'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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  • buttondiet

    No surprise with the production costs being cut back this season (2 episodes less, Fangtasia set knocked down) and next year contracts are up and the actors would of course ask for more money, which HBO obviously don’t have.

  • shogun


    Wow, you seem to know a whole lot more about this show than the people making it.

    First off, HBO doesn’t have ‘just one show’. They have Game of Thrones, Boardwalk empire,Veep, Girls, True Detective, The Newsroom, and others, along with all their movies and miniseries.

    Critics haven’t like True Blood for at least 3 seasons, so it’s not just me who thinks the show’s premise ran out.

    Premium cable networks need new, innovative shows to keep people interested. Don’t pretend you know better than the executives when you say cancelling the show was premature.

  • reallypeople


    I see comprehension still isn’t your strong point. So I’ll try again, but I think it’s becoming like talking to a brick wall at this point.

    You know quite well what I meant by one show is one show at the same viewership levels as TB… which is GoT. The Newroom’s ratings are middling at best, Girls declined this year, Veep has yet to gain traction, and Boardwalk Empire is in the middle ground. Good but not great.

    As for the rest, yeah I’m not even going there. Too much space for nothing but mindless ramblings from someone who can’t grasp the simplest of industry knowledge points. Thanks for playing though.

    And for someone so interested in other people’s opinions (critics, etc.) you should do a quick search on the mass of people saying exactly the same thing I believe that HBO’s decision (business wise) is premature.

  • JEst

    Opinions don’t change facts. The fact is that between rising production costs, contracts up soon, etc, it isn’t necessarily the best business decision to keep it going past the next season. I personally wish that it would last a few more. Of course you’re I’m right everyone who disagrees is wrong, mindless, etc attitude won’t allow for you to “comprehend” that.

  • merrranga

    “you should do a quick search on the mass of people saying exactly the same thing I believe that HBO’s decision (business wise) is premature.”

    actually, reading this forum, and also on Deadline. the majority of FANS think it’s time for it to end.

  • reallypeople

    Wow… “Shogun” now has two more names… JEst and merrranga… With the same grammar tendencies/inconsistencies to boot. Awesome. As I said “brick wall.” Pass…

  • Dan

    Sounds like the right time for this show to end.

  • shogun

    I don’t need sock puppets to prove my point RP. People just think I’m right.

    Anyway, by your ‘logic’ Showtime shouldn’t have anywhere near the subscribers it has since it has only one show with high ratings. Face it, HBO doesn’t need True Blood as much as you pretend it does.

  • SickBucket

    If we could just get rid of Game Of Garbage too, HBO might be worth subscribing to.

  • reallypeople

    @Shogun… for your next self-bragged about fight with Juan (or whomever else)… do yourself/JEst/Merrranga/whomever else you come back as a favor and don’t have the same sentence structure and comma placement flaws.

    Oh, wait… “people” (a.k.a. you, yourself, and your sock puppets as you call them) agree with you. Or, at least, don’t write the same ramblings minutes apart from each other. Come on, it doesn’t take Veronica Mars to figure this one out.

    Or you could just be mature enough to admit that you misinterpreted a simple point. It happens, move on. Or don’t, either way… I’m getting bored by you now, though.

  • DJ

    I gave up on True Blood this season after holding on for the previous 2, hoping it got back to what it was good at. Too many lame characters and sideplots I didn’t give a crap about, and no one ever just DIES. lol

    My friend who still watches it told me that one of the characters were killed off this season. I told em, don’t worry. They’ll return somehow as a zombie or super magical demon. They always come back somehow, haha.

  • Jon

    True Blood helped HBO get back on track after two years of struggling to find replacement for hit shows like The Sopranos that had ended and they stuck with it despite the fact that the first season had low ratings and it paid off in subsequent seasons.

  • Michael A

    Good. 3 seasons too late

  • Lucas

    I know i’s a good thing, but I’m sad anyway! =/

  • merrranga

    wow, reallypeople. you should really get that rampant paranoia checked out.

    i suppose whoever you think is speaking for me also wrote all the hundreds of comments i’ve made here over the last couple years?

    seriously, read the comments. you’re in the massive minority with your ‘this show should never end and HBO will will go down for it’ mentality.

    3 people disagree with you and now you ‘know’ they’re the same person trying to manipulate this board to make their point?? seriously, Thorazine… look into it.

  • purplepantyeater

    Watched every show but from season one TB was in decline. Once they Introduce “god” into that was the final nail in the coffin.

    Long in the tooth.

    First season still worth watching

  • Wright

    The only reason I have HBO is because of True Blood.When it ends my cable bill will be lower at least.

  • booboo

    Yeah, after next year I can finally cancel HBO. I can’t wait. HBO is only for Obama voters, which is kind of sad.

  • BBFan

    Fans often seem to think that as long as a production continues to make lots of $ it will keep going. They forget that the people involved have to have the desire to do that & $ is usually not the most important factor. When Ball handed over the reigns of True Blood to someone else the clock started ticking to it’s final season. It’s the right move to announce it now to generate buzz in hopes of pulling in more residences to the final season. I’ve often felt HBO & Ball for that matter never trully understood what they had with True Blood. It was meant for more than just a summer season. The fans embraced these characters like a day time soap & it didn’t need many visual effects to keep them coming back. That’s why I don’t think we’ve seen the end of Sookie, Jason, Eric, & Bill. Any one of those actors might have wanted out after S7 but I think these characters mean more to the fans than just the faces attached to them. I won’t be surprised if True Blood makes the leap to the big screen or returns for a much larger season on another network.

    HBO is very likely to see a loss of homes after Blood. In pay TV, it’s not the size of your audience but rather the demog that matters most. Which homes are watching Thrones, Blood, Boardwalk, Newsroom, Girls, action movies, romance movies, scary movies, etc? Unique homes are all that matter in pay TV, because the network can’t make any more revenue beyond 1 viewer per home. Mostly males watch Thrones & mostly females watch Blood & combined that probably covered more homes than all other HBO series combined. According to the Economist.com, every yr about 10mil homes drop HBO & another 10mil pick it up. That’s led to flat growth & a ceiling of less than 29 mil subs. Surprisingly, about 17% of those homes come from the poorest 1/5th of Americans so that revolving door may prove harder to maintain without True Blood & possibly Boardwalk after 2014. I don’t see much promise in Westworld, Open, or Leftovers having great appeal amongst Blood homes.

  • Annonimous

    Leftovers actually sounds like a possible replacement for True Blood. Both “kinda fantasy”, involve small town and plain folk in strange situation they don’t understand. Or may be HBO pleased with American Gods script and aim to replace True Blood with it. After all they seems determined to eventually adapt American Gods no matter what.

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