‘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. This speaks directly to what the show was about…$$$ rather than good tv, thank you hbo for proving will mcavoys point. We do not have enough violent, bloody psychopath shows! Cancell the show that is rife with poignancy and… Great music. Greedy hbo… Shame on you

    • HBO did NOT cancel the show!! Do your research. Check your facts. Aaron Sorkin pulled the show and shortened the final season to only six episodes. Sorry. Easy to blame HBO,but greed is not always the cause of shows being cancelled.

    • Thoroughly disappointed to find out that the 3rd season of The Newsroom was it’s last! 2

      I’m from another country.
      and when I first watched newsroom, I thought it is the greatest series on American TV which is full of programs of unrealistic, sexual, mysterious, mythical, heroic stories or others filled with well-packed typical stories.
      Really disappointed that We can’t watch season 4.
      Please consider again.

      Maybe “the rate” is lower than youHBO predicted, but the people who are watching it are more influenced people I guess, So ,make your money through PPL or whatever you want, there must be another ways to earn money through this series, I bet.

      Again, Please, Not only consider the instant proficiency from the “rate”. Have broader sight, and I really hope the next series will come. I like its Characters – Will. Mac and Everyone on the show.

  2. Thoroughly disappointed to find out that the 3rd season of The Newsroom was it’s last! Just when I find something worth watching on T.V. they cancel it. Sometimes it’s hard to understand what the industry is thinking………

  3. Truly remarkable how HBO dares to cancel the show just because it doesn’t bring enough revenue. Ironic at best,- but more an act of poor judgment both economical and ethical. The show just picked up and got a wider audience every season. I for once found it great to watch a daring, yet heavily romanticised show in a medium that I found to be completely rigged in the first place.(Not that there is a medium left, that isn’t)
    It made me hope, that it could be actually achieved to be informed rather than being entertained. Eventhough I thought the show accomplished both, I hope it lighted a spark in some of the audience – it is very much needed.

    • Well said. The show provided, among many things, hope that we will get through this period of ‘worst generation ever’, where our revered ‘men’ are as uninformed as we are.

      • I am an Aussie and am so disappointed that the season ended. Does this mean there is nothing after Season 3 Episode 6?
        Damn – I loved it right from the start – being an “oldie” (53) I remember the American News Broadcasts from my childhood on our first B&W HMV TV Stereo that also played LPs, watched the landing on the moon and every major news event of the mid sixties onwards.

        What a shame – the dialog was brilliant – Sorkin seemed to have so mjuch to say on the controversial subject of Journo’s particularly in light of the mobile phone hacking scandal of the Murdoch empire and frankly Murdoch’s greedy monopoly domination of media around the World.

        Please Mr Sorkin – reconsider? This series was just getting really meaty to watch.

        I will miss it a lot.

  4. Very sorry that The Newsroom is over. It’s the reason I signed up for HBO. I’m pretty much ready to give up on tv. If this quality show can’t make it, what can and why bother?

  5. Finally a show worth watching with reals like stories. I can’t believe HBO does not think this show has staying power. However late I was introduced to this show I will watch every episode more than once. Shame for the cast and producer that we will only see three seasons of what I would easily declare one of the best shows I have come to enjoy for the past two or three years.

    Whether the fate of this show lies with the producer or HBO!, here’s hoping someone in power agrees with my post and finds a way to keep it’s interested viewers believing in good programming to extend The Newsroom well beyond 3 seasons.

  6. Finally a show worth watching with reals like stories. I can’t believe HBO does not think this show has staying power. However late I was introduced to this show I will watch every episode more than once. Shame for the cast and producer that we will only see three seasons of what I would easily declare one of the best shows I have come to enjoy for the past two or three years.

    Whether the fate of this show lies with the producer or HBO!, here’s hoping someone in power agrees with my post and finds a way to keep it’s interested viewers believing in good programming to extend The Newsroom well beyond 3 seasons….

    • I am so bummed. We should start a petition or hope that Netflix will pick up The Newsroom from HBO??

  7. Finally a show worth watching with reals like stories. I can’t believe HBO does not think this show has staying power. However late I was introduced to this show I will watch every episode more than once. Shame for the cast and producer that we will only see three seasons of what I would easily declare one of the best shows I have come to enjoy for the past two or three years.

    Whether the fate of this show lies with the producer or HBO!, here’s hoping someone in power agrees with my post and finds a way to keep it’s interested viewers believing in good programming to extend The Newsroom well beyond 3 seasons…….

  8. This was a completely wonderful show. I loved it from Wills tirade at Northwestern to the final shot of the third season. Would I like more? Of course I would. I came to care so much about the characters and every episode had something thought provoking to offer. But sometimes it is, perhaps, better to know when to quit. These three seasons had a dramatic arc that was complete and and unified. To extend it might have spoiled one of the really great series in recent memory. I think we all need to defer here to Sorkin. He is a brilliant dramatist and if his instinct was to end it here, well it might just have been the right call.

    • Bob…
      Thanks for an extremely thought-provoking statement.
      Sorkin is a genius in his field. I have deeply enjoyed everything he has done… Back to An American President. Yes, A Few Good Men and Malice were earlier,(Ehh.. Not a big fan of Tom Cruise!) but, American President is where he showed the style he has maintained utilize to perfection. He always makes us think!

      So, Mr. Sorkin is the mastermind of masterful story telling. Maybe he knows best.

      Yes… Sometimes it is best to stop at the top of the hill!

  9. What a shame, this show was actually something you could watch that actually made you think. Most shows you could miss an entire season and it wouldn’t matter much… HBO screws up again!! Maybe they can pick up a different show that was cancelled way to early. The name of that show was “LIFE”.

  10. I have just finished watching season three. I absolutely adored seasons one and two and when, this evening, I bought up my online pay per month streaming service, and realised I could buy season three I was elated.
    I watched the series in a day and throughly relished every minute; i typed in to google “the newsroom season 4″, so that I knew when to look out for it and this news has me devastated. For one, because it deserves to continue but for two because what a pathetic place to leave this series; so inexplicably disgustingly written in knowing this would be the end.

  11. Dear AAron Sorkin, A plea from a “Newsroom” hostage: I don’t want to be set free from the “best of the best” of brilliant dialog,lovingly complex characters, and compelling story lines.Please come back!

  12. Please bring the newsroom back! Not only is season 3 cut robbed of it’s full season, but HBO/Sorkin won’t put out season 4? How disappointing, given the overarching messages from ACN

  13. Of course it should continue for longer as there is a lot going on and it’s story has been added so much from its base. I really would continue to watch it for more 5 seasons at least.

  14. From Canada,

    I caught that last three episodes on TV just the other day, and I immediately fell in love with the characters and there quirky humour and so on…

    I began to watch all the episodes from the beginning in anticipation to catch the next season…

    And now I’m here…

    iv never done this before,(making a comment towards a show) and I don’t think I would ever do it again, but this show was worth it, and I’m kinda saddened about it ending.

    Hope Mr. Sorkin can bring it back.

  15. After Jeff Daniels got the Emmy, I thought I’d rent a DVD and see what Newsroom was all about. WHAT A GREAT PROGRAM!!!!! Now, to learn it’s only got one more season, I’m so disappointed.

    I hope Sorkin and/or HBO reconsider this decision. Newsroom is one of the rare quality shows on TV.

  16. This might be the most ludicrous move HBO has taken. From not being a fan of the networking due to the crap they have managed to televise (apart from Game of Thrones), “The Newsroom” has been the only show to have persuaded my decision. Its clever, snaky, sarcastic and homey demeanor. It has to be one of Aaron Sorkin’s best work, every episode I fell deeper in love with characters, rhetorically asking my fellow viewers “why is Maggie and Jim taking so long to tell each other how the fell”.

    I say we should get a petition going, so we can the show back on air, because it has so much potential. I know Aaron Sorkin may have f***** up and cost the network a lot of money, but that is why the second season was so highly rated in comparison to the previous one. I am utterly disappointed and I seriously hope it is a horrible joke, a weird marketing scheme. Much like that of Sony, and what they done to ‘The Interview’.

    Regards
    Mr. Not Pleased

  17. Best show on television. Hope that it’s renegotiated and we will have the opportunity to see Season 4 (and 5 and 6)
    Well Done! High Quality!

  18. Regardless of why the show was cancelled, I will sorely miss it. The characters, the dialogue, the music, the intro, the sets, the stories. How dreadfully sad to watch these last few episodes, knowing there will be no more.

  19. Why on earth would they stop producing a show that made sense? Was it because of low ratings? Could it be caused by the fact that the world’s population is so huge now that any moron with a cell phone could give a great show a bad rating? This is ridiculous.

    The one show that didn’t make people dumber, like most shows in America. The one show that had a long future ahead, and would have never run out of stories to work with as the world is falling apart due to the pathetic size of the worlds population.

    Since this show was created by a Canadian, does that mean I need to move to Canada in order to watch educated shows? I’m tired of the American shows as comedians need to explain their jokes in great detail because Americans are too lazy to think for themselves.

    The newsroom moved to my #1 spot of my top 5 favorites show, and now I feel like there’s nothing that will replace this. I’m going to miss this show. ;(

    Can someone take over the writing? I mean, could or would Aaron sell the rights of The Newsroom to a new director, or writer? Does the show have to die because Aaron said it should?