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.
It started with vampires and a lone shape-shifter. A maenad (Don’t ask if you don’t watch.) stopped in to cause some trouble, then werewolves were brought into the mix. After a small glimpse into the world of the fairies, HBO’s True Blood is bringing more magic this summer: this time in the form of witches.
True Blood gave its viewers a small taste of what the witches can do through the character Jesus Valesquez, a nurse at a mental institution, who admitted to Lafayette that he was a witch late in season three. This year, with the addition of Fiona Shaw and Alexandra Breckinridge, the roster of spell-casters in the Louisiana-set series is on the rise.
In July, HBO released the first issue of the “True Blood” comic book series that serves as a companion piece to the hit television show, the plot unfolding as a side story to the action on the HBO vampire series.
On February 8, 2011, the first six issues of the comic book will be combined to form the graphic novel “True Blood, Vol.1: All Together Now,” which will include bonus content that “Truebies” are sure to enjoy.
Since its July debut, the “True Blood” series has become the best-selling title in history for IDW Publishing.
“Dexter” alum Courtney Ford is joining the cast HBO’s “True Blood” as Southern belle Portia Bellefleur, the law-practicing sister of Andy Bellefleur. Ford just completed a role on CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” as research assistant Vanessa Monroe.
Earlier this week, “Harry Potter” actress Fiona Shaw was also added to the cast as a series regular on the popular vampire drama, playing the role of Marnie, a medium who gets possessed by a powerful witch.
Fiona Shaw, who’s no stranger to the world of witchcraft and wizardry, will be joining the cast of HBO’s “True Blood” as a series regular for its fourth season. Shaw is best-known for her role as Aunt Petunia in the “Harry Potter” films. According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, she has been cast as the secretly-self-loathing Marnie, a mousy palm reader whose spirit is overtaken by a powerful witch. The character, originally envisioned younger, was revised for Shaw.
She can be seen reprising her role as Aunt Petunia in part one of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” flying into theaters on November 19.
HBO’s Louisiana-set hit “True Blood” finished its third season strong with nearly 5.4 million viewers, an increase of 5% over last season’s finale. According to HBO, the campy vamp series’ third season boasts an impressive 12.7 million viewers per episode, which includes views during its initial showing, DVR views and HBO On Demand.
While all of the show’s new episodes have aired, local fans of the show can take heart knowing that their favorite vampires are still in Louisiana. Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill Compton, is slated to star in “The Big Valley,” and Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric Northman, will soon be filming Universal’s “Battleship.” Both films are currently prepping on the lot at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge.