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The Newsroom: We Just Decided To

Will McAvoy, popular anchor of primetime cable news program 'News Night', returns to work following a very public meltdown directed at a college student. Will is ready to get back to business, but finds that most of his news staff is jumping ship to a rival show. Desperate to save things, Will's boss Charlie brings in MacKenzie McHale to produce. MacKenzie is Will's estranged ex, and he's not at all prepared to work with her again. He ends up not having a choice though, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday June 24th, 2012
Special Runtime: 75 Minutes

Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jul 10, 2012
Hungary Jul 30, 2012


Guest Stars
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Kendra James
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
David HarbourDavid Harbour
As Elliot Hirsch
David CromerDavid Cromer
As Moderator
Ned VaughnNed Vaughn
As Dick Warren

Co-Guest Stars
John F. CarpenterJohn F. Carpenter
As Herb Wilson
Margaret JudsonMargaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Riley VoelkelRiley Voelkel
As Jenna Johnson
Thomas MatthewsThomas Matthews
As Martin Stallworth
Trieu TranTrieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Victoria KelleherVictoria Kelleher
As Millie
Brian HuskeyBrian Huskey
As Jake Watson
Celeste McMillanCeleste McMillan
As Waitress
Jill RemezJill Remez
As Sherri Stone
Kick KennedyKick Kennedy
As Brenda
Ricky MabeRicky Mabe
As Steven
Silvia McClureSilvia McClure
As Nancy Schiff
Steven HackSteven Hack
As Dr. Morris
Main Cast
Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels
As Will McAvoy
Emily MortimerEmily Mortimer
As Mackenzie MacHale
John Gallagher, Jr.John Gallagher, Jr.
As Jim Harper
Alison PillAlison Pill
As Maggie Jordan
Thomas SadoskiThomas Sadoski
As Don Keefer
Dev PatelDev Patel
As Neal Sampat
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
As Sloan Sabbith
Sam WaterstonSam Waterston
As Charlie Skinner


The episode begins with a political debate, being held in front of a live audience. Will McAvoy who is one of the panelists, seems completely distracted and uninterested in the proceedings. He is then asked by a member of the audience about his political allegiance, but desists from giving an answer, possibly because he is a news anchor and hence can’t pick sides. He is then asked why America is the greatest country in the world, and he tells everyone that it’s not, much to everyone’s shock. He then mouths statistics to prove his point. He then tells everyone that America used to be the greatest country at one time, and there was a time when it fought for what was right, but no more. He then mouths the great things that America did and has achieved in the past. ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 2.14 million

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerScott Rudin  |  Alan Poul  |  Aaron Sorkin
Co-Executive ProducerGreg Mottola
Supervising ProducerCharles Goldstein
ProducerLeanne Moore
Co-ProducerEli Bush  |  Dauri Chase  |  Lauren Lohman
Associate ProducerSarah Rath
Production DesignerRichard Hoover
EditorAnne McCabe
CastingFrancine Maisler
Unit Production ManagerLeanne Moore
First Assistant DirectorKenneth Roth (1)
Second Assistant DirectorZach Hunt
MusicThomas Newman
Music EditorBill Bernstein
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
Costume DesignerAlbert Wolsky
GripDave Wright  |  Jeff Baker (3)  |  Justin Blum
Key GripMike Alexonis
Camera OperatorAndrea Rossotto
Set DesignerDouglas Berkeley  |  Claire Bennett  |  Nicholas Scott
Set DecoratorSandy Struth
Location ManagerRalph Coleman
Transportation CoordinatorDusty Saunders
Property MasterDan Boxer
Construction CoordinatorMike Wells
Production Sound MixerJim Stuebe  |  Moe Chamberlain
Script SupervisorKim Berner
Production CoordinatorMatt McIntyre
Script CoordinatorJennifer Shaklan
Assistant EditorCraig Cobb  |  Joel Pashby
Supervising Sound EditorMark Relyea
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Dennis Kirk
LeadmanHunter Cain
Director of PhotographyBarry Ackroyd
Production SupervisorDon Bensko
Storyboard ArtistDan Caplan
Art DirectorKaren Steward  |  Jeff Schoen
Assistant Production CoordinatorCourtney Weiden
ConsultantNancy Bauer Gonzalez
Costume SupervisorBob Mathews (2)
Boom OperatorRob Scott
Key Makeup ArtistKaren McDonald
Art Department CoordinatorBethany Meyer
Casting AssistantElizabeth Chodar
Chief Lighting TechnicianKelly Clear
Transportation CaptainPaul Saunders (3)
"A" Camera OperatorBarry Ackroyd
AssistantBetsy Rosenbloom  |  Daniel Leviton  |  Jessica Held  |  Steven Cardwell  |  Dan Sarrow
Set DresserMarc Duncan  |  Billy Hoye  |  Perry E. Ellis
CostumerKenn Smiley  |  Valarie O'Brien
Casting AssociateKathy Driscoll-Mohler
Key HairstylistLaurel Van Dyke
Sound DirectorDavid Barbee
Post Production AssistantBrian Wessel  |  Michael Kamens  |  Andrew Myatt
Lighting TechnicianNathan December  |  Floyd Olson, Jr.  |  Dan McMahan  |  Marek Bojsza
Post SupervisorLori Jones
Foley EditorKevin McCullough
On-set DresserNat Magnuson
Office Production AssistantMatthew Rockel  |  Michael Gunn  |  Mark Lutzker
Set Production AssistantR. Ben Parker  |  Dana Ledoux Miller  |  Jed Konieczny  |  Greg Bell
Assistant Costume DesignerSusan Kowarsh Hall
Rigging GafferKevin Blauvelt
Special Effects CoordinatorRon Nary
Dolly GripMike Epley  |  Jason Newton
Payroll AccountantFranny Altimarano
DriverBilly Prell  |  Lynda Dedmon  |  David Florio  |  Ray McLaughlin  |  Ebrahim Khaligh  |  Val Thorgusen  |  Fred Tepstein  |  Graham Ready
Best Boy GripTim Soronen
Dialogue EditorRobert Guastini
Construction ForemanSteve Callas  |  Peter Olexiewicz
Rigging ElectricBurke Tackett  |  Jeff Tapley  |  Chris Tango
Second Second Assistant DirectorStephen Dudycha
Set CostumerMarina Marit  |  Jose Hernandez
Assistant Chief Lighting TechnicianDave Scott
2nd Assistant AccountantAndrew Schark
1st Assistant Prop MasterIsaac Amondson
Key Assistant Location ManagerDiana Lara
Set MedicAlex Barnoya
ADR EditorRuth Adelman
1st Assistant AccountantVenus Ventura
Assistant PropsBobby Everett
BuyerEthan Goodwin
Art Department AssistantEmma Leslie
Construction MedicMichael McKelvey
Utility SoundKevin Faber
Additional HairstylistGail Ryan
2nd Assistant Prop MasterKim Bolanowski
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistJane Galli
Dept. Head Hair StylistKimberley Spiteri
B Camera Operator/steadicamPaul Donachie
Archive FootageDeborah Ricketts
VFX SupervisorRick Redick
Special Effects TechnicianJeff Nary  |  Rob Nary
Standby PainterJennifer Smiley
Art Department ConsultantJulie Keller
Additional Assistant Make-up ArtistMichelle Daurio  |  Alicia Danielle Friedman
ScoutBarbara Heller (1)
Rigging Best BoyNate Blauvelt
ProgrammerScott Barns
Rigging Key GripBob Leitelt  |  Charles Smith (2)
Rigging Best Boy GripWilliam Kent  |  Tommy Lee (3)
Labor ForemanRam Gutierrez
Paint SupervisorKevin Mahoney
Plaster ForemanRaymond Lopez
ToolmanCarlos Scally
Construction EstimatorCarmen Miller
Video FX SupervisorMatt Morrissey
Video Content SupervisorDave Henri
Playback EngineerSteve Irwin (2)  |  Mark Scott (5)  |  James Visconti  |  Matt Cohen (2)
Playback Production AssistantMatt Friedlander
Mix Stage TechnicianDaniel Nakamura
Smoke ArtistRob Williams (4)
VFX CoordinatorMichael Caplan (1)
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