HBO renews ‘True Blood’ for fifth season

by Brittney Franklin on August 11, 2011

President of HBO Programming, Michael Lombardo, announced today that the Emmy-nominated southern vampire series has been picked up for a fifth season.

“I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” said Lombardo. “Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”

The fourth season of True Blood has been well-received, focusing on faeries, skinwalkers, werewolves (and panthers), witches and the Bill-Sookie-Eric love triangle that’s been steadily building over the past three seasons.

“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” says show creator, Alan Ball. “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”

Production on the twelve-episode season is set to begin in Los Angeles later this year, followed by its usual summer debut.

True Blood is based on a series by Charlaine Harris, who recently announced that the thirteenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels will be the last. In an interview with NBC Miami’s PopcornBiz, Harris spoke of her decision to end the series: “I think it’ll be total closure. I don’t go back to things once I’ve finished them. That’s kind of what I do. I don’t want to write Sookie after I get stale. Yeah, I’ll miss them, I’m sure, because I have lived with them for quite a long time — 12 years now. And it did take two years to sell the first book. But I think writers like to do different things. At least this writer does.”

Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood airs on HBO Sundays at 9/8 CST.