List of The Newsroom episodes
The Newsroom is an American television drama series created by Aaron Sorkin, which premiered on the premium cable network HBO on June 24, 2012. Jeff Daniels stars as news anchor Will McAvoy, who takes a mandatory leave of absence after a public tirade about America's shortcomings during a political debate. Upon his return, he discovers that most of his staff have quit. Seeing an opportunity to return to the glory days of televised news instead of ratings-driven infotainment, his boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) has hired Will's ex-girlfriend MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) as the new executive producer. McHale shares Skinner's vision of TV news, and she and Will immediately butt heads. The series is executive produced by Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin, and Alan Poul.
As of September 15, 2013[update], 19 episodes of The Newsroom have aired, concluding the second season.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD and Blu-ray release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||10||June 24, 2012||August 26, 2012||June 11, 2013||July 22, 2013||May 22, 2013|
|2||9||July 14, 2013||September 15, 2013||N/A||October 27, 2014||N/A|
Season 1 (2012)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"We Just Decided To"||Greg Mottola||Aaron Sorkin||June 24, 2012||2.14|
|In the aftermath of his public tirade, acclaimed news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) returns to his job to find that most of his staff are leaving and his new executive producer is his ex-girlfriend, MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and when some breaking news about a potentially disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hits the network, the staff faces a new challenge. Takes place on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.|
|2||2||"News Night 2.0"||Alex Graves||Aaron Sorkin||July 1, 2012||1.68|
|Mac asserts control over the new incarnation of News Night and enlists a beautiful and brainy on-air economist, Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), to do a nightly segment. Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) takes the fall for a Maggie (Alison Pill) mistake when doing the prep work for a report on SB 1070; Charlie (Sam Waterston) forbids Reese (Chris Messina) from continuing his furtive meeting with Will; a long-festering breakup secret gets out. Takes place on Friday, April 23, 2010.|
|3||3||"The 112th Congress"||Greg Mottola||Aaron Sorkin & Gideon Yago||July 8, 2012||2.21|
|While doing an editorial, Will apologizes for previous newscasts and promises his viewers a better show, which angers the CEO of ACN's parent company. Jim helps Maggie when she suffers a panic attack. Don (Thomas Sadoski) presents Elliot (David Harbour) with a challenge. Takes place on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Flashbacks take place between April and November 2010.|
|4||4||"I'll Try to Fix You"||Alan Poul||Aaron Sorkin||July 15, 2012||1.94|
|Will becomes tabloid fodder after a confrontation with a gossip columnist on New Year's Eve, which threatens to undermine his credibility on a current news investigation. Meanwhile, Don urges Maggie to set Jim up on a date with her roommate; Mac's boyfriend pitches a story about the government's inability to prosecute financial crimes; and Neal (Dev Patel) tries out his Bigfoot theory on anyone who will listen. Concludes with coverage of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Takes place between Friday, December 31, 2010, and Saturday, January 8, 2011.|
|5||5||"Amen"||Daniel Minahan||Aaron Sorkin||July 22, 2012||1.95|
|While covering the forced ejection of Egypt's president, the team learns of a protest in Wisconsin that is condemning the governor's plan to balance the budget at the detriment of teachers and other public sector union employees, leading everyone to try to cover both stories simultaneously. Will becomes convinced of a conspiracy by the Koch brothers to "rig the system" in their favor by fighting for Citizens United and then abolish the Unions. Takes place between Thursday, February 10, 2011, and Monday, February 14, 2011.|
|6||6||"Bullies"||Jeremy Podeswa||Aaron Sorkin||July 29, 2012||1.74|
|Sloan pinch-hits on Elliot's 10:00 pm show during the Fukushima nuclear crisis following the devastating earthquake, but her harsh on-air Q&A of Tokyo power company representatives could mean a trip to the unemployment line for her. Also, Will battles insomnia which leads to a revealing therapy session, as he learns a lesson in bullying after a fiery interview with an aide to presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Takes place between Monday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 13, 2011.|
|7||7||"5/1"||Joshua Marston||Aaron Sorkin||August 5, 2012||1.76|
|Charlie receives a call from an anonymous source telling him that he will receive an email from the White House press secretary. The email informs him of an impending nationwide presidential address. The team races to discover what the address will be about and assumes it is about the death of Osama bin Laden. The news that bin Laden has been killed by American special forces is soon confirmed and Will is able to report it. Takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2011.|
|8||8||"The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Aaron Sorkin||August 12, 2012||1.84|
|The ratings for News Night are in freefall after it blows off a pair of top stories. It forces Will and Mac to find a way to bring enough viewers back to justify ACN's quest to air a Republican debate. Will considers writers for an all-access profile, Sloan is upset by the lack of coverage of the emerging debt-ceiling crisis and Charlie learns the identity of NSA employee 'Late for Dinner'. Takes place between Friday, May 27, 2011, and Wednesday, June 1, 2011.|
|9||9||"The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate"||Alan Poul||Aaron Sorkin||August 19, 2012||1.96|
|A blackout interrupts the interview with the witness who can bring congressman Anthony Weiner's career to an inglorious end. Afterward, it's showtime as Will and the crew preview their new debate format for Republican Party officials (Adam Arkin as Adam Roth, Jake McDorman as Tate Brady). Jim begins the vetting process for Solomon Hancock, the NSA whistle-blower. Lisa (Kelen Coleman) goes beyond script during an on-air interview while Neal begins his trolling assignment. Takes place between Wednesday, June 1, 2011, and Friday, June 3, 2011.|
|10||10||"The Greater Fool"||Greg Mottola||Aaron Sorkin||August 26, 2012||2.30|
|The title of the episode alludes to the greater fool theory. Will suffers an acute case of bleeding from a stomach ulcer and is hospitalized. There, he learns that an elderly Tennessee resident will not be able to vote because of recently passed voter ID laws in 33 states; this is then the main story when he returns to News Night. Charlie tells the NSA whistle blower, Solomon Hancock, that he cannot use him because he is "contaminated"; later, Hancock commits suicide by throwing himself off the Queensboro Bridge. Sloan tries to raise Congress' intransigence on the debt ceiling to a more prominent position in the news and ponders a job offer. Everything, however, is overshadowed by a showdown long in the making. It finally explodes as Will, Mac and Charlie confront Leona (Jane Fonda) and Reese during a volatile lunch meeting. TMI gossip columnist Nina Howard (Hope Davis) has information that can destroy Will's career and life by revealing that he was high during the bin Laden report. That bombshell is defused, however, when it is revealed that the magazine obtained the information through phone hacking MacKenzie's voicemail. Takes place between Monday, August 1, 2011, and Monday, August 8, 2011.|
Season 2 (2013)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|11||1||"First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers"||Alan Poul||Story by: Ian Reichbach and Aaron Sorkin
Teleplay by: Aaron Sorkin
|July 14, 2013||2.22|
|The episode begins with Will describing the events of the past year while in a deposition with a lawyer, Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden). The previous year starts with Reese Lansing being denied entry to a House committee hearing on copyright protection. Jim Harper assigns himself as ACN's correspondent for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign to get away from Maggie because of his feelings for her. To replace him, Mac calls Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater), a producer for ACN's D.C. bureau. Maggie is living with Don, but the two break up after Don discovers the video of Maggie declaring her love for Jim (in the Season 1 finale) posted online. Will is in trouble with the public after calling the Tea Party "the American Taliban" which is why Reese was ejected from the committee hearing. Cyrus West, one of the panelists for News Night, gives Jerry Dantana a tip about a black ops mission called Operation Genoa.|
|12||2||"The Genoa Tip"||Jeremy Podeswa||Story by: Dana Ledoux Miller & Adam R. Perlman and Aaron Sorkin
Teleplay by: Aaron Sorkin
|July 21, 2013||1.88|
|Jim meets Hallie Shea (Grace Gummer), an embedded reporter with the Romney campaign. Charlie Skinner took Will off the 9/11 10th anniversary story because of his American Taliban comment, and Will is condemned on the House floor as a result. Maggie and Sloan track down the person who posted the video of Maggie's confession about Jim in front of the Sex and the City bus (in the season 1 finale) and make a deal with her to take down the video. However, Maggie's best friend Lisa, (Kelen Coleman) soon discovers the video revealing that it wasn't taken down and decides to end their friendship. Maggie wants to leave to do a story in Africa and pitches it to Mac. Don is trying to convince Will to cover the Troy Davis execution. Jerry Dantana tells Mac about Operation Genoa, a mission conducted by Marine Special Operations (MARSOC) to rescue two captured Marines by using sarin gas against the enemy. Neal is arrested while filming an Occupy Wall Street protest leading to Will going to the police station to bail him out. Takes place between August 25 and September 21, 2011.|
|13||3||"Willie Pete"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Story by: Michael Gunn & Elizabeth Peterson and Aaron Sorkin
Teleplay by: Aaron Sorkin
|July 28, 2013||1.80|
|Will meets with Nina Howard, a gossip columnist, to convince her not to publish a story about him being taken off the 9/11 anniversary broadcast. Jerry and Mac meet with Gunnery Sergeant Eric Sweeney who confirms the Genoa story. They take the story to Charlie Skinner. Maggie prepares to leave for Africa. Neal struggles to convince Mac to do a story on Occupy Wall Street (OSW), but Mac is eventually convinced and allows Neal to find an OSW member for an on-air interview with Will. On the Romney press bus, Jim voices his disgust with the limited answers he receives from the Romney campaign spokespeople, and the lack of questions being asked by the other reporters. Hallie musters the courage to start asking hard questions after Jim's rant. Jim and Hallie are kicked off the bus with only Stillman, a fellow reporter, leaving the bus as well after Jim fails to convince the rest of the reporters to leave with them. Jerry assembles a team to continue researching Genoa and their search eventually leads to a source who describes the entire event on Twitter. Takes place between September 23 and September 30, 2011.|
|14||4||"Unintended Consequences"||Carl Franklin||Aaron Sorkin||August 4, 2013||1.62|
|The episode begins in the present, with Rebecca Halliday interviewing Maggie about the events of the past year. Maggie and another producer, Gary (Chris Chalk) leave for Africa. Maggie does a story about an orphanage in Uganda. While she was visiting, Maggie befriends a little boy named Daniel. Gunmen arrive at the orphanage and Daniel is shot and killed while Maggie carries him on her back as they evacuate. Will interviews Shelly (Aya Cash), one of the Occupy Wall Street protesters and embarrasses her on air. Jerry and Neal learn that she knows a person who has knowledge of Genoa, but she won't give them the name of the person until Will apologizes. Jerry and Neal find the person they were looking for and he gives them a report he wrote about Genoa, where he documents the use of chemical weapons. Jim is insulted by the Romney Campaign's spokesperson, Taylor Warren (Constance Zimmer), and is given a 30 minute one on one with Mitt Romney, but Jim gives it to Hallie. Takes place between September 30 and October 3, 2011. The last scene skips several months into the future where Maggie cuts her hair due to the events that occurred in Africa.|
|15||5||"News Night with Will McAvoy"||Alan Poul||Aaron Sorkin||August 11, 2013||1.82|
|Will learns that his father has died. Bombs explode in Syria and a couple pretending to be victims of the blast prank call the station. Nude photos of Sloan are leaked online by a disgruntled former boyfriend. She confronts him, punches him in the face, and takes a photo to post online. A Rutgers student, about to be interviewed by Will, posts on Twitter that he will announce he is gay while on the show and Mac stops him from going on. Don tries to correct a statement he made to a reporter at WorldNetDaily. A source gives Charlie a cargo manifest from Operation Genoa that contains a classified item. Charlie believes the item is sarin gas. Jim suspects Maggie (who is still shaken from her ordeal in Africa) is drunk at work. Takes place on March 16, 2012.|
|16||6||"One Step Too Many"||Julian Farino||Aaron Sorkin||August 18, 2013||1.89|
|The staff has the first Red Team meeting about Operation Genoa. Charlie Skinner says the story is not ready to air. They find another source for the Genoa story, former USMC Gen. Stomtonovich (Stephen Root). Charlie and Mac go to Maryland to meet with him and he agrees to be interviewed. Jerry conducts the interview alone as Maggie is asked to leave due to Gen. Stomotonovich not being told in advance she would be present so he could not have her checked out first. The interview concludes with Gen. Stomtonovich never admitting that sarin gas was used during the operation. On his return Jerry takes the interview and edits it so that it appears the general says that the military used sarin gas during the operation. After the interview, the staff holds a second Red Team meeting, where Charlie Skinner still says that the story isn't ready to air. Hallie sets up Neal with a friend of hers. Jim and Hallie go on a double date with them. However, at Hallie's request, but to Jim's dismay Taylor Warren, the Romney campaign spokesperson tags along. Warren later reveals that she was recently fired. Will is concerned about his likability with the audience and has a focus group done. Several months later, ACN gets a call from a lance corporal, thought to be dead, who was a member of the MARSOC team on Operation Genoa. In the present, Charlie is recounting his recollection of events to Rebecca Halliday and it is revealed that the story about Operation Genoa was not true.|
|17||7||"Red Team III"||Anthony Hemingway||Aaron Sorkin||August 25, 2013||1.47|
|In the present, the staff is being interviewed by Rebecca Halliday and they recount how they all failed to discover the Genoa story is false. Flash back to a few months ago; the third Red Team meeting is being conducted and Will is being presented the story. Will reveals that he heard the same story from a source. Charlie says that the story is ready to air. ACN airs the story on September 9, 2012. The next day, the staff starts questioning the accuracy of the Genoa story. Mac is suspicious and reviews the tape of the interview with the general. She discovers that Jerry edited it and fires him. It is revealed that in addition to the edited interview, Cyrus West (the first source) has political ambitions and exaggerated Operation Genoa; Eric Sweeney (the second source) is discovered to have a traumatic brain injury and was getting details of the mission confused; Charlie's source provided him with a fake manifest (which had a hidden message) in order to get back at him for firing his son, who is dead; the lance corporal, who was interviewed by Mac, is not the lance corporal they thought was on the mission, but another one with the same name and was just repeating what he heard from Mac and other sources in the interview. Meanwhile, riots are beginning in Cairo because of an American film insulting Islam and the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi occurs. Will, Charlie, and Mac are all prepared to hand in their resignations to AWM CEO, Leona Lansing, and she rejects them. Takes place between September 9 and September 11, 2012.|
|18||8||"Election Night, Part I"||Jason Ensler||Aaron Sorkin||September 8, 2013||1.76|
|Will, Charlie, and Mac are trying to convince Leona and her son Reese, to accept their resignations. Taylor Warren, formerly with the Romney campaign is on the ACN election night panel. She gives Maggie a tip about a candidate in California who made a controversial statement several years ago about rape and abortion. The candidate's staff, in order to get ACN to not run the story, gives them a tip that CIA Director David Petraeus will resign because of an affair and that Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan will be investigated for a relationship with a Florida socialite, who was receiving harassing e-mails from Petraeus's mistress. An autographed copy of Sloan's book was sold at a charity auction, only she did not actually sign it and she asks Neal to track down the buyer. Mac also asks Neal to fix the information listed on her Wikipedia page which wrongly states that she was on the University of Oxford debate team, but finds trouble finding an outside source to confirm the information. Don is told by Rebecca Halliday that he will be named in a separate lawsuit by Jerry Dantana. Jim accidentally calls a race too early and spends the night watching it, making sure ACN does not make another mistake. Will tells Mac that she will be fired at the end of the election night show. Takes place on Election Night, November 6, 2012.|
|19||9||"Election Night, Part II"||Alan Poul||Aaron Sorkin||September 15, 2013||1.67|
|ACN decides to proceed with the story about the candidate in California instead of the Petraeus story. Leona decides to let Reese make the decision on whether to accept the resignations of Will, Charlie, and Mac. Will learns that senior staff will also resign as a result of Genoa and tries to convince them not to. Hallie believes that Maggie cut her own hair off and tells Jim of her concern. Jim discovers that his ex-girlfriend (Maggie's roommate, Lisa) has a second job working for a caterer at the campaign watch party. He meets with Lisa and encourages her to return to speaking terms with Maggie. Sloan realizes that Don was the one who bought the book. She gives him a signed copy and kisses him. To fix Mac's Wikipedia page, Neal proposes a plan for Jim to relay onto Hallie that he'll write an article under Hallie's name to confirm that Mac was President of the Cambridge Union Society. Hallie writes the article herself as a gift. Reese decides not to let Will, Charlie, and Mac resign. Maggie and Lisa appear to be talking to each other again. Will asks Mac to marry him and she says yes. The ACN staff celebrates. Takes place on Election Night, November 6, 2012.|
Season 3 (2014)
In September 2013, Jeff Daniels and Thomas Sadoski stated that The Newsroom would return for a third season. HBO later clarified saying, "We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules." On January 13, 2014, HBO officially confirmed the series was renewed for a third and final season, scheduled to premiere in fall 2014.
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