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The Newsroom News Round Up: June & July Episode Details

By on June 9, 2012

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The Newsroom premiers June 24 at 10 pm on HBO. Created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) the show offers a fly on the wall look at a disparate group of  people who produce  a nightly cable-news program. From network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) to their boss (Sam Waterston), the series is set to ‘track their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.

We have details on the first 6 episodes of the freshman season below, each written by Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin.


Episode 1.01 – We Just Decided To (June 24)

Surviving the fallout from a meltdown, ACN “News Night” anchor Will McAvoy returns to his job and finds that his executive producer and most of his entire staff are leaving his show. Will learns he’s been assigned a new EP: MacKenzie McHale, a former girlfriend. Will and his overhauled staff face an immediate challenge when breaking news comes over the wire.

‘We Just Decided To’ was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Greg Mottola.


Episode 1.02 – News Night 2.0 (July 1st)

Mac asserts control over the new incarnation of “News Night” and enlists a beautiful and brainy on-air economist, Sloan Sabbith, to do a nightly segment. Jim takes the fall for a Maggie miscue; Charlie forbids Reese from continuing his furtive meetings with Will; a long-festering breakup secret gets out.

‘News Night 2.0’ was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Alex Graves.


 Episode 1.03 – The 112th Congress (July 8th)

In an on-air editorial, Will apologizes for past newscasts and promises a new era of integrity for “News Night.” Will’s new approach rankles Leona Lansing, CEO of ACN’s parent company Atlantis World Media, who warns Charlie that Will’s stance will not be tolerated. Jim soothes Maggie during a panic attack; Don charges Elliot to get in the game; Will parades a string of arm-candy dates in front of Mac.

‘The 112th Congress’ was written by Aaron Sorkin & Gideon Yago and directed by Greg Mottola.


Episode 1.04 – I’ll Try to Fix You (July 15th)

Will’s “mission to civilize” takes a hit when he finds himself in the tabloid spotlight. Wade approaches Will with info on the government’s flagging ability to fight financial crime; Don gets Maggie to fix Jim up with her roommate Lisa; Sloan strikes out as a matchmaker; and Neal’s “Bigfoot is real” pitch falls on deaf ears. Against Reese’s wishes, Will refuses to follow the media rumor mill and make a call on a breaking story.

‘I’ll Try to Fix You’ was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Alan Poul.


Episode 1.05 – Amen (July 22nd)

In the midst of its coverage of the ouster of Egyptian President Mubarak, the “News Night” team learns of a protest in Wisconsin condemning Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to balance the budget by cutting teachers’ jobs. As Maggie, Jim and Don hustle to get side-by-side views of the simultaneous uprisings on air, Neal tracks down an Egyptian insider, who can get on-the-ground updates from Cairo.

‘Amen’ was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Daniel Minahan.


Episode 1.06 – Bullies (July 29th)

A lingering bout with insomnia drives Will to keep a longstanding therapy appointment. Subbing for Elliot during the Japanese nuclear crisis, Sloan’s strident interrogation of a Tokyo power-company spokesperson ends up jeopardizing her own career. After his rough handling of an interview subject, Will comes to recognize the causes and effects of being a bully.

‘Bullies’ was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.


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