This Just In: HBO Orders New Seasons of The Newsroom and True Blood

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News moves quickly, but it’s got nothing on HBO: The cable network renewed The Newsroom Monday after airing only two episodes of the show’s initial season.

Additionally, the supernatural soap opera True Blood also has been renewed for a sixth season.

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The Newsroom, an hour-long chronicle of a cable news show in transition, stars Jeff Daniels as the show’s acerbic host and Emily Mortimer as his former girlfriend and current lead producer. Creator Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) uses actual news events of the recent past, such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as fodder for Newsroom’s show-within-a-show, News Night.

HBO’s speedy decision makes sense in light of recent ratings: Newsroom’s premiere drew in 2.1 million total viewers, which was just short of Game of Thrones’ ratings for its Season 1 debut but a large improvement on True Blood’s initial outing (1.4 mil) in 2008.

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The upcoming season of True Blood will be its first without creator Alan Ball as showrunner. Ball, who’s working on new shows for Cinemax and HBO, will remain an executive producer on the show.

Blood‘s Season 5 premiere grabbed 6.3 million viewers across both of its broadcasts, almost reaching the numbers it hit with the previous season’s debut.

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Comments (17)

  • Yay. It’s nice Aaron Sorkin won’t have that worry over his head of “Am I making a series or season finale?” when it comes time for the season 1 ending.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – July 2, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He already filmed the finale. He made a joke in some interviews about not knowing how HBO shows typically end their seasons (whether on a cliffhanger or not).

      Comment by Mike – July 2, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yay Newsroom. 6 seasons and a movie!

    Comment by LiftLaughLust (@LiftLaughLust) – July 2, 2012 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL,you said the same thing about ringer and the secret circle

      Comment by Gus – July 2, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to hear “The Newsroom” is coming back. Have loved the first two eps. Not much of a “True Blood” fan, but I’m sure their fans will be ecstatic as well.

    Comment by maniacmedia – July 2, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • True Blood has shown a marked improvement over the last two seasons. I am actually pretty stoked to watch it every week!

    Comment by SarahFW – July 2, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I respect your opinion, but have you watched it from the beginning? it’s the saddest thing ever for me to see what was once such an awesome weekly ride from S1 turn into a muddled mess where barely anything happens. Am I still a big fan? Yes. Can I quite as much justify spending the extra 15$ on my DTV for 12 weeks? No..

      Comment by Danielle H – July 2, 2012 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news for the show “The Newsroom.” I, who am an ardent fan of science fiction (Fringe, Haven, Grimm …), I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this show, which highlight the work of writers and the edition, which are spectacular. “The Newsroom”, I presume, is here to stay.

    Comment by ziggoz – July 2, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • true blood is coming back next season! Always good to see this because now we can breathe a sigh of relief that all these storylines don’t have to be wrapped up within just a few episodes. I love this show, keep going as long as it can stay fresh!

    Comment by jonathon – July 2, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited there is some sensible people left in this world.

    Comment by Mel – July 2, 2012 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Simple.Interesting. and commented:
    True Blood is renewed !!!

    Comment by Cristi M. – July 2, 2012 09:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Newsroom needs a lot of work and True Blood hasn’t been great in years. Both could use a writing overhaul.

    Comment by Mick – July 2, 2012 11:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad I canceled HBO when The Sopranos ended. Neither show hits in my interest zone.

    Comment by BillK – July 3, 2012 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re not smug enough to enjoy Newsroom probably.

      Comment by Ryan Johnson – July 3, 2012 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does anyone know when Newsroom will start.

    Comment by Gerald Poe – April 8, 2013 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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