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"The Newsroom" Season 3 has been ordered and will return in summer 2014.

"The Newsroom" (TV show) on HBO, formerly known as "More as This Story Develops," is a drama series that centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements.

A favorite with viewers, news anchor Will McAvoy has found a safe niche with bankable ratings on his 8:00 p.m. flagship cable show, "News Night." Numbed by success, McAvoy has become stoic, complacent, cynical — content not to rock the boat as he delivers the nightly news straight down the middle of the road — dialing it in as he avoids ruffling feathers with anything resembling politics. What fire he still has, he reserves for the cutting sarcasm and general unpleasantness that earn him no fans with his news team.

In a literal blink of an eye — or perhaps an optical illusion — McAvoy is catapulted from apathy to engagement when a spontaneous outburst leads him to tackle the principles of American patriotism in a public forum. Surviving the professional fallout from his unexpected tirade following an enforced vacation, McAvoy returns to work to discover that most of his staff has jumped ship for another show and is forced to work with several new team members brought onboard during his absence.

McAvoy's boss, Charlie Skinner, the unapologetically old-school president of ACN's news division, laments the changing face of the news. Setting the stage for Will's return to the standard set by news legends such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Charlie covertly orchestrates the hiring of Will's new executive producer, the one person who can restore Will's passion and bring the best out of him — whether Will wants it or not.

Will's new executive producer is MacKenzie McHale, back from 26 months embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan. MacKenzie was once romantically involved with Will and knows the idealism he has buried beneath a veneer of apathy and cynicism. With their shared past, she knows exactly how good he can be. Even more unsettling for him, she challenges Will to abandon the successful, middle-of-the-road approach that has made him so popular with bothsides of the aisle, and realize his full potential by delivering the news with integrity.

Also imposed upon Will are Jim Harper, Margaret Jordan, Don Keefer, Neal Sampat and Sloan Sabbith, the newsroom staff. Although this group finds itself off to a tumultuous start when breaking news comes over the wire, they immediately come together for one elusive goal: to do TV news well. Jim Harper is MacKenzie's loyal senior show producer. Though only 27 years old, Jim is more like the old-school reporter Charlie than he is like his contemporaries. He finds himself instantly smitten with Margaret Jordan, a young intern-turned-associated producer, who is already in a relationship with Don Keefer, Will's former executive producer. Neal Sampat, a young, resourceful self-made newsman writes Will's blog and scours the Internet for stories, often finding leads his colleagues have missed. Sloan Sabbith is ACN's financial news analyst.

Created by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar winner for writing "The Social Network," executive producer and writer of the multiple Emmy winner "The West Wing"), the HBO drama series "The Newsroom" follows the news team on their quixotic mission to reclaim the legacy of Murrow and Cronkite in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships.

Jeff Daniels (Golden Globe nominee for "The Squid and the Whale," "Something Wild" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo") stars as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer ("Hugo," "Shutter Island") stars as MacKenzie McHale. The cast also includes Sam Waterston (Oscar nominee for "The Killing Fields") as Charlie Skinner; John Gallagher, Jr. (Tony winner for "Spring Awakening") as Jim Harper; Alison Pill ("In Treatment") as Margaret Jordan; Thomas Sadoski (Tony nominee for "Reasons to Be Pretty") as Don Keefer; Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") as Neal Sampat; and Olivia Munn ("I Don't Know How She Does It") as Sloan Sabbith.

The series is set at the fictional cable network ACN, but the news stories being covered in the broadcast are actual past news events. "The Newsroom" offers viewers an opportunity to return to and relive the news that made headlines as they watch it unfold for the show's characters, who race to put together the broadcast.

Season 2

It's a year later, and in the days leading up to election night 2012, the "News Night" staff is being prepared to give depositions in a lawsuit — the circumstances of which unfold throughout the season. A mysterious tip has led to the airing of a story with consequences no one could have anticipated.

New to the guest cast in season two are Marcia Gay Harden (Oscar winner for "Pollock," Oscar nominee for "Mystic River") as Rebecca Halliday, a lawyer hired to defend ACN staffers in its wrongful-termination case; Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") as Jerry Dantana, who temporarily replaces Jim when he leaves to cover the Romney campaign; Grace Gummer ("Smash") as Hallie Shea, a reporter competing with Jim on the Romney campaign; and Constance Zimmer ("House of Cards") as Taylor Warren, a Romney campaign press spokesperson who questions the coverage her campaign is getting from the media.

"The Newsroom" was created by Aaron Sorkin. Executive producers are Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin (the Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men") and Alan Poul (multiple Emmy winner "Six Feet Under"). Co-executive producers are Denis Biggs, Greg Mottola and Paul Redford.

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Network: HBO
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 24, 2012
Seasons: 3

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