The Newsroom will get around to covering the killing of Osama bin Laden this season, it seems. Details have been released for the final stretch of episodes in the HBO drama's first season, and the final four episodes look like they're going to be absolute crackers.
Here's the synopsis for episode 1.07, "5/1," which airs August 5th: "An anonymous source contacts Charlie (Sam Waterston) and provides advance details on an imminent story of national importance. When news breaks that the President will be making a televised speech that night, the 2.0 staff cuts short its one-year (and one-week) anniversary party, and rushes back to The Newsroom amidst a flurry of speculation as to what exactly happened."
Then, up comes the two-parter episode, which series as episode 1.08 and 1.09. 1.08 is titled "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" and will see “News Night [refuse] to lead with a pair of sensational stories, which causes ratings to plummet – and forces Will (Jeff Daniels) and Mac (Emily Mortimer) to abandon their principles in order to lure viewers back and shore up the network’s bid to land a Republican debate. Will auditions an unlikely scribe, Brian Brenner (Paul Schneider), to write an all-access profile; Sloan (Olivia Munn) chafes over her lack of air time to report on a critical financial crisis; Charlie learns the identity of an NSA whistleblower; Neal (Dev Patel) pitches an internet sting." It's always nice when they give Neal something to do that isn't Bigfoot-related.
"The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate," lives up to its title and sees Will and the crew stage a mock debate for some Republican Party officials. Also, "Mac has an epiphany during a power outage; Charlie vets the credibility of an NSA insider; Lisa (Kelen Coleman) goes off-script during an on-air interview; Neal goes undercover as an internet troll."
And, then there's the season finale, "The Greater Fool," which will see Will and Charlie finally get a chance to argue with Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda) about the smear campaign she has commissioned against the News Night team: "Nina Howard (Hope Davis) surprises Mac with a damning revelation; Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.) and Maggie (Alison Pill) reach a crossroad; Sloan weighs a new job offer; Neal uses his internet alter ego to smoke out a threat. Will, Mac and Charlie face off with Leona (Jane Fonda) and Reese (Chris Messina) during a tense lunch meeting."
That tense lunch meeting will certainly be one to watch. The rest of the season looks pretty interesting, though it will likely garner critical ire -- some that it deserves and some that it doesn't.
The Newsroom's next episode, "Bullies," airs July 29 at 10/9c on HBO.