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True Blood renewed for seventh season

True Blood: Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

TRUE Blood has been renewed for a seventh season.

HBO confirmed that the popular vampire drama – starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard – will return in summer 2014 with Brian Buckner back as showrunner.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a 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.”

Season six marked True Blood‘s first without series creator Alan Ball, who adapted the story from Charlaine Harris’ popular book series, but continued to attract strong viewing figures in spite of a slow decline.

The season premiere drew 4.5 million total viewers in the US in June.

Overall, True Blood ranks as HBO’s third-most-watched original scripted series, trailing only The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.

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