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HBO’s Newsroom Renewed for Season Two; True Blood Gets Season Six

HBO true blood newsroom renewalHBO has announced they have renewed True Blood for a sixth season and The Newsroom for a second season. They didn’t specify how many episodes have been ordered or when they’ll begin airing.

True Blood returned to HBO on June 10th to 5.2 million viewers. That was down when compared to the season season four opener but not by much. Thus far, the fifth season of True Blood has averaged a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.76 million total viewers.

Created by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom debuted eight days ago on the cable channel. It drew an underwhelming 2.14 million viewers, about half as much as True Blood. However, the TV series boasts a well-respected cast and creator and that’s the kind of image that’s really important to HBO when trying to attract new subscribers.

Here’s the press release from HBO:

HBO RENEWS DRAMA SERIES “THE NEWSROOM” FOR SECOND SEASON AND “TRUE BLOOD” FOR SIXTH SEASON

THE NEWSROOM SECOND SEASON RENEWAL

HBO Entertainment

LOG LINE: This series centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal relationships.

SEASON ONE CREDITS:
Aaron Sorkin Executive Producer
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Alan Poul Executive Producer
Denis Biggs Co-Executive Producer
Greg Mottola Co-Executive Producer
Paul Redford Co-Executive Producer
Created by Aaron Sorkin.

SEASON ONE SERIES REGULARS:
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher, Jr. as Jim Harper
Alison Pill as Margaret Jordan
Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer
Dev Patel as Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith
and Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner

TRUE BLOOD SIXTH SEASON RENEWAL

HBO Entertainment

LOG LINE: Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy(R)-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy(R)-winning series “Six Feet Under.” The show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard).

SEASON FIVE CREDITS:
Alan Ball Creator/Executive Producer
Gregg Fienberg Executive Producer
Brian Buckner Co-Executive Producer
Mark Hudis Co-Executive Producer
Angela Robinson Co-Executive Producer
Raelle Tucker Co-Executive Producer
Alexander Woo Co-Executive Producer

SEASON FIVE SERIES REGULARS:
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer
Sam Trammell
Ryan Kwanten
Rutina Wesley
Alexander Skarsgard
Christopher Meloni
Chris Bauer
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Lauren Bowles
Valentina Cervi
Nelsan Ellis
Scott Foley
Janina Gavankar
Lucy Griffiths
Todd Lowe
Joe Manganiello
Michael McMillian
Denis O’Hare
Jim Parrack
Carrie Preston
Deborah Ann Woll

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that these shows will be back for another season each? Do you think Newsroom will catch on?

 

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True Blood Trubie July 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I am so happy that true Blood got renewed for Season 6. I love this show, and all the characters. I just wish they would stick a little bit more to the books. They were great!

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Grandizer July 7, 2012 at 6:19 am

Good. Although I am disappointed in the lack of continual nudity in the series. :)
It seems they had LOTS of nudity to hook people in the first few seasons, and then said, ehh, we don’t need it anymore.
But the problem with that is that there were storylines based upon that, all the Fang Bangers wanting some, and the Fangs wanting the blood.
The weres and the shapeshifters, and the Fae and the rest…

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Bethany July 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I read the books nearly every single day. I watch the shows absolutely every single day. My kids make fun of me because I count down to the first Tuesday in May every year, and again to the debut of True Blood every season (in June) I am such a Trubie that it is not even funny. All I can say (and I am totally a Sookie/Eric fan) but they had better figure out a way to work Quinn into the sixth season. I have to try harder and harder to see the very subtle basic idea from each book that relates to each season. I notice when they sort of skip ahead and cover storylines from later books (in a broad sense of the term) I just hope beyond hope that now that AB has stepped back to focus on other projects, the new powers that be will get back to the basics a bit more. But no matter what they do, I will be obssessing over this show until the day they take it off the air, and then I will just have to watch the shows on DVD/Digital forever more. Sadly the books will be coming to a close in a year, but this show has so much potential to go at least all 13 seasons. And seeing that they got the 6th season lined up gives me hope that HBO realizes that potential as well.

Again, I just want to see what they can do with a weretiger. And I desperately hope that they don’t just make him a shifter. And please, please, please give us a good Amelia and Bob twist as well. (I suppose you could say Spoiler Alert, but I have tried not to actually give away the storylines, only the character names.) Thank heavens that HBO knows they have a golden ticket with this show. (I am also eager to see how Anna Paquin does as Sookie post Twins. LOL)

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Garrett July 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

So happy that True Blood got renewed for Season 6.

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