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For Immediate 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 
For more on the series, visit and #trueblood 
Season six credits: TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on 
the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan 
Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg Fienberg and Alexander Woo; co-executive producer, 
Angela Robinson; supervising producer, Robin Veith; co-producers, Kate Barnow 
and Christina Jokanovich. 
Contact:   New York: Quentin Schaffer or Tobe Becker (212) 512-1329 or 5492 
Los Angeles: Mara Mikialian or Kelley Carville (310) 382-3276 or 3341 
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