'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.

  • Dan

    @Weez – Curb obviously was never canceled but its been 3 years and every day it seems less and less likely that the show will return. HBO says its always up to Larry David and its format means the show could return anytime however with Jeff Garlin doing The Goldbergs and JB Smoove doing The Millers (and both shows looking to get second seasons) fitting in a new Curb season might be tough.

    @DSC – I doubt its a regime change I just think that it just all seemed to happen at once. Boardwalk Empire couldnt last forever and is a 5 season show, HBO said they wanted to go the Breaking Bad route and end it while its good. (Although it wouldnt hurt the show to go a 6th season) Treme was barely renewed for its 4th season but it got a nice short run. True Blood was aging and was lucky it got the final season that it did. The Newsroom could have gotten a fourth season (not sure why they will end it now) All of these shows ending just all happened this season.

    The only 2 shows that couldve lasted until 2015 is Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom. Treme and True Blood ended when they should have.

  • KevinY

    Nooooo!!! I love this show! I was hoping at least five seasons! I hope Sorkin stays with television and doesn’t strictly do film after this.

  • Weez

    @ John

    How many HBO shows have truly had mass appeal? While The Sopranos & Sex and the City were airing, they were the anchor to which every other series was connected. The Wire, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Rome, etc. Moderate to low-rated shows that received critical acclaim and had dedicated fan-bases.

    As a subscription cable network, it isn’t part and parcel to their business for every show to be a ‘hit’. It’s about diversity, quality, and branding for the network. Which is why True Detective, Girls, and Looking – three very different shows – are anchoring their first segment of original programming for the year. Lead-in is irrelevant, as a subscriber is a subscriber, whether they watch all of the shows HBO produces (such as myself), or they only watch a few of them.

    It’s clear they’re in a transition period right now, but not because they’re cancelling shows left and right. Each of these shows is being brought to conclusion by the creative talent the started them. Too little is known about The Leftovers (even though I’ve read the book it was based upon, I have to imagine there are going to be some significant differences between the novel and the show) to say whether or not it will be a hit for the network, but given the fact that it will likely be paired with True Blood (HBO’s other current anchor series), I’d say it is a pretty good bet that they’re confident in what they’ve got.

  • Jagger Dagger

    Unlike network broadcast tv, HBO doesn’t feel the need to just keep a series going long past its creative shelf life. A lot of shows mentioned here like Curb, Boardwalk Empire, etc are left sometimes to the creators to end them and not necessarily be canceled by the network. Curb will have another season when creator Larry David thinks he can come up with a good season and not just to churn one out to make money and HBO is fine with this. Breaking Bad was the same way. Even though AMC probably wanted another season, the show had a beginning, a middle, and and end arc and it’s producers ended it when they thought it should have ended, not the network.

    Once again, some people would rather have quality over quantity.

  • marc

    HBO has a very full plate right now. Don’t see why people are complaining about “Cleaning house” or “Holes in the schedule)
    Let’s see:
    Now: True Detective -> Girls -> Looking
    Spring ’14: Game of Thrones -> Veep -> Silicon Valley
    Summer ’14: True Blood -> The Leftovers
    Fall ’14: Boardwalk Empire -> The Newsroom
    Winter ’15: True Detective S2 -> Girls S4 -> ?
    plus they have to schedule “Togetherness” somewhere, “Getting On” and/or “Hello Ladies” could still get a renewal and by the time Summer ’15 comes around they’ll surely have a replacement for True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom (“The Money” from Milch? That new Ryan Murphy show “Open”? That JJ Abrams show “Westworld”? etc.)

  • r0ckmypants

    @marc – “HBO has a very full plate right now. Don’t see why people are complaining about “Cleaning house” or “Holes in the schedule)”

    You answered your own question. They have a full plate right now. But of the five dramas HBO currently has on air or on hiatus (True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, True Detective), three are entering final seasons. The only new drama HBO has coming is The Leftovers this summer (no others have been given a series order).

  • Mark

    I’ve never thought of this show as mediocre in the slightest and look so forward to it each week when it’s on. Very disappointed to hear this.

  • DSC

    there’s also a David Milch pilot in contention. I don’t know who’s more stubborn in this equation, and I love David Milch’s writing, but he’s gotta be the worst luck producer to get things going on cable. Deadwood is unfinished, and both Luck and John from Cincinnati died quick deaths. As much as I love his writing he can’t seem to get things going even on HBO, so that can’t be a great vote of confidence either. Maybe Damon Lindelof can pull a cable sized lost out of his smoke monster, but, given the way that show ended, and the fallback from that, that’s also a huge question mark. People who pay for their television aren’t gonna be satisfied with a big cave with a light coming out of it, or whatever this is now. No matter how I look at it, it seems to be both a huge burden on the success of GoT, and a lot of confidence for named. but as yet largely unproven show runners on cable.

  • Feedback

    They’re basically switching out their old shows for new ones.

    In 2013, they switched out:
    • Tremé for True Detective
    • Enlightened for The Leftovers
    • Life’s Too Short for Togetherness
    • Ja’mie for Silicon Valley
    • Eastbound & Down for Ballers

    In 2014, they’ll be switching out:
    • The Newsroom for Ryan Murphy’s Open
    • True Blood for Jonathan Nolan’s Westworld
    • Boardwalk Empire for David Milch’s The Money
    • Family Tree for People in New Jersey

    Even then, still have “The Brink” in development as well. I think 2015 will be a safe year from cancelations unless some of those new shows are total flops. It’s still sad to see Boardwalk and Newsroom go so early in their series. The writers of Boardwalk looked like they were taking their time with the story because they thought they were getting much more seasons.

  • Feedback

    ^I also forgot to mention “Looking” which also just premiered. Look at both it, Hello Ladies and Getting On as budgetary replacements for the 2012 cancellations of “The Ricky Gervais Show”, “The Life and Times of Tim” and “Luck”.

  • Kissan

    It looks like HBO finally realized that the show isn’t gonna stand on its own any time soon.

  • Bradley

    I hope Getting On gets a renewal. That show was the best comedy I’ve seen on TV in a long time.

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