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.


Paul Lieberstein


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


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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Release Date:

7 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During one of Sloan's interviews on the set, there is a tweet on the TV behind her saying that "Toby from The Office was cute." The person who played Toby in The Office (2005) is an executive producer of The Newsroom and directed this episode. See more »


When Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan kiss, ostensibly aboard an airliner in flight, a green light sweeps across their faces several times. The background sound is consistent with a jet plane in level flight, with engine and slipstream noise. The green light, which seems to be coming from a rotating lamp on a road going vehicle, possibly a nearby fire truck, suggests that the plane is parked on the ground. The only green lights used on aircraft are anti-collision lights that shine away from the aircraft, and do not rotate or flash. See more »


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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Where's the 11 rating?
12 December 2014 | by ak-a-1See all my reviews

This episode blew me away with the acting, script and drama. If there is one series you chose to watch make it this one.

The handling of a date rape storyline was both thought provoking and sensitive. Each episode seems to find a way to go through the full gamut of emotion; anger and outrage, laughter and wry smiling moments, heartwarming and uplifting, but this is the biggest roller-coaster of emotions packed into the 50 or so minutes.

Even the expected events seems to be teased out and made all the more sweeter when they finally happen. Aaron Sorkin is on fire with his writing and the cast all step up to make it happen.

The shocking end will keep you gripped and waiting for a week (or less if you are binging on DVD or streaming service).

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