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The Newsroom: The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn

Will and Mac make the decision to not cover a pair of sensationalistic stories, causing 'News Night's ratings to nosedive. Will had hoped to moderate a Republican presidential debate on ACN, and must hurry to recapture the network's lost viewers. Meanwhile, Will considers potential writers for an in-depth profile on himself, Sloan is annoyed by the lack of coverage of the financial collapse, and Charlie learns the identity of an NSA whistle-blower.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Sunday August 12th, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


 
Guest Stars
Chris Messina (1)Chris Messina (1)
As Reese Lansing
Recurring
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
Recurring
David KrumholtzDavid Krumholtz
As Dr. Jack Habib
Recurring
David KrumholtzDavid Krumholtz
As Dr. Jack Habib
Recurring
Stephen McKinley HendersonStephen McKinley Henderson
As Solomon Hancock
Recurring
Stephen McKinley HendersonStephen McKinley Henderson
As Solomon Hancock
Recurring
Jane FondaJane Fonda
As Leona Lansing
Recurring
Jane FondaJane Fonda
As Leona Lansing
Recurring
Terry CrewsTerry Crews
As Lonny Church
Recurring
Paul Schneider (3)Paul Schneider (3)
As Brian Brenner
Recurring
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Kendra James
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Margaret JudsonMargaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Recurring
Margaret JudsonMargaret Judson
As Tess Westin
Recurring
Thomas MatthewsThomas Matthews
As Martin Stallworth
Recurring
Thomas MatthewsThomas Matthews
As Martin Stallworth
Recurring
John F. CarpenterJohn F. Carpenter
As Herb Wilson
Recurring
Trieu TranTrieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Recurring
Alison BeckerAlison Becker
As Sandy Whiddles
Recurring
Alison BeckerAlison Becker
As Sandy Whiddles
Recurring
Chasty BallesterosChasty Ballesteros
As Tea
Recurring
Chasty BallesterosChasty Ballesteros
As Tea
Recurring
Wynn EverettWynn Everett
As Tamara Hart
Recurring
Charlie WeirauchCharlie Weirauch
As Jake Watson
Recurring
Martin MoranMartin Moran
As Ezra Schneider
Martin MoranMartin Moran
As Ezra Schneider
Reggie De LeonReggie De Leon
As Karaoke Singer #1
Yutopia EssexYutopia Essex
As Karaoke Singer #2
Main Cast
Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels
As Will McAvoy
Emily MortimerEmily Mortimer
As Mackenzie MacHale
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
Thomas SadoskiThomas Sadoski
As Don Keefer
Dev PatelDev Patel
As Neal Sampat
Dev PatelDev Patel
As Neal Sampat
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
As Sloan Sabbith
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
As Sloan Sabbith
Sam WaterstonSam Waterston
As Charlie Skinner
Sam WaterstonSam Waterston
As Charlie Skinner

Recap

The episode begins and Will is shown chatting with a potential magazine profiler about how he wants the changes at News Night documented. He is dismissive of the writer who once wrote for Newsweek and now runs a blog. The writer, Brian, is insulted that Will basically wants him to audition for the job of writing about him. The writer want to know what Will is prepared to talk about: his childhood, his Republicanism, his personal life. They in the end arrive at a common ground. Meanwhile, Will is shown going to a meeting with Reese, Charlie and Mac. It's May 27, 2011 and Reese is dressing them down for not reporting on Casey Anthony. They took a big ratings hit because of it, from second to fifth place. ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 1.84 million



Episode Quotes
Mackenzie: (to Sloan) Look, I'll do my best to find you the time you need for the story. We just need to hope there's no new piece of nonsense I have to jam into my 22 minutes of Short Attention Span Theater.
Jim: Anthony Weiner accidentally tweeted a picture of his groin to 40,000 followers.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerAlan Poul  |  Scott Rudin  |  Aaron Sorkin
Co-Executive ProducerPaul Redford  |  Greg Mottola
Co-ProducerDauri Chase
Associate ProducerRoss Kaiman
CastingFrancine Maisler  |  Nancy M. Perkins
Unit Production ManagerChristine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorKenneth Roth (1)
Second Assistant DirectorZach Hunt
OtherManuel Amaro Da Costa (Director)
Production SupervisorJulie Camino
 
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