Good news everyone! The Newsroom will continue to season three and beyond
Last week it seemed that tv fans couldn’t catch a break, what with the news that True Blood is reaching an end and that Doctor Who will be massively delayed, but now I can actually bring good news. HBO has already put in an order for a third season from The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin‘s latest incendiary show.
Believe it or not, despite him being a highly regarded and critically acclaimed writer and producer, Sorkin isn’t actually known for his hit tv shows. His most successful is of course, The West Wing, but other than that Sorkin (and conversely his fans), have experienced a rather bumpy ride while trying to appreciate his work on the small screen.
He may have won an Academy Award for his work with David Fincher on The Social Network, but his most recent television fare Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and Sport’s Night both were cancelled rather swiftly. As a result, some fans were hesitant to fall in love with The Newsroom, fearing that it may meet a similar, premature fate.
The Newsroom focuses on the behind the scenes inner workings of a newsroom studio as it responds to various recent major events in its efforts to be a truthful, no-bullshit source of information and knowledge, untainted by the corporate interests of their parent company. Of course, all of the characters are varying degrees of peculiar and strange, resulting in a lot of shenanigans as they all try and pull themselves together and hopefully put on an insightful program.
Jeff Daniels is truly the star of the show here, and is at his career best, delivering acerbic dialogue at a blazing rapid fire rate (as Sorkin productions are renowned for). While some of the more conservative audience members may be off put by Daniels and co. (and by extension, Sorkin)’s liberal disposition and idealism, The Newsroom is a fantastic slice of intellectually stimulating entertainment.
HBO has proven over the years that it is a great haven for creative and edgy material that other networks may be keener to be rid of. It seems that Sorkin may have finally found a home for his vision that will treat him better than major networks like NBC and ABC have done previously.
Regardless, combined with the pedigree of Sorkin, Daniels and the ensemble cast, there’s no reason why The Newsroom can’t become one of HBO’s crown jewels, along with Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones. Only time will tell.