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The Newsroom on HBO

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A photo of the star of The Newsroom on HBO Jeff Daniels

The Newsroom on HBO stars Jeff Daniels, who plays anchorman Will McAvoy -- a man who's much more complicated off camera than he appears as anchor of News Night.

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The Newsroom on HBO:

The Newsroom on HBO focuses on Anchorman Will McAvoy, who leads the staff of News Night on the Atlantis Cable News network. Like most people who work on-camera in television, he is completely inoffensive on air, but is much more complex behind the scenes. Finally, he snaps in a public tirade at a college campus forum about why he believes the U.S. is not the greatest country on Earth. That moment demonstrates his normal human frailties and gets him sent away from ACN to take a vacation.

When he returns, his finds his staff has left him to join another newscast on ACN and former love interest MacKenzie McHale wants back in his life as his new executive producer. She's the only one who can force her way into his heart and his head to renew his commitment to produce news with the power to impact society. They, along with a young staff and well-seasoned news president Charlie Skinner, face the challenges of working in a competitive TV newsroom environment while maintaining an idealistic outlook on journalism and the quest to uncover the truth.

The Newsroom Series Premiere:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Newsroom Airs:

Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO

Cast of The Newsroom:

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale
Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner
John Gallagher, Jr., as Jim Harper
Alison Pill as Margaret Jordan
Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer
Dev Patel as Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith

Behind the Scenes of The Newsroom:

  • The Newsroom is the brain child of Aaron Sorkin, who created The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote the screenplays of The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network and Moneyball.
  • Before handing the scripts over to the actors, Sorkin rehearses each scene aloud. In the second episode from season one, there's a scene where McAvoy (Daniels) lunges at another actor. When Sorkin rehearsed this at home, he lunged himself into his bathroom mirror so hard that he broke his nose.
  • The Newsroom is rumored to be loosely based on cable TV's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Sorkin was shadowing Olbermann during the 2010 BP oil spill, which is the news event that is highlighted in the pilot episode.
  • Sorkin also researched Chris Matthews and his show Hardball when preparing to write The Newsroom. In fact, Matthews' son Thomas portrays a News Night staffer on The Newsroom.
  • Margaret Judson, who plays Tess Westin on The Newsroom, was working as a production assistant on Keith Olbermann's show when Aaron Sorkin began his research.
  • The series premiere of The Newsroom earned 2.1 million viewers, which is HBO's third-highest series premiere since 2008.
  • To generate more exposure for the show, HBO put the pilot of The Newsroom up on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com, onDemand outlets and on iTunes as a podcast.
  • Season 1 of The Newsroom is 10 episodes and production wrapped before the first episode aired.
  • The first season of The Newsroom covers 18 months of news events starting with the April 20, 2010, explosion of Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Season 1 Episodes of The Newsroom:

We Just Decided To
Air date: June 24, 2012

News anchor Will McAvoy News Night 2.0
Air date: July 1, 2012

The 112th Congress
Air date: July 8, 2012

I'll Try to Fix You
Air date: July 15, 2012

Amen
Air date: July 22, 2012

Bullies
Air date: July 29, 2012

5/1
Air date: August 5, 2012

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