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HBO Cleaning House? The 3rd Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Be The Last

Television
by Edward Davis
January 13, 2014 6:22 PM
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Is HBO cleaning house, and perhaps sweeping away dead or underperforming weight? Just one week after the cable network announced the upcoming fifth season of Boardwalk Empire” would be its lastnews which surprised many of its fansHBO announced that Aaron Sorkin’s troubled drama “The Newsroom” would also end (read: be canceled, gently) after its upcoming final season.

The bulletin about “The Newsroom” is perhaps not a total surprise given that the show was never fully embraced by either audiences or critics. In fact, the latter were harsh toward the show and its vacillating tone of comedy and drama, though the series picked up Emmys nonethless. “The Newsroom” seemed to pick up critical notices in season two, but ratings never improved significantly and it appears that HBO is cutting out the fat and focusing on proven winners; “Boardwalk Empire” finished one of its finest seasons, but ratings have been flat at best. The news also comes on the heels of "The Newsroom" Emmy upset -- lead actor Jeff Daniels winning Best Actor in a TV Drama at the 2013 Emmys over "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston and a crop of tough competition.

The full press release from HBO:

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.

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6 Comments

  • thislalife | January 13, 2014 8:52 PMReply

    True Detective will run for a couple seasons at least, especially if they can keep bringing in stars for micro-seasons.

    The Leftovers could be huge, but is dangerously close to LOST territory as it's mainly questions but not answers

    But the real biggie is Terence Winter's / Martin Scorsese's rock and roll show which is most likely going to be very expensive and also very popular!

  • mick | January 13, 2014 7:35 PMReply

    I Love Newsroom......Pity it's ending.

  • George | January 13, 2014 7:29 PMReply

    HBO has retained its crown as having the best to offer for progressive prestigious drama but not by much. AMC hasn't had a critical darling since Rubicon. Showtime wasted it legitimacy it got back from Homeland with a mediocre season 3. In addition to a pointless season 8 of Dexter and a couple years too late for the Anti-Hero drama era Ray Donovan. FX makes great drama but can't escape HBO shadow. USA and TNT just don't have the Ambition and are focused on the bottom line like the broadcast networks.

  • swell | January 13, 2014 7:16 PMReply

    Yeah, they got The Leftovers on the way, and two series in development from George RR Martin (the GoT spinoff/prequel/whatever the hell it is and a rumored sci-fi show) on a two year development deal that syncs up nicely.

  • Xvier1993 | January 13, 2014 7:11 PMReply

    damn, too bad.

  • HoBo Xofice | January 13, 2014 6:32 PMReply

    This is also the last season for True Blood. They are definitely clearing room for some new material.

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