The Newsroom (2012–2014)
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What Kind of Day Has It Been 

The team looks forward as they mourn the loss of a coworker.


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Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin | 2 more credits »

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Episode credited cast:
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
B.J. Novak ... Lucas Pruit
Adina Porter ... Kendra James
Jane Fonda ... Leona Lansing
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Bass ... Bree Dorrit
Christina Blevins ... Funeral Guest
Rootie J. Boyd Rootie J. Boyd ... Ticket Taker (as Rootie Boyd)
John F. Carpenter ... Herb Wilson


The events that led to the inception of 'News Night 2.0' are explained, as Charlie tries to convince MacKenzie in accepting a TV role. Sloan and Don recount the events that led to Charlie's heart attack, both accusing themselves of contributing to his death. Maggie and Jim continue to face questions about their relationship, whilst Will and ACN staff have trouble keeping a secret. Written by Peter Iannazzo

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Release Date:

14 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kiefer Sutherland's name is mentioned in this episode in connection with the series finale of 24. The previous episode saw Sutherland's daughter, Sarah Sutherland, feature on the show, playing the part of Mary, the college student who Charlie wanted Don to do an interview with. See more »


(at around 34 mins) There is a laptop with a YouTube video titled "Schumacher Breaks Record", but the F1 cars in the video are the Ferrari of Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, and the McLaren of Ayrton Senna from the 1990 season. At that time Michael Shumacher wasn't racing in F1 yet. See more »


Will McAvoy: [Motioning to a guitar] You mind?
Bo: No. That's right. You play guitar on the side.
Will McAvoy: I'm a news anchor on the side.
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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 03

Scoffing off the melodramatic antics, this season is probably the best among all for depicting the least of any type of drama explored previously, it pins down all to one big case that is thoroughly investigated and triumphed over, something for the makers to sigh about the closure they achieve in here.

What Kind Of Day Has It Been

Revisiting the station once again, and restarting the clock from zero, this people pleasing dramatization of news channel has managed to end on their own terms which is the only thing to be appreciative of, since there is no nail-biting climatic act to punch the viewers with a knockout.

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