HBO Orders ‘Newsroom’ Season 2; ‘True Blood’ Season 6

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Just as it did for Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and yes, even Luck, HBO has granted an early second season renewal to a program that has just begun its first season. This time the recipient of the good news is The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin’s optimistic (albeit preachy with the benefit of hindsight), drama about a fictional cable news program and its ardent, yet delightfully imperfect crew trying against all odds to make the news report on what really matters.

After just two episodes, The Newsroom has proven successful enough for HBO to announce Jeff Daniels’ Will McAvoy will be returning for more News Night in 2013. The much-hyped drama debuted to 2.1 million viewers – a hefty haul for HBO, and one that came in just under the ratings for Game of Thrones‘ series premiere in 2011. While initial reviews saw many critics with mixed views on the show’s overly moralizing approach to diagnosing what’s wrong with the media today, some have considered this a welcome return to television for Sorkin, who has spent the last few years winning an Academy Award for The Social Network, lending a helping hand to the script for Moneyball and preparing to work on what will probably be considered the more legitimate of the two Steve Jobs biopics.

The renewal for The Newsroom is another kind of victory for Sorkin, whose last two behind-the-scenes programs Sports Night and Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip ended far sooner than one would have expected, considering the clout Sorkin’s name carried even back then. So, unless the set of The Newsroom is struck with a series of disastrous events, similar to what befell Luck, it looks as though Sorkin will finally be able to tell that television drama about television he’s been so adamant to tell.

So far, Sorkin has ended the first season of The West Wing, Studio 60 and Sports Night all with an episode titled: ‘What Kind of Day Has It Been?’ We’re still weeks away from The Newsroom‘s season finale, but it’ll be interesting to see if Sorkin continues the tradition, or ditches it for something new.

True Blood Season 6 HBO HBO Orders Newsroom Season 2; True Blood Season 6

Today wasn’t merely for Sorkin and his fans to rejoice, however, as HBO has also seen fit to grant the vampires and other assorted creatures of True Blood a sixth season. Unlike The Newsroom, True Blood‘s first season debuted to 1.4 million viewers, and then grew from there. Compare that to the season 5 premiere of 6.3 million (including both broadcasts), and it’s clear the randy residents of Bon Temps are still quite a draw for HBO.

Season 6 will mark the first season without creator Alan Ball at the helm, as he will be working on the new Cinemax series Banshee. Stepping in for Ball will be co-executive producer Mark Hudis, who has been working on the series since season 4, and whose credits also include stints on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and That ’70s Show.

While many saw True Blood season 4 as a disappointment for the series, season 5 appears to be headed in the right direction. With only four episodes under its belt, though, it is anyone’s guess as to how this young season will turn out. If things end up on another downturn, perhaps some new blood will be exactly what the show needs.


True Blood and The Newsroom air on Sunday nights starting @9pm on HBO.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Where is the ‘True Blood’ Season 5 Episode 4 Recap??

  2. I can’t believe I’m saying this because I love me some Sorkin. I even love Studio 60. I watched it again on Netflix and now appreciate it a whole lot more.
    But, so far IMO The Newsroom is pretty bad. I enjoyed the pilot for the most part but episode 2 was pretty bad. I honestly think the rehashing old news part of the show is coming off as corny and overly preachy for even Sorkin. And scenes go on for ever.
    I’ll keep watching until Breaking Bad starts but then I’ll just record it and watch later.
    Why will I continue to watch if I think it’s bad?
    Because even when he’s off Sorkin is better than 90% of the writers out there…

  3. There was nothing wrong season four besides I wish it would show more Alexander Skarsgard :)

  4. Hi
    I love True Blood and hope there will be many moore seasons :))) Why cant HBO also show The secret circle? Many people around the world wishes for a season 2 and more and are sad and angry that CW has turned the serie down. Please go for The secret circle 2 ;))

  5. Seems to me that television is de-volving into a hapless Dungeons and Dragons festival for dim-witted viewers who have mental orgasms watching non-sense like true blood or game of thrones.

    The Newsroom breaks free from typical idiotic doldrums not with the plot that snags most near-sighted critics, but with addictive characters and soul quenching dialog. By the end of each episode, the emotions that Sorkin’s characters brilliantly drum up, leave you feeling good to be a part of the human race again. (In the real world and not some rediculous reality TV honey boo boo or vampiric BS…)

    The Newsroom delivers! Thank You Sorkin!

    • While responses to peoples tasts has also de-volved into a bunch of sanctimonious losers posting their opinions to others form of entertainment