HBO Unsurprisingly Renews True Blood and The Newsroom

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Hey guys, GUYS! HBO has renewed The Newsroom for Season 2! And it also renewed True Blood for Season 6! And you know what? This isn't the least bit surprising but we're going to make it sound like it is anyway with extra exclamation marks!!!

Currently in its fifth season, True Blood continues to be a powerhouse for HBO, still raking in upwards of 5 million viewers per episode. Season 6 will be the series' first season without creator Alan Ball attached as showrunner, who is moving on to other projects at HBO. But the formula is set: Show some vampires, have some sex, cut off a guy's head here and there, cut to the credits with a vintage song, and voila! True Blood!

Meanwhile, the internet debate over the worthiness of The Newsroom will continue. The Aaron Sorkin drama about a cable-news show starring Jeff Daniels as a truthy-teller got off to a reasonable start two weeks ago with 2.1 million viewers tuning in for the debut. That's just short of the mark Game of Thrones set in its debut, and we all know how that show fared after that, if all the Dany Targaryen cosplay is any indication.

While we're at it, let's just get this out of the way too: HBO will definitely renew Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones for new seasons over the next year, too.

And if you're interested in this news, perhaps you're interested in our reviews of the latest episodes of True Blood and The Newsroom? Of course you are! Behold:

True Blood Needs to Trim Some Fat
The Newsroom Episode 2: Buzzkill


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