Add “The Newsroom” to the list of shows preparing for one final bow in 2014.
Today, HBO revealed the Aaron Sorkin drama will indeed be back for a third season, but unfortunately it would be of the swan song variety. Just days after telling members of Television Critics Association that Emmy winning hit “Boardwalk Empire” would be wrapping with its upcoming season it appears “The Newsroom” will be doing the same.
In a statement, HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo broke the news to subscribers by saying in part:
“‘The Newsroom' is classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking. I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.”
In addition to Sorkin returning as showrunner, “The Office” producer Paul Lieberstein (known better to fans as HR rep “Toby”) will come on board for the show’s final stretch of episodes. Like most Sorkin projects, the Emmy and Oscar winning scribe is known for being VERY hands on and usually writes and directs the majority of episodes. As a result, each season is very much dependent on his schedule which has been a bit full lately as he’s been working on adapting Walter Isaacson’s best-selling bio of the late Steve Jobs.
Today’s late confirmation also means “Newsroom” won’t be able to take its usual summer slot post (the also exiting) “True Blood” and will instead be held until the fall. The timing actually makes sense given HBO’s earlier announcement that Damon Lindelof’s upcoming adaptation of the novel “The Leftovers” will bow in during the summer. With “Newsroom” delayed, it would make sense for “Leftovers” to slide into that slot and have the benefit of “Blood’s” final season as its lead-in.
With “Boardwalk Empire,” “True Blood” and now “The Newsroom” going dark, 2014 and 2015 are going to be big years for HBO as it looks to replace three very successful series. However between “Leftovers” and “True Detective,” there looks to be no shortage of series in the pipeline.
The trio’s exit also means that come next year “Game of Thrones” will likely be HBO’s highest profile dramatic series. Last night during the premiere of “Detective,” the network bowed the first full trailer for the show’s fourth season which will premiere in April.
The trailer runs right around two minutes and goes at breakneck speed without really giving much away (another HBO specialty). Still that won’t stop audiences from going frame by frame for clues to what the new batch of episodes will bring, especially with the buzz still high from last season’s now infamous “Red Wedding.”
“Game of Thrones” will return on Sunday April 6, at 9 p.m. EST followed by the season premiere of “Veep” and the series debut of “Silicon Valley.”