HBO has renewed their hit drama series True Blood for a seventh season, which is set to debut in Summer 2014.
“True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers”, said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.”
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.
The renewal, while expected given the ratings performance of True Blood, comes after the series went through some behind the scenes issues this past season with Mark Hudis, who himself replaced Alan Ball when the latter left the series to produce Banshee for sister network Cinemax, was replaced as showrunner by Brian Buckner. Season to date, the sixth season of True Blood has been averaging 4.15 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demo in live+same day.