HBO is ending Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed drama series “The Newsroom” after the upcoming third season, the cable channel announced Monday.
“The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin — smart, riveting and thought-provoking,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.”
The surprise announcement will conclude the journalism drama, which is set at a fictional cable news network and stars Jeff Daniels, who won an Emmy for his role. The third and last season will premiere this fall.
The announcement marks the second HBO drama series to get an end date in recent weeks; the network is also concluding “Boardwalk Empire” after this fall’s fifth season.
On the hit HBO show The Newsroom, John Gallagher Jr. plays Jim, the fumbling, earnest producer with no dating skills…who all the girls seem to swoon over. “Jim proves that you can be a little bit hip with the ladies by not really doing anything,” Gallagher says about his character. “He’s definitely not very suave or smooth. And yet, there is something about him.”
Just before the second season of The Newsroom returns on July 14th, we caught up with the actor and singer-songwriter for dirt on the new season (will Jim and Maggie finally get together?) and the love lessons we can all learn from the show.
Want to know how to get the girl? Read on and get ready to impress.
Lifestyle Mirror: Your character is awkward around girls. Is he going to get more game this season? John Gallagher Jr.: There is a new girl in Jim’s life that he meets on the Romney campaign and they strike up a friendship. As it goes along, you start wonder, are they going to be more than friends? And it puts another strain of pressure on the love triangle.
LM: Have you ever had a crush on a co-worker like Jim has with Maggie? JG: I think that is just inevitable. It’s so natural. That’s why office romances are so common and that’s why I think they’re such an interesting aspect to focus on when you’re doing a TV show or a film. Even though it’s kind of forbidden, and it’s frowned upon, and not recommended, it’s just one of those naturally human things where you spend a lot of time with people, and people are going to start getting mutual attractions.
In SHORT TERM 12, John plays Mason, Grace’s warm, understanding, and supportive boyfriend and colleague. Mason serves as the home’s resident storyteller and occasional goofball, and is invaluable to both the kids and Grace as a glimmer of hope for what’s possible in terms of recovery and breaking negative cycles. Currently starring as ‘Jim Harper’ opposite Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO hit “The Newsroom,” John has also appeared in such films as Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET, Woody Allen’s WHATEVER WORKS and Peter Hedges’ PIECES OF APRIL. He was a member of the original Broadway casts of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, Green Day’s American Idiot, Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and Spring Awakening, for which he won a Tony Award.
“Short Term 12,” the gritty indie that charmed both audiences and the jury at South by Southwest, will open in theaters Aug. 23, Cinedigm announced on Tuesday. Cinedigm bought Destin Daniel Cretton’s movie after it premiered at the Austin-based festival, where it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for a narrative film.
At the time, Cinedigm’s VP of Theatrical Acquisitions Vincent Scordino said the film could be “transformative” for the company, which has expanded from providing software and digital cinema technology to distributing films and other video content.
The intimate film broaches several challenging subjects for audiences, including foster care and child abuse. Brie Larson stars as a supervisor as a facility for at-risk teens. Both forceful and sensitive, she works there with her boyfriend (played by John Gallagher Jr.). The appearance of a troubled teenager girl threaten to disrupt her already challenging life.
Sometimes new actors aren’t new actors at all, you’ve just been looking in the wrong place. Exhibit A: John Gallagher Jr. He’s already well seasoned—a Tony award winner for originating the role of Moritz in the Broadway hit, Spring Awakening, and a Drama Desk and Drama League favorite for his work in American Idiot.
Despite the lack of film and television work on his resume, we’re already jealous of the soon-to-be A-Lister—Complex’s favorite funny girl, Aubrey Plaza, was his first girlfriend when he was 15. Currently, he’s shining in HBO’s new behind-the-scenes news drama, The Newsroom, as the lovable and loyal producer Jim Harper, but he’s about to become a much bigger presence in Hollywood. His movie, Short Term 12, where he stars as a foster care supervisor opposite Brie Larson, was the Grand Jury winner at SXSW this year.
Creator and exec producer Aaron Sorkin gave a rough layout of how the forthcoming second season of his polarizing HBO cable news drama The Newsroom will play out in terms of covering real-life stories. He told an SRO crowd at PaleyFest 2013 in Beverly Hills tonight that Season 2 will pick up a week after where Season 1 ends and ticked off the topics he’s tackling on the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN): “The Tea Party/American Taliban, the General Election including the primaries and conventions, Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, and drones.”
Sorkin also was joined onstage by star Jeff Daniels (Will McAvoy), Sam Waterston (Charlie Skinner), Emily Mortimer (MacKenzie McHale), John Gallagher, Jr. (Jim Harper), Alison Pill (Maggie Jordan), Thomas Sadoski (Don Keefer), Olivia Munn (Sloan Sabbith) and Dev Patel (Neal Sampat).