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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The narrative takes place on April 20, 2010, the day that was the start of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. On the screens in the background there are images of a Space Shuttle landing. Space Shuttle Discovery touched down at Kennedy Space Center on the morning of April 20, 2010, marking the end of mission STS-131, meaning that images of that landing is exactly what would be expected in a news room for that day. See more »

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When Will McAvoy is interviewing Eric Neal from the MMS, he verifies numerous facts including the number of inspectors (56), the number of wells (35,591), and the fact that each well is supposed to be inspected once a month. Doing the math, McAvoy says that this is equal to 635 wells per inspector, which would require inspecting two wells per day, six days a week for a year. This statistic doesn't take into account that each well is supposed to be checked once per month. The real stat should have been that each inspector has to inspect 21 wells per day, 365 days a year. See more »

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Charlie Skinner: You were unreadable! Only one person knew where you were,
Will McAvoy: It was you!
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References TMZ on TV (2007) See more »

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The Newsroom Main Theme
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Written by Thomas Newman
Performed 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.

6/10


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