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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First pilot of an Aaron Sorkin show not directed by Thomas Schlamme or nominated for an Emmy. See more »


The letters on Mackenzie's notepad at the beginning of the episode, when she writes "IT'S NOT... BUT IT CAN BE," don't match the ones at the end of the episode. It's most noticeable in the words NOT and CAN. See more »


Will McAvoy: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he
[gesturing to the conservative panelist]
Will McAvoy: gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart, how come they lose so GODDAMN ALWAYS! And
[to the conservative panelist]
Will McAvoy: with a straight face, you're going to tell students that America's so star-spangled ...
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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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