‘True Blood’: HBO head talks show’s future beyond season 5

If you love “True Blood,” then it’s important to know one thing — just because the show’s creator in Alan Ball is relieving himself as showrunner moving forward, that does not mean that the series is planning to wrap things up at any point in the near future.

In talking about the show’s future at HBO’s Television Critics Association event on Wednesday, network head Michael Lombardo expressed that for the time being, the series is firing on all cylinders and there is no reason to end it in the immediate future:

“The show’s obviously doing well … As long as it continues to be performing with the consumer, and more importantly exciting the storytellers, I think we’re there.”

As strange as it may seem, most HBO shows have a tendency to end after just six seasons — look at both “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.” The only show in recent memory that has run longer than this in recent memory is “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and this really just happens based on what Larry David wants to do.

We do know for sure that “True Blood” has already been renewed for a sixth season, and it continues to be the most-watched show on the network when it comes to viewers within the 18-49 demographic. However, “Game of Thrones” has narrowed the gap in recent weeks, and has even outsold it when it comes to its DVD releases.

When you consider that there are a number of Charlaine Harris novels still to explore, do you think that “True Blood” has some life left in it — even if some of these vampires are starting to show their age? We want to hear your thoughts below! To check out some more scoop about the rest of season 5 courtesy of Sam Trammell, be sure to hit up the link here.

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