April 20, 2010. Will McAvoy comes back to his national news anchor desk two weeks after a PR disaster at a college forum. He discovers that most of his staff are following his executive producer to another show, and his boss has hired Mackenzie MacHale as the new EP. McAvoy wants nothing to do with her and talks to his agent about getting her fired. While he and MacHale hash things out in his office, the news wire carries a report about a fire at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well. McAvoy's old EP dismisses the intelligence that MacHale's assistant is discovering. How will McAvoy handle the opportunity to devote an hour to this news - and can the team put a show together on the fly?
Did You Know?
The voice of the Minerals Management Service junior employee with whom Will speaks on air is Jesse Eisenberg
in an uncredited cameo. See more
Reference is made to a reporter having been embedded with troops in the Vietnam War, but embedding reporters did not start until after the Vietnam War. One of the first instances was the Falklands War in 1982. It was somewhat prevalent in the First Gulf War and the initial stages of the War In Afghanistan in 2001. Criticism to the lack of insight in these wars led to changes and it is from 2003 - the Iraq War - that the term "embedded journalism" came into wide use. See more
I've come here to produce a news broadcast that more closely resembles the one we did before you got popular by not bothering anyone, Leno.
I think Jay and I would rather be employed, if it's all the same to you.
It's not all the same to me, you punk. I've come here to take your IQ and your talent and put it to some patriotic fucking use.
The Newsroom Main title soundtrack
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