HBO Will Pull Plug on Popular Series USA Today
HBO has unveiled its plan to wrap up a popular drama series. USA Today reports that the pay cable channel took the wraps off plans to wind down "True Blood."
A 10-episode seventh and final season of the vampire series is planned for summer 2014. Season six wrapped last month.
In a statement, HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said: "'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. [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."
Along with Paquin, the show stars Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard.
Ball added in a statement: "From the moment I read Charlaine's books, I thought there was the potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations."
"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," USA Today notes. "'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."
The sixth season of the series averaged 10.6 million total viewers across multiple showings and platforms, the report notes, ranking as one of HBO's most popular series.