After months of keeping us in suspense, HBO has good news and bad news for fans of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. The good news, the Jeff Daniels-starrer has been renewed for a third season. The bad news? The third season will be its last.
The Emmy-winning HBO drama will begin production on its third and final season this spring, with debut slated for fall. “‘The Newsroom’ is classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “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”), 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.
New showrunner Lieberstein has been meeting with the other producers to plan the direction for the series’ final season. According to reports, cast members have been locked up for a third season since the fall.
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.
It’s certainly a year of transition for the network, which will see two other veteran series bow later this year. Supernatural soap True Blood and the prohibition era mob-drama Boardwalk Empire will end after its seventh and fifth seasons, respectively.