The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Oh Shenandoah 

Shocking information regarding the source comes to light in the fight for Will's freedom.


Paul Lieberstein


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 (credit only)
Olivia Munn ... Sloan Sabbith
Sam Waterston ... Charlie Skinner
Marcia Gay Harden ... Rebecca Halliday
B.J. Novak ... Lucas Pruit
Kevin Rankin ... Cellmate
Sarah Sutherland ... Mary
Brian Howe ... Barry Lasenthal
Chris Chalk ... Gary Cooper
Adina Porter ... Kendra James


ACN continues its charge towards younger ratings by going after youth-driven news items such as date rape and celebrity sighting apps. Will, still serving his prison sentence for refusing to reveal his source, begins a troubling conversation with a new cell mate. Jim and Maggie try to track down Edward Snowden at a Russian airport and coincidentally end up confronting their own secrets. Sloan's attempt to discredit a new ACN staff member on the air has unforeseen consequences. Written by Peter Iannazzo

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Release Date:

7 December 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?


During one of Sloan's interviews on the set, there is a tweet on the TV behind her saying that "Toby from The Office was cute." The person who played Toby in The Office (2005) is an executive producer of The Newsroom and directed this episode. See more »


When Jim Harper and Maggie Jordan kiss, ostensibly aboard an airliner in flight, a green light sweeps across their faces several times. The background sound is consistent with a jet plane in level flight, with engine and slipstream noise. The green light, which seems to be coming from a rotating lamp on a road going vehicle, possibly a nearby fire truck, suggests that the plane is parked on the ground. The only green lights used on aircraft are anti-collision lights that shine away from the aircraft, and do not rotate or flash. See more »


Don Keefer: ...The law can acquit. The Internet never will. The Internet is used for vigilantism every day. But this is a whole new level and if we go there, we're truly fucked.
Mary: I'm not a vigilante.
Don Keefer: Do you want to live in a world where...
Mary: [interrupts] Do you want to hear the advice I get? I mean, this is real advice. In pamphlets. Say you have a boyfriend. Wear a wedding ring. I'm supposed to protect myself from a man by pretending I'm the property of another man. And, of course, there's no shortage of good...
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take an oath..
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.

Oh Sheanandoah

It is the most non Newsroom-y episode, with every character in different shoes of showing different sides of their personality (except for Pill's love track), the script may not have anything bedazzling to offer but stays very much true to this avant-garde chapter.

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