‘The Newsroom,’ ‘True Blood’ renewed by HBO

HBO is not interested in letting “The Newsroom” or “True Blood” leave their network anytime soon. In a press release Monday, the network announced that both shows will be coming back for additional seasons.

In the case of “True Blood,” this does mean that the show will officially continue on without Alan Ball as its primary showrunner. Ball recently confirmed that he was going to be stepping down from the post after season 5 to work on some other projects, though he will still be involved in this series to some capacity. On a different note, did you know that this series has over 20 series regulars on it for its current season? We didn’t learn this until looking at the press release, but it shouldn’t really be that surprising considering how many names are in the credits.

As for “The Newsroom,” this announcement proves that the Jeff Daniels series, while flawed, is still able to overcome some rather nasty critics not willing to give it a chance for one reason or another. It also breaks Aaron Sorkin’s string of bad luck on TV following the cancellation of his “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” only a handful of episodes after it first premiered. This move does continue the network’s recent trend of ensuring that their series get the proper opportunity to build up an audience over time — after all, “Luck” was handed an ill-fated second season despite scoring some premiere numbers that were far worse than what Daniels and company pulled here. The network is also fairly aware that many of their series grow courtesy of DVD sales and word of mouth.

What’s your reaction to this news? Be sure to check out our most recent “Newsroom” review to find out what we think about the direction the show is heading.

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