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The Newsroom: Season 3 (2014)




Critic Consensus: 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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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).


Jeff Daniels
as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer
as MacKenzie McHale
Sam Waterston
as Charlie Skinner
Alison Pill
as Margaret Jordan
Olivia Munn
as Sloan Sabbith
Dev Patel
as Neal Sampat
Thomas Sadoski
as Don Keefer
B.J. Novak
as Lucas Pruit
Grace Gummer
as Hallie Shea
Jane Fonda
as Leona Lansing
Chris Messina
as Reese Lansing
Chris Chalk
as Gary Cooper
Adina Porter
as Kendra James
Marcia Gay Harden
as Rebecca Halliday
Brian Howe
as Barry Lasenthal
Margaret Judson
as Tess Westin
Kat Dennings
as Blair Lansing
Chris Smith
as Randy Lansing
Chris Smith
as Randy Lansing
David Harbour
as Elliot Hirsch
Kevin Rankin
as Cell mate
Joanna Gleason
as Nancy Skinner
Riley Voelkel
as Jenna Johnson
Tara Summers
as Bethany
John F. Carpenter
as Herb Wilson
John F. Carpetner
as Herb Wilson
Trieu Tran
as Joey Phan
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Critic Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 3

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

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.

June 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.

June 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.

November 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.

November 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

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

Ripping start to the last leg.

November 6, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 3



Super Reviewer

The Newsroom returned this past Sunday with relentless suspense and a fantastic reintroduction to our favorite news crew. However, before we begin, let’s recap where we left off and what this means for the characters now. Will McAvoy, still as enraged and outspoken as ever, has recovered from his OD, the voicemail incident with Mac, and the two begin discussing their wedding plans in the season premiere. Jim is still as vivacious as ever yet remains tormented by his relationship with Maggie. Their love lives are as tumultuous as ever, particularly after the “Sex and the City” bus tour fiasco, Jim’s decision to date Lisa (the girl he’s clearly not in love with), and Maggie’s decision to move in with Don—who’s still deeply in love with Sloan. Sloan remains to be the voice of reason and wit in The Newsroom, although her love life isn’t thriving as well as her career, specifically after admitting to Don she had a crush on him, despite the fact that their relationship could never work out. Could anyone but Will, who is ironically the most bitter of the ensemble, ever find love in this series? And last but not least, we have Neal, who has become well-known in the internet hacking community and is now experiencing the consequences of his actions in season three. Read my full review at HBOWatch!


Super Reviewer


The new season picked up what's left from a disastrous second season. Still nowhere near the first season but it sped up the pace and character development. with a new arc.


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