Sunday (Nov. 9) starts the final six episodes of Aaron Sorkin’s thought-provoking show “The Newsroom.” However, before the lights go out at ACN, Will (Jeff Daniels), Mac (Emily Mortimer) and the team have a whole lot more story to tell.
Zap2it got to see the first three episodes in advance of the premiere, and fans should know they are as intense as some of the real-life events the show depicts. Here are five things viewers can expect to see in the first half of the season.
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1. More Chris Messina
Viewers can’t enough of Chris Messina these days. The actor is a breakout in his regular role as Danny Castellano on FOX’s “The Mindy Project,” and it seems “The Newsroom” has taken notice of his popularity. While in previous seasons his character, Reese Lansing, was always present, he is catapulted to the forefront of the drama in these final episodes. Viewers can look forward to seeing a more vulnerable side of Reese as he deals with some major family drama. Sorry, ladies — Messina doesn’t get to show off his Diamond Dan moves in this series.
2. Scene-stealers B.J. Novak and Kat Dennings
That family drama Reese is attending to happens to be started by the presence of his half-siblings, who threaten to take ownership of and pretty much close down ACN. Novak (“The Office”) and Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”) handle the sharp Sorkin dialogue like pros, while still maintaining their comedic charm.
3. Role reversals for Don and Sloane
When Don (Thomas Sadoski) and Sloane (Olivia Munn) step out publicly as a couple, surprisingly Don is more of the “girl” in the equation with Sloane having trouble putting a label on the relationship. Munn gave Zap2it some insight on what to expect from the couple at the Season 3 premiere, saying, “He’s kind of wanting more assurance of where they are and what their title is, where she is just not wanting to talk about it. The best part was that normally when people get into a romantic situation, they forget their work. I was really thankful that Sloane didn’t do that and we stay really focused on our jobs.”
4. Maggie finally gets it together
There is no doubt about it — Africa messed Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill) up bad in Season 2. However, Season 3 gives fans Maggie 2.0. Not only has she been building her body at the gym, but she also gets a chance to show the world just what she has to offer. Maggie proves to be great in a crisis when anchor Elliot Hirsch (David Harbour) has a severe allergic reaction to something and Maggie is thrown on air. As if that wasn’t great enough, the cute blonde gets a new love interest.
5. Wedding madness
All signs point to yes that fans will see a Will and Mac wedding in the final episodes — Sorkin wouldn’t end the series without it, right? The first three episode show signs of some serious wedding planning. Shockingly Mac, the poster girl for being married to work, wants nine bridesmaids. This means Will would have to find nine men to stand beside him, which immediately makes things interesting. More than anything, a Will and Mac wedding is a nice change of pace from the Wikileaks-type crisis and financial chaos that is going on at ACN.
Catch “The Newsroom” Season 3 when it premieres Sunday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.