Thus far in his series television career, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin has peeled the curtain back and taken his audience inside the worlds of politics, sketch comedy, and sports news. His upcoming fourth venture into the medium, The Newsroom, looks to take the political focus of The West Wing and the news angle of Sports Night to create a look at the American cable news system.
In The Newsroom, we’ll be following anchor Will McAvoy, having phoned in his performance on well-rated News Night and losing his journalistic fire in the process. However, once he gets embroiled in scandal, he becomes a much less passive newsman, utilizing a new team to bring back the news standards of years gone by. Can Will and his latest crew of executive producers, reporters, and staff make the show they want to and report the news the way they see fit?
Below are the initial air dates, episode names, episode descriptions, and repeat dates for the first four episodes of The Newsroom. The series is slated to have ten episodes in its first season.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (10:00-11:15 p.m. ET/PT) ‘We Just Decided To’
Surviving the fallout from a meltdown, ACN ‘News Night’anchor Will McAvoy returns to his job and finds his executive producer and most of his staff are leaving his show. Will also 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.
Other HBO playdates: June 24 (11:20 p.m.), 26 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.) and 29 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: June 25 (10:00 p.m.), 26 (9:00 p.m.), 27 (11:00 p.m.) and 30 (2:45 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), and July 11 (9:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, JULY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) ‘News Night 2.0’
Mac asserts control over the new incarnation of ‘News Night’and enlists Sloan Sabbith, a beautiful and brainy on-air economist, 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.
Other HBO playdates: July 1 (midnight), 3 (11:00 p.m.), 5 (10:00 p.m.) and 6 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 2 (10:00 p.m.), 4 (11:00 p.m.), 7 (2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and 11 (11:15 p.m.)
SUNDAY, JULY 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) ‘The 112th Congress’
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; Doncharges Elliot to get in the game; Will parades a string of arm-candy dates in front of Mac.
Other HBO playdates: July 8 (midnight), 10 (11:00 p.m.), 12 (10:00 p.m.) and 13 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 9 (10:00 p.m.), 11 (11:15 p.m.) and 14 (1:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, JULY 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) ‘I’ll Try to Fix You’
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.
Other HBO playdates: July 15 (midnight), 17 (11:00 p.m.), 19 (10:00 p.m.) and 20 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 16 (10:00 p.m.), 18 (11:00 p.m.) and 21 (4:25 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)
Are you looking forward to The Newsroom? Do you think that Will can inspire his team to create a much different take on the nightly news?