09:40 12 August 2011
Hit supernatural show, True Blood has been renewed for a fifth series.
HBO announced the news, issuing a statement confirming that the programme, which is currently in its fourth series, would return.
Michael Lombardo, HBOs President of Programming, said
"I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics. Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV."
Showrunner Alan Ball also expressed his joy at the news, and ended recent speculation that he may quit True Blood and move on:
"I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can't imagine having more fun than this."
It was recently revealed that Dennis OHare would be returning should the show be renewed. His character, ancient vampire King Russell Edgington, was last seen being buried in concrete as revenge for massacring a family 1000 years ago.
Production on the new series is set to begin later this year.
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