“True Blood” Renewed For A Seventh Season By HBO

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HBO’s “True Blood” is coming back for another year!

True Blood fans can rest easy, as the drama will continue for the popular series, with HBO’s choice to renew the show for a seventh season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, True Blood will return in summer 2014 with Brian Buckner reprising his showrunner role as the series launches a brand-new season.

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HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in his 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.”

The series only just returned for its sixth season in June, with the premiere drawing in a total of 4.5 million viewers. The season marked the first without creator Alan Ball, who originally adapted Charlaine Harris’ stories for television. Buckner replaced Mark Hudis, who was the first choice for Ball’s replacement.

True Blood retains its position as HBO’s third most-watched original scripted series, behind Game of Thrones and The Sopranos. The series stars Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Rob Kazinsky (Ben Flynn), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby).