When Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama 'The Newsroom' begins production this spring on the third season, it will be for the last time.
As announced by Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, the sharp-witted and smart but oft-criticized show has been renewed for a third and final season.
Like all of Sorkin’s other television endeavors, ‘The Newsroom’ is about what happens “behind the scenes,” in this case, of a broadcast news station. Jeff Daniels, who won an Emmy last year for his portrayal of anchorman and journalist Will McAvoy, leads an ensemble cast that includes Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Dev Patel and Olivia Munn.
Unfortunately for fans, just like some of Sorkin’s other work, that is ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’ and ‘Sports Night,’ his project here is coming to what seems an unceremonious end.
Sorkin triumphed with ‘The West Wing,’ but since then, has struggled to compel fans and critics in a similar way, at least on the small screen. ‘The Newsroom’ features his signature writing style and idealistic characters (and both of which continue to strain credulity, however some may enjoy), but the drama became a favorite to "hatewatch," in which the viewer reviles a show but can’t look away, and embraces its absurdity or awfulness.
Season 2 ended four months ago, and speculation arose as to whether or not Sorkin would even return to the series, as he has found many an opportunity writing for the big screen (his past efforts include ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Moneyball’).
He will return, though, alongside executive producers Alan Poul and Scott Rudin, and you can be sure that Sorkin will use his pulpit to preach and idealize even more – even if he did famously decry HBO and champion network television in a scene from ‘Studio 60.’ It’s okay if you didn’t see it; no one did.