August 11, 2011

HBO has given more life to its hit vampire series True Blood by announcing a fifth season of the show. This renewal gives the series 12 new episodes with a debut target of Summer 2012.

"I am thrilled that TRUE BLOOD continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics," said HBO president of programming, Michael Lombardo, in a press release. "Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV."

Added Ball, "I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can't imagine having more fun than this."

Production on the new season will begin later this year in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, True Blood is currently in the middle of its fourth season, having so far aired seven of its 12 episodes. Look for the fourth season finale on September 11.

(Source: TV by the Numbers)