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‘True Blood’ Renewed for Season 7 by HBO

New season of "True Blood" will premiere in summer 2014

HBO is taking another bite of "True Blood."

The network has renewed the hit vampire drama for a seventh season, to premiere in summer 2014.

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Executive producer Brian Buckner — who replaced Mark Hudis as showrunner in March — will return as showrunner.

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

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The current sixth season of "True Blood" premiered in June with 4.5 million total viewers, down from the previous season's premiere, which drew 5.2 million — though the dip was no doubt in part to competition from Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which dominated the ratings for the night with 14.2 million total viewers.

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