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The Newsroom: News Night 2.0

MacKenzie takes control of the retooled 'News Night', and asks beautiful economic expert Sloan Sabbith to file a nightly on-air financial report. Meanwhile, Jim takes the blame for a mistake made by Maggie, Charlie demands Will stop meeting with Reese about the ratings, and the story behind Mac and Will's break-up becomes public knowledge.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Sunday July 01st, 2012

Director: Alex Graves
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jul 17, 2012
Hungary Aug 06, 2012

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (15 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Kendra James
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
Chris Messina (1)Chris Messina (1)
As Reese Lansing

Co-Guest Stars
Charlie WeirauchCharlie Weirauch
As Jake Watson
Chasty BallesterosChasty Ballesteros
As Tea
John F. CarpenterJohn F. Carpenter
As Herb Wilson
Margaret JudsonMargaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Thomas MatthewsThomas Matthews
As Martin Smallworth
Trieu TranTrieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Wynn EverettWynn Everett
As Tamara Hart
Chauncey JenkinsChauncey Jenkins
As Karaoke #2
Cornell WomackCornell Womack
As Daniel Mendoza
Marshall BellMarshall Bell
As Ross Fernholm
Megan ParkMegan Park
As Gwen Vally
Norma MaldonadoNorma Maldonado
As Housekeeper
Paul Willson (1)Paul Willson (1)
As Dr. Dwayne Sotter
Stephanie MaloufStephanie Malouf
As Karaoke #1
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 pieces of Will’s ceiling collapsing, because of some construction work that his neighbor is doing. Later Will tells Mackenzie that the team she has brought in is a bit too young. Mackenzie reassures him that what they lack in experience they make up in proficiency. He then tells Mackenzie that he doesn’t want anyone to know, why they aren’t together anymore. Mackenzie proceeds to later brief the team about News Night 2.0. Charlie meanwhile calls Rhys who informs Will about his show’s ratings and the numbers, and tells him to stop doing so. Charlie basically doesn’t want Will to be affected by the numbers and wants him to simply do content driven news, whatever the numbers. ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 1.68 million

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