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'The Newsroom' Renewed for Third and Final Season


The Newsroom Renewed for Third and Final Season


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.

- Aaron Sorkin
- The Newsroom (2012)

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Jan 13th, 2014, 6:27 am

Images courtesy of HBO


Message Posted On Mar 4th, 2014, 10:40 pm
One of the few shows that DIDN'T shoot for the lowest common denominator. I'm so sick of TV and film that thinks their audiences need everything spelled out and beaten to death in order get their point across. Say what you want about Sorkin's "pulpit to preach and idealize", as this article's "author" wrote, at least his work is worthy of raising the level of public awareness instead of lowering it so far that the viewers can't think for themselves. What other shows do that? True Blood? Game of Thrones? HBO is the worst. I'm still pissed they cancelled Carnivale.

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Message Posted On Jan 14th, 2014, 2:51 pm

What's wrong with people?  A fantastic show, totally clever but no......the dummies with the money are too stupid to understand so another great show goes to the trashcan! 


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Since: 22/Sep/13
Message Posted On Jan 14th, 2014, 4:06 am

Excellent show, I'm sad it will end after only 3 seasons, I was hoping for a long run ...


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Message Posted On Jan 13th, 2014, 11:25 pm

Sad that it's ending - would've thought it getting at least 5 or 6 seasons :/


Message Posted On Jan 13th, 2014, 4:49 pm
I don't care if there is some similarity between Sorkin's shows; they're all excellent. If you're on a good thing, stick to it! Sorry to see The Newsroom end after only 30 episodes or so.

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Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Jan 13th, 2014, 3:26 pm

To put it bluntly, this sucks!!! One of the best shows on television that isn't a crime or legal drama. Well written and the acting is superb. I'm so disappointed.


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Message Posted On Jan 13th, 2014, 11:40 am

You would think that The West Wing's success would have given him a hint that he should stop rebooting what is essentially the same show every time. I enjoy his work but Sports Night, Studio 60 and The Newsroom are so similar it makes him seem almost like a one trick pony.

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