The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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We Just Decided To 

TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 24 June 2012
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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Sloan Sabbith (credit only)
David Cromer ...
Dick Warren


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 »


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"]
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.
Mackenzie MacHale: *Has* someone invented a way to digitally store images...
Will McAvoy: [shouts] YouTube! YouTube! Take it down!
Mackenzie MacHale: Well, now you're just a crazy guy shouting "YouTube"!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


The Newsroom Main title soundtrack
by Thomas Newman
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Will McAvoy: portrait of a loathsome news anchor
23 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A curious start for a TV series in that the big show-stopping scene is right up front. McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) flies off on a rant during a college panel, lighting into a student over the current state of American politics; and that's our intro. It's clear that this meltdown is a mouthpiece for Aaron Sorkin's politics. When Will gets back to the office (now a place of confusion and shuffled employees, he becomes the bitter cynical side, while his old executive producer (Emily Mortimer) is the idealist.

This is when the pilot starts to lose steam; the dialogue is entertaining, but McAvoy's terse presence becomes overbearing. It's when the BP oils-pill story hits that the show really livens up; everyone starts functioning as a group in the classic journalistic fashion. The general attitude among the staff seems to be just putting a good show on the air. And I can get behind that. I'm hoping there's more of that to come.


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