The Newsroom: Season 3 (2014)

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Season 3
The Newsroom

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With an energetic new arc and deeper character development, The Newsroom finds itself rejuvenated in its third season -- even if it still occasionally serves as a soapbox for creator Aaron Sorkin.

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Critic Ratings: 41

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User Ratings: 20

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Air date: Nov 9, 2014

Series 3 begins in April 2013 in the aftermath of the Genoa disaster, so the "News Night" team treat a breaking story cautiously, a strategy that could benefit them in the long run. Meanwhile, an anonymous source contacts Neal about stolen government documents that may be related to riots overseas; Sloan tries to solve a puzzle; and Maggie subs for Elliot following the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2014

Rebecca defends ACN again as another lawsuit looms; Neal could be in trouble after a dangerous leak; Charlie and Leona confront a hostile takeover attempt by Reese's half-siblings; Sloan worries that Don has crossed an ethical line; Hallie regrets a late-night tweet; Maggie weighs the pros and cons of eavesdropping.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2014

Will is in for a surprise at the White House Correspondents' Dinner; Leona and Reese scramble to raise money to halt Blair and Randy's takeover; Charlie shares ideas with an ACN suitor; Maggie's scoop on the EPA gets air time on "News Night"; Sloan and Don try to keep their romance a secret from a new HR executive.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2014

Will refuses to reveal the source of stolen government documents even though he could go to jail for contempt. Meanwhile, Sloan and Mac search for a last-minute buyer for ACN when Charlie's had it with Lucas; and Hallie's new job puts a strain on her relationship with Jim.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2014

Will's jailed for contempt, but still won't give up the name of Neal's government source; Charlie goes along with Pruit's order to cater to younger viewers by sending Don to investigate a sexual-abuse case at an elite college; Sloan objects to a new digital site; Jim and Maggie are stranded in a Russian airport, but try to book seats on a plane bound for Cuba so they can interview a noteworthy passenger.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2014

In the series finale, a shocking death prompts Will and Mac to reminisce about the newsroom's past and ponder ACN's uncertain future. Meanwhile, Maggie gets an interview for a field producer in Washington, D.C.; Leona offers advice to Pruit; and Neal's digital site it shut down for repairs.

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The third and final season of Aaron Sorkin's drama opens in the spring of 2013 as anchorman Will (Jeff Daniels) and the rest of the "News Night" team at the fictional Atlantic Cable News (ACN) deal with startling new situations and tie up loose ends. Following a drop in ratings, ACN begins to experience changes within the company and strides are made to gain younger viewers. Maggie (Alison Pill) and Elliot (David Harbour) travel to Boston to cover the Boston marathon bombings; Neal (Dev Patel) finds himself in legal trouble that could affect the network, but Will comes to his aid; and Sloan (Olivia Munn) struggles to keep a new romance secret. In other developments, Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) and Maggie fly to Russia in an attempt to locate NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden; and Reese (Chris Messina) clashes with his half-siblings, Randy (Chris Smith) and Blair (Kat Dennings).

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Critic Reviews for The Newsroom Season 3

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (19)

The frustrating thing is that, from my perspective as a journalism dinosaur who still remembers a pre-Internet newsroom, Sorkin is generally right... But Sorkin's characters are just so obnoxiously pious about it.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

So much of this last season of The Newsroom, and especially the finale, read as Sorkin recognizing that there was a problem with his own show.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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At least The Newsroom is going out in a way that should make us remember it warmly.

Nov 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Season 3 is full of complications from the bonds formed among the journalists, both platonically and romantically, and holds up to Sorkin's grand dialogue mixed with pithy, yet telling, exchanges.

Nov 10, 2014 | Full Review…
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It can be so good, so subtly knowing and funny, and then all of a sudden you can feel like you're trapped on a train car with someone who's ranting into his cell phone and not using his indoor voice.

Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ripping start to the last leg.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Though some found The Newsroom to be heavy handed with its social and political diatribes, it remains a solid entry in the HBO canon.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Too many plots when the main one is excessive already. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

At times, there's urgency, and the pleasant, familiar crackle of Sorkin's dialogue... but at many others, the show and its characters seem to be going through the motions.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Stripped of the forced romances, the internet slamming, and the "I am Spartacus" levels of everyone saying they are Don Quixote, it's actually a really good show. A good show in desperate need of an editor.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Ties up every loose end for every major character, then dumps a suffocating layer of schmaltz over the entire affair.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

With the characters in a good place, Sorkin's strongest arcs to date help give season three an unexpected cohesiveness.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 3

  • May 04, 2020
    I've been a massive fan of Aaron Sorkin for a long time now and I consider him to be one of my absolute favorite screenwriters. I decided to check out one of his television offerings, "The Newsroom." As always, this series did not disappoint. The show grabbed my interest from the very first scene and kept my interest almost at all times. I love the messages about the integrity of the news and think it is a very important one that will resonate with audiences forever. The show is fictional, but it feels very grounded in reality, primarily because of the way it tackles actual events. I also think the characters have great subplots and the performances are rock solid across the board. Jeff Daniels delivers one of his most memorable performances and carries the series to greatness. These actors do a great job because Sorkin's script is razor-sharp and very engaging. The show mostly shines in its first and final season but I definitely still think the whole series is very entertaining. Critics accused this show of being preachy, which at times it definitely can be, but I feel they missed the important part, which is how relevant messages presented are. Overall, if you like Sorkin's other works, this show is definitely worth watching.
  • Jul 08, 2019
    Season 3 ? I dont believe this show recovered from season 1 (and was cancelled in Season 2) This is a classically bad show - almost as bad as Veep - One dimensional and smug - literally turned off all audiences - one of the worse cable shows of all time according to TV Guide

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