On Monday, HBO made two renewal announcements that really shouldn't surprise anyone. Freshman series the Newsroom and fifth-year drama True Blood have both been picked up for new seasons.
The Newsroom, a comedy-drama penned by Aaron Sorkin about the reinvention of a popular nightly news series, is barely into its first year. Despite garnering mixed reviews from critics due to perceived preachiness and partisanship, the series has been successful with audiences; the premiere garnered a solid 2.14 million viewers. Viewership figures from July 1's second episode, "News Night 2.0," have not yet been made available.
True Blood's renewal, meanwhile, can't be described as anything but entirely expected. The paranormal drama series, created by Alan Ball, hasn't quite been attracting the ratings that last year's fourth season did, but is still doing well enough to be one of HBO's top shows. True Blood's garnered a sixth season, though it's uncertain if Alan Ball will remain with the series for that year -- the rumor mill has been churning for years now that he's contemplating leaving the series.
Both season 2 of The Newsroom and season 6 of True Blood will premiere in summer 2013. Shows also currently slated to return in 2013 include Game of Thrones, Veep, and Girls.