April 20, 2010. Will McAvoy comes back to his national news anchor desk two weeks after a PR disaster at a college forum. He discovers that most of his staff are following his executive producer to another show, and his boss has hired Mackenzie MacHale as the new EP. McAvoy wants nothing to do with her and talks to his agent about getting her fired. While he and MacHale hash things out in his office, the news wire carries a report about a fire at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well. McAvoy's old EP dismisses the intelligence that MacHale's assistant is discovering. How will McAvoy handle the opportunity to devote an hour to this news - and can the team put a show together on the fly? Written by
Did You Know?
In the "Making of" featurette on the DVD, Aaron Sorkin
mentions that he asked if Jeff Daniels
would need cue cards for his long rant during the opening scene. Apparently, Daniels said "no" and memorized the entire speech. See more
After dismissing Jim Harper from the newsroom, Don walks away saying "there's a truck covering the Rose Bowl and I can't get in touch with them." The month is superimposed as April, however, the Rose Bowl is held in January. See more
There was a short piece on Vanity Fair's website by Marshall Westbrook, you probably saw it, where he calls you the Jay Leno of news anchors. You're popular because you don't bother anyone.
How do you feel about that?
References Man of La Mancha
The Newsroom Main title soundtrack
by Thomas Newman See more