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In a move that will shock absolutely no one with a functioning brain, HBO has announced the renewal of two of its dramas: True Blood and The Newsroom.
True Blood, which has grown into a ratings powerhouse for the cable network since its premiere in 2008, will see its sixth season in 2013. The show’s creator Alan Ball previously announced that the fifth and current season would be his last at the helm, but that is unlikely to change much. The fifth season has thus far maintained in the 4.5 – 5 million range since its June 10th premiere, far exceeding the numbers put up by its critically lauded HBO counterparts Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones (though Thrones’ viewership by its third season premiere will likely land in that region).
Despite a backlash from many critics against The Newsroom, the Aaron Sorkin drama will see its second season next year. As hard as they tried to pan the show before it aired, there was little that could be done by the press to keep 2.1 million viewers from tuning into the show’s June 24th premiere. By comparison, Game of Thrones saw 2.2 million on its first episode while True Blood picked up only 1.44 million. With logic dictating that the production costs of The Newsroom are far lower than either show, without a prevalent need for special effects, figures like that should be more than enough to keep it on the air through further seasons also.