Entertainment

Daniels, Cast Bid Farewell to HBO’s ‘Newsroom’

Jeff Daniels arrives at "The Newsroom" Season Three Premiere on Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Jeff Daniels arrives at “The Newsroom” Season Three Premiere on Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

MIKE CIDONI LENNOX, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were neither tears nor cheers at this TV-season premiere.

That’s partly because the cast and crew of HBO’s drama series “The Newsroom” had already moved on. They wrapped the finale weeks ago.

The party Tuesday night at the Directors Guild in Hollywood was simply to kick off the show’s third and last season, which premieres Sunday (9 p.m. EST), and to say “good show” one last time.

“The bittersweet part is the people,” said Jeff Daniels, who portrays the star anchor of a cable-news network struggling with more than ratings. “This was a good group.”

“The Newsroom” debuted in June 2012 to much fanfare and strong ratings. But critics were out-of-the-gate mixed on the series, and fans began to tune out as the first season came to a close. The second season earned generally stronger reviews, and its premiere saw ratings rebound — though it eventually became clear the show would never become one of HBO’s blockbusters, such as Alan Poul’s own “Six Feet Under.”

The network gave a green light to a truncated third and final “Newsroom” season, which is not to be confused with a cancellation, Poul said.

“”You don’t spend the money for a season of television unless you want to make that season of television. And it was our choice. We wanted to go out this way. And I think we’re going out as strong as we’ve ever been.”

Season three deals with dilemmas surrounding reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings. Network brass face a possible hostile takeover. One key character’s career may be destroyed after a leak of classified government documents.

Co-star Olivia Munn said the series’ legacy is that it inspired a new crop of journalists.

It made viewers “really fascinated with the guy sitting behind the news desk and the girl writing that column,” Munn said. “So I think that was really an exciting thing, and I think it was a great thing.”

Daniels said spending three seasons walking in a reporter’s shoes left him with a greater appreciation of the challenges facing journalists.

“The struggle these guys have between being right and being first,” Daniels said. “It’s so difficult now with Twitter, with Facebook. When news breaks, a lot of people go there instead of waiting for journalists to tell you what’s really going on or what’s true. And the real guys battle that every single day.”

___

Online:

http://www.hbo.com/the-newsroom#/

___

Follow Mike Cidoni Lennox on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CidoniLennox

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker