The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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I'll Try to Fix You 

Will's new idealism leads him to be playing into the hands of the tabloid press determined to discredit him.


Alan Poul


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
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
Hope Davis ... Nina Howard
Kathryn Hahn ... Carrie
Jon Tenney ... Wade Campbell
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Natalie Morales ... Kaylee
Missy Yager ... Monica


New Year's Eve, 2010: Don encourages Jim to hang out with Maggie's roommate; Maggie objects. Will, in a tuxedo, decides to be sociable at the station's party, chatting up a visiting columnist. He objects to something she says, she tosses her glass of Champagne in his face, and a couple days later, a local gossip column accuses him of groping her. A similar event and newspaper report happen a couple days later. What's going on? Then, on Saturday, January 8, by a fluke, everyone's at the station when a major story breaks. Will everyone keep their heads? Written by <>

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Release Date:

15 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jane Fonda (Leona Lansing) & Sam Waterston (Charlie Skinner) also worked together on Grace and Frankie (2015) as Grace Hanson & Sol Bergstein respectively. See more »


Will McAvoy says, "I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage." Hurricanes have low barometric pressure, not high pressure. See more »


Reese Lansing: Every second you're not current a thousand people are changing the channel to the guy who is. That's the business you're in. MSNBC, FOX and CNN all say she's dead. Don, tell him. Don!
Don Keefer: It's a person. A doctor pronounces you're dead, not the news.
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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »


Fix You
Written by Guy Berryman , Jon Buckland (as Jonny Buckland), Will Champion and Chris Martin
Performed by Coldplay
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Brings it all together in the end
25 May 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

All cylinders seem to be firing from the beginning with a New Year's Eve party full of great back-n-forth between the staff (Olivia Munn finally gets more than a couple of lines to say here) as Will's love life maintains a disastrous course as he goes on a series of toxic dates, the friction between Jim and Maggie has some good substance, and the dialogue across the board is very entertaining.

And true to form, it culminates in newsroom chaos over the breaking news in Arizona (Gabrielle Giffords). It's an emotional ending that really plays on the hysteria over fact-checking and ties up the episode very nicely (in spite of the tepid Coldplay song).

It truly is an impressive finish.


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