True Blood was created by Alan Ball and follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse, who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton and vampire Eric Northman as they go about their daily lives. The drama series features a large main cast which includes Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Nelsan Ellis, Scott Foley, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Todd Lowe, Joe Manganiello, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston and Deborah Ann Woll.
The Newsroom was created by Aaron Sorkin and centers on a cable news anchor, his new executive producer, his newsroom staff and their boss as 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. The drama series stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterstone, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn.
The renewal of both series had been expected given their respective performances in the ratings. True Blood kicked off its fifth season to 5.2 million total viewers and a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo. While The Newsroom premiered to 2.1 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo in live+same day, just shy of the 2.2 million viewers that Game of Thrones scored in its series premiere in 2010.
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