HBO Releases Details About August Episodes of 'The Newsroom'

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July 23rd, 2012

via press release:

HBO has released summaries for the August episodes of  Aaron Sorkin's new series 'The Newsroom.'



Episode #7: “5/1”

Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 5 (midnight), 6 (8:00 p.m.), 7 (11:00 p.m.), 9 (10:00 p.m.) and 10 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 6 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (11:00 p.m.), 10 (midnight), 11 (2:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and 22 (9:00 p.m.)

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.

Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Josh Marston.


Episode #8: “The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn”

Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 12 (midnight), 13 (8:00 p.m.), 14 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (10:00 p.m.) and 17 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 13 (10:00 p.m.), 15 (11:00 p.m.), 17 (midnight), 18 (3:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and 22 (10:00 p.m.)

“News Night” refuses to lead with a pair of sensational stories, which causes ratings toplummet – 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.

Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.


Episode #9: “The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate”

Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 19 (midnight), 21 (11:00 p.m.), 23 (10:00 p.m.) and 24 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 20 (10:00 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.) and 25 (3:15 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)

Will and the “News Night” staff stage a mock debate for a pair Republican Party officials. 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.

Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Alan Poul.


Episode #10: “The Greater Fool” (season finale)

Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 26 (midnight), 28 (11:00 p.m.). 30 (10:00 p.m.) and 31 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 27 (10:00 p.m.) and 29 (11:30 p.m.), and Sept. 1 (12:25 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)

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.

Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Greg Mottola.

For more on the series, please visit and #newsroom.

THE NEWSROOM was created by Aaron Sorkin; executive producers, Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul; co-executive producers, Denis Biggs, Greg Mottola and Paul Redford



  • SarahL

    Nina Howard is coming back. Damn, I thought we saw that the back of her last night.

  • VSanity

    Meh, I’m over the newsroom. Started out smart and has since become nothing more than a preachy boring television show focused more on the relationships of the characters than doing what the premise of the show intended.

    Oh, and I can’t stand Allison Pill’s character. Worst character I have ever seen on a tv show.

  • Rocco

    How can a show be so brilliant at one moment, and so ridiculously stupid at another? I hope Sorkin cuts this relationship crap down to a minimum next year. It’s really demeaning to the audience and the cast.

  • Barb

    I think the series is great..The second episode was a little slow.
    Last night was the best.
    The entire cast is wonderful. Especially Sam and Jeff.Sam is TOPS!

  • joe colletto

    Show is supposed to be about fair jouralism? Why the bias against conservatives/republicans ? Surely the left must done something self-serving? Oh yeah, I must be naive.

  • kihei

    I think the show is great and look forward to watching it every weekend. Last week’s episode regarding the Gabby Giffords shooting was amazing.

  • Nick

    This show is AWESOME!

  • Kevin

    *insert Coldplay song*

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