Fangtastic news, Truebies! HBO has renewed its hit vampire series, True Blood, for Season 5.
The network announced Thursday that it has ordered 12 episodes from the Alan Ball-created and executive produced series. Season 5 will go into production later this year and air in 2012. To date, the current Season 4 has averaged 12.6 million viewers per episode.
“I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” says HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. “Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”
Ball adds, “I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”