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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Comments (14)

  • 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.

    Comment by Julia – September 17, 2013 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Madeline – September 17, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by David4 – September 17, 2013 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sure, maybe that would make sense. But isn’t this show Jeff Daniel’s day job though? Won’t he have to know if it were happening? Why tweet that?

        Comment by Madeline – September 17, 2013 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • the show is Aaron Sorkin. no one writes like he does.

        Comment by Ellen in NYC – September 17, 2013 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Aleksa – September 17, 2013 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay, Brad Garrett on The Crazy Ones! Hopefully his character will become recurring. He deserves more than How to Live With yadda yadda yadda.

    Comment by Andy – September 17, 2013 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Aprilcot – September 17, 2013 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arcade Fire! Can’t wait for Oct. 29!

    Comment by what! – September 17, 2013 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • good show, crappy politics

    Comment by D – September 17, 2013 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Kevan – September 17, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kevan – September 17, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Simon Jester – September 17, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Cherie – September 17, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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