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'True Blood' and 'The Newsroom' to air on HBO in June

April 4, 2012 |  1:54 pm

Alexander Skarsgard in "True Blood"

The fifth season of HBO's sexy vampires and werewolves and witches and fairies series "True Blood" will be back on the air June 10, the network announced Wednesday.

The first episode of HBO's new Aaron-Sorkin-penned series "The Newsroom," starring the not-quite-as-sexy-but-still-a-fine-actor Jeff Daniels will follow two weeks later on June 24.

What can fans expect from season five of "True Blood," which will be series creator Alan Ball's last as showrunner? The just-released trailer reveals lots of familiar vampire action, but there will be several news faces in the mix, including "Law & Order: SVU's" Christopher Meloni, Scott Foley, Kelly Overton and "General Hospital" star Carolyn Hennesy.

The trailer for "The Newsroom" looks as though creator Sorkin is combining two of his previous TV hits: the behind-the-scenes of a TV show excitement of "Sports Night" mixed with the hot-button issues of "The West Wing."

In the series, Daniels plays stressed-out news anchor Will McAvoy attempting to remake his show after a staff exodus at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (a thinly veiled version of Atlanta's CNN). Supporting cast members include "Slumdog Millionaire's" Dev Patel, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer and Olivia Munn. Will there be a lot of walk-and-talks?

What's most interesting about Fonda's presence on the show is her real-life role as the former wife of Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, to whom she was married for a decade. In the series, she plays the CEO of the news network's corporate parent.

Expect a lot of media reading between the lines when the series airs.


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Photo: Alexander Skarsgard in "True Blood." Credit: John P. Johnson / HBO