In the 3rd-season opener, it is April 2013, and the aftermath of the Genoa disaster means the News Night team treats a breaking story cautiously – a strategy that could benefit the show in the long run, or ruin the trust of their remaining viewers. Meanwhile, an anonymous source contacts Neal about stolen government documents that may be related to overseas riots, Sloan looks into a possible takeover, and Maggie subs for Elliot following the Boston Marathon bombings.moreless
As Election 2012 coverage is put to bed, Reese must make a decision that affects Charlie, Will and all the senior staff of News Night, Don looks at his legal alternatives with Rebecca, and Will and Charlie have simultaneous epiphanies. Elsewhere, Neal asks Hallie's assistance finding a gift for Mac, Jim tries to make amends in his personal life and urges Maggie to do the same, and Sloan finds out who purchased her book.moreless
News Night presses on with covering Election 2012, as Leona has refused to accept anybody's resignation. The pressure is on, though, because Charlie expects an error-free broadcast and Jim worries he has made an election call too early. Meanwhile, debate goes on over whether to wait until after the polls close to run a story surrounding a tight Senate race, Mac asks Neal to fix a Wikipedia page, and Sloan discovers a fraud perpetrated in her name.moreless
Rebecca gets to the bottom of the staff's fateful decision to air Jerry Dantana's special report on Operation Genoa.
Charlie, Mac, Jerry, Neal and Maggie conduct the first red team meeting for the story about Operation Genoa.
Will receives some bad news about his father. Jim gives Maggie some advice.
Maggie relives her trip to Africa. Will humiliates an OWS protestor during a live interview.
Will continues his task to become civil by revealing truths to Nina Howard. Jim is getting frustrated on the campaign trail.
A tip on a story that may cripple the network becomes more real. Mackenzie and Sloan still push Will to cover drones. Maggie gets the assignment she wanted, but loses her roommate as a friend and Neal is arrested on Wall Street.moreless
Will answers questions from the corporate lawyer in relation to a wrongful termination suit and gives an account of a journalistic disaster that, except for an extraordinary confluence of events, would never have happened.moreless
Jody Adair escapes custody, leaving Raylan compelled to track him down. Boyd and Ava work their way into a high society party to fish out Drew Thompson, but find far more than they expected.moreless
Raylan's car is stolen from under his nose with a newly cuffed perp locked in the trunk. He sets out tracking down the vehicle with the help of Constable Bob Sweeney.
In the Season 1 finale, Mac is agitated by a possibly devastating announcement from gossip columnist Nina Howard. Meanwhile, Sloan ponders a new job opportunity; Neal's Internet alias could avert a catastrophe; and Will, Mac and Charlie confront Leona and Reese during a volatile lunch meeting.moreless
The power outage clarifies Mac's thoughts about the way they're going about achieving their goal for the debate. Neal poses as an internet troll, baiting Sloan's fans with inaccurate posts. Charlie asks Jim to vet his NSA source. Lisa's interview with Will about Casey Anthony goes horribly wrong, and the staff's sample mock debate for the Republican Party's representatives does not go as planned.moreless
The ratings for News Night make a huge decline after its decision not to cover a pair of headline making stories, and Will and Mac must find a way to bring enough viewers back to justify the network's quest to air a Republican debate. Meanwhile, Will considers writers for an all-access profile; Sloan is upset by the lack of coverage of a financial story; and Charlie learns a National Security Agency whistle-blower's identity.moreless
While the staff celebrates at their one-year anniversary party, Charlie gets an anonymous tip about an upcoming televised speech by the president. This prompts the News Night staff to switch gears and focus on possible reasons for the speech.moreless
Sloan subs for Elliot and takes over the ten o'clock show dealing with the Japanese nuclear crisis following the March 2011 earthquake, but her harsh tone may ruin her credibility. Meanwhile, Will sees a therapist to try and fix his insomnia.moreless
Two uprisings occur simultaneously and the news crew does their best to report on both equally. First, the ousting of President Mubarak in Egypt, then unrest in Wisconsin in response to the governor's call for budget cuts.moreless
Maggie gets pressure from Don to set Jim up with her roommate, while Neal gives his Bigfoot theories to anyone willing to listen. After a confrontation with a gossip columnist on New Year's Eve, Will becomes fodder for the tabloids, threatening the integrity of the news investigation.moreless
Will catches the eye of network executives and Atlantis World Media CEO Leona Lansing when he apologies on-air for his dishonest and inaccurate coverage before the November 2010 midterm elections.
With Mac taking full control of the show, she attempts to launch version 2.0 of the nightly news. While she battles to get an on-air economist to help host the segment, Charlie says no to Reese and Will's secret meetings. Also, Maggie miscues during the broadcast causing problems for Will.moreless
After his breakdown, Will McAvoy, the most popular news anchor in the U.S., returns to work to find out things have massively changed. Most of his staff have left the show and his boss has hired a brilliant new executive producer, MacKenzie MacHale, his ex-girlfriend. MacKenzie comes in with one mission - change the show from a pandering, ratings driven news program to a truth driven, ethical and fair news report reminiscent of the original news programs. First up, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.moreless
A mysterious millionaire, Finch, approaches John Reese, a CIA field officer who is believed dead, and offers him the chance to stop violent crimes before they happen. Finch can predict the person involved, but not how or where they are involved. In his first assignment, Reese must help a district attorney who Finch has predicted will be involved in a violent crime.moreless