Aaron Sorkin’s newsroom has been renewed by HBO for a third—and sadly final—season. This season holds a new collaboration which brings The Office actor-producer Paul Lieberstein to the show; he will join Sorkin, Alan Paul and Scott Rudin as an executive producer on the show.
Well it’s about time!
This bittersweet announcement has arrived nearly six months after HBO programming president Michael Lombardo publicly stated he would be “shocked” if the series did not return.
The wait has been attributed to Sorkin, who needed to submit the script for the Steve Jobs film before anything Newsroom related could happen.
The final instalment will have a wide range of events to cover from the past year, ranging from the NewtonSchool shooting (December 2012) and the Boston Marathon massacre (April 2013). The series’ second season ended on July 14 and covered election night 2012.
Lieberstein, Rudin, and Sorkin have been meeting in recent weeks to map out what is to come next season. Since the show has been on the receiving end of media criticism since its debut in 2012, it will be interesting to see what controversies the trio will stir up when production commences this spring.
Lombardo was more specific about Newsroom’s appeal during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this past spring: “It felt like the show was hitting a smart, adult audience that many of our dramas weren’t,” he noted at that time, adding: “For a thinking audience, its appointment viewing.”
Newsroom joins two other HBO dramas, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, set to end their runs later this year. HBO is readying a collection of new series, including Damon Lindelof drama The Leftovers, Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valleyand anthology series True Detective.