The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate 

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.

Director:

Alan Poul

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Paul Redford (head writer) | 8 more credits »
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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
Adam Arkin ... Adam Roth
David Krumholtz ... Dr. Jack Habib
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Paul Schneider ... Brian Brenner
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Jake McDorman ... Tate Brady
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 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

John Gallagher, Jr's character, Jim Harper, tells the woman in the boutique that her dress "screams Tonys." Gallagher won a Tony award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2007 for the musical Spring Awakening in his role as Moritz. See more »

Quotes

Tate Brady: Don Keefer!
Don Keefer: Yeah?
Tate Brady: How would you and Elliot Hirsch like to have one of the debates?
Don Keefer: Eat me.
Tate Brady: Mr. Skinner, I'm trying to be as dip...
Charlie Skinner: When Don says "eat me," that's usually the end of the conversation.
Tate Brady: Sloan Sabbith! You want to be a star?
Sloan Sabbith: Me?
Tate Brady: Yeah.
Sloan Sabbith: Fuck you.
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Connections

References Dancing with the Stars (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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