The Newsroom: Season 1, Episode 9

The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate (19 Aug. 2012)

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To get the last rating jump to get the Republican Party Debate, the news team get an exclusive interview with a former friend of Casey Anthony.



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The pitch to the RNC requires one last push to drive ratings up: Lisa knew Casey Anthony in high school, so Jim and Maggie visit her at work to beg her to appear on the show. The day of the pitch arrives: Will takes the team of Republican presidential hopefuls through a mock debate. Will asks his psychiatrist why he can't forgive Mackenzie; she hits some emotional high notes about both the Anthony coverage and Brian's presence in the newsroom. Flowers are in Will's office; how they got there prompts Mackenzie to tell Jim to gather his rosebuds. Neal, with Sloan's help, hatches a new plan to get his troll license. There's danger in both Jim and Neal's actions. Written by <>

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Don't Block Out this Blackout ***1/2
20 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mac shows how creative she is when the lights go out at the studio. She is ready to do the news show on the street. She rallies the troops only for the lights to obviously go on. Doing the show on the street would have been very interesting.

Adam Arkin guest-starred as a GOP honcho, a friend of Will's who comes to the station with a slick partner ready to set up a debate format and schedule. This refers to the Republican candidates who sought the GOP 2012 presidential nomination.

The guy he is with is in for a rude awakening when Will shows him how the debate should be handled. In far too many of these debates, whether Democrat or Republican, the debaters are in charge. Not so, with the way Will wanted to do things. Shame that Arkin needs his job to support his son who was just accepted into Stanford. Reality trumps everything.

How quickly the summer has gone. Next week is the last show. This is an intelligently written and thought provoking show. I hope it's renewed for further programming.

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