We all saw this coming a country mile away, but HBO has now formally renewed True Blood for a fifth season. The cat's been out of the bag since the superhero pajama party known as Comic-Con, where show creator Alan Ball revealed that he'd signed on as showrunner for an additional season, even though HBO hadn't announced a fifth season yet. Many of us were smart enough to put two and two together, making today's announcement a mere formality. Way to tell us something we already know, HBO.
True Blood is HBO's biggest hit, and Sunday's episode wasn't only the highest-rated thing on HBO, nor was it merely the highest-rated thing on cable; it was also the highest-rated thing in all of television land for the evening. More than 5 million viewers tuned in, resulting in a 2.9 rating in the adult demographic—an impressive feat for a premium cable network.
And now for the editorial portion of this news-you-already-knew: Despite the impressive numbers True Blood is still posting, the show appears to be losing some of its sizzle. Lots of (former) fans I've talked to have called it quits, and office chatter about True Blood has quieted. Is this a wide phenomenon? Are you hearing the same thing? Are you as much in love with the Bon Temps crowd as you were when you first met them?
Would you like True Blood to live forever? Or should the show look ahead and set an end date?
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