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 Deepwater Horizon fire started a couple of minutes before 9 in the evening, April 20, New York time. News Night runs from "8 to 9". This means that the program would already have been over when the news alert came in. See more
Will, can you move your Blackberry off the desk?
[Will throws his Blackberry on a camera
That wouldn't have happened if he'd had one of those rubber protectors.
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