Summer TV season has achieved liftoff. It's not summer, you say? Don't tell HBO. They've already started the hype rolling for the much anticipated fifth season of True Blood as well as Aaron Sorkin's new series Newsroom.
The 12-episode fifth season of True Blood will kick off SUNDAY, JUNE 10 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy®-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy®-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 Skarsgård).
The Newsroom kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 24 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This new 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. Aaron Sorkin created the series and executive produces along with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul.
Hopefully Sorkin's return to television will fare better than his last, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Studio 60 may have sufferred from a hype-overdose, launching big but soon collapsing under its weight while a disenchanted critic-community began to feed on its failure to deliver the show's pre-premiere anticipation.
True Blood, of course, will no doubt kick ass and be renewed for another dozen or so seasons - although shepherd Alan Ball is planning to depart show running duties in the very new future.