Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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The Chicago Tribune—formely self-styled as the “World’s Greatest Newspaper”—is one of the most read daily newspapers of the Chicago metropolitan area, and it’s been that way for a reason: Nightsides. This is when the last minute editing happens. This is when the tough decisions get made. This is where your career as a journalist can take off, or fall flat.
George Kern (John Slattery), the Executive Editor of The Chicago Tribune, has built his dailies around these nightsides, and Thomas Cohen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sought out The Chicago Tribune because of them. Thomas is the new guy. He’s got a good heart, is a firm believer in the oxford comma, and strives for specificity when collecting information for future articles. Oh, and this is also his first real job. So when Thomas’ article is a flop during his first “nightside”, he’s a little less than thrilled. Luckily for Tom, he meets Megan Williams (Lizzy Caplan), and Jason Taylor (Ken Marino)—two experienced (and more importantly less competitive) journalists working for The Tribune, and together they help show Thomas the ropes and help him prove to George why he’ll be a great asset to his paper and why he was hired in the first place.
Guest appearances by Connie Britton, and Gabriel Macht.