. The team takes on a Don Quixote-like belief in the ideals of a by-gone era where journalism was facts, not opinion. As their quest plays out against the reality of ratings and public opinion, their successes and failures are magnified. Behind this aspiration is the reality of a work place where romances, betrayals, competitions, and corporate expectations add to an already stressful job.Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is a complacent news anchor who is shocked back to life by a public breakdown and the arrival of his ex-love MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), one of the best executive producers in the business. She is hired by Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), president of the news division at ACN, who cheers on the transformation he orchestrated. Will is supported by his former EP Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) who jumped ship for the 10 pm show; Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.), the new senior producer who came with MacKenzie from a war zone; Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill), a newbie associate producer whose personal life affects her work; Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), a beautiful and brilliant economics expert who works to become an anchor; and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel), whose coverage of the London subway bombings landed him a job maintaining Will's social media presence but who longs to break a big story.Created by Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Poul, Scott Rudin and Aaron Sorkin serve as executive producers for this HBO Entertainment production.Program Notes:Season one's opening titles used a somewhat majestic theme by Thomas Newman, black-and-white pictures of journalism greats including Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, and clips from season one's first few episodes to identify the regular cast. Each episode focused on a real major news story from the past.Season two's titles were overhauled during the break. A modified theme by Newman began with a syncopated piano that merged into part of the old theme only with orchestral backup. The pictures of journalists and cast clips were replaced with shots of New York, work at the studio and clips of disasters. The episodes continued with past news stories, but they were in the background. The overarching story arc dealt with a broadcast where the story turned out to be false, and the ramifications thereof.Awards:2014 Emmy Awards (66th)Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)2013 Emmy Awards (65th)Winner - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)Nominated - Outstanding Main Title Design2013 Golden GlobesNominated - Best Television Series - DramaNominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Jeff Daniels)moreless

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  • Quotes (32)

    • Will McAvoy: Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.

    • Charlie Skinner: I'm a marine, Don; I will beat the shit out of you. I don't care how many protein bars you eat!

    • Mackenzie MacHale: You okay?
      Maggie Jordan: Oh, I just got an allergy.
      Mackenzie MacHale: To what?
      Maggie Jorda: Oysters.

    • Mackenzie MacHale: Do you know how to flirt?
      Jim Harper: Yes.
      Mackenzie MacHale: Show me.
      Jim Harper: Hi.

    • Charlie Skinner: Young lady, get on your Twitter account. We're doing this whole broadcast on the fly. Will doesn't have a rundown, it's the EP's first show, and she's got the whole thing in her head. She's the only one who knows where we're going next. It's a feat that requires incredible trust between the anchor and the EP... Say all that.
      Young Lady: I can only use 140 characters.
      Charlie Skinner: Figure it out.

    • Mackenzie: You won't remember this, but the first time you met my parents, you had flowers for my mother. You took my father to an Orioles game and then you met us for dinner... And I wanted to tell you that you were perfect... Like I said, you wouldn't remember, but I wanted to thank you.

    • Will: What are you still doing here?
      Don: I was asked to help.
      Mackenzie: Don generously volunteered to help during the transition.
      Will: He was asked, or he volunteered?
      Don: I'm happy to go.
      Mackenzie: Apologize.
      Will: (to Mackenzie) I'm sorry.
      Mackenzie: To Don.
      Don: I'm over it.

    • Mackenzie: We don't do good television. We do the news.

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    • Crew Additions and Clarification: Julie Keller (Art Department Consultant)
      Isaac Admondson (First Assistant Prop Master), Kim Bolanowski (Second Assistant Prop Master), Bobby Everett (Assistant Props)
      Nat Magnuson (On-Set Dresser), Jose Hernandez (Set Costumer), Marina Marit (Set Costumer)
      Jane Galli (Department Head Make-Up Artist), Michelle Daurio (Additional Assistant Make-up Artist), Alicia Danielle Friedman (Additional Assistant Make-up Artist)
      Kimberley Spiteri (Department Head Hair Stylist), Gail Ryan (Additional Hair Stylist)
      Brice Reid (A Camera First Assistant Camera), Betty Chow (A Camera Second Assistant Camera), Alfredo Rosado (B Camera Operator First Assistant Camera), Jimmy Hammond (B Camera Second Assistant Camera), Andy Sydney (C Camera First Assistant Camera), Katie Santore (C Camera Second Assistant Camera), Kyle Dangcil (Camera Production Assistant), John Johnson (Still Photographer)
      Kevin Faber (Utility Sound)
      Barbara Heller (New York Scout)
      Nate Blauvelt (Rigging Best Boy)
      Scott Barns (Programmer), Marek Bojsza (Lighting Technician), Nathan December (Lighting Technician), Dan McMahan (Lighting Technician), Floyd Olson, Jr. (Lighting Technician)
      Chris Tango (Rigging Electric), Jeff Tapley (Rigging Electric), Burke Tackett (Rigging Electric), Jason Newton (A Dolly Grip), Mike Epley (B Dolly Grip), Charles Smith (Rigging Key Grip), Bob Leitelt (Rigging Key Grip), Tommy Lee (Rigging Best Boy Grip), William Kent (Rigging Best Boy Grip)
      Peter Olexiewicz (General Construction Foreman), Ram Gutierrez (Labor Foreman), Kevin Mahoney (Paint Supervisor), Raymond Lopez (Plaster Foreman), Carlos Scally (Toolman), Carmen Miller (Construction Estimator)
      Andrew Schark (Second Assistant Accountant)
      Alex Barnoya (Set Medic), Michael McKelvey (Construction Medic)
      Matt Morrissey (Video Effects Supervisor), Dave Henri (Video Content Supervisor), Steve Irwin (Playback Engineer), Mark Scott (Playback Engineer), James Visconti (Playback Engineer), Matt Cohen (Playback Engineer), Deborah Ricketts (Archival Footage Clearance), Matt Friedlander (Playback Production Assistant)
      Nancy Bauer Gonzalez (News Consultant)
      Steven Cardwell (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Jessica Held (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Dan Sarrow (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Daniel Leviton (Assistant to Mr. Poul), Betsy Rosenbloom (Assistant to Mr. Mottola)
      Greg Bell (Set Production Assistant), Jed Konieczny (Set Production Assistant), Dana Ledoux Miller (Set Production Assistant), R. Ben Parker (Set Production Assistant)
      Daniel Nakamura (Mix Stage Technician)
      Lori Jones (Deluxe Post Supervisor), Pankaj Bajpai (DiTV Final Colorist), Dan Booth (DiTV Dailies Colorist), Rob Williams (Smoke Artist)

    • Company Credits: Rich King Casting (Extras Casting), Hollywood Babble On (Loop Group), MFX (Visual Effects), Shine (Main Title Design), Deluxe (DiTV Services), Todd AO Studios (Post Sound Services), G.E.P. (Avids), Evan M. Greenspan, Inc. (Music Licensing), PIX System (Digital Dailies), Otto Nemenz (Alexa Cameras)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: July 30, 2012 on HBO
      Turkey: September 16, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Germany: November 22, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD
      Finland: March 26, 2013 on YLE TV1

    • Company Credits: Rich King Casting (Extras Casting), Ken & Art's Catering (Caterer), Hollywood Babble On (Loop Group), MFX (Visual Effects), Shine (Main Title Design), Deluxe (DiTV Services), Todd AO Studios (Post Sound Services), G.E.P. (Avids), Evan M. Greenspan, Inc. (Music Licensing), PIX System (Digital Dailies), Otto Nemenz (Alexa Cameras)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications:
      Emily Bruza (Art Department Assistant)
      John Hill (Lead Man), Scott Bruza (Gang Boss), John Pollard (On-Set Dresser)
      Carrie Dacre (Set Costumer), Ruben Calderon (Set Costumer), Summer Browning (Additional Costumer)
      Jane Galli (Department Head Make-Up Artist), Barbara Lorenz (Department Head Hair Stylist)
      Sean J. O'Shea (A Camera First Assistant Camera), Coy Aune (A Camera Second Assistant Camera), Brice Reid (B Camera First Assistant Camera), Betty Chow (B Camera Second Assistant Camera), Mike "Kiwi" Langford (Digital Loader), Shannon Mita (Digital Utility)
      Kevin Faber (Utility Sound)
      Craig Kvinsland (Lighting Technician), Floyd Olsen, Jr. (Lighting Technician), Steve Reinhardt (Lighting Technician), Felix Rivera (Lighting Technician)
      Chris Scurria (A Dolly Grip), Pete McAdams (B Dolly Grip)
      Jeff Tartaglini (General Foreman), Adrian Rutiaga (Labor Foreman), Kevin Mahoney (Paint Foreman), Rick Belosic (Toolman), Luis Aguilar (Stage Foreman)
      Tina Sparks (Second Assistant Accountant), Justin A. Desantis (Clerk)
      Chris Bailey (Special Effects Supervisor)
      Kismet Burroughs (Assistant Craft Service)
      Melissa Moseley (Still Photographer)
      Matt Morrissey (Video Effects Supervisor), Dave Henri (Playback Content Supervisor), Steve Irwin (Playback Engineer), Mark Scott (Playback Engineer), James Visconti (Computer Engineer), Jim Sevin (Playback Technician)
      Deborah Ricketts (Archival Footage Clearance), Randall Green (Playback Production Assistant)
      Srdjan Popovic (IFB Talent Mixer), Robert Pastoriza (Studio Camera Operator) Jesse Acosta (Jib Camera Operator), Tom Rowe (Remote Camera Operator)
      Eric Roberts (Tech Utility)
      Jessica Held (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Dan Sarrow (Assistant to Mr. Rudin), Daniel Leviton (Assistant to Mr. Poul), Nicholas Baker (Assistant to Mr. Biggs)
      Mallory Squeo (Set Production Assistant), Jed Koneiczny (Set Production Assistant), R. Ben Parker (Set Production Assistant)
      Andrew Myatt (Post Coordinator)
      Daniel Nakamura (Mix Stage Technician)
      Lori Jones (Deluxe Post Supervisor), Pankaj Bajpai (DiTV Final Colorist), Dan Booth (DiTV Dailies Colorist), Rob Williams (Smoke Artist)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: August 6, 2012 on HBO
      Turkey: September 23, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Germany: November 22, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD
      Finland: April 2, 2013 on YLE TV1

    • Music:
      "High and Dry" by Radiohead

    • The new rules for News Night 2.0 are:

      Is this information we need in the voting booth? Is this the best possible form of the argument? Is the story in historical context?

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    Trivia (4)

    • The voice of MMS inspector Eric Neal is done by none other than Jesse Eisenberg.

    • The episode timeline puts the House SOPA meeting on August 23, 2011. This is off by almost six¬† months. The senate passed PIPA in June 2011. The House did not unveil their competing legislation SOPA for meetings and comments until November 2011.

    • Goof: When Sloan talks to Maggie after finding her sleeping in her office, the small clock on the shelf with her awards first shows 6:10 as the time. When Sloan tells Maggie to come with her to the gym so Maggie can shower, that same clock shows 8:50 as the time.

    • The yellow iNews alert Maggie clicks on before the cut to black is the AP's full transcript of Obama's victory speech.

    Allusions (4)

    • Will McAvoy: I just offered her the most humiliating contract since Antonio from Shylock.
      This is a reference to Shakespeare's play Merchant of Venice, specifically when the character Shylock states he'll loan Antonio money, but if Antonio can't repay then he'll owe Shylock a pound of his flesh.

    • There are multiple references to the book Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The first reference is when MacKenzie tries to convince Will to keep her and her team on the show. The second is when Charlie compares the news team to characters from the book.

    • The opening scene with Will at his desk has a piece of ceiling fall down. It resembles an opening scene from Sorkin's show The West Wing's "The Short List" when Josh Lyman was at his desk and almost hit by debris falling from the ceiling.

    • Towards the end of the episode, a staffer in the control room at News Night says to the graphics controller: "Breathe regular."
      This references Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing, "Twenty Five". John Goodman as Speaker Walken says the same thing to President Bartlet's senior staff upon arriving at the White House to take over as President.

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