True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. The show is broadcast on the premium cable network Home Box Office in the United States. It is produced by HBO in association with Ball’s production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. It premiered on September 7, 2008. The first five seasons of the series received generally favorable reviews and won several awards. On July 15, 2013, HBO announced that True Blood had been renewed for a seventh season that will premiere in the summer of 2014.
The series is based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris entitled, “The Southern Vampire Mysteries.” It details the co-existence of vampires and humans in a small, fictional town in Louisiana called Bon Temps. Ball had previously worked with the cable channel writing ‘Six Feet Under,’ which ran for five seasons on HBO. In October 2005 after the completion of ‘Six Feet Under,’ Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network. True Blood became the first project under the deal, after Ball became acquainted with Southern Vampire Mystery books.
The vampire craze, as many once knew it to be, may be cooling down, but ratings are still strong enough for “True Blood” to secure another season. HBO made the announcement today that it was renewing the series about vampires, witches, and werewolves for a seventh season.
The ratings have averaged over 4 million viewers per episode for the first four episodes of the abbreviated 10-episode sixth season which is intended to work around lead actress Anna Paquin’s pregnancy.
Brian Buckner will remain as “True Blood” showrunner for the new episodes. Buckner, a longtime writer and producer on “True Blood,” was a midseason replacement for Mark Hudis, who initially took over as showrunner after Alan Ball decided to leave after five seasons.
Although seven seasons is a long run for a cable drama, there remains a wealth of material the series can draw from, with 13 books and assorted shorter works in the “Southern Vampire Mysteries” series. The final book in the series, “Dead Ever After” was published in May.
Citing “early data,” HBO says that “True Blood” is attracting more than 10 million viewers per episode, which includes on-network airings, encores, OnDemand, HBOGo and every other way in which one might legally catch episodes. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said in a statement: “True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.”
True Blood is HBO’s most watched series since The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. The show was declared the eighth highest rated show for the first ten years of IMDb.com Pro (2002-2012. The show explores several contemporary issues, such as the struggle for equal rights, discrimination and violence against minorities and homosexuals, the problems of drug addiction, the power of faith and religion, the control or influence of the media, the quest for identity, and the importance of family. True Blood fans don’t have to worry about the show ending anytime soon, instead get ready for more in 2014.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)