The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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5/1 

When Charlie gets a tip from a mysterious informant that the President is about to make a major announcement, the news team tries to confirm what it is about.

Director:

Joshua Marston

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 5 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
David Harbour ... Elliot Hirsch
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Solomon Hancock (voice)
Christina Kirk ... Flight Attendant
Natalie Morales ... Kaylee
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Jane Barrow
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Storyline

Sunday evening, May 1, 2011. The ACN news team is at Will's for a party to mark a year of good reporting. Charlie gets a call alerting him to a major news announcement at 10. By 9:00, everyone's on their way to the studio (with Will under the influence of a Vicodin and two pot-laced cookies). Don, Sloan, and Elliot are stuck on the tarmac at LaGuardia waiting for a gate. As the team uses brains and sources to narrow the possibilities - and get confirmation of what's going on - Charlie has to make the call as to when they go on the air: get it right without collateral damage. By evening's end, he gets a second tip suggesting that another story is brewing. 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:

5 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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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

The Rock's ...Land of the free home of the brave." Tweet discussed by Neal, Kaylee and Charlie really happened. The Rock sent it out about an hour before President Obama's news conference. In addition The Rock really does have a cousin who was a SEAL, a fact The Rock mentioned in a 2008 interview. See more »

Goofs

Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) incorrectly references the the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) which was replaced with the current Emergency Alert System (EAS) in 1994. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Skinner: The president's gonna tell us what's going on at 10:30. He's gonna tell us. What's the virtue of breaking it five minutes early?
MacKenzie McHale: America thinks bin Laden's alive. If I can make him dead one minute sooner, my entire life in journalism up until this point will have been worth it.
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Crazy Credits

The speech made by President Barack Obama to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was the focus of this episode, is played over the closing credits. See more »

Connections

References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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Problems in the newsroom
7 July 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Following a good run, there's something very off about '5/1'. More like a few things, and it really doesn't come off smoothly.

It starts with a party at Will's apartment, and the interactions in those scenes are stilted. It moves on from there with the staff chomping at the bit to report the news of bin Laden's death, a series of false starts as they wring their hands for confirmation. it doesn't help that the romantic triangle element (the show's real weakness) is doted in during this downtime. Eventually, we get to that historic announcement, and the show plays up the personal significance, this being New York. But there's never a crescendo. A lot of the writing here is obvious, stagey; which is a shame because it can also be very funny (Terry Crews again with the one-liners, and Will being high on pot brownies).

I wanted to like this more than I did. It just never seems to get off the ground.


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