The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of... See full summary »


Anthony Hemingway


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 4 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 (credit only)
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
B.J. Novak ... Lucas Pruit
Clea DuVall ... Lilly Hart
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Jimmi Simpson ... Jack Spaniel
Brian Howe ... Barry Lasenthal


Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of the middle east safely, and ACN's new buyer's style of news doesn't sit well with Charlie. Sloane and Don keep dodging Human Resources, and Mac sets up a secret meeting of her own. Sloane and Charlie try to find another buyer for ACN. Jim tries to be supportive of his girlfriend's online column. Written by Lisa Garner

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Release Date:

30 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Don Keefer talking to Mac says we shot the hostage when talking about Will and the case. Jeff Daniels tells Keanu Reeves to shoot the hostage in Speed. See more »


Outside the Bryant Park Hotel, there's an bus shelter ad for the movie Lucy, which wasn't released until 25 July 2014. The episode purportedly takes place in April 2013. See more »


Sloan Sabbith: His logic is inconsistent.
Don Keefer: How?
Sloan Sabbith: He doesn't believe his source should have leaked classified documents.
Don Keefer: Neither do I.
Sloan Sabbith: But, he's unwilling to help law enforcement capture the source by identifying him.
Don Keefer: He can't. I'd be unwilling, and so would you.
Sloan Sabbith: I know. But, following that logic, he should also not be willing to broadcast the story. If he believes no one should ever leak because it poses a credible threat, then why is he broadcasting the story?
Don Keefer: Well, I can't speak for Will, but I will. Uh, this...
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References Working Girl (1988) See more »


Lobpreisung des Morgens
Performed by Jean-Pierre Garattoni
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"Nice try -- but my mom didn't raise any fools ... unless you count my brothers." (dialog)
21 December 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Two things you need to understand to appreciate this episode: 1. There are intelligent and aware individuals who believe that Sorkin may actually be the reincarnation of William Shakespeare; and even if he is not (or if history later reveals that Shakespeare did not actually write his own plays, which is possible if not necessarily probable) then, notwithstanding that, he is still the best writer currently writing for television.

2. Sorkin has announced that this season is his swan song, hinting, in fact, that he may be retiring completely after this last season of Newsroom. Therefore, when you see the credit on the screen "teleplay by Aaron Sorkin" at the start of the episode, that means something very special. Even moreso than usual.

This reviewer is, and always has been, in awe of the writing. It is like a clinic in the correct use of the dramatic vehicle. It is showy without being obvious and captivating without beating you over the head. Best of all, if you watch the episode a second time, you will catch stuff you missed ... and how often does that happen in TV?

Also notice the traction the director gets from Olivia Munn's face. I mean that literally. Munn has one of the most expressive faces in Hollywood. She doesn't have one expression, she has an infinite supply of expressions. The director caught this early, and really gets mileage from that.

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