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