UPDATE WEDNESDAY 4:50 PM: HBO just issued a statement in response to The Newsroom‘s star Jeff Daniel’s tweet from last night that the show has been picked up for a third season. “We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules.”
PREVIOUS TUESDAY 9:15 PM: Aaron Sorkin‘s cable news network drama series The Newsroom has been renewed for a third season by HBO, its star Jeff Daniels tweeted tonight. “It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3“, the Emmy nominee wrote. No response from HBO yet, but sources confirm that The Newsroom, now wrapping Season 2, indeed has been picked up.
The news is not a surprise. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo indicated at TCA in July that there will be a third season of The Newsroom. “The odds are excellent – we’re enormously happy with the show,” he said. “Conversations with Aaron Sorkin are all about scheduling as he he has other commitments. If we can figure the scheduling, I will be shocked if you would not be hearing about a renewal soon. The numbers this season are surpassing last season.”
Daniels was nominated for Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series Emmy for playing anchorman Will McAvoy, one of three Emmy noms for the series. The Newsroom‘s two-part Season 2 finale airs the next two Sundays.