Season 2
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No. of episodes 9
Original run July 14, 2013 to
September 15, 2013
DVD release TBA
Season chronology
Season 1
Season 3

Season 2 of The Newsroom was announced on Monday, July 2, 2012 and aired from July 14, 2013 to September 15, 2013.


The season will span Aug. 23, 2011 (the day Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound was captured by rebel forces) to Election Day 2012, and will include one episode that’s “an absolute” love letter to journalists. Sorkin also revealed in March that the season will cover events including “the Tea Party/American Taliban, the general election including the primaries and conventions, Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, and drones.”

Sorkin revealed he got off to a "false start" with season 2, creating two episodes that were eventually scrapped in an effort to make the season structurally sound. Sorkin has also said that viewers starting with the second season shouldn't have any trouble following the story.


Title Number Season Number Original Airdate U.S. viewers
Season 2 Episode 1 "First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" 11 1 July 14, 2013 2.22
The episode begins with Will describing the events of the past year while in a deposition with a lawyer, Rebecca Halliday. The previous year starts with Reese Lansing being denied entry to a House committee hearing on copyright protection. Jim Harper assigns himself as ACN's correspondent for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign to get away from Maggie because of his feelings for her. To replace him, Mac calls Jerry Dantana, a producer for ACN's D.C. bureau. Maggie is living with Don, but the two break up after a video of her declaring her love for Jim (in the season 1 finale) is posted online. Will is in trouble with the public because he called the Tea Party "the American Taliban" which is why Reese was rejected from the committee hearing. Cyrus West, one of the panelists for News Night gives Jerry Dantana a tip about a black ops mission called Operation Genoa.
Season 2 Episode 2 "The Genoa Tip" 12 2 July 21, 2013 1.88
Jim meets Hallie Shea, an embedded reporter with the Romney campaign. Charlie Skinner took Will off the 9/11 10th anniversary story, because of the American Taliban comment. Will is condemned on the House floor as a result of his comment. Don is trying to convince Will to cover the Troy Davis execution. Maggie wants to do a story on Africa and pitches it to Mac. Jerry Dantana tells Mac about Operation Genoa, which was a mission conducted by Marine Special Operations (MARSOC) to rescue two captured Marines and sarin gas was used against the enemy by the MARSOC unit sent to rescue them. Neal is arrested while filming an Occupy Wall Street protest and Will goes to the police station to get him out. Takes place between August 25 and September 21, 2011.
Season 2 Episode 3 "Willie Pete" 13 3 July 28, 2013 1.80
Will meets with Nina Howard, a gossip columnist, to convince her not to publish a story about him being taken off the 9/11 anniversary broadcast. Jerry and Mac meet with a source who confirms the Genoa story. They take the story to Charlie Skinner. Maggie prepares to leave for Africa. Neal convinces Mac to do a story on Occupy Wall Street. Jim and Hallie are kicked off the Romney press bus. Jerry assembles a team to continue researching Genoa. Their search leads to a source who describes the entire event on Twitter. Takes place between September 23 and September 30, 2011.
Season 2 Episode 4 "Unintended Consequences" 14 4 August 4, 2013 1.62
The episode begins in the present, with Rebecca Halliday interviewing Maggie about the events of the past year. Maggie and another producer (Gary) leave for Africa. Maggie does a story about an orphanage in Uganda. While she was visiting, Maggie befriends a little boy. Gunmen arrive and the boy gets killed while they are evacuating. Will interviews one of the Occupy Wall Street protesters and embarrasses her on air. Jerry and Neal learn that she knows a person who has knowledge of Genoa, but she won't give them the name of the person until Will apologises. Jerry and Neal find the person they were looking for and he gives them a report he wrote about Genoa, where he documents the use of chemical weapons. Jim is insulted by the Romney Campaign's spokesperson, Taylor Warren, and is given 30 minutes one on one with Mitt Romney, but Jim gives it to Hallie. Takes place between September 30 and October 3, 2011.
Season 2 Episode 5 "News Night with Will McAvoy" 15 5 August 11, 2013 1.81
Will learns that his father has died. Bombs explode in Syria and a couple pretending to be victims of the blast prank call the station. Nude photos of Sloan are leaked online by a disgruntled former boyfriend. She confronts him and punches him in the face. A Rutgers student, about to be interviewed by Will, posts on Twitter that he will announce he is gay while on the show and Mac stops him from going on. Don tries to correct a statement he made to a reporter at WorldNetDaily. A source gives Charlie a cargo manifest from Operation Genoa that contains a classified item. Charlie believes the item is sarin gas. Jim suspects Maggie (who is still shaken from her ordeal in Africa) is drunk at work. Takes place on March 16, 2012.
Season 2 Episode 6 "One Step Too Many" 16 6 August 18, 2013 1.89
The staff has the first Red Team meeting about Operation Genoa. Charlie Skinner says the story is not ready to air. They find another source for the Genoa story, former USMC Gen. Stanislao Stomtonovich. Charlie and Mac go to Maryland to meet with him and he agrees to be interviewed. Jerry conducts the interview alone as Maggie is asked to leave due to Gen. Stomtonovich not being told in advance she would be present so he could not have her checked out first. The interview concludes with Gen. Stomtonovich never admitting that sarin gas was used during the operation. On his return Jerry takes the interview and edits it so that it appears the general says that the military used sarin gas during the operation. After the interview, the staff holds a second Red Team meeting, where Charlie Skinner still says that the story is not ready to air. Hallie sets up Neal with a friend of hers. Jim and Hallie go on a double date with them. Will is concerned about his likability with the audience and has a focus group done. Several months later, ACN gets a call from a lance corporal, thought to be dead, who was a member of the MARSOC team on Operation Genoa. In the present, Charlie is recounting his recollection of events to Rebecca Halliday and it is revealed that the story about Operation Genoa was not true.
Season 2 Episode 7 "Red Team III" 17 7 August 25, 2013 1.47
The aftermath of Dantana's story about Operation Genoa threatens to destroy News Night.
Season 2 Episode 8 "Election Night, Part I" 18 8 September 8, 2013 1.76
Season 2 Episode 9 "Election Night, Part II" 19 9 September 15, 2013 1.67


Main article: Season 2 cast
See also: Recurring characters, Character appearances for Season 2


Main article: Main cast
  1. Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy (9 episodes)
  2. Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale (9 episodes)
  3. John Gallagher, Jr. as Jim Harper (9 episodes)
  4. Alison Pill as Margaret Jordan (9 episodes)
  5. Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer (9 episodes)
  6. Dev Patel as Neal Sampat (9 episodes)
  7. Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith (9 episodes)
  8. and Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner (9 episodes)

Recurring castEdit

Main article: Recurring cast
  1. Marcia Gay Harden as Rebecca Halliday (5 episodes)
  2. Grace Gummer as Hallie Shea (5 episodes)
  3. Riley Voelkel as Jennifer Johnson (5 episodes)

Guest starringEdit

  1. Adam Arkin as Adam Roth (0 episodes)
  2. Joel Johnstone as Cameron (4 episodes)
  3. David Harbour as Elliot Hirsch (5 episodes)
  4. Hamish Linklater as Jerry Dantana (6 episodes)
  5. Kelen Coleman as Lisa Lambert (2 episodes)



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