Given the consistently high ratings for the current season of "True Blood" and Alan Ball's new production deal with HBO, the only mystery about the show's renewal was when it would happen, not if.
Earlier today, HBO finally made it official and renewed "True Blood" for a fifth season of 12 episodes, set to return in the summer of 2012.
“I am thrilled that "True Blood" continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” stated HBO's President of Programming, Michael Lombardo. “Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”
Ball added “I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”
"True Blood" is based upon "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" series of novels written by Charlaine Harris. Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a young telepathic waitress of supernatural ancestry who finds herself relentlessly pursued romantically by two vampires: Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Sookie also tends to find herself in the middle of supernatural threats to her home town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
The series has a large ensemble cast, including Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer, Ryan Kwanten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Rutina Wesley, Marshall Allman, Kevin Alejandro and Chris Bauer.
If the history of "True Blood" is any indication, the fifth season will be based upon "Dead as a Doornail," Harris' fifth novel in her "Southern Vampire" series.
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