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Batter up! HBO is keeping the baseball comedy “Eastbound & Down” in its starting lineup.

The series, starring Danny McBride, has been renewed for a fourth season.

The critical darling, which wrapped its third-season run in April, has been picked up for eight additional episodes that will air next year.

The series, which featured guests including Matthew McConaughey and “Saturday Night Live’s” Jason Sudeikis last season, returned in February to 1.3 million total viewers and wrapped its run with 1.1 million.

Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, “Eastbound” stars Mr. McBride as Kenny Powers, a former Major League pitcher who returns to his suburban hometown.

HBO also confirmed that it is bringing back “The Newsroom” and “True Blood” for another season each.

The network announced Monday that “True Blood,” HBO’s hit vampire drama, will return for a sixth season next year. Its stars include Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

“The Newsroom,” created and written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, won a green light for a second season after just two episodes aired. Though getting mixed reviews from critics, the show attracted a healthy audience for its premiere, totaling 2.1 million viewers.

Set at a cable news network, “The Newsroom” features Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill and Sam Waterston.

The trio of shows join newly renewed comedies “Girls” and “Veep” on HBO’s schedule.

Former NBC chief Goodman dies in Florida at age 90

Former NBC President Julian Goodman, who helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a well-known news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974, died Monday. He was 90.

Mr. Goodman died in Juno Beach, Fla., where he lived after retiring as chairman of NBC’s board in 1979, according to NBC.

Mr. Goodman joined the network at the night news desk in Washington in 1945. He rose through the ranks to become executive vice president of NBC News at the time Huntley and Brinkley were competitors to Walter Cronkite on CBS.

As network president, he later gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the “Tonight” show and helped make the American Football League a force by broadcasting the upstart league. NBC televised the 1969 Super Bowl, in which the New York Jets beat the highly favored Baltimore Colts. Mr. Goodman was also at the helm during an infamous football incident: when NBC switched to the movie “Heidi” in 1968 and missed the exciting finish to a Jets-Raiders game.

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