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
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
[Mac has changed the title display from "News Night with Will McAvoy" to "Vertigo Medicine with Will McAvoy"
I'm at least glad nobody's invented a way to digitally store images and upload them to a free website where anyone can see them.
*Has* someone invented a way to digitally store images...
YouTube! YouTube! Take it down!
Well, now you're just a crazy guy shouting "YouTube"!
The Newsroom Main title soundtrack
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