HBO Officially Renews ‘The Newsroom’ for Third and Final Season This Fall

By January 13, 2014

The Newsroom - Jeff Daniels

After the second season of “The Newsroom” concluded last fall, we’ve been waiting to hear official word that the HBO drama series from “The West Wing” creator and writer Aaron Sorkin would return for a third season. Now we have an answer, but it’s somewhat bittersweet.

THR has word that “The Newsroom” has been renewed for a third season, but it will also be the final season in the show that landed Jeff Daniels an Emmy for his performance as ACN news anchor Will McAvoy. Daniels tweeted about the third season before the second season was even finished, but that was because the cast signed deals in September before the renewal itself was official.

For the third and final season, there will be a slight change in the executive producing line-up. Along with Sorkin and the series’ previous executive producers Alan Poul and Scott Rudin, “The Office” showrunner and star Paul Lieberstein (he played Toby) has come on board as an executive producer. They’ve all been meeting to figure out this final season with production slated to begin in the spring with a premiere eyed for the fall.

The Newsroom - Cast

We’re assuming that all the series regulars, including Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Dev Patel, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn, Thomas Sadoski, and John Gallagher Jr. will all be back for the final season, and there’s a whole year of real news that can be injected into the plot. Certain milestone news events include the violence in Newtown, which happened just over a month after the events of the conclusion of the second season, not to mention the Boston Marathon bombing. And there’s probably some fictional news, which fueled most of the second season, to be thrown in there too.

From a critical standpoint, “The Newsroom” hasn’t exactly been up to Sorkin’s usual standards, and even his most loyal fans have been disappointed with how petty some of the character’s stories seem to be, but we’re wondering why HBO and Aaron Sorkin have decided to end the series so early.

Oh well. There’s plenty of other new HBO series on the way to fill the gap that will be left by the departure of “The Newsroom,” and we hope Sorkin and his team give the show a good send-off. Our preference would be an Anchorman-style news team face off with the real anchors of Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, but we won’t hold our breath.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.