/// True Blood Is Ending, Y’all

September 3, 2013  |  Media Week

That’s a wrap for HBO’s True Blood , Alan Ball’s Southern-fried follow-up to Six Feet Under. The show, less an adaptation of than a riff on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris, will end in 2014, the network said, after seven seasons of bloodsucking, sex, and bloodsucking during sex . The show has been one of the flagship properties for HBO’s linear TV service as well as its streaming app HBO GO, which allows subscribers to watch recent episodes, movies, and library content on multiple platforms. “True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, the network’s head of programming, by way of announcing the final run. “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.” The final 10-episode season will air in summer 2014. A show that embraced its own sizable camp factor from the creator of one of the most lauded highbrow dramas of the aughts , True Blood garnered initial positve reviews, at least once the shock wore off. Critics praised the series for having politics on its mind, and for the authenticity of its Southern setting (True Blood is also a poison-pen letter to the Atlanta-born Ball’s roots). In less intellectual terms, the tabloid swirl around the relationship between the two leads—Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer—intensified as the onscreen couple became an offscreen item and then married in 2010, and the show’s round-robin sex scenes (graphic even by HBO’s standards) kept viewers of all genders and preferences…interested. True Blood wasn’t a hit out of the gate—only 1.44 million viewers watched the premiere—but big buzz begat higher ratings. Toward the end of Season 4, True Blood had reached a high-water mark of 5.53 million viewers. (Ball left the show at the end of the fifth season; the showrunner is now Brian Buckner.) As the storylines and supernatural characters became increasingly outlandish, the audience began to wither like a vampire exposed to sunlight.

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