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 »




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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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


"Kundu" is the country mentioned in the confidential documents, however it is a fictitious country. Aaron Sorkin also used this fake nation in his series, the West Wing. See more »


The montage features an arrangement of the "Ave Maria", which was set to music written by German composer Franz Schubert in 1825. The scene also shows a pianist reading from sheet music with the title "Ave Maria" at the top of the page. However, the notes on the page reveal that the sheet music is for the 1853 setting of the "Ave Maria" by French composer Charles Gounod. The pianist is reading a completely different "Ave Maria" from the one used in the soundtrack. See more »


MacKenzie McHale: I find your Irish stoicism...
Will McAvoy: Sexy?
MacKenzie McHale: Irritating.
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References Working Girl (1988) See more »


All I Want
Performed by Bob Moses
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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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