TVLine Items: Newsroom Finale Ratings Down, Big Love Alum Joins Revolution and More!

The Newsroom Finale RatingsDoes Jeff Daniels have an itchy Twitter finger?

HBO’s The Newsroom wrapped Season 2 on Sunday night with 1.7 million total viewers (or 1.9 mil, folding in a replay). That’s down 10 and 32 percent from the show’s freshman finale, as well as markedly below this season’s premiere numbers (2.2 mil/2.6 mil).

In the wake of Daniels’ unofficial renewal tweet, HBO told our sister site Deadline they are “continuing our conversations” with series creator Aaron Sorkin about the show’s future.

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• We spotted a familiar face while checking out the new season of Revolution (premiering Sept. 25), and thought Big Love fans, in particular, would want to know: Matt Ross (aka kooky Alby on HBO’s acclaimed pologamy-centric series) guest-stars in the first two episodes of Season 2 as an educated, relentless warlord named Titus Andover.

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• Brad Garrett is going Crazy this fall. The Everybody Loves Raymond funnyman will drop by CBS’ The Crazy Ones (bowing Sept. 26) for two episodes, per, playing the “Lewis” part of the series’ central ad agency Lewis, Roberts & Roberts.

• Twilight starlet Christian Serratos has joined The Walking Dead as “the tough and beautiful” Rosita Espinosa, a character introduced in Issue 53 of the comic book. Per Deadline, she’ll recur in the AMC drama’s upcoming fourth season, with an option to be a series regular in Season 5.

• Veteran actress Rita Moreno will guest-star on NBC’s new fall comedy Welcome to the Family, TV Guide Magazine reports, playing the “spicy grandmother” of Justina Machado’s Lisette.

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• Daytime TV vet Melissa Claire Egan is headed to CBS’ We Are Men. Per, the Young and the Restless actress will play a woman who catches Jerry O’Connell’s eye in the forthcoming comedy, which bows Monday, Sept. 30.

• MTV has ordered a 22-episode fourth season of its viral video series Ridiculousness.

• Immediately following Arcade Fire’s appearance as musical guest on the Sept. 28 Saturday Night Live season premiere, NBC will air a 30-minute concert special featuring the Canadian band, reports.

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  1. Julia says:

    Oh no, I took The Newsroom renewal for a sure thing! Love the show.
    But it’s tough when you’re up against everyone’s favorite Breaking Bad at its final season.

  2. Madeline says:

    Not sure why there’s so much commotion about the newsroom not having a season 3…. I thought HBO was still talking with Aaron to accommodate his writing schedule since he committed to writing some film- a decision he made years ago. So isn’t it just a matter of when they’ll air season 3? Not if? #annoyed

    • David4 says:

      No because Aaron Sorkin might say no to HBO. They could technically do it without him but I doubt they would, and he needs to make room in his schedule before all the actors contracts were up.

  3. Aleksa says:

    With HBO, you usually know about renewals within a few episodes of the beginning of the season. I don’t think it’s a good sign that the season is over and they still haven’t announced.

  4. Andy says:

    Yay, Brad Garrett on The Crazy Ones! Hopefully his character will become recurring. He deserves more than How to Live With yadda yadda yadda.

  5. Aprilcot says:

    Fingers crossed for The Newsroom. And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think even EGOT winner Rita Moreno can class up Welcome to the Family.

  6. what! says:

    Arcade Fire! Can’t wait for Oct. 29!

  7. D says:

    good show, crappy politics

    • Kevan says:

      No one’s forcing you to watch it. And I think season 2 did a better job of pointing out the flaws in both sides of the political spectrum.

  8. Kevan says:

    For all its flaws, I love The Newsroom. I think HBO does too. They have a talented cast and a unique template for storytelling. Getting rid of it would be a mistake. And if they do, I think it would be for monetary reasons and not ratings. True Blood is heading into its final season, as is Treme and East Bound & Down. Enlightened is gone. Getting rid of the Newsroom would free up money for Game of Thrones I guess, but surely being on HBO means you have some ratings room? They don’t even have advertisers, so it has to matter less than it does on a basic network.

  9. Simon Jester says:

    Ratings aren’t necessarily a dealbreaker for HBO, since they’re not an advertiser-supported network. Subscriptions, not live viewers, are what matter. In case anyone’s forgotten, TREME got three full seasons *and* is about to launch its abbreviated fourth (and final) season without ever burning up the Nielsen ratings.

  10. Cherie says:

    I really love this show. I hope they renew it. It’s smart, faced paced and makes you think. I am so sick of these network reality shows and comedies all the time – dumb and dumber.