The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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News Night 2.0 

The news team make their first stumble when their spotlight on Arizona's new immigration law turns into a pundit free-for-all debacle.


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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
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Margaret Judson ... Tess Westin
Wynn Everett ... Tamara Hart
Thomas Matthews ... Martin Stallworth
John F. Carpenter ... Herb Wilson


Less than a week after their breakthrough report on the Gulf oil spill, McAvoy wants to lead with Arizona's new immigration law that Governor Brewer will sign that day. Jim preps Maggie for her call to Brewer's press aide in advance of McAvoy's interview of the governor, which will open the broadcast. Maggie neglects to give Jim a crucial bit of information - and the show doesn't go as planned. Will heads roll? Meanwhile, MacHale lays out her vision of the program to McAvoy - is he in or out? Written by <>

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Release Date:

1 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

HBO Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the opening scene, a large piece of plaster falls on Will McAvoy's desk. The same thing happens to Josh Lyman in the The West Wing episode, "The Short List", also written by Aaron Sorkin. See more »


The show is set April 23, 2010, however the Sarah Palin clip used in the newscast was from June 15, 2010. See more »


Will McAvoy: We stood in my office this morning...
MacKenzie McHale: Will...
Will McAvoy: ...and I said under no circumstances did I want anyone to know what happened, and you said yes, and yes again. I mean it really, it really seemed like you understood. And then, you sent an e-mail, explaining in some detail, what happened. And then you copied 47 reporters on it.
MacKenzie McHale: Can we go into your office?
Will McAvoy: You know how sometimes something happens in an instant that's so astonishing you just... shut down?
MacKenzie McHale: Of course, that's understand...
Will McAvoy: [yelling] THAT ...
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The Newsroom Main Theme
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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Potential not yet realized
23 May 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'News Night 2.0' is a step in on add direction following the pilot. Attempts are made at humanizing Will (Jeff Daniels_) but they're done in contrived workplace blunders, tension and arguments. This is happening against the backdrop of an underdog staff trying to put together a new format for the show. The squabbles in the office aren't very entertaining, but it does pick up when Will goes on the air and they bleed into live TV. Like the prior episode, the best parts are in front of the camera, and maybe that's how "The Newsroom" will operate from here on out.

But the relationships are awkward.


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