HBO hasn’t given the official word yet on Season 3 of “The Newsroom,” but some of its stars are confirming they’ve gotten the green light.
Current Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels recently tweeted that the show was “coming back,” and Thomas Sadoski — who plays Atlantis Cable News producer Don Keefer — is backing that up in advance of the Aaron Sorkin-created drama’s Season 2 finale Sunday (Sept. 15).
“My understanding is that we’re doing a third season,” Sadoski tells Zap2it. “That’s what I’ve been told. I don’t know what the holdup is on their end [in announcing it], but to every question I’ve asked of them, they’ve said, ‘Yes.'”
In this weekend’s wrap-up to the show’s current year, set on Election Night 2012, Don remains furious over lawsuits filed against ACN by a producer fired over the Operation Genoa controversy.
“I don’t know that I have specific hopes and dreams for the character,” Sadoski says. “I let Aaron take the ball and run with it. It’s not my character as much as it is Aaron’s, and I’m there to make the stories he wants to tell come to life.”
Before landing his “Newsroom” role, Broadway and Off-Broadway veteran Sadoski did the trifecta of “Law & Order” series — “the original recipe, the extra crispy, all of ’em” — as a guest star on the three major ones. In a precursor to his current television job, he shared scenes on the original “L&O” with fellow “Newsroom” star Sam Waterston, then playing prosecutor Jack McCoy.
“I almost shot him,” Sadoski recalls with a chuckle. “I shot somebody right in front of him, and he thought for a moment that I was coming after him. The guy I played was out for revenge against his father, who happened to be walking out of the courthouse after winning a case against Sam.”
These days, Sadoski is happy to be playing someone more upstanding. “He sort of repeatedly gets asked what he thinks about things,” he reflects of “The Newsroom’s” Don. “And his advice is usually pretty rock-solid.”