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True Blood Season 5 date set, HBO also primes Sorkin’s Newsroom
True Blood Season 5 Starts in June on HBO.
It feels like ages ago that HBO announced it would be producing Aaron Sorkin’s latest series, The Newsroom, but at last the cable network has revealed the premiere date for the series, along with the premiere of True Blood Season 5. Both will be premiering in June, two weeks apart due to the differing number of episodes. I’m not all that jazzed for the return of True Blood, a show I have grown mostly tired of. But The Newsroom sports such a wonderful cast, not to mention it has Sorkin’s name attached to it. I am easily more excited for this than any other HBO summer program.
True Blood premieres its fifth season on Sunday, June 10th, with The Newsroom following two weeks later on June 24th. The reason behind this is True Blood has a 12-episode season, while The Newsroom only has 10. By airing them with that two week gap it places their season finales on the same night. No doubt True Blood will have a strong premiere thanks to its dedicated fanbase, but The Newsroom may not have such luck due to it being a new series without much press at the moment. Outside of my own work, I haven’t heard anyone talk about this show despite it being in development for the last year.
The Newsroom follows a news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, and Thomas Sadoski), and their boss (Sam Waterson). The show will take a behind the scenes look at what goes on at a news program, similar to other Sorkin projects like Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The hour-long series certainly seems at least mildly interesting, with a lot of its appeal likely landing on its cast and the (hopefully) rich dialogue.