True Blood Season 5 Officially Announced

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BREAKING: HBO officially announced True Blood season 5 today. Alan Ball previously confirmed that he will remain on board as showrunner as well, despite earlier reports that he was leaving. The 12-episode fifth season will launch in June 2012.

Official press release:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2011 – HBO has renewed the hit show TRUE BLOOD for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.

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

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

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the Emmy®-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin, and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Series creator Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) is also an executive producer of the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

The 12-episode fourth season of TRUE BLOOD, which launched June 26, has inspired critical raves, with USA Today calling it “exuberantly entertaining,” as well as hailing the “superb crew of writers and actors,” while the Washington Post called the show “a rollicking good scream” and “addictive.”

TRUE BLOOD recently received four Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alfre Woodard).

Season four credits: TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball, Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Mark Hudis, Nancy Oliver, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo; co-producer, Christina Jokanovich.

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  1. Sookieeleana

    August 12, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Great news – but I think it would have been a big, big surprise if they hadn’t been coming back. Just 12 episodes a year ain’t enough though 🙂

    Minor niggle – they always say TB is about the on/off romance between Sookie and Bill. Well it ian’t. The books aren’t even about that – they are about Sookie and the relationships she has. And as AB keeps telling us the show is an ensemble. They need to change that blurb that they use. No more Sookie and Bill – they are both so much better this season apart!

    • Hestia

      August 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Word Sookieeleana!

  2. fanger feen!

    August 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I am extremely happy true blood is on for a season 5! I love TRUE BLOOD!!!!!!!!! I cant wait until it premeires but a whole year “/ thats just too long 🙁