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True Blood Renewed for a Fourth Season

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Only two episodes into True Blood's third season, HBO announced earlier this week that it is renewing the hit show for a fourth season. Season 3 Cast Promo ScreenCrave

Only two episodes into True Blood’s third season, HBO announced earlier this week that it is renewing the hit show for a fourth season.

True Blood kicked off its third season on June 13th, 2010 to record ratings. The first episode attracted 5.1 million viewers. Along with a re-airing of the first episode at 11 p.m., it ended the night with 6.4 million viewers. “The new season of True Blood is off to a terrific start, as enthusiasm for this unique show continues to build among both subscribers and critics,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO president in a statement.

If you have yet to jump on the bandwagon, True Blood tells the story of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepath living in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Working as a waitress at Merlotte’s restaurant, she meets Bill Compton (Paquin’s fiance, Stephen Moyer) a 173-year-old vampire, who has returned to his hometown.

I Wanna Do Bad Things To You The hit TV show, created by Six Feet Under‘s Alan Ball, is based on Charlaine Harris’ best selling The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, first published in 2001. “I am beyond thrilled to be able to continue working with this amazing cast and crew. This is the most fun I have ever had,” stated Ball. The show follows Sookie and Bill falling in love and living with the complications that arise from a human-vampire relationship. True Blood comes from the name of the synthetic blood created to sustain vampires and prevent them from feeding on humans. Never short of drama, the show opens viewers to a world of vampire hierarchies, rules, and the occasional fight for rights. For some, the show has been seen as an allegory for the gay rights movement. In a June 2009 New York Post article, Charlaine Harris, states her expectations that fans would pick up on the link between the fight for vampire rights and gay rights. She thought it would be interesting if vampires were “a minority that was trying to get equal rights.”

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Humans and Vampires Alike? However, Ball did not agree when he told reporters, “To look at these vampires on the show as metaphors for gays and lesbians is so simple and so easy, that it’s kind of lazy.” As the show’s seasons progress, fans come to realize that vampires and humans are very much alike with only slight differences. The show also acknowledges that other supernatural creatures, including shape-shifters, exist. HBO has estimated the show’s average audience at around 12 million an episode, making it

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True Blood Renewed for a Fourth Season

HBO’s second-most-watched series, behind The Sopranos. Production on the new season will start early next year and air summer 2011. © 2010 Jennifer Ross Share Article |


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