HBO renews True Blood for a 7th blood-soaked season

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Jul 15, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT (Updated)

HBO's not done with those Fangers just yet. Today, the network announced that they've renewed True Blood for a seventh season. The series, which was created by Alan Ball, will return with executive producer Brian Buckner as the showrunner.

The president of HBO programming, Michael Lombardo, says, "True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.”

True Blood is currently airing its sixth season, with the vampires facing their biggest threat yet. Humans are in attack mode and attempting to exterminate them once and for all. Meanwhile, Sookie's dealing with her own supernatural issues. She recently discovered the identity of Warlow and learned that her parents aren't as innocent as she remembered.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the show 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.

True Blood airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.