'The Newsroom' Renewed for Third and Final Season by HBO

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January 13th, 2014


via press release:




LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2014 – The Emmy®-winning HBO drama series THE NEWSROOM will begin production on its third and final season this spring, with debut slated for fall, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“THE NEWSROOM is classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking,” said Lombardo. “I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.”

Created by showrunner Aaron Sorkin (Oscar® winner for writing “The Social Network,” executive producer and creator of the multiple Emmy® winner “The West Wing”), THE NEWSROOM follows the members of a cable news team on their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships. Sorkin, Scott Rudin and Alan Poul return as executive producers, with Paul Lieberstein (“The Office”) joining the show as an executive producer.

Returning cast regulars include Jeff Daniels (who received an Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the show last September), Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn.

  • John

    HBO is really cleaning house. I guess Game of Thrones is eating up all the budget.

  • Nate

    I don’t get why Aaron Sorkin has to write every episode. If Sorkin is too busy to write every episode then hire other writers and keep the show going.

  • Dan

    I like and hare this show at the same time. 3 seasons is probably all this show needs. I look forward to one more round of watching.

  • r0ckmypants

    Why a final season? Are the numbers that low?

  • Doug

    The numbers weren’t bad, but I don’t think this show really can go on for numerous seasons anyways…3 is plenty.

  • Carl

    So it won’t be airing during the summer with True Blood like the first two seasons.

  • Carl

    Oh how I long for the days of Sopranos, Sex and the City, Entourage, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and Carnivale.

  • Weez

    This seems to be the best possible outcome for a show that – while occasionally great – was mostly mediocre when compared to the rest of HBO’s dramatic output (by and large). I thought the second season had an ending that felt… Well, not definitive, but like it could have been the final moments spent with these characters. Hopefully Sorkin (and the other writers involved) can deliver a great season of TV that utilizes what worked best in the first two seasons, while curbing the more problematic aspects of the show (i.e. Maggie).

    @ John

    I wouldn’t say they’re “cleaning house”, but rather moving into a new line-up of original programming. The creative teams behind True Blood, The Newsroom, and Boardwalk Empire all seem to have decided to end their respective shows on their own terms, and weren’t simply cancelled without ample time to provide a satisfying conclusion. With the addition of their new anthology series, True Detective, and Damon Lindelof’s new show The Leftovers premiering this summer, they’ve already ‘replaced’ two of the three shows they’ll be losing. I’d also expect to see David Milch’s new drama, The Money, before the year is out.

  • Maximillian

    The ratings were never great for the show — not abysmal — but never great. Not that HBO cares so much about that, it received some critical acclaim in the first season. The second season wasn’t as strong, it got hammered for its writing and direction. Jeff Daniels already announced HBO were committed to a third season, so this isn’t a real shocker. They probably wanted to give Sorkin the chance to close up the storylines. The second season was short, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is another 6-8 episode season.

  • Data

    First Treme ended in December. This year True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and now The Newsroom will follow. HBO is really cleaning house. The only Dramas left on the schedule are Game of Thrones and since yesterday True Detective (which, considering HBO’s track record, will undoubtedly get at least a second season).

    With Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom now both airing in the fall is it possible that The Leftovers won’t be due until 2015? Or have they already anounced a premiere date? I was hoping for them to launch it this year but didn’t expect it to air before the fall – but they surely won’t have three hours of new Dramas on at the same time. What do you guys think?

  • PRW

    BE and TN could be partnered up


    Really never got into the Newsroom but finally caught Treme & will sorely miss that one. I’m already hooked on True Detective & can’t wait for GOT.

  • Dan

    Why final season? I figured the show would last 4 seasons at least. And I thought this show was renewed already.

    Well if 2011 was the final year for a lot of comedies (Hung, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How to Make it in America, Bored to Death) This year will be the last for a lot of dramas (Treme, True Blood, The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire) Hopefully HBO’s new dramas take off.

  • Weez

    ^ Curb Your Enthusiasm isn’t cancelled. Larry David has essentially been given carte blanche to do a new season whenever he feels like he wants to do one, so I’d expect to see at least one more season before the show is officially over.

  • Richard

    I hope Curb Your Enthusiasm has a final season. I wonder what the True Detective ratings will be.

  • Refrain


    Nope. HBO makes a healthy profit on Game of Thrones.

  • Alienware


    It was already announced that it will air in the summer, paired with the final season of True Blood.

  • DSC

    was there a regime change at HBO? in a little more than a year they’ve disposed of Treme (3.5 seasons) Boardwalk Empire (5 seasons) Newsroom (3 seasons) and True Blood (7 seasons). setting true blood aside, none of these shows. I haven’t really heard anything about their new pilots, except for the Damon Lindelof one, and this seems to be too harsh a decision in a very short period of time. I know they still expect game of Thrones to draw subscribers in, and it’ll do that 10 weeks out of the year for sure, but what about the rest of the season? suddenly the slate of HBO shows I watched just got cleaned (minus GoT).

  • DSC

    I meant to say “none of these shows seem too old to get cancelled”.

  • John

    ‘The Leftovers’ and ‘Looking’ may be interesting shows, but they hardly sound like the type of watercooler fare that would have people running out to subscribe to HBO. Even ‘True Detective’ doesn’t seem to have the mass appeal of previous HBO hits.

    It seems like their strategy right now is for ‘Game of Thrones’ to carry the entire network.

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