BySophie Atkinson, writer at Creators.co
Sophie Atkinson

Vampires and vampiresses, put a bottle of your finest synthetic blood on ice and speed dial Maryann Forrester for a celebratory Dionysian orgy, because the sexiest show on telly’s been renewed for a seventh season.

Concerns were raised prior to the season debut - the sixth season has been the first True Blood outing produced minus show creator , who adapted the series from the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. However, so far the season’s been a smash hit in terms of viewing figures, pulling in ten million viewers per episode (including on-network airings, encores, OnDemand, HBOGo).

Brand new episodes of the hit series will hit a TV screen near you in summer 2014 with executive producer (Spin City, Friends) returning as showrunner.

'True Blood remains a signature show for HBO and a true phenomenon with our viewers', noted HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. 'Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.'

Buckner was a longtime writer and producer on the show and became a midseason replacement for Mark Hudis, who initially took over as showrunner when Alan Ball stepped down.

True Blood is HBO's third most watched original scripted series, after The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.

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