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True Blood renewed for fifth season

True Blood: Season 3

Story by Jack Foley

HBO has renewed hit vampire series True Blood for a fifth season.

The network announced on Thursday that a further 12 episodes have been ordered from creator Alan Ball.

Season 5 will therefore go into production later this year with a view to being ready to air in 2012.

To date, Season 4 has averaged 12.6 million viewers per episode.

Announcing the decision, HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo: “I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics.

“Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”

Ball added: “I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”

Season 4 has so far upped the ante for the vampires now that human-vamp relations have hit an all-time low in the wake of Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) season three misdeeds.

Bill (Stephen Moyer) has become new vampire king in a bid to repair these relations but faces a new threat, in the form of a powerful and vengeful witch named Antonia who has taken over the body of local medium, Marnie (Fiona Shaw).

Fans have also been enthralled by the unraveling of the much-anticipated amnesia storyline for vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), which has led to a heated romance with heroine, Sookie (Anna Paquin).

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