The news that Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom is back for a third series isn’t exactly surprising (its star Jeff Daniels announced the recommission on Twitter last September) but viewers will be disappointed to learn the next season will be the show’s last outing.
Led by Daniels as news anchor Will McAvoy and co-starring an ensemble cast including Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn and British actor Dev Patel, the series is known for covering real-life news stories including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The West Wing creator’s latest foray into television suffered some initial teething problems when it first premiered in June 2012 but has since developed a loyal fan base devoted to the ACN News Night team and their behind-the-scenes antics.
HBO confirmed the news of the show’s cancellation in a statement, with programming president, Michael Lombardo, calling The Newsroom “classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking.
“I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember,” he added.
After a mixed response to series one, reviews of the drama’s second season have been favourable, with Daniels the surprise winner at last year’s Emmy Awards, taking home the gong for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.
The third and final series is expected to begin shooting this spring, airing on American screens next autumn with The Office showrunner Paul Liberstein joining Sorkin as an executive producer.