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The Newsroom: Season 1 (2012)




Critic Consensus: Though it sports good intentions and benefits from moments of stellar dialogue and a talented cast, The Newsroom may feel too preachy, self satisfied, and cynical to appeal to a wide range of viewers.


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A volatile cable-news anchor (Jeff Daniels) and the idealogical staff that has just been foisted upon him set out to 'do the news well' in the face of numerous obstacles in Season 1 of this HBO series from Aaron Sorkin ('The Social Network').


Jeff Daniels
as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer
as MacKenzie McHale
Alison Pill
as Margaret Jordan
Thomas Sadoski
as Don Keefer
Sam Waterston
as Charlie Skinner
Dev Patel
as Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn
as Sloan Sabbith
Adina Porter
as Kendra James
Chris Chalk
as Gary Cooper
David Harbour
as Elliot Hirsch
Chris Messina
as Reese Lansing
Terry Crews
as Lonny Church
Hope Davis
as Nina Howard
Jane Fonda
as Leona Lansing
Margaret Judson
as Tess Westin
Jon Tenney
as Wade Campbell
David Krumholtz
as Dr. Jack Habib
Stephen Henderson
as Solomon Hancock
Thomas Matthews
as Martin Stallworth
John F. Carpenter
as Herb Wilson
Trieu Tran
as Joey Phan
Paul Schneider
as Brian Brenner
Wynn Everett
as Tamara Hart
Charlie Weirauch
as Jake Watson
Adam Arkin
as Adam Roth
David Cromer
as Moderator
Jake McDorman
as Tate Brady
Philip Baker Hall
as Bryce Delancy
Damon Gupton
as Sutton Wall
Eve Gordon
as Phylis Greer
Merle Dandridge
as Maria Guerrero
Patrick Fabian
as Tony Hart
Yuki Matsuzaki
as Daisuke Tanaka
JD Cullum
as Frank Guidry
Chuma Hunter-Gault
as Assistant Director
Ned Vaughn
as Dick Warren
John Walcutt
as Greg Towne
Saemi Nakamura
as Translator
Sarah Scott Davis
as Terry Smith
Deborah Strang
as Gloria Hansen
Cornell Womack
as Daniel Mendoza
Brian Huskey
as Jake Watson
Marshall Bell
as Ross Fernholm
Riley Voelkel
as Jennifer Adams
Megan Park
as Gwen Valley
Ricky Mabe
as Steven
Norma Maldonado
as Housekeeper
Steven Hack
as Dr. Morris
Stefanie Malouf
as Karaoke #1
Emily Wilson
as Shannon Bryer
Jill Remez
as Sherri Stone
Jamison Yang
as Martin Wing
Cyndee San Luis
as Paulita Maya
Chauncey Jenkins
as Karaoke #2
Mia Barron
as Sheryl Bell
Victoria Kelleher
as Charlie's Secretary
Corey Sorenson
as Mike Lyndall
Everette Wallin
as Ted Wexler
Laura Stone
as Danielle
Tehmina Sunny
as Melinda Douglas
Troy Blendell
as Kyle Lohman
Briana Cuoco
as Neal's Girl
Tristin Mays
as Karaoke Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (24)

Even with The West Wing creator at the wheel, HBO's Next Big Drama, Newsroom, which is set at a CNN-like network, disappoints.

September 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Speechifying, crusading characters and high drama are acceptable when the future of the free world is at risk; less so when it's the future of an 11pm cable news show.

March 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, no one appears more deluded than Sorkin. His Will McAvoy is an insufferable blowhard, but the show spends most of its energy trying to convince us he's a saint.

September 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Monstrously misconceived and incompetently executed, powered by a high-octane blend of arrogance and contempt, The Newsroom is an epochal failure, a program destined for television's all-time What Were They Thinking?

June 24, 2012 | Full Review…

The show offers a lot of great talking, but to whom does it wish to speak?

June 24, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It all feels over-overwrought.

June 24, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1


First of all, do not trust the critics. The liberal critics were angry that the show remained somewhat neutral to its political stance. Newsroom season 1 was a witty satire comedy drama about the lives of people working behind the scenes to bring you the news. It renewed the walk the talk style from Sorkin with many clever jokes, season 1 is fantastic.


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