‘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. Absolutely loved season 1 & 2. Incredible chemistry and story lines. Season 3, especially the finale, were a loss, like Sorkin gave up and just tried to tie up loose ends. Very disappointing. But Jeff Daniels was PERFECTly cast as Will. He could anchor the news now, I swear.

  2. I really liked this show. I got HBO just to watch the newsroom. Guess I don’t need HBO any longer. I just don’t understand why every time I actually like a show it gets canceled. I would say bring it back. But you killed charlie. (Sam Waterston). He was a major part of the show for me.

  3. I am so upset about The Newsroom being cancelled. It was seriously the most intelligent and well written shows I have ever seen. It just goes to show how sad our world of entertainment is when a show like this doesn’t get enough traction. Come on guys can’t we as consumers be a little smarter. For godsake The Real Housewives of Who Gives a Crap has had more seasons then The Newsroom. That is disgusting to me.

  4. A grim day for quality television was the day The Newsroom was cancelled.

  5. Bring the show back. It was a winner in every way. You are giving me very good reason to cancel my HBO subscription.

  6. I am heartbroken that the Newsroom is over. It was my “go to” show and I’ve watched many of the episodes more than once. I thought it the best writing on TV and while some of it was a little preachy it gave you something to think about. I had hoped it would go on for at least the 6 years that most of HBO series run. Oh well off to find something nearly as good.

    • I have watched every episode at least 3 times. The finale I watched 7 times. I can’t watch it again. It was the best show I have ever seen tied with The West Wing also written by Aaron Sorkin.
      I wrote the Chairman on The Board and the Head of Programming. I was surprised I received responses within 24 hours. They say it was Mr. Sorkin’s wish to end the show.

      • Finally – someone who was willing to take the time to make connections with the powers that be at HBO. I heard about a disagreement between Aaron Sorkin and HBO. I had also heard that Sorkin no longer wanted to work in television. It makes total sense that he was the one to pull the plug and cut the season short. It is very unfortunate that a show of the caliber like “The Newsroom” should have to be the collateral damage of such a decision. If Sorkin has severed ties across the board with everything and everyone to do with television there is little hope for the show to be picked up by anyone else. It is Aaron Sorkin’s project and he owns it. He is the head writer and creator of “The Newsroom”. BUT – that being said it just crossed my mind that he may take this to another avenue of streaming video. With his clout and the money he has behind him I am sure he could produce this show without HBO that is not on television, but on the internet. I do not have any idea if he signed an “Exclusive Agreement Clause” with HBO. If he did that could cause some problems if he wanted to take the show elsewhere to produce it. I do not know if Sorkin would have signed anything like that being the consummate professional genius that he is. I am sure there was a meeting of the minds between Sorkin and HBO to iron out an agreement that allowed him to cut the season short and pull the show after only six episodes. I do not know what the problems were, but creative freedom can be really difficult on television something I am sure Aaron Sorkin demanded for such a quality show like “The Newsroom”. There definitely has never been any other program like it (except maybe the “West Wing”- another Aaron Sorkin show). RIP “The Newsroom”!

  7. I am heartbroken that the Newsroom is over. It was my “go to” show and I’ve watched many of the episodes more than once. I thought it the best writing on TV and while some of it was a little preachy it gave you something to think about. I had hoped it would go on for at least the 6 years that most of HBO series run. Oh well off to find something else to watch.

  8. Barb, I’m surprised at your disappointment with the series finale. I thought it was very well done, you got to see previous interactions between Charlie and the other principals. Series finale’s are meant to tie up loose ends to a point as this one did. I enjoyed the spin off ideas with other characters and will they’d try one.

  9. This was by far the best sow on television. I think whoever made this decision should be cancelled.

  10. The first episode of The Newsroom was the finest television show I have ever seen. Flawless in every way. Season 1 was a masterpiece of television. I feel that season 2 lost it’s way a bit, but was still very good television. I am gutted that the show has been cancelled, especially mid season. Television has lost a remarkable piece of excellence.

    I have always respected HBO for delivering excellent shows. However HBO has dropped an excellent show because of commercial pressure. It had an opportunity to stand up and support something completely new, something that would change the idea of television excellence, but instead it folded. Unlike the message being presented in The Newsroom.

    • Agreed. But there was no drop in quality Season 2. It was the best show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. This was by far one of the best shows on television. Each character had depth and such a quality about them. I agree with some of the other comments. REALLY the show was cancelled and we are left with all the reality crap? I have watched every show from the beginning and every episode was impressive. I was so hopeful that the show could take the actual news and show us the real story since we don’t get that from the media in our world anymore. I had high hopes for it being a way through fiction to get to the truth.
    There aren’t many quality programs left on TV and I will miss The Newsroom family. Thanks for ending it nicely leaving us feeling that all the relationships are in right order.

  12. I had only just discovered this WONDERFUL show and was catching up online, when I discovered the last episode I had seen was the last episode to be made…..very disappointing.

    What has happened to this country that the most intelligent and well made shows do not survive, and yet drivel like Big Brother just won’t die?

    Could any other network out there pick this show up and continue producing intelligent and thought provoking entertainment?

  13. This show had me hooked 5 mins into the first episode and I loved every one after that. The finale left me a bit flat and mourning for what could have been.

    I wanted 6 or 7 or 10 seasons of this show and 3 (really 2 1/2) was just not enough.

    I live in hope that Aaron Sorkin decides to revive this show in some Christmas miracle!! But for now I’m off to watch Season 1 all over again.

  14. I find it a shame that this show was not continued.

    Here is an interesting article/exercise…

    http://enkaib.blogspot.de/2014/09/excerpts-from-manufacturing-consent-by.html