Trivia: The Newsroom

  • Actor Allusion: Jane Fonda, cast as the owner of a cable news network, who was married for ten years to Ted Turner, owner of CNN. It's probably no coincidence that it's called Atlantis Cable Network (owned by Atlantis World Media), an homage to Ted Turner's Atlanta-based cable network.
    • Mac is deeply upset when her Wikipedia page says she went to Oxford rather than Cambridge. Emily Mortimer went to Oxford.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Hallie Shea went to Vassar. So did her actress, Grace Gummer.
  • Cast the Expert: Margaret Judson, who plays Tess, worked at MSNBC and was shadowed by Aaron Sorkin as he was developing the show. She later auditioned for and won a role in the series itself.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Joey Phan previously was a facepainted guerrilla in Tropic Thunder.
    • A generational example. Does Hallie Shea look eerily like a '70s-era Meryl Streep? That would be because Hallie is played by Grace Gummer, Streep's daughter.
    • Toni Dodd, played Talia Balsam, used ACN as leverage. John Slattery/Roger Sterling, her real-life *and* fictitious husband on Mad Men, would be proud.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Aaron Sorkin considers the very, very controversial episode "Oh Shenandoah" his favorite episode. Some critics on the other hand were put off by the episode and it was a Base Breaker among viewers.
  • Retroactive Recognition: John Gallagher Jr. actually guest-starred in Aaron Sorkin's Magnum Opus, The West Wing, albeit he's almost unrecognizable as an awkward, skinny, gawky teenager.
  • Under Age Casting: Olivia Munn was 29 years old when she started shooting Season One when the character is supposed to have two PHD's and several years of real world experience beside, prior to the start of the show, making her character at least a few years older than her actual age.