The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of... See full summary »


Anthony Hemingway


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »

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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
Chris Messina ... Reese Lansing
B.J. Novak ... Lucas Pruit
Clea DuVall ... Lilly Hart
Grace Gummer ... Hallie Shea
Jimmi Simpson ... Jack Spaniel
Brian Howe ... Barry Lasenthal


Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of the middle east safely, and ACN's new buyer's style of news doesn't sit well with Charlie. Sloane and Don keep dodging Human Resources, and Mac sets up a secret meeting of her own. Sloane and Charlie try to find another buyer for ACN. Jim tries to be supportive of his girlfriend's online column. Written by Lisa Garner

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Release Date:

30 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?


Don Keefer talking to Mac says we shot the hostage when talking about Will and the case. Jeff Daniels tells Keanu Reeves to shoot the hostage in Speed. See more »


They key signature of "Ave Maria" shown at Julliard has two sharps, indicating it's in the key of D major. The song is being performed in the key of E major. See more »


MacKenzie McHale: The source risked everything. Neal's hiding in South America. Will's facing a grand jury. Fahda and his family fled the country. And it was for nothing!
Reese Lansing: Mac.
MacKenzie McHale: It was for nothing!
Reese Lansing: Yeah. Selling the company's the only way you get to live to fight another day.
MacKenzie McHale: Do we *ever* get to *win* one?
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References The Hustler (1961) See more »


Lobpreisung des Morgens
Performed by Jean-Pierre Garattoni
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In one word: dynamite! The best episode since the very first one, two years ago. Bravo
3 December 2014 | by kandotomSee all my reviews

This is an Edward Snowden situation. While fully sympathetic with Will and the rest of the ACN crew, any intelligent viewer has got to feel ambivalent as well. This is about the clash of conflicting principles and moral imperatives, the conflict between the First amendment and national security.

I wont spoil things, and just say: "Contempt" is superb. It is by far the best episode since the first season premiere (where Will explodes in a fiery diatribe after a naive student asks him why "America is the greatest country in the world").

"Contempt" is arguable even better. The music, the acting, the plot line, the repartees, everything.

Also: In the second season, things became almost too convoluted at times. There were so many subplots and the dialogs were so rapid and witty that it sometimes became difficult to follow all of it. So far this year, this is no longer a problem.

And one more thing: what a treat, whenever Jane Fonda/Leona appears.

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