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Entourage and True Blood renewed by HBO

Jeremy Piven in Entourage

Story by Jack Foley

HIT shows Entourage, True Blood and Hung have all been renewed for new seasons by HBO.

The renewals mark the first time in a while that the groundbreaking channel has been able to pick up its entire summer programming line-up and is being viewed as a major success for the pioneers.

It means that vampire drama True Blood will get a third season, comedy Hung will enter a sophomore year, and veteran ensemble Entourage gets a lucky seventh run.

The new season of True Blood will air in the summer of 2010, having impressively managed to increase its audience with nearly every episode, giving the network its most-watched show since The Sopranos.

According to figures released by the Hollywood Reporter, True Blood has averaged 3.8 million viewers, Hung 3.1 million and Entourage about 3.

Incoming from HBO over the winter months [in the US] are the eagerly anticipated World War II mini-series The Pacific (produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks), and Treme, a New Orleans-based drama from David Simon, creator of The Wire.

Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire is also looking certain to make its debut along with the next season of Bill Paxton drama Big Love [in January 2010].