The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Oh Shenandoah 

Shocking information regarding the source comes to light in the fight for Will's freedom.

Director:

Paul Lieberstein

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 2 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
B.J. Novak ... Lucas Pruit
Kevin Rankin ... Cellmate
Sarah Sutherland ... Mary
Brian Howe ... Barry Lasenthal
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
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Storyline

ACN continues its charge towards younger ratings by going after youth-driven news items such as date rape and celebrity sighting apps. Will, still serving his prison sentence for refusing to reveal his source, begins a troubling conversation with a new cell mate. Jim and Maggie try to track down Edward Snowden at a Russian airport and coincidentally end up confronting their own secrets. Sloan's attempt to discredit a new ACN staff member on the air has unforeseen consequences. Written by Peter Iannazzo

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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The final soundtrack/song of the episode is sung by the famous Norwegian singer, Sissel Kyrkjebø. See more »

Goofs

Sloan tells Don that Erin Andrews was mobbed by paparazzi after seeing Man of Steel at El Capitan in Los Angeles. Since 1989, Disney has owned El Capitan and only shows their films there. Man of Steel was released by Warner Brothers (and produced by DC Comics that rivals Disney-owned Marvel) and would not have been playing at El Capitan. See more »

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Will McAvoy: [talking about MacKenzie] I was married to her for 11 minutes before I was taken to jail. Yes, I miss my wife.
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Shenandoah
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Pacing to die for .... in this case, literally
27 December 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Apologies in advance for the odd metaphor, but in the early days of boxing, when you knew that the champ had knockout power at the ready, you might suggest that he carried the other fighter for a few rounds so the audience could feel they got their money's worth.

And so it is with Sorkin and this delightful episode which, moreso than others in the series, is very very self-conscious about starting slow and building to the climax.

This humble scribe will simply state the obvious -- the irascible Mr. Sorkin has recently stated publicly that, not only is this the last season of Newsroom, but he is seriously looking at hanging up his spurs and walking away from TV.

Whether or not that is true, clearly, in this final season, Mr. Sorkin has a number of things he wants to say about the world we live in, and neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail (sorry, another goofy metaphor) is going to stop him.

In this episode, we get an earful on journalism, ethics, morality, the way women SHOULD be treated (but are not), the way the court system SHOULD work (but does not); the divide between the old and the young, the divide between those looking for a fast buck and those looking to make a difference, and the divide between those who go through life thinking only about themselves, and those actually take time to think about others.

I think it is especially clever the way a seemingly insignificant side-arc to the story -- an arc which at first glance seems to be simply about a really sweet office romance -- manages to work into the body of the script the infamous Mr. Snowden and his contribution to modern journalism. Almost by accident.

Except Sorkin's scripts don't have accidents.


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