- Mac – Alright. To give us a crash course in how best to exploit this tragedy and to erase all boundaries of what should be used as entertainment, I've elicited the help of a master of the dark arts
- Don – I understand I'm needed?
The ratings for News Night are in freefall after it blows off a pair of top stories. It forces Will McAvoy and MacKenzie McHale to find a way to bring enough viewers back to justify ACN's quest to air a Republican debate. Will considers writers for an all-access profile, Sloan is upset by the lack of coverage of an emerging big financial story and Charlie learns the identity of NSA employee 'Late for Dinner'. Takes place between Friday, May 27, 2011 and Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Allusions and Outside References
- When Will visits Dr. Habib near the end of the episode, Dr. Habib tells Will that his decision to hire Brian to write the story on News Night 2.0 is "holding [your] hand over the candle ... because you think the trick is not minding." This is a reference to G. Gordon Liddy as he was quoted in the 1974 book All The President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two of the main reporters with the Washington Post who broke the news of the Watergate scandal.
- The episode drew 1.84 million US viewers when it was first broadcast by HBO.
- First appearances of Brian Brenner and Solomon Hancock (first seen, voice heard in earlier episodes)
- "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" at HBO.com
- The Newsroom Season 1 on Wikipedia
- "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
- "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" at TV.com