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HBO's 'True Blood' to end its run in 2014

8:51 PM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24: (NO TABLOIDS) Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the 'True Blood' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

HBO's immortal vampires now have an ending date.

True Blood's 10-episode, seventh season in summer 2014 will be its last, the pay-cable network announced today.

The popular drama, which stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, ended its sixth season last month.

"True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," HBO program chief Michael Lombardo said in a statement accompanying the announcement. Executive producer "Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey."

"From the moment I read Charlaine's books, I thought there was the potential for something really special," Ball said in a statement. "Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations."

Brian Buckner took over day-to-day oversight of the show from Ball in the sixth season and will retain that role for the final season.

True Blood follows Paquin's Sookie, a part-faerie who can hear people's thoughts, and her dealings with vampires Bill Compton (Moyer) and Eric Northman (Skarsgard), along with a wide range of human and supernatural characters in Bon Temps, La.

In Season 6, the show averaged 10.6 million viewers in gross audience across multiple showings and platforms. It has been one of HBO's most popular series.

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