Save the Dates: HBO Announces True Blood Return, Newsroom Premiere

HBO’s Aaron Sorkin-produced drama The Newsroom will debut on Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c, two weeks after the return of True Blood, the cabler confirmed Wednesday.

True Blood‘s 12-episode fifth season will kick off on Sunday, June 10 at 9/8c, with Newsroom joining the lineup two weeks later at 10/9c. (The Newsroom‘s rookie season consists of just 10 episode, hence the two-week gap between premieres.)

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Set behind-the-scenes at a fictional cable news network, The Newsroom centers on an anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston). The hour-long series is already drawing (mostly favorable) comparisons to Sorkin’s late, great Sports Night, as well as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. (View the trailer here.)

True Blood, meanwhile, is heading into its final season with executive producer Alan Ball as showrunner. There’s still no word on who will replace him.

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  1. Conor says:

    Wheres our damn Game of Thrones renewal? :(

    • TheDude says:

      Coulda sworn I read somewhere Game of Thrones was announced as renewed well before the season even started. Though, If i’m wrong….theres still really nothing to worry about. It’s a sure thing.

  2. nickhanlon87 says:

    Really? Others are saying it’s June 24th for The Newsroom, with True Blood debuting June 10th. Makes sense since TB has the longer season – this way they can each have their finale on the same night.

  3. anthonynewhall says:

    EARLY YES! Now I’m gonna be able to go to PRIDENYC.

  4. Mike says:

    Makes sense since 10 Weeks of Game of Thrones would end on June 3rd paving the way for True Blood’s return the following week and a new show’s introduction. It’s probably a safe bet that means we’ll be getting a new GoT episode on Memorial day with early access to that episode a week earlier on HBO GO. Pretty sure they did that last year and yes, totally irrelevant to this story. lol

  5. Jrs says:

    Yay for true blood!! Can’t wait for it to come back. But the other one, meh. Not a big Aaron sorkin fan. Will plan on skipping that

  6. Toms1€ says:

    true blood is still relevant? I think NOT

  7. Chris says:

    Damn they better give a 10 minute reprisal cuz its been so long that I don’t even remember what happened last season. Seems like forever. But loving Grimm in the mean time.

  8. DMK says:

    I’m a bit surprised the Ken Finkleman hasn’t tried to stop Sorkin from using that title. He’s used “The Newsroom” not once, but twice… and his Newsroom character George Findlay is still going, currently in “Good Dog/God”

  9. J says:

    I’ve read that the ratings of season 4 of True Blood were as good as or better than Game of Thrones. Why does HBO wait so long to renew TB, even if there will be a new show runner? I don’t see how a new show runner could hurt the show.