Just a little over a week after the sixth-season finale of HBO's "True Blood," the network announced on Mon., Sept. 3 that the hit supernatural series will end after a 10-episode run in the summer of 2014. The announcement was made by Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming.
"True Blood" airs in Riverside on DirecTV channel 501.
"True Blood" has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” noted Lombardo. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”
“I feel enormously proud to have been a part of the 'True Blood' family since the very beginning,” says Brian Buckner. “I guarantee that there’s not a more talented or harder-working cast and crew out there, and I’d like to extend a personal heartfelt thanks to them for their dedication and tenacity over the years, especially this past year, as I stepped into a larger role. Thank you also to HBO for their unwavering support and of course to Alan Ball, whose genius enabled all of us to share in this incredible journey. Finally, a huge thank you to the most passionate fans in television. As we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun.”
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor for the past six season, "True Blood" takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series has mostly centered around waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).
The sixth season of "True Blood" inspired critical raves and also left viewers wondering what will become of fan favorite Eric Northman, whom we last saw basking in his newfound ability to be exposed to sunlight, only to have it end while in the middle a snow-covered mountain in Sweden, looking as though he was burning alive with no place to run.
With an average gross audience of 10.6 million viewers per episode, the show remains one of HBO’s most popular series.
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