The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate 

To get the last rating jump to get the Republican Party Debate, the news team get an exclusive interview with a former friend of Casey Anthony.

Director:

Alan Poul

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Paul Redford (head writer) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

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
Adam Arkin ... Adam Roth
David Krumholtz ... Dr. Jack Habib
Terry Crews ... Lonny Church
Paul Schneider ... Brian Brenner
Kelen Coleman ... Lisa Lambert
Jake McDorman ... Tate Brady
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
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Storyline

The pitch to the RNC requires one last push to drive ratings up: Lisa knew Casey Anthony in high school, so Jim and Maggie visit her at work to beg her to appear on the show. The day of the pitch arrives: Will takes the team of Republican presidential hopefuls through a mock debate. Will asks his psychiatrist why he can't forgive Mackenzie; she hits some emotional high notes about both the Anthony coverage and Brian's presence in the newsroom. Flowers are in Will's office; how they got there prompts Mackenzie to tell Jim to gather his rosebuds. Neal, with Sloan's help, hatches a new plan to get his troll license. There's danger in both Jim and Neal's actions. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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HBO Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

John Gallagher, Jr's character, Jim Harper, tells the woman in the boutique that her dress "screams Tonys." Gallagher won a Tony award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2007 for the musical Spring Awakening in his role as Moritz. See more »

Quotes

Neal Sampat: A popular discussion at the moment there's recent article projecting U.S. credit rating fallout as a result of the debt ceiling standoff.
Sloan Sabbith: Yes, I heard that on the news. No wait... I didn't. I heard about Casey Anthony instead.
Neal Sampat: Well that's where I jumped in. I said, "If I can balance my checkbook, why can't the government balance its budget?"
Sloan Sabbith: Mary mother of God am I sick of that insane analogy. Balancing your checkbook is to balancing the budget as driving to the supermarket is to landing on the...
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References Cast Away (2000) See more »

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The Newsroom Main Theme
Performed by Thomas Newman
Written by Thomas Newman
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back at summer camp..
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 01

The euphoric energy that ignites its pilot, never wears off throughout the season, but with none whatsoever new concrete material to offer in terms of characters or the equations between them, this is probably the most disappointing writing to come from Sorkin's magic bag.

The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate

The material was clearly overstretched which can be seen, but there are few sequences that catches your eye especially with Daniels, but the love equation questions the sincerity and logistics of the structure.


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