HBO Renews ‘True Blood’ and ‘The Newsroom’

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HBO has given its vampire hit, True Blood, and its freshman drama series, The Newsroom, another year.

True Blood has always held its own among the network’s subscribers for ratings, though the Season 5 premiere drew 5.2 million viewers – a drop of about one million viewers over last season’s debut. Otherwise, its latest episode held on to 4.66 million viewers.

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The series’ sixth season renewal means that fans will get to see what happens after creator Alan Ball passes the day-to-day showrunning to one of the show’s co-executive producers, Mark Hudis. Ball will be working on developing other projects.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom premiered to a very respectable 2.1 million viewers on June 24 – the cable network’s third highest-watched drama series debut since 2008 after Boardwalk Empire’s 4.8 million and Game of Thrones’ 2.2 million. It portrays the behind-the-scenes on a cable news show and stars Jeff Daniels. The renewal comes after just two episodes of the series have aired.

True Blood airs Sundays at 9 PM on HBO followed by The Newsroom at 10 PM.

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