An HBO drama series got good news and bad news in one fell swoop, getting a renewal while also getting canceled. Deadline.com reports that Aaron Sorkin’s "The Newsroom" was officially picked up for a third season, but at the same time word came down that season three will be its last.
Season three is set to premiere in the fall, the report notes.
"Sorkin is back as executive producer/showrunner, with former ‘The Office’ showrunner Paul Lieberstein joining him and executive producers Alan Poul and Scott Rudin as executive producer in Season 3," Nellie Andreeva writes in the Deadline piece, adding: "I hear Lieberstein already had been working with Sorkin on stories behind the scenes."
The story notes: "The official renewal comes after months of talks between Sorkin and HBO, with speculation whether Sorkin would come back given his busy feature schedule. But he just turned in his high-profile ‘Jobs’ script, and will now focus his attention to giving his HBO series a proper conclusion."
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said: “’The Newsroom’ is classic Aaron Sorkin — smart, riveting and thought-provoking. I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.”
The piece notes that returning regulars include Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn.