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.
It's official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.
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.
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The Newsroom airs Sundays @ 10pm on HBO