The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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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.


Joshua Marston


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 5 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
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


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 <>

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Did You Know?


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 »


In the final scene Will states that 2977 American lives were lost on 9/11. Although there were 2977 victims that day, 372 of them were foreign nationals from 90 different countries. See more »


Don Keefer: You have to let us off this plane.
Flight Attendant: I'm not letting you unbuckle your seatbelt, you think I'm letting you off the plane?
Don Keefer: If you knew what we know -
[turns to the other passengers]
Don Keefer: which is nothing- you'd be behind us and they'd be behind us, and I think later on tonight, you're gonna be saying, 'I wish I had been more cooperative with that passenger.'
Flight Attendant: I think later on tonight you're gonna be saying, 'These handcuffs hurt my wrists.'
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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 »


References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »


Performed by Edgar Winter Group
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American vomit
12 December 2020 | by thyhauntedSee all my reviews

I believe this is the most patronizing, idiotically patriotic and totally bs of american television ever. Good job Newsroom, you've set a new barrier to our vomit

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Release Date:

5 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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