The Newsroom

Season 1 Episode 2

News Night 2.0

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 01, 2012 on HBO
out of 10
User Rating
137 votes

By Users Episode Review


    The Newsroom Episode 2: Buzzkill

    "News Night 2.0" revealed another side to the equation of what this show can be, and it did so while keeping tonal and thematic consistency with what the pilot first showed us.

  • Episode Summary

    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.


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    • Well, Not as Good as the First

      I thought for one episode that this may not be Murphy Brown 2.0, sadly it is looking that way. Did the writers really not understand that Holland is a country that is below sea level with an intricate series of dikes to keep them dry, a true gift for doing under water work? Did they fall for the Dutch Boy and the Dike stuff? Do some research on news if you want to do a news show, even if it is only for entertainment. It makes you look a little smarter.moreless
    • A Step Back from the Pilot

      While it was nice to see the new team fail after a high flying pilot, I didn't enjoy where they took Emily Mortimer's character his week. In order to be a believable foil to Will I hope they return her sanity promptly.

      On the positive side, Olivia Munn was a nice surprise and hopefully she'll play bigger role going forward. Also, I did love the ending with Will coming to his senses a bit and realizing the value of Mackenzie's approach when it's done right.moreless
    • Awful

      I'm sorry but I must go against the general consensus of this episode. The first episode was quite good, but this one...yikes. Can Emily Mortimer overact any more? How did Alison Pill become such a hot one that she has both producers after her. Don't tell me you didn't see the email issue coming from 50 miles away, how contrived can you get?? I know that Aaron Sorkin is a star, and his writing credits have received critical acclaim, but come on people, can't you see that the writing here is fair at best. Why do all conversations have to be important? Why can't we have more Dev Patel type quips like "guys, this isn't soundproof". This is how normal people talk. More stupidty - Emily wanting to be friends with Olivia Munn, Emily sitting alone in the bar (isn't she supposed to be powerful and important and well, their boss??). Alison Pill wanting or needing to make the important phone call by herself, then screwing it herself, and then her boss "saving her" after she told them she doesn't need to be saved. Oh my, there were so many problems with this episode I'm wondering if I want to continue. Emily, will you please get that piece of hair out of your eyes once and for all?..oh right, you just got back from the battle zone...don't worry you're no Veronica Lake.moreless
    Cornell Womack

    Cornell Womack

    Daniel Mendoza

    Guest Star

    Paul Willson

    Paul Willson

    Dr. Dwayne Sotter

    Guest Star

    Marshall Bell

    Marshall Bell

    Ross Fernholm

    Guest Star

    Chris Messina

    Chris Messina

    Reese Lansing

    Recurring Role

    Adina Porter

    Adina Porter

    Kendra James

    Recurring Role

    Chris Chalk

    Chris Chalk

    Gary Cooper

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • 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.

    • NOTES (5)

      • 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?

    • ALLUSIONS (1)