‘The Newsroom’ to End After Season 3

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When The Newsroom earned a third season, it seemed like a sure sign that the show was here to stay. But earlier today, when HBO officially confirmed its season 3 renewal, it also announced that it would be its final season. Like so many Aaron Sorkin shows before it – Sports Nights, Studio 60 on the Sunset StripThe Newsroom appears to have worn out its welcome.

Centering on Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) – a lead anchorman for the fictional ACN – and his staff as they struggle to produce a nightly news show amid political, social and commercial pressures, The Newsroom had a steadily growing fanbase. After a rocky start, season 2 of the series was generally better reviewed and it earned higher ratings than season 1. On top of that, Daniels took home the Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Drama last year.

HBO President, Michael Lombardo, said of the series:

‘The Newsroom’ is classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking. I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.

So, why the cancellation when the series was just beginning to pick up speed? Season 2′s production issues and the difficult negotiations between HBO and Sorkin over season 3 (which caused the initial delay in renewal) might be the cause. Season 2 was reduced from 10 episodes to only nine after what Sorkin referred to as a “false start,” according to THR. This led to costly reshoots and delays in filming, and subsequently, Patton Oswalt‘s role was cut from season 2 altogether.

Much like The West Wing before it, The Newsroom strove to soften our cynical opinion of reporters and anchors in the brave new world of the 24 hour news cycle. Sorkin described the series to THR as an “idealistic, romantic, swashbuckling, sometimes comedic but very optimistic” look at the people responsible for the news.

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Unlike Sorkin’s previously prematurely canceled series, The Newsroom was thought to have stronger odds at lasting on HBO than it did on a more a finicky, network channel. Apparently even on premium cable, TV shows are judged solely for the money they earn, and on that front, The Newsroom wasn’t a strong contender. After all, it was costly to produce.

In addition to The Newsroom, 2014 also marks the end of True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. This leaves Game of Thrones as HBO’s most popular program, with new series True Detective and Silicon Valley yet to prove their staying power.

Did you hope to see The Newsroom continue for longer? Are you more or less excited now that season 3 will be its last? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Newsroom‘s third and final season will air in the fall of 2014.

Source: Variety

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  1. I want more than just season 3. And, there should be.

    I have no idea there always something about season 2 crisis. I mean, it happened with all good tv shows. They said they will renewal the series with the third season and might be the last one, but turns out the third season goes as the savior, and we will see them for next two or three more seasons.

    Don’t you guys think the news is trying to throw us this as a bait so they can see how many people who wants The Newsroom more seasons? HBO, please more seasons for The Newsroom! You have great casts assemble, great writer, and it feels like the show just so update with the news headlines in the real-life. That was amazing. Feels like “fictional” as almost real. You have one, one tv series kind which no channels have.

    Come on!

    • Yes, I feel the very same way, it’s so so sad, that they are ending this show….

    • I so enjoy this show; does anyone know why it is being cancelled after only the third season? I think this is a great show which should be continued; come on HBO give us at least two more seasons; what do we need to do to convince you to keep the show?

  2. Season 1 &2 were great. I even bought the blueray. Looking forward to season 3 and beyond. Unfortunately the bottom line airways seems to rule. I for one hope it stays. IMHO better than thrones.

  3. We have all of our family and friends HOOKED ON NEWSROOM!!!
    It’s the most intelligent- thought provoking show on the air!
    Don’t cancel, don’t cancel, DONT CANCEL!!

  4. I love this show! I can’t believe they are canceling it. I am so sad!

  5. The show was my absolute fav…but those who are pro republican and pro democrates, wouldn’t watch it b/c they saw something that led them to believe it was to far to the left or right….those people are uninformed and extremists who fear anyone or anything that has overtones which goes against their beliefs. Had high hopes for this show…the opening show, Jeff Danials rant, is what hooked me, and I’m so sorry to see it go. Thank you Aaron Sorkin for this show. It was entertaining.

  6. HBO is so stupid….I only have HBO to watch the newsroom. Since learning of the cancellation I canceled HBO..not even going to watch the 3rd season and I won’t purchase either. HBO executives are like NBC executives….pretty dumb for all those high dollar degrees.

  7. Very disappointing that this will be the last season for The Newsroom. I really enjoyed this show. Too bad that HBO can’t get their act together and have it continue.

  8. Are they cancelling it or did aaron sorkin give up with hastles from HBO like he did when he got burnt out after the 4th season of west wing (after the 3rd or 4th season i forget wich one exactly.) ?

  9. Newsroom is great! Wish they would reconsider and extend it.

  10. This is easily one of the smartest, wittiest, and most delightful shows to watch on cable. Cancelling this show would be a travesty of monumental proportions, because it would signal that we have come to an end of an intelligent repartee revolution. It would basically symbolize that a majority of people would rather sit around and watch some mindless banter over vampires then a show that’s political, informative, argumentative and so brilliantly put together. I vote this show should stay around for a very long time. And the only reason they had gotten low rating in the beginning is because I much like a wide array of people had no clue that this show even existed. You want to fire someone? Fire the ad department for their massive failure to put this show out there!

  11. So tired of good shows getting canceled. HBO your killing me.

  12. I had hoped the network would keep this show. I hate how intellectual shows like this that help you think, that basically dare you to open your eyes is ended only at season 3 but of course HBO will keep all shows with sex and nudity.
    HBO can’t handle airing a REAL show like this.

  13. I was very disappointed to read about the cancellation of one of TV’s best shows. I am concerned that quality shows are on the way out to be replaced by even more inane reality TV.

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