Following on from the recent announcement from HBO that the final season of True Blood will debut state-side in late June, FOX UK has decided to change their own plans for the vampire drama.
Instead of launching the final season in its usual Autumn slot, the broadcaster has announced that they will debut the series’ swan song in July, mere weeks behind the US broadcast on HBO. This is the latest such move on the part of FOX UK to premiere high-profile imports as close to US transmission as possible, understood to be part of an attempt to limit piracy as much as is possible. The channel did the same thing with AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead, debuting it less than 24 hours behind the US; and comedy series Louie, which will launch its fourth season within days of its broadcast state-side on FX.
Based on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris and created by Alan Ball, True Blood follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse, who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton and vampire Eric Northman as they go about their daily lives in a world where vampires and humans co-exist thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The drama series features a large main cast which includes Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Nelsan Ellis, Scott Foley, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Todd Lowe, Joe Manganiello, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston and Deborah Ann Woll.