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HBO’s political drama ‘Newsroom’ ending after third season

HBO’s political drama ‘Newsroom’ ending after third season

NO MORE 'NEWSROOM:' Aaron Sorkin (L), creator and executive producer, and actors Jeff Daniels (2nd L), Sam Waterston (C), Olivia Munn and Dev Patel (R) arrive for the season 2 premiere of their HBO drama series "The Newsroom." Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Aaron Sorkin’s drama series “The Newsroom” about a chaotic cable TV newsroom will end after its upcoming third season, Time Warner Inc-owned HBO said on Monday.

The series, created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Sorkin, integrated real-life current events and political issues into its storylines of a fictional TV news team which has to balance the pressures of reporting with that of ratings and sponsors.

Unlike Sorkin’s Emmy-winning White House drama “The West Wing,” “The Newsroom” failed to earn high praise and was targeted by critics for its sanctimonious portrayal of news.

Star Jeff Daniels, who plays gruff news anchor Will McAvoy, won an Emmy this year for best actor in a drama series, but the series’ first season received only three Emmy nominations in total, including Jane Fonda for best guest actress in a drama series and best main title design.

The final season is scheduled to premiere this fall.

The news comes just days after HBO announced “Boardwalk Empire” will end this year after five seasons.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Cynthia Osterman)

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