The Newsroom

Season 1 Episode 9

The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 19, 2012 on HBO
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    The Newsroom "The Blackout Part II" Review: Two Legs at a Time

    There have been some very good episodes of this show, and there have also been some pretty heinous ones. This was one of the latter.

  • Episode Summary

    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.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • "House," but for the News

      7.5
      Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom is a fun little show for fans of snappy dialogue and larger-than-life personalities working under extreme pressure. Viewers who were orphaned by House will definitely find a home here. (Yes, I did just say that.)



      I did have a problem in this episode though, where they seemed to willfully cross the line into physical slapstick humor, which I thought was a major misstep. Still, it's a great cast and the script is punchy in all the right places, and although I don't think it's completely found its footing yet, it's a nice alternative to serious TV like Breaking Bad.moreless
    Adam Arkin

    Adam Arkin

    Adam Roth

    Guest Star

    David Krumholtz

    David Krumholtz

    Dr. Jack Habib

    Guest Star

    Paul Schneider

    Paul Schneider

    Brian Brenner

    Guest Star

    Terry Crews

    Terry Crews

    Lonny Church

    Recurring Role

    Kelen Coleman

    Kelen Coleman

    Lisa Lambert

    Recurring Role

    Adina Porter

    Adina Porter

    Kendra James

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      • Music:
        "Everybody Plays the Fool" by The Main Ingredient (MacKenzie and Brian talk in the bar)
        "Red Red Wine" by UB40 [Karaoke music] (Sung by the karaoke singers at the bar)
        "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" by Amy Winehouse (Final scenes through end credits)

      • 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 Production 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)
        Christie Mullen (Location Manager-New York)
        Craig Kvinsland (Lighting Technician), Nathan December (Lighting Technician), Ron Provenzano (Lighting Technician), Dave Thielhart (Lighting Technician), Floyd Olson (Lighting Technician), Curtis Andrews (Rigging Chief Lighting Technician)
        Chris Scurria (A Dolly Grip), Pete McAdams (B Dolly Grip), Ron Miller (Key Rigging 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)
        Orlando Chongo (Assistant Craft Service), Kismet Burroughs (Assistant Craft Service)
        Matt Morrissey (Video FX 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), Glenn Hazlett (Talent Audio Mixer)
        Joe Tamel (Studio Camera Operator), Tom Rowe (Studio Camera Operator), Matt Cohen (Studio Camera Operator), David Carline (Video Camera Operator), Jesse Acosta (Jib Cam Operator)
        Stan Harrison (Tech Utility), Eric Roberts (Tech Utility), Eric Adams (Tape Operator)
        Melissa Moseley (Still Photographer)
        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), Jenny Tunberg (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: September 24, 2012 on HBO
        Turkey: November 11, 2012 on CNBC-e
        Germany: December 20, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD
        Finland: May 21, 2013 on YLE TV1

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