‘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. Season Three was the BEST YET! It’s ironic when the show is about providing quality to the viewers instead of just going for ratings. The unfair thing is that ratings are a broad demographic. Is there no room for a show with some intelligence and political relevance? Does the “average viewer” call the shots for everyone?

    For the same reason, the BBC dropped Silk Another great show to bite the dust.

    There should be some room for excellence.

  2. what a shame! it’s clear and plian obvious that the audience, at least the part that cares enough to get informed and commnet, did NOT want the show to end! it’s clear and plain obvious, that Sorkin had a loads to say through the show, that the characters have tons of development to exploit on. f****** hell, I’d even look a fictional News Night with Will McAvoy if they had it! Pepolpe from all over the world like this series, and not only do we want more of it, but we also think it is a very healthy form of art expression: you were building an amazing thing! From Argentina I ask not to kill The Newsroom

  3. I hate that the Newsroom is cancelled. I don’t watch a lot of HBO’s many dramatic series. I am selective in what I watch on TV. I always pick the ones that get cancelled. I was invested in these characters and rooted for them every week. The show made me cry, made me laugh and took my breath away. Jeff Daniels was a welcome site on TV again. I’m going to miss you all. I will follow Olivia Munn throughout cinema. I bought all of the seasons of The West Wing and will do the same for The Newsroom.

  4. What a shame! Such a great show! The best on HBO!

  5. Loved the show
    Have watched each episode at least three times
    Great characters
    Final season too short

  6. Very sad to see such a great program get cancelled over trivial differences between the network and producer. This was one of the best shows I have ever watched and is the only reason I subscribed to HBO. I can now cancel and put that money to better use.

    Best regards

  7. Very sad to see such a great program get cancelled over trivial differences between the network and producer. This was one of the best shows I have ever watched and is the only reason I subscribed to HBO. I can now cancel and put that money to better use.

    Best regards

  8. Good writing is orgasmic. Aaron Sorkin is that and more. His shows elevate thought and cause a higher level of response to the mundane. I own all episodes of Sport Night and Studio 60, and most of West Wing. I now own Newsroom 1 and 2, and am awaiting purchase of Newsroom 3. Geese. Is there no room for intelligent, thoughtful, thought provoking, high minded fare on TV? I guess not. Why has HBO stooped to catering to the reality TV type cr**? Oh, I know, you don’t have to pay for actual writers. Dear HBO, don’t troll and become bottom feeders for your audience and then expect loyalty. Loyalty comes from people who bother to expect more, and then when they receive it – they become loyal. If you want loyalty, respect your audience! You didn’t gain me as a demographic by pulling me from another channel – you GAINED me by pulling me from real life. Newsroom brought viewers IN from the non-TV watching demographic – and that’s something. SHAME on you for dropping this show. I will eagerly await Aaron Sorkin’s next booking. Good writing is orgasmic.

    • I just saw 3 years of episodes in 5 days. Great Series. But you also learned something in the series I hope. Don Quichot. It is not about intelligence. It is about money. So that is why King of Thrones is way more popular. Cutting of some ones head at random (the only -maybe – novel idea in this series) is what people like. Not a story you might think about after you saw it.
      Sorry my english is not correct and i don’t correct capitals.
      Some things are as presented in this series, except that they only dared to show 1% of what happens in real life. So, as you should know, that is not what is allowed in the SU. Only entertainment.
      adrie from amsterdam,nl.

      • Je hoeft je nergens voor te schamen qua Engelse taal gaat prima zo.
        ;)

  9. Amazing Show. I still am extremely upset that it ended.

  10. Jammer want het is een hele goede serie.
    Kennelijk net als op tv (in het echt) moeten series het ook hebben van $$$
    Wat erg jammer is. Wat blijft er dan voor’n rotzooi over?
    Hoe ziet het eruit over vijf en tien jaar van nu?
    Allemaal eenheidsworst?

    Shame this season 3 is the end of all this.
    I really liked the show. So series also need to bring in money or else they will be canceled? The whole worlds only seems to be about $$$ )-

    Shame

  11. QUESTION

    Why is season 2 not on HBO-on-demand?????????????????

  12. A big portion of the show was about quality programming versus ratings threatening ACN, and this show got cancelled because of ratings, despite quality programming. Very ironic and sad. I really loved this show, and am very disappointing to see it go. Bad call HBO!