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The Newsroom: The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate

The 'News Night' staff scrambles to fix things when a blackout happens during an important interview. Later, Will hosts a mock debate for two Republican party officials, Charlie has Jim vet the reliability of NSA whistle-blower Solomon Hancock, Lisa flubs an on-air interview, and Neal poses as an internet troll.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x9
Airdate: Sunday August 19th, 2012

Director: Alan Poul
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Sep 04, 2012

Guest Stars
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Kendra James
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Gary Cooper
David KrumholtzDavid Krumholtz
As Dr. Jack Habib
Kelen ColemanKelen Coleman
As Lisa Lambert
Paul Schneider (3)Paul Schneider (3)
As Brian Brenner
Terry CrewsTerry Crews
As Lonny Church
Adam ArkinAdam Arkin
As Adam Roth
Jake McDormanJake McDorman
As Tate Brady
Lindsey KraftLindsey Kraft
As Alexandra

Co-Guest Stars
Alison BeckerAlison Becker
As Sandy Whiddles
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 Stallworth
Trieu TranTrieu Tran
As Joey Phan
Wynn EverettWynn Everett
As Tamara Hart
Diana Perez-AlvaradoDiana Perez-Alvarado
As Karaoke Singer #2
Liesel HlistaLiesel Hlista
As Selena Machado
Terrell CarterTerrell Carter
As Karaoke Singer #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 in the dark, with Mackenzie questioning as to why the backup generator isn’t up yet. Will comes in and informs her that they have lost power in the studio. Mackenzie then goes out and informs everyone, maintenance is on their way and the power should be up in some time. Will asks Mackenzie if they have a contingency for if the power doesn’t go on by show time. Mackenzie though looks at it in a totally different way and says the whole thing is a miracle, as everyone involved with the show hated the fact that the Anthony Weiner piece was to be aired, in order to save the ratings. She feels the power outage is godsend, as she felt all along, they were about to do the wrong thing. ..

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Episode Notes
U.S. viewers: 1.96 million

Episode Quotes
Mackenzie: What time does the sun set tonight?
Neal: 8:37.
Will: Why in the world would you know that?
Neal: One of those things.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAaron Sorkin
Executive ProducerAlan Poul  |  Scott Rudin  |  Aaron Sorkin
Co-Executive ProducerDenis Biggs  |  Paul Redford  |  Greg Mottola
Co-ProducerChristine Larson-nitzsche  |  Dauri Chase  |  Eli Bush  |  Lauren Lohman
Associate ProducerSarah Rath
Production DesignerJeff Schoen
EditorRon Rosen
CastingNancy M. Perkins  |  Francine Maisler
Unit Production ManagerChristine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorMark Tobey
Second Assistant DirectorZach Hunt
MusicAlex Wurman
Director of PhotographyTodd McMullen
Production SupervisorJulie Camino
Main Title ThemeThomas Newman
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