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The Newsroom Series Finale: How Did It All End?

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the series finale of HBO's The Newsroom. Read at your own risk.]

Even though The Newsroom's series finale featured a funeral, it was unlike the final send-offs of so many other death-obsessed cable dramas. Instead, the message of the final hour of Aaron Sorkin's latest (and last?) TV series was simple: Life goes on.

Postmortem:The Newsroom star breaks down that shocking death

Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and their team of idealistic staffers gathered to say goodbye to their former boss Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), who died of a heart attack in the penultimate episode while fighting with new corporate owner Lucas Pruit (BJ Novak). But the finale still featured plenty of Charlie, as flashbacks illuminated...read more

The Newsroom: Is Sloan Finally Ready for a Personal Life?

Although some viewers may be sad to see HBO's The Newsroom go with an abbreviated third and final season, at least one cast member is fine with it.

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Did The Newsroom Save Its Best Season for Last?

Given the anticipatory hype that preceded the 2012 debut of HBO's The Newsroom, it would have been hard to predict that the Aaron Sorkindrama would end the way it is — with a truncated third and final season that begins Sunday.

After two up-and-down years — the first season was met with decidedly harsh reviews, while the second was received more warmly despite some persisting flaws —and a very tidy Season 2 finale, it seemed Sorkin might be ready to just move on to something else. But after negotiating with HBO and bringing The Office's Paul Lieberstein on board, Sorkin & Co. decided they weren't quite finished...read more

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'The Newsroom: Sn 3 / Ep 3 Recap' (HBO)
THE BACK-UP PLAN (INTERNATIONAL)
The Newsroom: Season 3 Trailer
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Credits

Year Title Description
2012 The Newsroom TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2010 The Back-Up Plan Movie, Director
2008 Swingtown TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2001 Armistead Maupin's 'Further Tales of the City' TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2001 Six Feet Under TV Show Series, Executive Producer

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Mega Buzz: The Bones Wedding, Once's New Villain, and HIMYM's Locket

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions tomega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to@adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

I'm so excited for a Bones wedding! Got any other scoop about the new season? — Melanie
ADAM:
When the new season begins, Brennan is still noticeably devastated that Booth, under the duress of Pelant, called off the engagement. "Booth is not someone who sits well with unhappiness," creator Hart Hanson says. "He wants to fix things and that's what he's trying to do. His desire [is] to kill Pelant." So will he? "He's not usually like that; he's not a killer. But... Caroline and Sweets are very concerned," he teases.

Will we get a definitive explanation of the Home Office on Once Upon a Time? — Pedro  
NATALIE:
Yes, in the season premiere.... read more

The Newsroom Goes Back on the Air With Some Key Changes

When Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama The Newsroom returns for its second season Sunday, things will look a little different.

"We broke one of our own important rules," executive producer Alan Poul tells TVGuide.com. "In the first season, we said there are no fictional news stories. ... We did very well with the 'What's the breaking news story going to be this week?' template, but we had some concern that would get a little bit old. [But] if we had one story that could serve as the through-line on which we could still hang our current event stories, that would give this season an essentially different character."

Summer TV: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

Enter "Operation Genoa," a story about a military scandal that could "make careers and end presidencies." There's just one problem... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Is Laura Linney Going Back to Barbary Lane?

Now that Laura Linney's The Big C character, Cathy, succumbed to cancer, the actress says she would be interested in reprising her first serialized TV character, Mary Ann Singleton, from the miniseries Tales of the City, More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City.

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5 Teases for The Newsroom Season 2: Flash-Forwards, Jim’s Great Escape and a Love Hexagon

Aaron Sorkin is well aware that critics had a lot to say about The Newsroom's first season. Whether he plans to do anything differently with regard to the many complaints is a different story.

"As far as criticism goes, there was a lot, so it would be hard to address this and not that," Sorkin, the show's creator and executive producer, told TVGuide.com at Sunday's PaleyFest panel. "There are plenty of TV critics I respect, and I read them and I think about what they're saying. But when it comes time to write, you really got to go in and do your thing and not have too many voices in your head."

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HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin Show About Cable News

HBO has picked up Aaron Sorkin's series about a cable news network.

The new show will star Jeff Daniels as an anchorman with a team including Maggie (Alison Pill), Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), Sloan (Olivia Munn), Neal (Dev Patel) and Don (Thomas Sadoski). Emily Mortimer plays executive producer MacKenzie and Law & Order vet Sam Waterson is the boss, Charlie.

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