HBO announced True Blood will be back for Season Five on June 10, 2012 at 9 p.m.
True Blood will air Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. It’s based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The television series was created by Alan Ball. This will be the last season of the show with Alan Ball as the showrunner. He is stepping down at the end of the season.
Alan Ball explains that, in casting, there was more focus on an actor or actress who would portray the character from the book, rather than who would physically resemble the characters. He also says there’s a bit of a definite difference between the characters and storylines portrayed in True Blood and the ones in The Southern Vampire Mysteries novel. He describes Harris as being very understanding in terms of how her work was being reinterpreted for the HBO series.
The TV Series, True Blood, is about Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) a telepath and waitress at Merlotte’s in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a shapeshifter—though this secret is kept hidden. One night, Sookie meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps following the death of his last remaining relative. As she cannot hear his thoughts, she finds it easy to be in his company and, over the first season, the two become romantically involved.
According to bloody-disgusting.com, “Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Moyer).”
Two weeks following True Blood premiere, will be the debut of the drama The Newsroom on June 24, which will run for ten episodes. The new series goes behind-the-scenes of a fictional cable news network who has a public meltdown then returns to his desk with a renewed sense of purpose in life. The series will star Jeff Daniels as the anchor and Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Sam Waterston.
It premiered on September 7, 2008 with it’s first episode and 1.44 million viewers.