HBO's The Newsroom Renewed for Third and Final Season

The NewsroomWill McAvoy & Co. are about to meet their last deadline.

HBO on Monday announced that it had officially renewed The Newsroom for a third and final season.

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Star Jeff Daniels, who in 2013 won an Emmy for his portrayal of the cantankerous cable news personality, tweeted news of the drama’s renewal in September. But the network did not confirm at the time, saying in a statement: “We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with [creator] Aaron [Sorkin] about schedules.”

Production on Season 3 is slated to begin this spring, with the ultimate batch of episodes premiering in the fall.

Got late-breaking thoughts about The Newsroom‘s renewal/cancellation? Sound off in the comments!



Comments (73)

  • So soon? What happened?

    Comment by Nicotine – January 13, 2014 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sounds about right. I haven’t trusted them since they cancelled Deadwood!!

      Comment by mauricesc – January 13, 2014 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this was a good show but I couldn’t get past the overwhelming political propaganda

      Comment by Dennis – January 13, 2014 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I meant to put
        “this was a good show but I couldn’t get past the overwhelming political propaganda to keep watching it”

        Comment by Dennis – January 13, 2014 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Overwhelming political propaganda? It’s an Aaron Sorkin show. What political leanings were you EXPECTING it to have?

        Comment by Brooke – January 13, 2014 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Exactly. And that’s what makes this show so great, regardless of your political affiliation.

          Comment by I'll Second That – January 13, 2014 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • What? You must be a Democrat if you think completely misrepresenting Republicans on a tv show makes it great. Just FYI, Will’s character is what real Repbulicans would refer to as a RINO. If you don’t know what that is, look it up. Having your character repeatedly say he is a Republican and them act like a liberal Democrat is a bunch of crap. It was nothing more than an hour of propaganda about how Republicans need to bend and give in more to the left while bashing the Tea Party as some kind of right wing terrorist organization. The Tea Party is no worse than any Occupy Movement or Union in this country. In fact, they held all their rallies legally while Occupy did not have any permits and several protestors had weapons hidden in cars and elsewhere in case fighting broke out with the police.

            Comment by Chuck Finley – January 13, 2014 11:18 PM PDT  
          • @chuck I’m against Occupy and am pro-choice. Occupy doesn’t represent the left like the KKK or the NRA don’t represent the right.

            Comment by Joe – January 14, 2014 03:27 PM PDT  
    • Exactly. This was a fantastic series; why end it so soon?? Political pressure from the Right?

      Comment by RobD381 – January 13, 2014 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think there are a couple of factors… Emily Mortimer is launching her own show, Doll & Em on HBO. Jeff Daniels probably irked the network by playing God and jumping the gun as well but his Emmy win gave him and the show a little leverage so this is a compromise instead of just shutting it down. Plus, the show has not exactly been well received by critics, since the storylines are mediocre and the characters, especially the female ones, are neurotically and poorly written.

      Comment by Ella – January 13, 2014 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Or, you know, Aaron Sorkin just felt three seasons was enough.

        Comment by ben – January 13, 2014 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • To be fair, there has only been a very, very small handful of shows that are well received by critics (at least when they first aired). The Newsroom, is (in my opinion) the smartest show on television today. I just can’t see why a great show like The Newsroom only gets three seasons, while crap like Jersey Shore and Bob’s Burgers gets (or in Jersey Shore’s case, got) season after season after season.

        Comment by Matt – January 13, 2014 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Matt you are so RIGHT. I love this show & personally know several people who feel the same way. I’m so tired of the stupidity of other television shows. Reality shows “dumb” viewers down to me. The Newsroom is smart & has quick dialogue…so you need to pay attention. Not something that puts you asleep. HBO is starting to annoy me with canceling good shows. If this happens, probably will drop HBO. Others are thinking the same.

          Comment by Beverly – January 14, 2014 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What? are they crazy? Only 3 seasons? Why? :-(

    Comment by Hilla Osovsky – January 13, 2014 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • TOTALLY AGREE………….WTH? Great acting, great characters, great storyline. What’s the problem? I’m TIRED of being toyed with for programming we pay for!!!!!

      Comment by jackie2830 – January 14, 2014 02:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHY?!?!

    Comment by rachie – January 13, 2014 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m actually quite surprised it lasted this long.

    Comment by Ray – January 13, 2014 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HBO is on a role, first True Blood, then Boardwalk Empire, now Newsroom… Are they going to have any shows left after this year?

    Comment by WTactualF – January 13, 2014 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Game of Thrones (yay!) and Girls (boo!)

      Comment by Eli – January 13, 2014 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And True Detective, it seems.

        Comment by Marco – January 14, 2014 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • All those shows crossed the Lannisters. On HBO, you win or you die.

      Comment by canadian ninja – January 13, 2014 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Someone sic the dragons on the HBO suits.

        Comment by Dracarys – January 13, 2014 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow that sucks.

    Comment by Kris B – January 13, 2014 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well…Ok then. At least we know and they can wrap up all the storylines up.

    Comment by Ames – January 13, 2014 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just happy at the propspect of having a third season with all the uncertainity looming aorund with it… Still think it’s one of the best things on TV right now! Stellar Cast, superb story and moving characterization..!

    Comment by trainwreck – January 13, 2014 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • prospect* – ugh!

      Comment by trainwreck – January 13, 2014 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Didja have the hiccups when you typed that?

        Comment by Pour Him Another Drink, Bartender – January 13, 2014 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Final season? Unexpected. WHY are they ending so many shows this year?!

    Comment by Teag – January 13, 2014 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is devastating, it is such a great show! So witty, challenges people to think and yet can be hilarious at times, and heart breaking at others.

    Comment by Kylie – January 13, 2014 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooooooo!

    Comment by Lisa – January 13, 2014 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YESSSSS!!!!!

    Comment by Drew – January 13, 2014 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s the finale season because Sorkin wants out.

    There was talk for a very very very very long time, several months, since before season 2, that the hold up for a third season wasn’t HBO but Sorkin himself. So this was probably agreed to by both parties.

    Comment by David4 – January 13, 2014 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t understand how you can want out after only three seasons, he obviously isn’t that dedicated to the project and that is incredibly sad to the fans because this show is probably one of the only well written programs going to air right now.

      Very sad news.

      Comment by itsabeelife – January 13, 2014 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He has turned in his “Jobs” script. He likes to fully be involved with the projects he works on, look at the quality of “The West Wing” after he left. Still good, but not Sorkin good. I am sad this is happening, but at least its on his on accord.

        Comment by Jared Munson – January 13, 2014 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If you think it’s the only well written show you aren’t watching good TV.

        I don’t know how you can be a fan of the show and not know Sorkin’s views. He is very busy with movies and the show makes him tired, so he’s moving on.

        30 episodes is many more episodes than a lot of shows get.

        Comment by David4 – January 13, 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Hush….let me have just one good show on HBO please

          Comment by Beverly – January 14, 2014 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why?!

    Comment by Deion – January 13, 2014 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of my favorite shows. Very disappointed it won’t continue on.

    Comment by Linda – January 13, 2014 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is most likely how Sorkin wants it and not HBO pulling the plug. At least they know going into it. Though I wish they would do a few more episodes then.

    Comment by MommaSqwirl – January 13, 2014 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m at least glad that this means that they can write the season knowing it will be the last and have all of the story lines wrapped up.
    But also Noooo! This makes me really sad. I honestly think this is the smartest show on television and I love it.

    Comment by Billie – January 13, 2014 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I don’t even care if some of the story lines are not wrapped up as long as the quality of the writing and the acting stays at the same high level as the first two seasons.

      Comment by Gwen – January 13, 2014 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well that is extremely depressing…. Particularly when shows that are way past their prime (ie. Bones, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy) keep continuously getting renewed. Where is the quality television?? This was a show that was very will made and really forced its audience to think. That’s rare and I am very sad to see it ending. At least there will be another season. :’(

    Comment by Ross – January 13, 2014 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can it at least be 15 episode? 10 IS NOT ENOUGH. =(

    Comment by Thea – January 13, 2014 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At least it’s getting a proper ending. I’ve had too many shows just end with a serious cliffhanger.

    Comment by Brendan – January 13, 2014 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sloan!!!!!!

    Comment by Michael – January 13, 2014 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, it’s like A&E, a network I’ll never watch again. The best show on TV, The Newsroom, is off after next season while junk stays on year after year. Aaron Sorkin is one of the best screenwriters around and this show his finest. There have only been 19 episodes on during the first two seasons. Is everyone running HBO just clueless? The Newsroom is so real and well-done that it could go on indefinitely.

    Comment by Wendi S. – January 13, 2014 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s pretty clear that this is Sorkin’s decision, so I have no idea why you’re giving HBO crap for it. Also, there are dozens of shows that you’re not watching if you think The Newsroom is the best show on television.

      Comment by Superhero – January 13, 2014 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is this the first time that Aaron Sorkin gets to write a series finale knowing it’s going to be a series finale? I’m pretty intrigued to see what that is going to look like.

    Comment by Ben – January 13, 2014 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wish he’d had that chance with SportsNight…

      Comment by dank – February 28, 2014 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HBO is losing it again. True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and now The Newsroom. Where does HBO go from here?

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 13, 2014 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Game of Thrones, Girls, True Detective, Looking, Veep… they’ll be fine.

      Comment by choco – January 13, 2014 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not really Shocked. Sorkin really seemed not to care about the show. Gonna suck though to see such a great cast not working together anymore though

    Comment by ggny – January 13, 2014 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is really sad, I only just got into this show recently and was really looking forward to season 3. Will be very bittersweet now, I was expecting another couple of seasons out of it at least. Don’t know whether this is the network or Sorkin, either way it’s disappointing though.

    Comment by Miv – January 13, 2014 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i miss the “west wing”.
    what a class show, great ensemble of actors AND likeable characters.

    Comment by stevie – January 13, 2014 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked it. I look forward to season 3. I liked a show about the news and the way the news is presented, and the way it should be done. Well done. If it’s going to devolve into a relationship/soap opera I will be just as glad if it’s cancelled. Maybe Sorkin doesn’t have anything else to say.

    Comment by bobbie – January 13, 2014 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am sad. I think this is one of the besr shows I have ever watched. Thoroughly have enjoyed each and every character. I will admit that this sesdon was very dark and hard to get into but once I saw Aaron’s interview explaining the reason behind it I understoid it better. I will always be in love with this show. Very few shows come along that have quality and unfortunately don’t last.

    Comment by Sheila Nichols – January 13, 2014 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So we can expect that Sloan Sabbath spinoff any day now right?

    Comment by Tom – January 13, 2014 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Only in our dreams! ;)

      Comment by dank – February 28, 2014 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am both happy that it is being renewed and sad that it will be the ladt season. I think it is the best written, acted and the most intelligent show on TV . Maybe not for everyone but definitely for me and many others who have become obsessed by it and can’t get enough of it

    Comment by LoriT – January 13, 2014 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sadly, Sorkin’s shows about a show never last. Sports Night barely got two seasons, Studio 60 didn’t even get that and it was an amazing show. At least we will get a proper ending to this series.

    Comment by Seth – January 13, 2014 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I honestly think HBO is making way for its next critical hit. It hasn’t really been a contender for the top drama prize in years. AMC has been showing them up for years on that front.

    Comment by Kat – January 13, 2014 11:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, this show has still last longer than his other TV effort in Studio 60 and Sports Night.

    Comment by Quinn Mallory – January 14, 2014 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I still miss those shows!

      Comment by M – January 14, 2014 06:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to both squeal and sob.

    Comment by M – January 14, 2014 06:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show could have been a lot better but never came togther

    Comment by bill – January 14, 2014 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since the happy ending came too soon in the end of season 2, this is not really a big surprise to me. Still, I feel sad to let it go. I can still recall the shock it gave me when I saw the first episode. We really need more films like this.

    Comment by Ed – January 14, 2014 11:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I figured with the happy ending of Season 2, the show was either ending or someone was hedging their bet. And if Sorkin was mulling things over it was probably going to end. It’ll be interesting to see how the story picks up & progresses in a final Season 3.

      Comment by Bill – January 16, 2014 03:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this is a sad day for everyone. I can only hope that Sorkin has another tv series on his mind.

    Comment by Since – January 17, 2014 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aaron Sorkin is probably my favorite screenwriter and his best work to me was “The West Wing”, which I feel is the best TV drama ever so far. I can’t say the same for “The Newsroom” but for me mostly it was casting issues and also I felt the show was very unbalanced politically, which I didn’t feel at all with “The West Wing” even though it was about a Democrat Administration. I was so hopeful it would be a good series when I saw the speech in the pilot episode about America and how it isn’t #1 anymore. Absolutely brilliant speech that took my breath away! But I can’t say I’m all that surprised or unhappy it is going off the air. I just hope Aaron Sorkin finds another vehicle for his screenwriting soon because I will watch. I love his style, the fast paced dialogue, the intelligence of it, and especially the humor. You had to keep up and he never dumbed it down. But you also need a cast that can deliver and I don’t think this cast had the kind of magic as that of “The West Wing”.

    Comment by Debbie – March 10, 2014 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am sorry to see this show end. It is terrific. My entire family is going to be sorry.

    Comment by Hallie Johnson – March 27, 2014 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Newsroom is a great show about true journalism ethics. Rightwingers aside (who looked bad because they looked bad (ie. off key) in any media representation, the need to source material, the fear/joy when a big story breaks was all there. I’m sorry Sorkin didn’t have the staying power – or was it just HBO’s llust for vampires and zoombies! Which means of course that the central theme of Newsroom – the thin rope the truth walks on was simply verified. I’ll miss it. Gwyn

    Comment by lhoward21034 – April 22, 2014 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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