Will eventually allows Mackenzie to work with him but only under the condition that he can fire her at the end of each week. But at its worst, the show chokes on its own sanctimony. So with all our players assembled, the Newsroom’s pilot commences setting up Mackenzie and Will’s clash of ideals versus ratings, and Don and Jim’s clash of everything… for an interminable amount of time. The writer must introduce characters, themes, and settings, all while telling a very specific type of “jumping off” story likely bearing little resemblance to the episodes that will follow. By pledging to adhere to recent history exactly as it played out, Sorkin cannot have any of his characters affect the world at large in any significant way (unless he blurs the line slightly, which he very well may). " Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post called the preview episodes "a dramatically inert, infuriating mess, one that wastes a fine cast to no demonstrable purpose, unless you consider giving Sorkin yet another platform in which to Set the People Straight is a worthwhile purpose. He discovers that most of his staff are following his executive producer to another show, and his boss has hired Mackenzie MacHale as the new EP. In the aftermath of his public tirade, acclaimed Atlantis Cable News anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) returns to his job to find that most of his staff are leaving and his new executive producer is his ex-girlfriend, MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and when some breaking news about a potentially disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hits the network, the staff faces a new challenge. I like to think he’s got it in him, and we’ve got nine more episodes this season to find out… In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you thought of the pilot in the comments below. I get my most wanted eBook. Then he waxes poetic about how great America could be, and before long (well, fairly long) we’re headlong into the opening credits. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  Talks were reportedly ongoing between Sorkin and HBO since 2010. It was interesting to see how the script got modified for the pilot, and how some lines reflected what the characters thought directly. According to the Nielsen Media Research, the episode attained 2.14 million viewers upon initial airing. Will McAvoy comes back to his national news anchor desk two weeks after a PR disaster at a college forum. Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming, November Preview: 19 TV Shows & New Movies to Watch at Home, Fall TV Preview: A Guide to New & Returning Broadcast Shows. Once alone, MacKenzie pulls out her notepad and reveals herself to have actually been the woman Will saw in the audience in the opening scene.  Sorkin told TV Guide that he intended to take a less cynical view of the media: "They're going to be trying to do well in a context where it's very difficult to do well when there are commercial concerns and political concerns and corporate concerns. The script of the pilot episode of "The Newsroom" is as tenseful as the episode itself. You might not require more period to spend to go to the books creation as capably as search for them. On the latest episode of @comPOSERSpod the gang discuss the Fernando Velázquez score for Guillermo del Toro's ghost story! ", "Emily Mortimer in talks for Sorkin HBO pilot", "Sam Waterston Joins Aaron Sorkin's HBO Pilot", "Aaron Sorkin HBO pilot casts three more stars", "MSNBC Nixes Chris Matthews's Cameo in Aaron Sorkin's Pilot About Cable News", "Critics turned off by 'West Wing' creator's TV news show", "Review Roundup: Why Are Critics So Disappointed in 'The Newsroom'? However, when downloading books from Amazon, you may have He protests, but Charlie is adamant, insisting that Mackenzie will build on his performance at Northwestern and help develop a new, improved news broadcast. "—Carrie Fisher. Sorkin's writing © 2020 METACRITIC, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. All Quotes Quotes By Aaron Sorkin. " Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara said the show's drama is "weighted too heavily toward sermonizing diatribes. ✨, ICYMI: comPOSERS Episode 82 - CRIMSON PEAK "We Just Decided To" was written by creator Aaron Sorkin and directed by Greg Mottola. This is all laid out in a fairly ham-fisted manner – again, pilots are hard – but Mackenzie’s ability to slowly draw out the best in McAvoy is mirrored by Mortimer and Daniel’s easy rapport and command of the rich dialogue. As the host needles Will to deviate from his long-practiced role as the unchallenging “Jay Leno of news” and finally state an opinion, Will seethes. And then, for no reason, Sorkin pulls perhaps one of his most WTF moments ever. Read Script The Newsroom 101: We Just Decided To (2012) Written byAaron Sorkin. Read the The Newsroom: 101: We Just Decided To script, written by Aaron Sorkin. We meet Maggie as she argues with her boyfriend Don, the departing News Night executive producer who practically spends the entire episode holding a sign above his head reading “The Heel.” His one-dimensional antagonism goes into overdrive once he clashes with the incoming replacement EP (more on her in a moment) and regular producer Jim Harper (John Gallagher Jr.).