‘Newsroom’ Renewed for Third Season by HBO

Jeff Daniels The Newsroom Emmy

Viewership relatively steady in season two

HBO has renewed Aaron Sorkin’s “Newsroomfor a third season.

Jeff Daniels made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter, calling it “official,” though HBO itself did not issue the news. Still, it’s not a surprise, given that the show has become the kind of conversation piece HBO values – and even though it remains somewhat polarizing, the critical notices have improved compared with season one.

In a negligible decline, viewership has averaged nearly 2 million per episode this season, putting aside how well the show draws in repeat airings on the paybler and on HBO Go.

The news came the same day as HBO announced – officially – that “True Blood” would end its run with its seventh season in 2014. “True Blood” averages about double the audience of “The Newsroom,” which wraps its slightly abbreviated second season of nine episodes with a two-parter airing Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.

Update: HBO issued a statement Wednesday but stopped short of a full-fledged press release, saying, “We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules.”

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  1. I love this show. It keeps me grounded. It tells the truth of the News. I was so disappointed but now especially after yesterday , we need truth. Thank You

  2. Diana Lincoln says:

    The Newsroom is the most intelligent, provocative, and compelling TV series to come along in a long time. Please give a leg up to the dumbing down of America by renewing this wonderful show!

  3. Marsha Hunt says:

    Newsroom is a great series. I particularly liked Jeff Daniels speech in the last episode about being a Republican…What is does mean and how it differs from the Tea Party.

  4. Barbara Conroy says:

    Absolutely produce a third season of Newsroom! It’s the news as a whole lot of us wish it were. We haven’t missed an episode since it’s first and advertise it to all of our friends. And the on-line viewing, etc., shows that it’s reaching many generations.

  5. jackie says:

    Addicted to the newsroom finally an American show with the high quality of d. Abbey

  6. I am so happy about this! I cannot get enough of this show. I am in love with all of these characters.

  7. Steve McDoogle says:

    Awesome! Although the 2nd season wasn’t as good as the first. It was less character development and more of a linear story. Plus the hired a Republican writer to make it more ‘balance’ which is why there were less hard-hitting truth scenes like the opening of the 1st season.

    I’m still very much interest in the show so I’m really glad it renewed!

  8. Stephanie Miller says:

    I love, love, love this show! Have watched from beginning. Thank you Mr Sorkin. We are sooooo hungry for intelligent dialog about anything but current events certainly. Great season finale!

  9. Newsroom is a fantastic show. Intelligent writing, great social commentary and characters you really care for. Can,t wait for next season and many more after that. We love this show!

  10. Mark Isenberg says:

    Aaron Sorkin is one of the rare writers who gets a pass for his entire body of productions so the Newsroom, which remains unfocused and lacking the character development we mostly loved in the West Wing,deserves another season on HBO to do better or wrap up the many loose ends among the network executives and tv journalists. No matter what,we are lucky to have Mr.Sorkin still pointing out to us that truth matters and discovering what happens to it is still fascinating viewing.

    • Frank W says:

      There is so much I dislike about The Newsroom, this show actually makes me cringe when one of my favourite actresses–Emily Mortimer–shows up, but I love the editorials delivered by Jeff Daniels and I love it when Olivia Munn gets going on her speeches. There are so many reasons that this show deserves to be renewed more than why they shouldn’t.

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