Brian Brenner
Brian Brenner
Status: Alive
Birthplace: United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Profession: Reporter
Played by: Paul Schneider
Season: 1
First episode: "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn"
Last episode: "The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate"

Brian Brenner is a reporter. ("The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn")


Will McAvoy approaches Brian Brenner to write a piece about the new approach of his News Night program. He selects Brian specifically because of their history; In 2005, Brian was in a relationship with MacKenzie McHale, but eventually dumped her. MacKenzie dealt with the rejection poorly, and therefore saw it as a form of redemption, a way to relieve the feeling of rejection, when Brian started calling her again in 2006 after she had started going out with Will (which Brian was not aware of at the time). She then had an affair with Brian for four months during her relationship with Will, until both relationships ended in early 2007. Brian later claims she was really cheating on him with Will, though MacKenzie is adamant that it was the other way around.

At least part of the reason why Will chose to have Brenner do a piece on News Night is because he still hasn't forgiven MacKenzie for the infidelity, and knows that it is painful for her to have Brian around the office. This is something Will's therapist Points out to him.

Behind the scenesEdit

Brian Brenner is a recurring character in the first season. He is played by guest star Paul Schneider and debuts in "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn".


Season 1
"We Just Decided To" "News Night 2.0" "The 112th Congress" "I'll Try to Fix You" "Amen"
"Bullies" "5/1" "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" "The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate" "The Greater Fool"