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The Newsroom

Season 1 1996 - 1997

  • 1996-10-21T04:00:00Z on CBC (CA)
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 30 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Comedy

George Findlay is the News Director of the local station in Toronto for "a major government controlled broadcast network". His life is complicated by three factors: he is completely self absorbed; most of the news stories don't happen they way or when he wants; and he functions in the Machiavellian bureaucracy of a government owned television network.

Series II, after a brief hiatus the the Newsroom story continues.... George Findlay (Ken Finkleman) and his staff are back in the newsroom where pettiness and moral bankruptcy are taken to new depths. New faces, new phobias, new issues and Death haunt George as he maneuvers his way around the daily task of producing the news. Also this season, News Anchor Jim Walcott (Peter Keleghan) returns to brighten our day with moronic interviews with luminaries like Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky .

13 episodes

1x01 The Walking Shoe Incident

  • Series Premiere

    1996-10-21T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

George interviews people for a job as his personal assistant.

1x02 Dinner at Eight

  • 1996-10-28T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

When it is decided to hire a new co-anchor, Jim feels his job is in jeopardy.

1x03 Deeper, Deeper

  • 1996-11-04T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Everyone is in fear for their jobs after the network announces budget cuts. George promises to fight the brass on their behalf, but the only one he actually fights to save is his own.

1x04 The Kevorkian Joke

  • 1996-11-11T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

When a failing screenwriter decides to commit suicide, George turns his videotaped attempt into a 5-part ratings winner. Then his new video star starts to have second thoughts.

1x05 A Bad Day

  • 1996-11-18T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Insulting his colleagues is bad enough, but when George hits on a female guest, she walks off the show.

1x06 Petty Tyranny

  • 1996-11-25T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

George is obsessed with finding a bran muffin, but ends up in the middle of a fight with the cafeteria manager instead. The newsroom is excited to learn that Cynthia Dale will be spending two weeks with them until George manages to offend her, several times.

1x07 Dis and Dat

  • 1997-02-10T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

After George asks the young woman sitting outside his boss's office to get him coffee, Graham introduces her. She is Gillian Sorros, the new head of regional programming. She arrives with some strong ideas about George and his news department.

1x08 Unity

  • 1997-02-17T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A female guest discussing the issue of Canadian unity is attracted to Jim, apparently impressed by his incredible ignorance.

1x09 Parking

  • 1997-02-24T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

George is driven to the edge of paranoia by the cumulation of a strange voice-mail message, the abduction of his couch, and the search for an indoor parking space.

1x10 Meltdown (1)

  • 1997-03-03T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A visit by director David Cronenberg is eclipsed by the shocking prospect of a possible meltdown at a nearby nuclear reactor.

1x11 Meltdown (2)

  • 1997-03-17T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

As the news staff at the station panics, George interviews nuclear experts and tries to figure out how to make them entertaining on TV.

1x12 Meltdown (3)

  • 1997-03-24T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

George finally becomes so obsessed with the threat to his own life that he can no longer handle reporting on the state of the emergency.

1x13 The Campaign

  • 1997-03-31T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Anchorman Jim decides to run for political office, but he makes the further mistake of letting George and other newsroom staffers run his campaign.

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