The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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Shocking information regarding the source comes to light in the fight for Will's freedom.



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MacKenzie McHale
Neal Sampat (credit only)
Sloan Sabbith
Rebecca Halliday
Lucas Pruit
Barry Lasenthal
Gary Cooper
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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7 December 2014 (USA)  »

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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 »


Cellmate: I've got an idea tell me the name. I didn't take an oath or anything, I'll say I'll give them the name on the condition they let us both out.
Will McAvoy: That's a hell of an idea.
Cellmate: Or I could just shake the name out of you.
Will McAvoy: Stand up.
[Both men stand up]
Will McAvoy: I want you to see that I've got four inches on you, and you're giving up thirty pounds. I'm not your wife, raise your hands above your hips and I will knock you the fuck into next week.
Cellmate: [will sits down] Your father was a drunk wasn't he?
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Pacing to die for .... in this case, literally
27 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Apologies in advance for the odd metaphor, but in the early days of boxing, when you knew that the champ had knockout power at the ready, you might suggest that he carried the other fighter for a few rounds so the audience could feel they got their money's worth.

And so it is with Sorkin and this delightful episode which, moreso than others in the series, is very very self-conscious about starting slow and building to the climax.

This humble scribe will simply state the obvious -- the irascible Mr. Sorkin has recently stated publicly that, not only is this the last season of Newsroom, but he is seriously looking at hanging up his spurs and walking away from TV.

Whether or not that is true, clearly, in this final season, Mr. Sorkin has a number of things he wants to say about the world we live in, and neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail (sorry, another goofy metaphor) is going to stop him.

In this episode, we get an earful on journalism, ethics, morality, the way women SHOULD be treated (but are not), the way the court system SHOULD work (but does not); the divide between the old and the young, the divide between those looking for a fast buck and those looking to make a difference, and the divide between those who go through life thinking only about themselves, and those actually take time to think about others.

I think it is especially clever the way a seemingly insignificant side-arc to the story -- an arc which at first glance seems to be simply about a really sweet office romance -- manages to work into the body of the script the infamous Mr. Snowden and his contribution to modern journalism. Almost by accident.

Except Sorkin's scripts don't have accidents.

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