And just like that, "The Newsroom" - one of the most praised/damned shows of the season - just got a second season pickup. HBO gave no additional details other than to add that "True Blood" would be returning for a sixth season as well.
There really is no huge surprise here: Aaron Sorkin is the producer, and you want to be in bed, so to speak, with Aaron Sorkin. He's a brilliant guy and while "Newsroom" has its faults, it has plenty of virutes, and a second season certainly gives both parties time to work out the flaws. Moreover, last week's numbers were excellent - by HBO standards - and certainly strong enough to merit a second. What's amsuing here is the trully passionate critical reaction - much of it almost ad hominen, as if Sorkin had created something that was a personal affront to THEM. To which I'd say: Only a TV show, and a spirited, interesting and well acted/written one too. Sure it can be sanctimonious (but then so can I.) Glad it's coming back.
"True Blood" renewal? Of course. What else.