The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn 

To salvage their ratings, the news team decides to lead with lurid criminal trial coverage at the expense of more worthy stories like the debt ceiling debate.

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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 1 more credit »
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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
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
David Krumholtz ... Dr. Jack Habib
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Paul Schneider ... Brian Brenner
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Solomon Hancock
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
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Storyline

May, 2011. Ratings have dropped like a stone with viewers switching to "Nancy Grace" for the Casey Anthony trial. Charlie insists they start reporting on Anthony fearing that the ratings fall will mean ACN won't get to lead on presidential debates (they have a game-changing idea) and that Leona will have her excuse to fire Will. Mackenzie pitches fits and grumbles. Then, Anthony Weiner's genitalia become news, and there's precious little room for Sloane to report that a Congressional decision to debate the debt ceiling will precipitate fiscal havoc. Will invites Mac's ex to audition for a cover story about the show. A scandal is brewing, and the weather also wants a piece of the hour. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Schneider and Alison Becker previously co-stared in "Parks and Recreation" together. See more »

Goofs

During a news meeting to discuss the Casey Anthony story, Mackenzie uses a dry-erase board to cross off stories that will get removed from the newscast. The first story is "1. Senate obstruction becomes worst in U.S. history". The shot where she strikes out the story, "senate" is misspelled as "senat". See more »

Quotes

Sloan Sabbith: Unless there's a rally...
MacKenzie McHale: I'm sorry I've got to...
Sloan Sabbith: Listen.
MacKenzie McHale: Sloan...
Sloan Sabbith: Unless there's a rally in the next 90 minutes,The Dow's gonna close down about 2.5%,S&P and NASDAQ will close down 2.3%,Let me tell you why.
MacKenzie McHale: I don't own a lot of stock.
Sloan Sabbith: Let me tell you why.
MacKenzie McHale: I really can't.
Sloan Sabbith: [shouting] Stop avoiding this!
Sloan Sabbith: I just got off the phone with these guys. Listen to these quotes. These aren't from liberals. these are hardcore Wall-Street guys,Who whatever the world may think of them,Knows what they're ...
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Connections

References Camelot (1967) See more »

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Written by Bob Dylan and Tim Drummond
Performed by Bob Dylan
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