The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The 112th Congress 

As the news team covers the Tea Party candidates during the US Congressional mid-term elections, the network 's senior executives confront Charlie about Will's newly confrontational tone.


Greg Mottola


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Paul Redford (head writer) | 9 more credits »

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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
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Jon Tenney ... Wade Campbell
Philip Baker Hall ... Bryce Delancy (as Phillip Baker Hall)
Matt Long ... Brad
JD Cullum ... Frank Guidry
John Walcutt ... Greg Towne


Over several months leading up to the 2010 election, McAvoy takes on the Tea Party, leading the evening news with interviews and reports on their funding, knowledge, and tactics. Jim talks Maggie through a panic attack, and her relationship with Don is on again and off again. To Mackenzie's dismay, Will has his dates meet him at the studio after the newscast; Maggie speaks up. On the 44th floor, Charlie faces a litany of complaints from two suits in front of the company's owner, Leona Lansing. Is she going to stay with Charlie's vision of the show? Written by <>

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Release Date:

8 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jane Fonda (Leona Lansing) & Sam Waterston (Charlie Skinner) also worked together on Grace and Frankie (2015) as Grace Hanson & Sol Bergstein respectively. See more »


Mac tells Will's date that the west coast would see the newscast in 3 hours, but because it was after the broadcast, it would have been 2 hours later that the west coast broadcast would start. See more »


Will McAvoy: This is News Night and that was a clip of Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism chief to President George W. Bush, testifying before Congress on March 24, 2004. Americans liked that moment. I liked that moment. Adults should hold themselves accountable for failure. And so tonight I'm beginning this newscast by joining Mr. Clarke in apologizing to the American people for our failure. The failure of this program during the time I've been in charge of it to successfully inform and educate the ...
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References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »


The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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Great writing, if you can get past Sorkins politics
12 July 2012 | by holein6See all my reviews

Watching The Newsroom is like watching Sports Night 2.0, done from a newsroom. Sorkin knows how to build drama and the first episode was one of finest shows I've seen in years. Unfortunately, it was a red herring. Those with a liberal bent will absolutely love this show. It's witty, thought provoking and the "My Girl Friday" frenetic pace of the dialog is exceptionally well done. In the 112th Congress episode, Sorkin becomes a shill for the far left and attempts to trash the Tea Party. I've watched all the episodes twice and for that alone I give Sorkin and his crew kudos. It's compelling, even if it's outlook is right out of an Al Jazeera blog.

The subsequent episodes have been entertaining as far as it's relationships within the newsroom getting fleshed out, but it's leftist bent portrayed as being the moral center ground limits its mass appeal. That's fine, but many will seeing it as merely a rallying cry for Obama's reelection, using well done fiction. It's the best thing I've seen Jeff Daniels do. Emily Mortimer and John Gallagher Jr are excellent and Allison Pill is a great wild card. Some don't like her, but she brings a dimension to the show that keeps it light and is someone we've all met in the workplace. I'll keep watching unless the preachy politics wears me down..

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