After months of delay, HBO announced on Monday that Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom has finally been renewed for a third and final season.
Sorkin, who worked tirelessly on the cable news drama’s first two seasons, had been busy writing his film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs autobiography. He has, apparently, turned that in, and can now focus on bringing the story of Will McAvoy, the popular news anchor who begins speaking truth-to-power, to a close for one last season of The Newsroom.
Jeff Daniels won an Emmy for his portrayal of McAvoy in September when the show’s future was still in limbo, despite Daniels tweeting otherwise earlier in the month that the show’s renewal was “official.” At the time, his tweet caused confusion; HBO issued a statement saying they were “excited” about a third season, and were having “conversations with Aaron about schedules.”
HBO’s press release Monday also noted that Paul Lieberstein (a writer and star on The Office, who is perhaps best known for playing Toby on the late NBC comedy) will be an executive producer on Season 3. The Newsroom’s second season was nine episodes; HBO did not indicate how many there will be in the show’s final run.
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