Last night The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels tweeted that Aaron Sorkin's cable news saga would indeed get a third season. That should be reassuring news to fans of the show that was hanging in renewal limbo.
Though Daniels wrote that the news was "official," HBO still hasn't confirmed that it would indeed be returning. Kate Aurthur at BuzzFeed threw some cold water on Daniels' tweet early this morning. "I’m hearing HBO holding the actors’ contracts is not the same as a renewal," she explained. "The status is unchanged until the schedules can be worked out."
Last week Aurthur had taken on the curious case of The Newsroom's renewal status. Though HBO is known for quickly renewing their shows after season premieres, she wrote, the cable channel hadn't said anything about the The Newsroom which has only two episodes remaining in its sophomore season.
Whether or not Sorkin was going to come back seemed to be the question lingering over negotiations. A representative for HBO told Aurthur that they are "actively involved in conversations with Aaron about a Season 3." And Sorkin himself said at a Newsroom event earlier in August that HBO offered him another season. That is, if he wanted it. He didn't say if he did. At The Hollywood Reporter, Wire alum Erik Hayden noted that the "hold-up" has been Sorkin, who needs to write the screenplay for the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple founder before he can write a third season of The Newsroom.
Media reception to the show has warmed — slightly — in its second outing. Our Richard Lawson wrote that the new season is "livelier and looser and, I daresay, likable." Last week, Margaret Lyons at Vulture admitted the show has "gotten better."