'True Blood' to End in 2014 After 7 Seasons on HBO

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September 3rd, 2013


via press release:



LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3, 2013 – The hit show TRUE BLOOD will end its run in 2014, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Consisting of ten episodes, the previously announced seventh season will launch next summer.

“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.”

“From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special,” says Alan Ball. “Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us.”

“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, 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 follows 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). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) created the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

The sixth season of TRUE BLOOD, which concluded last month, inspired critical raves, with the Boston Herald praising the show for “suspense, surprises and crackling dialogue,” while US Weekly noted that the show’s “cheeky humor and vivid imagination are still there to relish,” and the New York Post called it “bloody hilarious.” 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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  • Merp

    Sad to see it go but all good things come to an end.

  • Kris

    oh dear

  • J.G.

    This season was a return to form but it’s time.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Now make sense why HBO order so many new dramas and sci fi shows.
    Westworld, Open and The Leftovers.

    And they still has Game of thrones with 10+ seasons sure thing.

    Great run for true blood! Not my favorite show but watch every single episode and was great.

  • John A

    Im not a fan but Its ratings were great by HBO standards. I thought it would go 10 seasons.

  • davie

    That’s a blower. It’s not the best of shows so its not too too bad, but its still an annual summer viewing experience gone. But 7 seasons is a good run. I’m kind of surprised though, I know it’s still making money

  • Daniel

    It’s about time. Hopefully the final season will be good. I wish it was twelve episodes for the final season, I wonder why HBO didn’t do this?

  • Michael

    Nooooo! Too sad, but at least the writers and directors have adequate warning to send the show off properly.

  • CBSviewer

    I like this Show but I think it’s time to end.

  • Ram510

    YAY this should’ve happened 6 seasons ago

  • RyanCanada

    i am so mad, and only a 10 episode final season????? i dont think so! it should be 12, im so mad, i love this show.

  • Pitt

    Good. Crappy show anyway. They need to keep with the classics, Boardwalk and Curb.

  • reallypeople

    So basically HBO is saying to everyone after True Blood’s final season… expect a mass exodus of subscribers since very few people will keep it for one show, Game of Thrones. Brilliant. Somebody major/irreplaceable must have refused to go on longer than next season. Removing an ~11 million viewership per week show off a subscriber based network is moronic otherwise.

  • shogun

    And thus my weeks long feud with Juan comes to an end.


    Or, or, and I’m just spitballing here, maybe HBO just isn’t the type of channel that drags shows out long after there premise runs out and prefers to come up with new acclaimed shows.

    And if you think 11 million people are going to dump HBO after True Blood ends, HBO isn’t the network that’s being moronic.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Pitt – Classics? True Blood has been on the air two years longer than Boardwalk Empire.

  • CarShark

    I know it’s kind of silly, but I like it when shows end, rather than trudge along for years past their sell-by date.

  • reallypeople


    Comprehension fail much? Here’s what I wrote again: “Removing an ~11 million viewership per week show off a subscriber based network is moronic otherwise.”

    Nowhere did I say ~11 million people would leave. I said there will be a mass exodus (which there will, to think otherwise is silly) of people no longer subscribing to HBO because it won’t make financial sense to keep their subscriptions for one show. That’s just the reality of TV in a post Netflix era, the rise of other formats (ITunes, Amazon, etc), and Blu-Ray/DVD sales/rentals. And, as other people have pointed out, the ratings were not cancellation worthy and it was still making them a lot of money.

    So you, wearing your hater hat, might believe that the premise ran out or that they want to come up with new acclaimed shows.. but the bottom line is that ending TB right now is premature and not the best business decision, for the position HBO is in right now.

  • Edward Mooney

    Big fan of TB. Will miss the show. Wish last season would be at lease 10 shows!

  • DeeAgeaux

    I watched every show of every season but it is time to go.

    It started with a serious “what if Vampires really existed” premise.

    What would that world look like? Then it got sillier and sillier.

    So many story lines they just abruptly dropped some like the werepanthers.

  • Mark

    I enjoyed this recent season alot, the next to last episode was probably my favorite in the series honestly but I think it’s time to go.

    I do agree with the above though that some story lines just kind of came and went with no reason.

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