Michael Lombardo Reveals Why True Blood Had to Meet the True Death

August 22, 2014

HBO’s Programming Head Discusses Why True Blood was Axed:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 7 finaleFans of True Blood have been begging HBO to bring back their favorite vampire series since it was announced last year that it wouldn’t be renewed beyond Season 7. With ratings this year as strong as in previous seasons, many fans are questioning why a show as successful as True Blood should go. HBO’s programming head, Michael Lombardo has finally released a statement on this matter:

This season, True Blood is one of the highest-rated shows across the board; it gets over 10 million views an episode. But the minute you feel you’re airing it for the numbers we start questioning it. Every season we sit down with the creator and say ‘Tell us what the next year will be like.’ And if there aren’t exciting, unbelievable, undeniable ideas in the coming season, we’re questioning. And I think in the case of True Blood, it just felt like we had reached a place where the storytelling was hitting a wall. And to stay just because the ratings were strong felt not who we are and we needed, quite honestly, the money and Sunday night space for new shows.

And, for a network whose income is based on subscribers rather than advertising, perhaps he has a point here. What HBO needs to keep doing is creating phenomenal content for the audience they are targeting. However, for the millions of True Blood fans out there, next Sunday night will be a particularly sad one for them.

You can tune in to watch the True Blood Season 7 finale on HBO at 9PM EST on Sunday 24th August 2014.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – HBO Programming Head Talks ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Why ‘True Blood’ Is Ending

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COMIC CON 2014: What if There Was a True Blood Season 8?

August 2, 2014

The True Blood Cast Discuss Their Show For the Last Time at Comic Con:

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as vampire Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')For the cast of HBO’s True Blood, attending San Diego’s Comic Con this year was bittersweet. While they got to celebrate their show one last time, it also churned up the emotions too. For Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam – a character with, ironically, very little display of emotion) it was particularly trying. As a person who gets very emotional very easily, she felt worn out and dehydrated by the end:

It’s been really intense. I’m totally dehydrated. I feel like I’m ten months pregnant and I just need a c-section because it’s going on forever.

While Kristin never wanted the show to end, she is certainly over having to relive the end of it!

And what if they did go into a Season 8? Where do they think their characters could have gone? Is there anything their character hadn’t done that the actor would liked to have seen happen if there were another season? Carrie Preston, the actor who plays Arlene Fowler, was happy with Arlene’s story line, but she felt it would have been interesting to see her character become a supernatural!

You can watch the full Comic Con interview EW did with the True Blood cast below:

What would you have liked to see if there was a True Blood Season 8? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

Source: EW/YouTube – Comic-Con 2014: True Blood cast reveal the moment she felt she was *really* on ‘True Blood’

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True Blood’s Carrie Preston Talks Out About True Blood Season 7

September 23, 2013

‘We all knew it was coming’:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler Bellefleur in HBO's True Blood Season 6

Fans of HBO’s True Blood were shocked when Brian Buckner announced at the start of the month that the long running vampire series would end in 2014 with Season 7.

So how did the True Blood actors react?

According to actor Carrie Preston (who plays the fiery redhead Merlotte’s waitress, Arlene Fowler-Bellefluer), it wasn’t such a huge shock when Brian Buckner sent them an email about the show’s demise:

We were all suspecting it, because all of our contracts were up so they did a renegotiation for one more year and so we thought, ‘Oh, it’s coming.’ But then when you hear it, it’s like, ‘Oh!,’ this pang.

Even though the cast were expecting it, doesn’t mean it will be easy to turn up on set for True Blood Season 7. And those last few days will probably be even harder on the cast and crew. Preston explains:

I think we’re going to be counting our blessings and really trying to make the most of every moment.

Of course truebie fans aren’t going down without a fight; a ‘Don’t Cancel True Blood petition has already started. Fans can like the Facebook page (which already has over 3,000 likes) and then sign the petition here. The petition also has a strong following with close to 4,000 signatures already.

What do you think? Should True Blood be back for Season 8 (and beyond), or it it time for it to end gracefully? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: E! Online – True Blood’s Final Season: “We Were All Suspecting It,” Says Star Carrie Preston

Change.org – HBO network: True blood should not be canceled

Facebook – Don’t Cancel True Blood page

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Will There be a True Blood Season 8?

August 27, 2013

Brian Buckner is in Negotiations Over True Blood Season 7 – Is This the End?

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 7 - will there be a True Blood Season 8 though?Some trubie fans were initially surprised to hear that HBO’s True Blood would be renewed for a seventh season. Many citing the confusing story lines as the reason why they were turning off. New showrunner, Brian Buckner, however, took a jumble of story lines left over from True Blood Season 5 and streamlined it into a Season 6 which made many fans tune back in. With the shock ending of the Season 6 finale, many fans are now claiming they won’t be back to see how Brian Buckner fixes everything again.

But will True Blood Season 7 be the final season?

Brian Buckner is not planning to give everything away but he did have this to say to TVLine about the possibility of a True Blood Season 8:

That conversation is happening, but we don’t have an answer yet. I’m being told that I will know – which doesn’t mean that I will tell everybody. But I will know when the writers resume in the room [next month] whether or not we’re wrapping it up or not.

HBO president, Michael Lombardo, has also stated in the past that True Blood will run for as long as there is a story to tell.

With the writers heading back on September 3rd to put their heads together for the Season 7 story lines, it is anyone’s guess as to whether they will be told to wrap things up.

I guess we’ll just have to wait until the announcement in made sometime during Season 7 – #WaitingSucks!

Do you think fans will get to see True Blood Season 8? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: TV Line – True Blood End Date ‘Conversation Is Happening’ — Should Season 7 Be the Show’s Last?

Entertainment Weekly– ‘True Blood’ season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions

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