HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo announced today that HBO has renewed their popular vampire drama for a 12-episode fifth season. This really doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still always nice to get an official announcement about it. Production for new episodes based on the Alan Ball created series will begin 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.”
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.