The Newsroom: Season 1, Episode 1

We Just Decided To (24 Jun. 2012)

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Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.



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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 <>

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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 »


Reference is made to a reporter having been embedded with troops in the Vietnam War, but embedding reporters did not start until after the Vietnam War. One of the first instances was the Falklands War in 1982. It was somewhat prevalent in the First Gulf War and the initial stages of the War In Afghanistan in 2001. Criticism to the lack of insight in these wars led to changes and it is from 2003 - the Iraq War - that the term "embedded journalism" came into wide use. See more »


Don Keefer: Oh, blow me.
Will McAvoy: I want you to not use that language in front of women and forever not suggest that image to me.
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References TMZ on TV (2007) See more »


The Newsroom Main title soundtrack
by Thomas Newman
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TV doesn't get better than this...
9 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hope this first installment of Newsroom is just a preview of more to come; and not just one Perfect episode. TV doesn't get better than this. It's paced, intelligent and well acted by all involved; especially Daniels. It deals with the real world in an extremely entertaining fashion; and when it's over , you know you just watched something Great. This show will be the long awaited jump to the A-List for Jeff Daniels. He nails the role of a cantankerous self absorbed complacent Newscaster, not liked by his peers; like he was born to play it. I've always been a fan of Emily Mortimer's, and she is outstanding as usual. The rest of the supporting actors were cast perfectly for their roles, and it all comes together to make a Top Shelf Pilot for this new series.

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