‘The Newsroom’ Sets the Stage for Its Final Season

The Newsroom
The Newsroom sets the stage for its final season as the Aaron Sorkin drama returns for an abbreviated, six-episode third and final season on Sunday, November 9 on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. The media centered series once again strives to balance the ripped-from-the-headlines coverage of real-world events with the personal relationship dramas that encompass the lives involved in The Newsroom.

The News Night team, which is the staff of the news program at the heart of the series, is still feeling the sting of their false news story that encompassed Season 2. The aftermath of the Genoa story has anchor Will McAvoy, who is played by veteran film actor Jeff Daniels, along with ACN News Director Charlie Skinner, who is played by veteran film and TV actor Sam Waterston of Law & Order fame, as well as Will’s executive producer and lady love MacKenzie McHale, who is portrayed by film actress Emily Mortimer, all walking on eggshells and apprehensive about reporting the news, which is their job and what they love to do as Season 3 is launched.

As The Newsroom sets the stage for its final season, the drama not only deals with the fallout from last season, but also prepares to wrap up loose ends and provide the series with closure for the fans. This season’s focal news story will center around breaking news events, namely the Boston Marathon bombings, which occurred on Apr. 15, 2013.

The News Night team finds itself faltering in the ratings yet again, which once again puts them at odds with Leona and Reese Lansing, who are played by legendary film actress Jane Fonda and Chris Messina of Damages fame, as the mother-son team running the news program’s parent company. However, Reese’s twin half-siblings, who are portrayed by guest stars Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls fame and Chris Smith, will add fuel to the fire and new blood as they make a play to buy the company. This twist will place the entire future of the company in jeopardy as The Newsroom enters its final season. Moreover, it will result in Leona joining forces with Will and company in an effort to foil the takeover.

Other story arcs of interest that will play out as The Newsroom sets the stage for its final season include a Edward Snowden-esque whistleblower storyline for Neal (Dev Patel), more focus on Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill) in a producer role, as well as the long-awaited romantic exploration of the dynamic between financial anchor, Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), and her producer, Don Keefer (Thomas Sadowski), that should make this truncated six-episode final season most worthwhile. Moreover, Will and Mac’s wedding arrangements will be featured as a backdrop theme over the course of the final episodes.

As The Newsroom sets the stage for its final season, the series will once again focus on stories that include the real-world news of the recent past, and the Season 3 premiere episode deals with the Boston Marathon bombing attacks. Additionally, it will also tackle the ascendency of social media and the concept of so-called “citizen journalism,” which broke in a huge way in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Moreover, the drama will address the concept of crowd-sourcing and explore whether or not it is considered a good idea for investigative journalism. The Newsroom sets the stage for its final season as the Aaron Sorkin drama returns for an abbreviated, six-episode third and final season on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, only on HBO.

By Leigh Haugh

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Sources:
Chicago Tribune
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