HBO Renews True Blood and The Newsroom

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HBO announced today that the company has renewed “True Blood” for a sixth season and “The Newsroom” for a second season. The following is how HBO describes both shows:

TRUE BLOOD SIXTH SEASON RENEWAL

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LOG LINE: Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy(R)-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy(R)-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 Skarsgard).

SEASON FIVE CREDITS:
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

SEASON FIVE SERIES REGULARS:
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer
Sam Trammell
Ryan Kwanten
Rutina Wesley
Alexander Skarsgard
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 NEWSROOM SECOND SEASON RENEWAL

LOG LINE: 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.

SEASON ONE CREDITS:
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.

SEASON ONE SERIES REGULARS:
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