The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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While Rebecca must once again defend ACN during a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the aftermath of the DOD leak; Charlie and Leona deal with a hostile takeover; Sloan ... See full summary »


Greg Mottola


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 2 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
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Mary McCormack ... Molly Levy
Kat Dennings ... Blair Lansing
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Jimmi Simpson ... Jack Spaniel
Paul Lieberstein ... Richard Westbrook


While Rebecca must once again defend ACN during a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the aftermath of the DOD leak; Charlie and Leona deal with a hostile takeover; Sloan worries about Don's involvement with insider information. Written by Sharon Navarre

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Release Date:

16 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?


Mary McCormack plays FBI agent Molly Levy. McCormack previously appeared as Kate Harper in The West Wing, also created by Aaron Sorkin. Furthermore Molly is a name frequently used by Sorkin; it was the name given to the agent assigned to Zoe Bartlett in TWW, as well as the name of Toby Ziegler's daughter. See more »


The headrest cover behind the EPA guy's head on the train with Maggie Jordan goes from beginning to slip to suddenly straight without a reasonable break in the conversation for it to be corrected by the EPA guy or an attendant. See more »


Sloan Sabbith: Don't you like having a gal pal that you can hang out with where there are extra benefits like stock tips?
Don Keefer: I can't use the stock tips!
Sloan Sabbith: [Much louder] Then how about the sex?
Don Keefer: [Both turn suddenly to see Jim Harper standing in the elevator looking at them. Sloan and Don enter the elevator] Hey.
Jim Harper: Hey
Sloan Sabbith: Hey
Jim Harper: Hi
Don Keefer: [after an uncomfortable pause] It would take a long time to explain
Jim Harper: [Cutting Don off] Yeah, yeah
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


The Newsroom Main Theme
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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22 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Newsroom

Sorkin's admirable attempt to dramatize the news section with a gut wrenching anatomy on behind the scenes of this show business, is one of the biggest upset ever to come across the screen. And not because of its failure on various aspects, it still falls under mediocrity but the expectations that it brought with such caliber of cast and makers, it is surely a swing and a miss. Sorkin's signature writing patterns is clearly visible as it is brimmed with competitive arguments and too many verbal sparring that moves with ferocious pace, he always keeps his audience on the edge of their seat trying to keep up with the narration.

But as much political galore this vision is, the actual content, the core of the drama that it has to and does rely upon is the real culprit in here. The conversations are chalky and the connections of the plots to pass the storyline forward is poorly weaved out. It seems like the venue has changed but the usual love affairs and breaking and mending of equations, is still their, the seen-this-seen-that details are outdated and audience is much smarter than this. The execution too isn't appropriately handled along with the camera work that is more pretentious than it is productive.

The only responsible man that makes your time worth is Daniels, in his morally complex and socially challenged coat that he is in, which too may seem like your usual anti-hero, but has much to offer as the character ages on screen. Supporting parallel-y is Mortimer whose quirkiness is easily absorbing, than her drama is, to be fair she isn't given the range to factor on a larger scale. Other supporting cast like Pill, Patel, Munn, Sadoski and Gallagher Jr. are the weak links to the series. The Newsroom could have been much more than just news, and this time even Sorkin couldn't convince us to watch the news.

Season 03

Scoffing off the melodramatic antics, this season is probably the best among all for depicting the least of any type of drama explored previously, it pins down all to one big case that is thoroughly investigated and triumphed over, something for the makers to sigh about the closure they achieve in here.


Saving the already drowned ones, this episode plays at the brisk of the emotions which helps it convey the stakes more easily, and the always underused Patel gets a stage worth working and shining on.

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