Many moons ago: A scene from the first night Sookie (Anna Paquin) met "Vampire Bill" (Stephen Moyer). 'True Blood' will end with Season 7 next summer.(Photo: Jaimie Trueblood, HBO)
HBO's immortal vampires now have an ending date.
True Blood's 10-episode, seventh season in summer 2014 will be its last, the pay-cable network announced today.
The popular drama, which stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, ended its sixth season last month.
has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," HBO program chief
Michael Lombardo said in a statement accompanying the announcement.
Executive producer "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."
"From the moment I read
Charlaine's books, I thought there was the potential for something
really special," Ball said in a statement. "Then our amazing writers,
cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my
Brian Buckner took over day-to-day
oversight of the show from Ball in the sixth season and will retain that
role for the final season.
True Blood follows Paquin's
Sookie, a part-faerie who can hear people's thoughts, and her dealings
with vampires Bill Compton (Moyer) and Eric Northman (Skarsgard), along
with a wide range of human and supernatural characters in Bon Temps, La.
Season 6, the show averaged 10.6 million viewers in gross audience
across multiple showings and platforms. It has been one of HBO's most