HBO Officially Announces True Blood Season 3! (UPDATED)

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At the TCA presentation today, HBO officially announced that they’ve picked up True Blood for a third season, set to debut in June 13, 2010. Not that there was any doubt, what with approximately 11 million viewers tuning in each week, but it’s still nice to hear it for certain!

Looking for when True Blood premieres in your country? The latest information is posted here.

HBO has already renewed the show for season 4.

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Updated 09.21.09: Judging by the 400+ comments on this thread, True Blood fans aren’t thrilled about waiting until June for the new season. Yes, it does seem like a long time to wait, especially when we’re used to only having a 3-month summer break between seasons on broadcast TV. Let me explain why True Blood is different:

  • The hiatus gives Alan Ball & co. time to create a quality show. Unlike broadcast television, shows on premium cable prefer to have all or most of their season “in the can” before the season premiere. Most of True Blood‘s first season had been filmed before it premiered in September 2008 (they shot the season finale the week of the premiere). The premiere of season 2 was moved up to June 2009, which meant they still had 3 episodes to film in addition to all of the promotional appearances, Comic Con, etc. that accompanied season 2. The season finale was completed (post-production) just days before it aired. It must have been exhausting for everyone involved to keep up with the production schedule as well as promotional commitments. By beginning production on season 3 earlier (December 2009) and keeping the premiere date in June, that should allow time to put together the quality show we’ve come to love.
  • A long hiatus is NOT a death knell for this show. HBO has proven that if a show is good, the audience will return. Case in point: the hiatus between seasons 1 and 2 was seven months, which allowed additional viewers to discover True Blood and get hooked. As a result, the second season exploded, doubling its ratings and becoming the second highest-rated show ever on HBO. It also became a pop culture phenomenon, grabbing mainstream attention from Newsweek to late night talk shows.
  • Long breaks and shorter seasons are becoming more and more accepted on US television. Consider 24 on Fox – it only airs from January-May, meaning there’s a 7-8 month hiatus every year. NBC won’t air the next season of Chuck until January 2010, 8 months after its season finale at the end of April 2009. On cable, it’s normal for a show to air a 12-13 episode season during the summer (i.e. The Closer, Warehouse 13), then take a break for 9 months. This model isn’t new to our international friends who are used to seeing 6-12 episode seasons once every year or so, meaning new content is on year ’round. And on that note, True Blood is not the only original programming on HBO, therefore they must make room for other shows to air.

So, my friends, do not despair about the long wait between seasons. We will not be bombarding HBO with demands to move season 3 earlier, nor will we accept comments calling for that. We will respect the creative process, enjoy the episodes we do have, perhaps re-read (or read for the first time!) the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and bring you a series of recommendations for things to watch/read/listen to during the hiatus so that these months will fly by.

Fan of the Southern Vampire Mysteries since 2001, and co-admin of True-Blood.net since 2008. Team Sookie!

1,797 Comments

  1. Melanie

    June 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Does anybody know when True Blood season 3 comes out in Hong Kong?

  2. hayley

    June 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    When is it being shown in the UK???? Its not being shown June 13th here?????

  3. sweTrueBlood

    June 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’m following true blood and i just can’t wait for season 3.. the problem is that i live in sweden so the time isn’t exacly the same here haha, but i would like to see it tonight here anyway.. someone who knows i site where it will stream online the exact time? please!

    • Liz

      June 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      No, because that is ILLEGAL!

  4. Jessica

    June 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Please would someone tell me what channel it starts on in the UK? It’s 9pm here and should start in a couple of hours… but when i go on FX channel, True Blood is no where to be seen! Help me.

    • Liz

      June 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      Season 3 in the UK has not been announced yet. When it is, we will post it on the site.

  5. Jennifer

    June 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SOMEHOW BRING BACK GODRIC!!!!

  6. Mark

    June 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I’ll stick with the “Twilight” series……… WAY better.

    • Liz

      June 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      To each his own, but I don’t know why you feel compelled to post that here.

  7. Tish

    June 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Trueblood season 3 has started in the US – does anyone know when it will be starting in Australia? Don’t…think…i…can…hold…out…much…longer!!!

    • Mel

      June 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      As we’ve posted elsewhere, it starts August 19 on Foxtel.

      • Bel

        June 15, 2010 at 12:01 am

        As I have posted elsewhere, this is very disapointing.

        Is anything being done to offer a fairer system of releasing your products to fans equally in the future? Other shows and movies can manage to release their products here at the same time as the US, yet you don’t.

        I know myself and the majority of people I know (certainly on Facebook) are frustrated, and more information regarding release policies would be very appreciated, if you are inclined to offer it.

        • Mel

          June 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

          Bel, as stated on the site, we are not HBO. We are a fansite and therefore distribution of True Blood is beyond our control. We recommend visiting HBO.com and emailing their customer service with inquiries/complaints.

  8. Colombiana

    June 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    What day do the new episodes premire ?? Im sooo hooked i aint tryina miss ANYTHING.

    • Mel

      June 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

      True Blood season 3 premiered June 13 in the U.S.

  9. Doodz

    June 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    When will trueblood season 3 start in the philippines?

  10. Mario = D

    June 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Wheen does tb starts in Norway, and Can we have the hbo channel here ifwe will?? please answer someone!

    • Mel

      June 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

      No premiere date has been announced.

      • MrOslo

        June 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

        In Norway: August 25th at 20.00 hours. CANAL+ Series and CANAL+ Film HD.

  11. Kim

    June 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    hi

    when will true blood be starting in the uk? please please answer i really need to know because i miss it. :-(

    • Mel

      June 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      No premiere date has been announced, but we expect it to be February 2011.

  12. g

    June 17, 2010 at 1:11 am

    when does the second episode air and what time?

    • Mel

      June 17, 2010 at 6:30 am

      Same time and place as the premiere – Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.

  13. johannes

    June 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    TB when will the first episode be released. i am just wondering because am a big fan of TB.

  14. JacyK

    June 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

    One word-one body-one vampire.
    ERIC <3

  15. ann in uk

    June 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    when will True Blood be on in the uk

    • Mel

      June 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      For the 80th time, the information has not been announced.

  16. Samantha

    June 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

    When will trueblood season 3 start in the India?

    • Mel

      June 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

      That information has not yet been announced.

  17. karen paech

    June 25, 2010 at 3:13 am

    can anyone tell me when season 3 will be on air in australia and what channel plz and when it will be on dvd

    • Liz

      June 25, 2010 at 8:01 am

      This information has already been posted on our website – front page, in fact.

  18. Julian The Wonderhorse

    June 25, 2010 at 3:57 am

    When is Series 3 going to be screened in England? Series 2 has just finished and we are starting to get twitchy.

    All we have decent at the moment is Spartacus and that will end soon. Help us out HBO boys!

    • Liz

      June 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

      Well, we are not ‘HBO boys’ but this information has already been posted on our website – front page. Please take the time to read.

  19. peggi

    June 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    please can somebody tell me when season 3 will come in greece?????desperately!!!!

  20. marios

    June 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

    do you know when season 3 will start in greece plz if you know contact me !!!

    ladenis.marios@gmail.com its my e-mail