'True Blood' and 'The Newsroom' Renewed by HBO

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July 2nd, 2012

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HBO Entertainment



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.




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.




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





HBO Entertainment



Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy®-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy®-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 Skarsgård).




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




Anna Paquin

Stephen Moyer

Sam Trammell

Ryan Kwanten

Rutina Wesley

Alexander Skarsgård

Christopher Meloni

Chris Bauer

Kristin Bauer van Straten

Lauren Bowles

Valentina Cervi

Nelsan Ellis

Scott Foley

Janina Gavankar

Lucy Griffiths

Todd Lowe

Joe Manganiello

Michael McMillian

Denis O’Hare

Jim Parrack

Carrie Preston

Deborah Ann Woll

  • The End

    @teevee time

    Its entirely likely that Newsroom was always going to be renewed, like they originally planned to have this as a 2 season show minimum.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@teevee time

    Its entirely likely that Newsroom was always going to be renewed, like they originally planned to have this as a 2 season show minimum.”

    I think you can count on one hand (maybe on one finger) the number of HBO shows in recent history that were *not* renewed for a second season.

    Moving to a third season (or not) is the first interesting renewal decision that HBO makes about a show.

  • Nick

    Yay for the Newsroom!!! Awesome show, totally deserves it.

  • Brad

    “Moving to a third season (or not) is the first interesting renewal decision that HBO makes about a show.”

    Doesn’t say much for Bored To Death, a show that only last 3 seasons.

  • jo

    Newsroom is a sooo boring, in my humble oppinion.

  • DSC

    I guess John From Cincianatti and Luck are the only HBO shows I can remember from recent history that haven’t made it to year 2. both Milch shows. and deadwood stopped at 3. the guy deserved a break from the network that prides itself on airing stuff that others won’t. bored to death was also a sad loss. I hope the newsroom can be here a while longer.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The addition of hot Italian actress Valentina Cervi (straight up nekkid!) and hot Brit actress Lucy Griffiths has put two more major babes on the show, which is great. And we’ve seen more of Deborah Ann Woll and Kristin Bauer van Straten this season. Deborah in particular has been smokin’ hot so far. I agree with Bill Compton that he did well making her! :-)

    Still waiting for the return of Denis O’Hare, which I’m sure will be impressive.

    This season has been better than last season so far, IMO.

  • Weez

    This article didn’t mention it, but Eastbound & Down has also been greenlit for a fourth season, according to Variety. As for all hate for The Newsroom – don’t like it, don’t watch it. Personally, I’ve really enjoyed both aired episodes thus far, and am definitely in for the entirety of this first season. HBO has really been on fire this year, in my opinion. Despite the fact that Luck was cancelled, it was still a fantastic season of television, and I’m sure I’ll re-visit it some time in the future. Between Luck, Life’s Too Short, Game of Thrones, Girls, Veep, Eastbound & Down, and The Life and Times of Tim (also cancelled, although that’s not such a big deal to me), they’ve already had a pretty stellar year. And there’s still the rest of True Blood, The Newsroom, and The Ricky Gervais Show going on right now, and Tremè, Boardwalk Empire, and Enlightened coming up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I guess John From Cincianatti and Luck are the only HBO shows I can remember from recent history that haven’t made it to year 2″

    Still just one finger needed.

    Luck was immediately renewed for season 2 as well, but horse deaths during season 2 production got it canceled after one (or more?) episodes were produced.

  • KevinY

    Awesome! The Newsroom is such an unbelievable show!! Such a powerful force for positive ideals. It’s no surprise the critics don’t like it because they’re cynical by nature. (Actually I am surprised they hate it, because it’s such a good show it should even turn cynical people at least moderately hopeful).

  • SarahL

    Newsroom is a flawed show, but I think a lot of the hate from the media critics comes from the premise of the show. Sorkin is saying that the media sucks. He is lambasting them for their shallow news coverage and obsession with the ratings. Of course, the media are not happy.

  • Sorkin_Fanboy

    @KevinY and @SarahL, no the critics don’t like it because it’s a bad show populated by terrible characters who shout so you know what they’re saying is “important”. There seems to be a strange perception in America that if you don’t like the show it must be for political reasons but no, sometimes a bad show is just a bad show!
    As someone watching in the UK I find it funny that this show is so divisive amongst the intelligent American HBO audience. It seems that people want to like it because of the “ideals” rather than whether it’s good drama with compelling characters because on that level it fails spectacularly. Show me a character more annoying than Mackenzie in the last decade? Even Lori in The Walking Dead is less annoying!

    I for one am very interested to see how the ratings for the rest of this rookie season pan out because if the show continues to be as bad as Sunday’s episode people will switch off and never return.
    The writing is terrible and I say this as a huge fan of Sorkin’s other work. He is at his worst when he writes about tv and at his best when it’s anything but.

  • Patrick G.

    Where are the Sunday cable ratings?

  • CCV

    Technically, Luck WAS renewed, and the crew was early in production of the second season already when it got pulled because of the horse deaths.

    And Newsroom the BEST show on HBO? I like it, but on a channel with Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Curb Your Enthusiasm…it is decidedly NOT the best of the current bunch.

    Agree with SarahL, most shows really need the second season to built its story, since first seasons are spent establishing character and setting. Look at Boardwalk–very good but uneven show during the first season, but it grew by leaps and bounds in the second.

  • Chris

    “Tell Me You Love Me” was renewed after its premiere, but they had to take that back, because the ratings were ridiculously low. But basically, any pay cable show will be renewed right after its premiere these days, and the premiere ratings would have to be unprecedentedly bad for them not to do that. It’s basically a vote of confidence in the show, and a means of encouraging people to commit to it. They do it for hits and borderline flops alike.

    Of course, Showtime renews its flops over and over and over……


  • Tom

    The second episode of the Newsroom was significantly more interesting than the premiere. Since only two episodes have aired, it appears that HBO is wisely going to give this program time to establish itself. Based on early indications, that approach could likely pay off. I’m certainly looking forward to the third episode.

    Unlike the major networks, HBO isn’t afraid to stand by its programs. But even that approach has its limits. I’m cynical enough though to believe that those horse deaths gave HBO the necessary pretext to cancel Luck. The latter was noteworthy only in that virtually none of the characters were particularly likeable. That’s unusual for any program. I pretty much lost interest in the show because I simply could have cared less about what was going on. Although HBO can’t expect to hit a home run every time, it’s becoming evident that HBO and other pay cable networks will likely continue to eclipse the four major networks as a source for cutting edge programming.

  • truebloodlover27

    YAY More true blood I love it so so much ::)

  • Mandy

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!! LOVE ME SOME TRUE BLOOD. Love the the new show Newsroom too! Excited to have both of them back next year.

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