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HBO Renews True Blood and The Newsroom

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/03/2012

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HBO Orders a Second Season of The Newsroom and a Sixth Season of True Blood-TVLine

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True BloodAccording to TVLine’s Kimberly Roots, HBO has ordered a second season of The Newsroom and a sixth season of True Blood. Here’s an excerpt from the article, which gives some details on The Newsroom and True Blood‘s renewals:
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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 forNewsroom’s show-within-a-show, News Night.

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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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True Blood, from creator Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), follows Anna Paquin’s Sookie, a waitress and faerie, as she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a world full of vampires, werewolves and other eerie beings. Steven Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard co-star.

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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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My thoughts: I haven’t had a chance to watch The Newsroom yet, so I can’t really comment on its renewal, but True Blood is one of my favorite shows, so I’m thrilled that it has been renewed for sixth season. Given True Blood’s excellent ratings, I wasn’t worried that it would get canceled at all. I hope that True Blood sticks around for several more years as long as the quality of the show continues to hold up.

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