HBO Renews ‘The Newsroom’ for Season 3

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Aside from The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin isn’t exactly known for his hit television shows. The critically acclaimed writer and producer – who won an Academy Award for his work on David Fincher’s The Social Network – was behind two short-lived series in Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Both series were beloved by critics and developed a cult following but still faced the network chopping block. So fans were understandably hesitant to let themselves fall in love with Sorkin’s latest project, HBO’s The Newsroom.

That series provides an inside look at the world of television journalism and centers on anchorman Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels. Since its debut last summer, The Newsroom has steadily gained a following and snagged a few high-profile awards nominations to boot. Following up on this success, the show was renewed for a second season, and now comes an even greater indication that The Newsroom isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

HBO has announced that The Newsroom has been renewed for season 3. This news follows up on a recent message from Daniels – via his Twitter account –  in which the actor beat the network to an update on the show’s fate. 

Jeff Daniels ‏@Jeff_Daniels

It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.

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The series’ ratings have seen an increase since season 2 started this summer. So The Newsroom‘s return isn’t necessarily a surprising one but certainly a welcome turn of events for its burgeoning fanbase. It also marks something of a show of good faith from HBO. Given the pedigree The Newsroom has with Sorkin and the ensemble cast led by Daniels, there’s no reason that the show can’t proudly sit alongside other current HBO series like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.

The network has proven for years that it’s something of a haven for unique and edgy series that might be cancelled prematurely on traditional networks. Perhaps previous Sorkin projects Sports Night and Studio 60 may have lasted on HBO and been spared the fate they suffered on ABC and NBC, respectively. All signs point to the fact that Sorkin may have found a network where his talents can truly have the time and creative freedom to thrive.

Are you looking forward to season 3 of The Newsroom? What do you hope to see next season? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts.


The Newsroom airs Sundays @ 10pm on HBO

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  1. Count me among Mr Sorkin’s biggest fans. Just finished watching the Season 2 finale and had to make sure I would be able to see more. The Newsroom is the only show that comes close to filling the void in my life led by The West Wing.

    • To Dan Arthur:
      I am sooooo with you! I had about a week of mourning when I found out The West Wing was ending (after the one I experienced when Rob Lowe left and when Aaron Sorkin left). Then I had another when it actually ended. Now, finally, here is another show that is equally intelligent and entertaining. Because I know nothing lasts forever, I am preparing for that eventual next week of mourning. But…I will celebrate that the time has not yet arrived. Can’t wait for season three!

  2. I love Newsroom. I’ve become addicted and can’t wait for season 3. Thank you HBO!

  3. One of the best on TV. Smart, engaging and funny! Tomorrow night would be too long to wait for the next season.

  4. Season 2 was far too short! Thank you HBO for not being afraid to air a cerebral show to rival and surpass Sports Night.

  5. Cannot wait!!!

  6. Just watched final episode of Season 2 and HAD to check that there’s a Season 3 to look forward to. Loving every moment. Smart, quick and slick. Would also love to see longer seasons and already hoping for Seasons 4, 5 etc.

  7. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that season 3 is coming out and I’m a 17 year old girl! I love The Newsroom! So sad there were only 9 episodes in the second season. Loved the finale…def going to watch it again!

  8. This show is outstanding! I’ve had my heart broken when’s favorite, well written shows have been canceled (bunheads, chuck…) I’m so glad HBO is saving me the heartache.

  9. Love this show! We don’t often get shows with writing like this! An ensemble cast not equaled anywhere (except Homeland?). Breaking Bad is a great show, but an odd subject. Newsroom has it all if you don’t mind the politics!

  10. Yes! I love that “The Newsroom” will air for a third — and I hope many more — seasons. It is the most intelligent, thought-provoking and needed show airing. Warning: Watching it might cause actual thought. Congratulations to Soring and the whole crew, from the show’s creator, to the writing room, cameramen, actors and actresses, the entire team that bring this show to life.

  11. Yes! I love that “The Newsroom” will air for a third — and I hope many more — seasons. It is the most intelligent, thought-provoking and needed show airing. Warning: Watching it might cause actual thought. Congratulations to Sorkin and the whole crew, from the show’s creator, to the writing room, cameramen, actors and actresses, and HBO — the entire team bringing this show to life.

  12. I watched season 1 on demand in 2 days right before season 2 began. I’m became addicted mostly because it is an intellectual series and not dummied down like most shows. I do agree that the season’s are too short. Absolutely thrilled to see Jeff Daniels win the Emmy.

  13. Aaron Sorkin is genius, as is HBO for giving him the opportunity to create the best series ever created for TV . . . since West Wing. He wrestles intelligently with the insanity that politics foists on us daily. It’s inspirational to have fictional characters doing what statesmen and stateswomen don’t have the courage to do. Can we require all members of Congress watch The Newsroom?

  14. I didn’t enjoy season 2 as much as I did season 1, and I think it’s because I started each episode annoyed that they replaced the original, brilliant title sequence with one that proclaims that it’s just another show set in New York.

  15. I am a new fan of The Newsroom. It is one of the very few intelligent show on television. I got hooked on Season 2 and could not wait for Sunday nights. The dialogue and acting are quick and fast paced and therein lies the creative genius of Aaron Sorkin. I thought the finale was exquisite. I have watched it 3 times. Please don’t make us wait too long for Season 3. And congratulations to Jeff Daniels for his much deserved Emmy

  16. Love this show. great storyline and actors.

  17. Yes! Ditto to everyone’s posts. Congrats to the whole “The Newsroom” crew! My whole family watches including my children with short attention spans (16, 18, 19, 20 years old). This is the first site I saw after we finished the 2nd season; all happy and screaming for more. We always watch the season over at least four times; love the quick wittiness of the crew and always catching something we missed from the first round! Ha love the originality of showing the world “reality” within a drama!

    Hats off to HBO to always following through with our with holding on to all the great shows my family loves with all the wit, suspense, edginess, creativity, and reality in play.

  18. I love this show so much! Every episode makes me laugh, and you guys are doing a great job. Can’t wait for season 3!!!!

  19. Love Newsroom…and I hope it goes beyond season 3…..

  20. Love it I am an addict and can’t wait for season 3 although being in UK have still got another 2 episodes to go

  21. … if sorkin dunnit, he’d need be coming up with a whole new cast of characters. he could definitely continue milking the soapboxing on current affairs and media, but it would be like creating spinoffs for existing secondary characters (perhaps show peel’s character developing and eventually becoming unemployable, letting the focus shift to new media rather than the televised white elephant, go back to developing the corporate intrigue aspect – mother and son gaining the foreground… etc. (yes, mr sorking – i am free for lunch but you’ll have to pay my airfare).

  22. As I learned how our government works on the “inside” from The West Wing, I now understand how newsrooms work. I thank Aaron Sorkin for these two series, and I am anxiously awaiting Season 3 of The Newsroom. Now if we could only revive The West Wing with the original cast, I’d be really happy.

  23. I hope the newsroom goes as long as the wire if not longer the show is just as good and it also makes you think.

  24. Not a fan of Sorkin’s rabid liberalism, but all in all it’s a tightly written/directed show. Enjoyable, just sophomoric with some of its approach to the growing base of voters outside the duality of the two-party paradigm. That obtuse separation from the reality of contemporary American politics notwithstanding, pretty good show.

  25. Absolutely love The Newsroom – a truly exceptional show!

  26. I;m excited for season 3!

  27. So happy. Why aren’t there more intelligent shows out there like The Newsroom. I swear, our population would be so much smarter if there were more shows like this.

  28. I dont know what is going on over there at HBO’s production office, but I’ve been impressed with the original productions they’ve been putting out lately.

  29. Best thing since West Wing. Sorkin really is one of my favourite writers. Just watched Red Team 111 and as I am in the UK will need to wait for the final 2 episodes, can’t wait!!! Great news about series 3.