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HBO will end 'The Newsroom' this year

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Fans of HBO's walk-and-talk drama "The Newsroom" got some good news on Monday when the premium cable network announced it would order a third, and final, season of the program for release this fall.

"'The Newsroom' is classic Aaron Sorkin - smart, riveting and thought-provoking," said Michael Lombardo, president of programming for HBO. "I'm sure this farewell season will be one to remember."

Starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, the anchor of a fictional nightly news program, "The Newsroom" drew a mixed critical response when it debuted in 2012. HBO quickly ordered a second season, picking the show up after only the first two episodes had aired.

For his role in the show, Daniels scooped up a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama at last year's ceremony.

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"The Newsroom" concluded its second season on September 15, 2013. Since then, rumors had swirled that the network might not order any additional installments of the show due to its relatively high cost and low ratings.

There has been no official word yet on exactly how many episodes will be produced for the planned farewell season. The show's first season consisted of 10 episodes, while the second was made up of only 9 episodes.

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