“THE NEWSROOM will make you nostalgic for journalism's golden age. Just because you no longer watch cable news doesn't mean you shouldn't watch a fine drama about cable news.” – Chris Lackner, Postmedia News
“The subject of caring for the elderly is approached not without compassion, but there's also a dearth of big laughs…as comedies go, (GETTING ON) is thoroughly modern.” – Scott Stinson, National Post
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TORONTO (October 23, 2014) – On Sunday, Nov. 9, HBO’s Emmy®-winning drama series THE NEWSROOM begins its final season while the doctors and nurses of the Billy Barnes Extended Care unit return for Season 2 of the dark comedy, GETTING ON. Created by showrunner Aaron Sorkin, THE NEWSROOM returns at 9 p.m. ET/MT for its six-part, third and final season to follow the members of Atlantis Cable News (ACN) on their quixotic mission to deliver the news well in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates, and tangled personal relationships. The six-part second season of GETTING ON debuts at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT and looks at the daily lives of hospital staff as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly.
The final six episodes of THE NEWSROOM find Will (Emmy®-winner for his role in the series Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale), Mac (Emily Mortimer, HBO’s DOLL & EM), and their staff facing two explosive situations: the possibility of a hostile takeover of the network, and leaked classified government documents that unleash a legal fire storm that threatens to topple more than one professional career. Set against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon bombing, the season opener takes a highly charged look at the core issue of maintaining journalistic integrity in the era of 24-hour news cycles while crowd-sourcing and “citizen journalism” result in the dissemination of misinformation.
THE NEWSROOM also stars: Sam Waterston (LAW & ORDER); John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE); Canadian Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World); Thomas Sadoski (Wild); and Olivia Munn (NEW GIRL). Returning guest stars for Season 3 include: Jane Fonda (Klute); Chris Messina (THE MINDY PROJECT); David Harbour (Revolutionary Road); and Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock).
New to the cast for Season 3 are: B.J. Novak (THE OFFICE) as Lucas Pruit, a suitor for control of ACN; Kat Dennings (2 BROKE GIRLS) as Reese’s half-sister Blair Lansing; Mary McCormack (THE WEST WING) as Molly, an FBI agent and friend of Mac; Joanna Gleason (SENSITIVE SKIN) as Charlie Skinner’s wife, Nancy; and Clea DuVall (ARGO) as Lily, a mysterious woman who works for a government contractor.
THE NEWSROOM is executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin, and Alan Poul, with Denis Biggs (ENTOURAGE) and Paul Lieberstein (THE OFFICE) joining as executive producers.
Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, subscribers can catch up on all previous episodes of THE NEWSROOM before the new season debuts. In Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.
In the second season of GETTING ON, the staff at the Billy Barnes Extended Care unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, California continue to attend to the needs of elderly patients “getting on” in years. In the new episodes, Dr. Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf, THE BIG BANG THEORY) is on a research binge, measuring anal-genital distances of her geriatric population, as well as of lab rats, while promoting the ward’s hospice program to bring in extra cash. Facing new responsibilities and added stress, Nurse Didi (Niecy Nash, RENO 911!) wants a raise, which ultimately sweeps her up into Dr. James’ mad research world. Meanwhile, Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein, FAMILY GUY) is spinning toward being the best not-so-good nurse as she continues to try and bag co-worker Patsy (Mel Rodriquez, COMMUNITY), while Patsy has a new lean, green program to save money and make the ward more energy efficient.
Guest stars on the second season include: Betty Buckley (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS); Jayma Mays (THE MILLERS); Carrie Preston (HBO’s TRUE BLOOD); Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); and Jean Smart (DESIGNING WOMEN).
GETTING ON is executive produced by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of HBO’s BIG LOVE) under their Anima Sola Productions banner, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of BBC Worldwide Productions, and Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan, and Vicki Pepperdine. Lisa Bellomo and Courtney Conte are co-executive producers, while Chrisann Verges is producer.
Subscribers can currently catch up on all previous episodes of GETTING ON before the new season debuts. In Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.
HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
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