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

Aaron Sorkin's journalism drama "The Newsroom" gets a second season shortly after solid premiere

Will McAvoy and the rest of the journos on HBO's "The Newsroom" just received a bulletin they have to be smiling about.

The Aaron Sorkin drama "The Newsroom" has been renewed for a second season, just a little over a week after its June 24 premiere.

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The network also renewed its vampire hit "True Blood" for a sixth season on Monday.

"The Newsroom," which stars Jeff Daniels as news anchor McAvoy, got off to a promising start with its premiere, drawing 2.1 million total viewers with its initial airing — better than the series premieres of "True Blood" and "Luck," and just shy of the series premiere for "Game of Thrones," which has become a huge hit for HBO.

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"True Blood," meanwhile, will go into its sixth season with a new showrunner in the form of Mark Hudis, a co-executive producer of the series. Hudis will take the showrunner reins from creator Alan Ball, who is stepping aside as showrunner after the current fifth season in order to pursue other projects.