The Newsroom

Sunday 9:00 PM on HBO Premiered Jun 24, 2012 In Season



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AIRED ON 11/23/2014

Season 3 : Episode 3

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Season 3 : Episode 4

Show Summary

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 bygone 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 already stressful jobs.

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 an 18-month-old real major news story. Ten episodes were ordered.

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 with orchestral backup that continued the jazz-influenced remix. 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 storyline was a broadcast where the story turned out to be false, and the ramifications thereof. Nine episodes were ordered.

Season three's titles used season two's title sequence. The episodes continued the 18-month delay of real news stories against two overarching storylines; a whistle blower story that attracts the attention of the feds, and how – after Genoa – can ACN win back the trust of its viewers. Six episodes were ordered.

On January 13, 2014, HBO announced the truncated season three order and that it was the final season. This was a relatively long delay, as HBO announced the second season during season one. Sorkin's scheduling conflicts were blamed for the delay as his film career interfered with his television responsibilities. In this case, the script for the feature Jobs had to be completed before Sorkin could return to the show.

Broadcast History (All times E/P):
Season 3 – Sunday, 9:00 pm
Seasons 1-2 – Sunday, 10:00 pm

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)
Won – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)
Nominated – Outstanding Main Title Design

2013 Golden Globes
Nominated – Best Television Series – Drama
Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Jeff Daniels)


Trending Community Posts

  • Superb

    This series is just too good to be allowed to end after just 3 episodes. Seriously how can this series be ending so soon??????????

    Classy, fast pace acting, producing & directing all contribute to both intriguing & absorbing storylines - Aaron Sorkin is a genius to bring together such elements in one truly top quality drama..

    In time I am sure it will be recognised as one of the truly great TV drama series, people will be asking why was it only run for such a short time!!

    If the people responsible for programming have sense the will immediately CHANGE THEIR MINDS and commission a further 3 seasons with the option to run at least another 3.moreless
  • Sorkin, the one and only

    Sorkin has done it again.

    SHown he is the godfather of Television shows. I have yet to see a series written by this genius, that was not witty, interesting and incredibly intelligent.

    And yet, once again, the morons at the top cannot recognize this fact, and axe another of his shows.

    Ever since WEst Wing, Sorkin has been a god among men in my eyes.
  • Not as good as I thought it was

    Just watched the 2nd episode, and Emily Mortimer is pretty irritating with her overdone clumsiness and bad acting. I'm giving the series a chance because of Jeff Daniels, but if Emily's role (Mackenzie McHale) is gonna be like this in the series, then it's goodbye Miss Mackenzie.
  • The network morons have done it again!!!

    I love this show! It is smart, clever, funny, current. Why the network would want to cancel such an amazing show, and keep something so stupid & lame as "Girls" or "Veep", I have no idea. So many of the shows we've liked and looked forward to, seem to have a short life span. Really good shows like "Newsroom" are sadly scarce! The networks seem to pander to the moronic masses. No wonder our society is getting dumb & dumber! I've vented and my rant is over!moreless
  • Just Wow

    I have seen this series within 2 weeks and I am amazed just as much as the persons who posted before me. A fictive series about a newschannel reporting of stories which really happened and can be googled is just awesome.

    Especially for a european who does not get to see all this crap shown in american television. (by crap I mean the accusations of some politicians or Rush Limbaugh)

    I really like how Will McAvoy confronts politicians and shows their mistakes, unfolds their lies.

    It is just great, cant say much moremoreless

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