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.

Director:

Greg Mottola

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer ... MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher Jr. ... Jim Harper
Alison Pill ... Maggie Jordan
Thomas Sadoski ... Don Keefer
Dev Patel ... Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Elizabeth Marvel ... Sharon
David Cromer ... Moderator
Jason Butler Harner ... Lewis
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Ned Vaughn ... Dick Warren
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

They offered to put Daniel's long speech on cue cards. But Daniel's look alone was enough to scrap the idea. He then recited the numerous statistics backwards to Sorkin. See more »

Goofs

After dismissing Jim Harper from the newsroom, Don walks away saying "there's a truck covering the Rose Bowl and I can't get in touch with them." The month is superimposed as April, however, the Rose Bowl is held in January. See more »

Quotes

Will McAvoy: [Speaking about Mackenzie] She's indifferent to ratings, competition, corporate concerns, and, generally speaking, consequences.
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Connections

References TMZ on TV (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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A cracking pilot
8 July 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Aaron Sorkin knows how to write a devastatingly good pilot. He did it with 'Studio 60', he did it with 'West Wing'. 'The Newsroom' is no exception.

If you love Aaron Sorkin's writing then this episode serves up all those hallmarks and more. It's well written, the casting is great, and the characters are well drawn.

Unfortunately it is also a good example of Sorkin's less admirable traits. It's preachy, it's got a shoehorned in romance, it's full of its own self-importance. Now he's on HBO we also get to hear Sorkin's beautiful words sullied by swearing too sadly.

While not being my favourite Sorkin show ever (that love is saved for Studio 60) I recognise the quality of this episode.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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