The Newsroom

Season 1 Episode 1

We Just Decided To

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 24, 2012 on HBO
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    The Newsroom's Series Premiere: Soapbox Derby

    Though it certainly had its flaws, the debut of Aaron Sorkin's latest drama offered plenty of tantalizing ideas that make me believe it might all work in the end.

  • Episode Summary

    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.


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    • The West Wing in a newsroom

      Ok. I get it. Alan Sorkin can write a tv show. But does it have to be the same show every time? The Newsroom is just a rehash of The West Wing. Based in a NYC Cable News office. That said, comparing it to the best show ever created (The West Wing, at least the first 3 seasons) is not fair. But I still will.
    • Intelligent Television is back! Oh and Sorkin too...

      This is what I'm talking about! Six years since The West Wing left us and I've been wondering ever since if I would be able to watch a show that made me think ever again. This show is vintage Aaron Sorkin and I soaked up every second of this wonderful series premiere.

      Set during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the news show is transformed to what we always wanted our news to be - honest and fair; not balanced but fair. I only wish the real world could be the same. Mackenzie is witty, smart and sexy. She is the center of the show despite Will being the anchor. Sorkin's idealism bleeds through the script at every turn and inspires me to change my life and positively effect the world.

      I can't wait to see how the show holds up over the rest of the season and hopefully for many more to come. I highly recommend it.moreless
    • I love How the programme touches on the state of emotions not only in America but also in the whole world.

      America is not what is use to be, be it can be what it was. That is such a optimistic aspect to the currrent social tempo in America right now. Not only is it what everyone is thinking and will not say out loud but it also shows just how deflated but humble American's ego has become (espicaly the news channels). At first I was taken back by the raw emotion of the drama. The tempo was hightened by the relevant descion of Obamas campaign and how he has shaped the country currently. The cinematic conventions had brought a welcomed mysterious atmosphere to the debate, with the camera focusing in and out. It was as if the convesation had made us dizzy with exhaustion. When in fact the main protagoinst, Will McAvoy,himself was completely underwhelmed by the situation. We realise by the quick jokes and easiness of his glance that he had been hear before. After his dribbling rant about the state of America, he comes to work and finds his life completely upside down. And some more raw emtion is spilled and in the most honest and inpolite way possible. I adore the heated dynamic of the show and it intensifies even more when Mckenzie arrives. Awomen who has a history and a past that effects everyone int he story espically Will as she is is ex , and he did not know she was coming. Mackenzie has style and class and is sure of her self. As a Brit, I loved the apearence of Dev Patel, Nel, he brings some romantic nostalga to the casting crew. Duo to his role in Slumdog'.

    • What a goup!!

      This cast was picked perfectly! I was never particularly an Emily Mortimer fan, but moments into her first scene, my mind changed. Jeff Daniels is incredible, especially when he goes off the handle... And I have never seen Sam Waterston play a funnier part. He was hilarious!

      We saw the wall start to break down between Will and Mackenzie and I can't wait to learn more about their past relationship and what happened to it. Also, as a fan of the underdog, I am eager to see if Jim can get closer to Maggie. She seemed to be pretty charmed by his work, as he was hers. That was cute. Who I want to see more of are Dev Patel and Olivia Munn.

      This was a great first episode!, Mackenzie clearly showed that she is great at what she does, and she knows what makes Will uncomfortable and what makes him flourish. They will be a great team, once he admits it. Can't wait for episode 2...moreless
    • Finally Sorkin is back

      Finally!!! I have been waiting for this since some idiot canceled studio 60. Another fast-pace, great dialogue, actor-centered show from Sorkin. It's like the show is about the show. YES good TV can be intelligent. I just finished watching the episode and can't wait for the next one allready
    Elizabeth Marvel

    Elizabeth Marvel


    Guest Star

    David Cromer

    David Cromer


    Guest Star

    Jason Butler Harner

    Jason Butler Harner


    Guest Star

    David Harbour

    David Harbour

    Elliot Hirsch

    Recurring Role

    Adina Porter

    Adina Porter

    Kendra James

    Recurring Role

    Chris Chalk

    Chris Chalk

    Gary Cooper

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • 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.

    • NOTES (3)

      • 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

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • 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.