Fans of needlessly shirtless supernatural creatures rejoice! HBO has renewed True Blood for a 12-episode fifth season.
The announcement comes two weeks after series showrunner Alan Ball signed a lucrative deal to stay with the program.
“Everything ends, and there will be an end for me on this show at some point,” Ball said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Malibu last month. “But I don’t have any desire to leave because I’m having more fun than I have in my entire life.”
Ball is currently hard at work plotting the upcoming season, which, he promises, will “explore how one of the vampires was made,” and introduce new characters.
True Blood will begin production of new episodes in Los Angeles later this year. The debut is set for the summer of 2012.