‘True Blood’ ending, LeBron James to produce Starz comedy; also, what’s up with ‘Newsroom’?

September 4, 2013

It’s been a big week for premium cable channels: a big ending, a possible renewal, and an NBA mega-star decides to get behind the cameras.

* “The Newsroom” is renewed — at least according to Jeff Daniels. HBO has not made an official announcement about the future of Aaron Sorkin’s cable news drama, though star Jeff Daniels is pretty certain: “It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3,” he tweeted Tuesday night. We’re still waiting on word from HBO. Programming president Michael Lombardo said this summer there’s an “excellent” chance the series would return. “I will be shocked if you would not be hearing about a renewal soon,” he told TV reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour.


Ryan Kwanten, as Jason Stackhouse, left, and Anna Paquin, as Sookie Stackhouse in “True Blood.” (John P. Johnson/ AP Photo/HBO)

* Farewell, “True Blood.” Next year will be the seventh and final season of the vampire drama, HBO announced, with 10 episodes wrapping up the series in summer 2014. “‘True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” Lombardo said in the announcement. Based on the books by Charlaine Harris, the show has done big ratings for HBO, racked up award nominations and led to married power duo of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

* LeBron James, TV producer? It’s true — the basketball star will serve as executive producer on “Survivor’s Remorse,” an upcoming scripted comedy series for Starz. The half-hour show will focus on a pair of cousins from a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia who wind up becoming rich and famous. Sound familiar? “But success has its own challenges,” the announcement warns. “The cousins and confidantes wrestle with the rewards of money, stardom, love and occasionally, the guilt of having ‘made it.’” James will work on the show with business partners Maverick Carter, Tom Werner and Paul Wachter; Mike O’Malley (the guy from “Glee”) serves as exec producer and writer. Fun fact: James notes in the press release he has a “deep passion” for TV, and his favorite shows include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Magic City,” “Scandal” and “24.”

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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