The newsroom

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Television series
German title The newsroom
Original title The newsroom
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2012-2014
length approx. 60 minutes
pilot episode: approx. 72 minutes
Episodes 25 in 3 seasons ( list )
genre drama
idea Aaron Sorkin
production Aaron Sorkin ,
Scott Rudin ,
Alan Poul
music Thomas Newman
First broadcast June 24, 2012 (USA) on HBO
first broadcast
November 22, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD

The Newsroom is an American television series directed by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin and produced in Los Angeles , California from 2011 to 2014 . The series shows the everyday life of the newsroom of a fictional cable broadcaster . The premiere in the United States took place on June 24, 2012 on HBO , while the German-language premiere has been shown on Sky Atlantic HD since November 22, 2012 .


Will McAvoy is the newscaster and face of the cable broadcaster ACN Networks . After his executive producer switches to another show with most of his staff, Will's boss hires his ex-girlfriend Mackenzie MacHale as the new executive producer without his knowledge. Together, the two dare a fresh start: They set themselves the goal of establishing a completely new news program that focuses on investigative journalism and critical follow-up in the tradition of the great American anchors from the heyday of television, instead of the usual sensational journalism . However, the inexperience of some employees and increasingly also the boardroom of the parent company, which is dependent on good quotas and income from advertising customers, stand in their way.

In the second season, the team got used to it. Operation Genoa plays a central role . Through a chain of unfortunate circumstances, the editorial team falls for false evidence and reports that US forces used chemical weapons in the rescue of hostages. After the confidence in the reporting has been shaken, McAvoy, MacHale and others want to quit, but ultimately stay with the station. At the end of the second season, several characters come closer.

The third and final season revolves around the releases of whistleblower Lilly Hart, who is supported by Neal Sampat and whose identity is protected by the entire cast. The subject of Edward Snowden is also mentioned.


In January 2011, HBO ordered a pilot episode of the series, which was then produced under the project title More As the Story Develops .

After two episodes broadcast, HBO extended the series for a second season. After Jeff Daniels announced the extension for a third season via his Twitter account on September 3, 2013 , HBO announced a short time later that they were still in talks with Aaron Sorkin. In mid-January 2014, the third and final season was officially announced.

The series frequently addresses real events from 2010 to 2012, such as the Deepwater Horizon disaster , the killing of Osama bin Laden or the 2012 presidential election in the United States from the perspective of the - fictional - newsroom.

Cast and dubbing

The German synchronization is created for a dialogue book and the dialogue director of Stephan Hoffmann by the synchronous company Cinephon Filmproduktions GmbH in Berlin .

Role name Actress Main role Voice actor
Will McAvoy Jeff Daniels 1.01-3.06 Wolfgang Condrus
MacKenzie McHale Emily Mortimer 1.01-3.06 Katrin Zimmermann
Jim Harper John Gallagher Jr. 1.01-3.06 Ricardo Richter
Maggie Jordan Alison Pill 1.01-3.06 Manja Doering
Don Keefer Thomas Sadoski 1.01-3.06 Markus Pfeiffer
Neal Sampat Dev Patel 1.01-3.06 Julius Jellinek
Sloan Sabbith Olivia Munn 1.02-3.06 Maria Koschny
Charlie Skinner Sam Waterston 1.01-3.06 Freimut Götsch

Jane Fonda starred in a supporting role (10 episodes) as Leona Lansing, CEO of Atlantis World Media (AWM), the parent company of Atlantis Cable News (ACN).


United States

The series premiered in the US on June 24, 2012 on the HBO cable channel . The pilot episode reached 2.1 million viewers, making it one of the station's best premieres in recent years. The remaining nine episodes of the first season were shown through August 26, 2012. On average, the episodes of the first season reached 1.95 million viewers and a target group rating of 0.9 percent. A nine-part second season aired on HBO from July 14 to September 15, 2013. The audience ratings for the second season premiere, at 2.2 million viewers, were slightly above those of the previous season premiere, but the overall season average came off somewhat worse at 1.79 million and a rating of 0.8. The six-part third and final season aired on HBO between November 9 and December 14, 2014. With an average of 1.34 million viewers and a rating of 0.5, it was the season with the weakest reach.

German-speaking area

For the German-speaking region, the pay TV broadcaster Sky has secured the rights to broadcast in Germany and Austria . The broadcast of the first season on the Sky Atlantic HD channel from November 22 to December 20, 2012, could be seen in the dubbed version and the original version. The German-language broadcast of the second season took place from September 15 to November 10, 2013 also on this station. The six-part third season was broadcast from January 16, 2015 to February 20, 2015.

In Germany, the first two seasons could be followed in the original language shortly after the US broadcast via the Sky Go and Sky Anytime services.

Awards (selection)



Web links

Individual evidence

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  4. ^ Nellie Andreeva: At HBO With Pilot Order, Scott Rudin Producing . In: Deadline Hollywood . January 28, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  5. Dominic Patten: HBO Renews Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' And 'True Blood' . In: Deadline Hollywood . July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  6. Jeff Daniels: It's official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3 . In: . September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  7. Nellie Andreeva: UPDATE: HBO In Discussions For Season 3 Of 'The Newsroom' . In: . September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  8. Lacey Rose: Aaron Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Renewed for Third and Final Season . In: The Hollywood Reporter . January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
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  10. Lisa De Moraes: TV Column: 'The Newsroom's' ratings, and Dan Rather's review . The Washington Post . June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  11. The Newsroom: Season 1 . In: . Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  12. The Newsroom: Season 2 . In: . Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  13. Amanda Kondolojy: Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Wins Night + 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Sprint Cup', 'Real Housewives of NJ', 'Falling Skies' & More . In: . July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  14. The Newsroom: Season Two Ratings . In: . September 17, 2013. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  15. The Newsroom: Season 3 . In: . Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  16. ^ The Newsroom: Season Three Ratings . In: . December 16, 2014. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  17. Sky Atlantic HD presents: "The Newsroom" can be received immediately after the US launch via Sky Go and Sky Anytime . In: . June 15, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2012.