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HBO Renews True Blood for Season 5.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 12, 2011
Source: HBO

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HBO has renewed the hit show "True Blood" for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.

"I am thrilled that 'True Blood' continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics," noted Lombardo. "Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV."

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

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the Emmy®-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin, and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Series creator Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series "Six Feet Under") is also an executive producer of the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.


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mike10 8/12/2011 7:45:20 AM

My question is how long can True Blood go? Hopefully they stop before the show starts to suck.

hanso 8/12/2011 7:48:05 AM

 It can go as long as people watch or till they run out of Sookie Stackhouse books to adapt.

lusiphur 8/12/2011 8:20:56 AM

 Are they even adapting the Sookie Stackhouse books anymore?  I figure they've gone so far off the rails that the books and the TV series look nothing alike.  I haven't read the books, so I'm not sure.  I do enjoy the show though, even with its problems.

hanso 8/12/2011 9:13:57 AM

I haven't read them either but my understanding is that even though the show will go off and do/chage their own thing they are borrowing from each book for the respective season.  For example, the fourth season should have elements from the fourth book, next season will have elements from book five, etc etc.  At least that's how I think it works.

Cfancher 8/12/2011 9:39:02 AM

they follow the books but change things so that the people who read the books dont expect the twist. My sister has read them all and she will point out when things change from the books.

wish 8/12/2011 11:23:10 AM

I've read them and there are 11 now so they  can go for as long as the actors and crew are willing.  It's true that they borrow from the books but don't follow them because some characters died a long time ago and some never existed.  The books are great, the show is better!  I say a big giant YAY to this news!  Now if only they could tone down the gay even further, though this season is a lot less than last season!  I'm just not into that shit and the books aren't either.

trollman 8/12/2011 11:24:39 AM

My wife read the books, She said that they follow the basics but there have been major changes even since season 1. Layfeyette didn't live past the mass murder spree of Rene' Lenier so ANYTHING that involves Layfeyette is solely the responsibility of the show writers. just as an example. The show is still pretty good and at least the vampires don't glitter.

Wiseguy 8/12/2011 12:50:44 PM

Two seasons was enough for me. Sookie just makes me sick now.

isgrimner 8/12/2011 1:16:57 PM

I've read the first 8 or 9 books, got 'em pretty cheap as a bundle on my Kindle during an Amazon sale.  Of all the seasons of the show, I would say season one was the closest to the books.   Early on, the show had much, much better writing than the books, which is rare for the adaption to be better than the source material.  I think the show and the books are about equal on quality now, in my opinion. 

Bill in the books by this point is basically a side character, he writes geneology computer programs for vampires or something.  I wonder if the character was changed because Steven Moyer is married to Anna Paquin.  Also, the books feature a side character who happens to be Elvis Presley, he is the real deal and is basically a retarded vampire as he was turned after the overdose.  Makes sence that he is not in the show. 

Wyldstaar 8/12/2011 8:21:18 PM

As of the current season, the show and the books have almost nothing in common.  As mentioned earlier, LaFayette died at the end of the first book.  Tara and Hoyt are little more than background filler in two or three of the books, and Tara was never in love with Eggs.  Tara's mother has never been a character, and was only refered to as a part of Tara's history.  The folks in Hotshot are not meth or V dealers, and not nearly as hillbilly as on the show.  Calvin is their leader as he was last season, but he isn't killed.  He has a good job at a lumber mill, and is one of Sookie's many admirers.  Jessica is not in the books at all.  Sam was never abandoned by his birth parents, and only the first born of any shifter union produces another shifter.  Any subsequent offspring are human.  'Bubba' the vampire (don't call him The King) is in almost every book.  Sookie has never been to the land of the Fae.  The entire Fairy storyline is totally different in the books. Claudine, Sookie's fairy godmother is featured in several stories and does not die at the hands of a vampire.  Bill isn't and could not possibly be king of Louisiana.  Only ancient vampires are kings or queens, and Bill is practically a baby by vampire standards.  Jason does suffer from the effects of being repeatedly bitten by a werepanther, and turns into a half-man, half-panther and marries Krystal.  He is on very friendly terms with the panthers of Hotshot, and goes hunting with them at the full moon.  Sookie's cousin is still alive on the show, but she's dead in the books.  Godric was in the books, but he wasn't Eric's maker. 

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