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The Newsroom

HBO TV show The NewsroomNetwork: HBO
Episodes: 25 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: June 24, 2012 — December 14, 2014
Series status: Ending

Performers include: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.

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TV show description:
Created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), this TV series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the people who put together a nightly cable-news show on the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel.

The unapologetically old-school president of the news division is Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterson), a professional who learned at the feet of the legendary newsmen.

The anchor and managing editor of News Night is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a moderate Republican whose success is largely the result of never offending anyone. He’s in a lot of pain and that manifests itself in a gruff exterior when he’s off camera. His world is turned upside down when Mackenzie McHale, his new executive producer, re-enters his life.

MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer) is a highly respected news producer who was once romantically involved with Will. She returns from 26 months of reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan to executive produce News Night. She hopes to help her former flame to realize his full potential — something that he has little interest in doing.

Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.) follows MacKenzie to News Night as senior producer. He served with her in Iraq and Afghanistan and she can’t live without him. Though he’s just 27, he’s more like Charlie Skinner than he is his contemporaries and has followed the news industry since he was a boy.

Margaret “Maggie” Jordan (Alison Pill) started at News Night as an intern and quickly rose to the role of associate producer. Her level of intelligence is equal to her lack of experience and lack of confidence.

The network’s financial news reporter is Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), a young woman could be earning much more money as an analyst at Goldman, but her calling is economic reporting.

Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) writes Will’s blog and scours the Internet for stories and leads that others have missed. At only 21-years-old, he’s a self-made newsman and covered the London subway bombings with his camera phone.

Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) is the former executive producer of News Night, having taken over the show that follows it. He often butts heads with Will, mostly because they’re a lot alike. He’d love to be on the same quixotic journey as everyone else, but is a realist who understands the business and knows he’s always one ratings point away from being out of a job.

Series Finale

Episode #25
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: December 14, 2014.


What do you think? Do you like The Newsroom TV series? Do you think it should continue beyond season three?


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Wendy Powers November 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Once again a brilliantly written, five-star program, NEWSROOM, is going to be axed from HBO alongside another excellent show, BOARDWALK EMPIRE. I realize that NEWSROOM might not bring in the numbers – that equates to dollars earned – and that working with Sorkin might be difficult, but as he always has done, he created another remarkable and highly intelligent show. I am saddened to hear that NEWSROOM’s demise was not one that was chosen by Sorkin and his people. It’s termination was decided by HBO and affiliates. I would hope that HBO would stay away from being one more network t.v. channel that is tightly managed by accountants, MBAs and television censors. Sadly, it is the bottom line that drives the machine that creates the programs we are allowed to see. I suppose that, along with the nation, there is a pervasive dumbing-down going on in America. I, for one, will miss this intelligent show, NEWSROOM, and will hope that it is replaced with something that wakes you up and makes you think. We can only hope.


Jeanne Bird November 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Oh, no. Every TV show that makes some sense, gets cancelled. Stupid shows like the Simpsons run forever, but good shows, shows that shed a different perspective of newsworthy happenings, get cancelled. Please, please renew this show… It is obvious by the number of blogs that lots of people like this show and would support it.
thank you.


J Obrien November 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Responding to the lack of promotion comment… exactly. Too much time between seasons. I’ve been waiting to hear it was back on for another season, now I’m wondering if it already started and I didn’t realize it. Never got the chance it deserved.


J Obrien November 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

One of the most intelligent shows on TV. A damn shame to cancel it. It had smarts and class.


Marilyn Dykes November 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I am sorry to see The Newsroom cancelled. Too bad.


Laura Richards November 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

It is beyond refreshing to be able to watch a show that makes you think about the world around us and how quickly we can believe without getting all the facts. For a parent to be able to watch a show that doesn’t have gratuitous sex or violence is a rarity these days especially on cable. It is smartly written and engaging and a complete loss if cancelled. How about a little more promotion on HBO’s part? WE NEED SHOWS LIKE THIS!!!!!


MARIANNE WALKER November 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE do not cancel THE most intelligent show on TV.


Jamie E October 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Please don’t cancel the smartest show on TV.


Jose A. Narvaez October 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

The Newsroom is far too great a show to cancel.


Terry Dennis September 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Please don’t cancel this show, it is the best.


Terry Dennis September 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Having worked on a television news crew I found this show to be very realistic of what goes on behind the scenes. It was one of my favorite shows, please don’t cancel.


Mary G. Anderson September 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

I love this show, please, please keep it going…


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