HBO 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
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
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:
Kristin Bauer van Straten
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?