HBO‘s hit vampire drama, True Blood, has been picked up for a fifth series.
While further adventures for Sookie Stackhouse and company have looked likely for some time, the announcement is now official.
In a statement for HBO, Michael Lombardo, head of programming said:
I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics. Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.
The fifth season will be made up of the standard run of 12 episodes.
Based on the novels by Charlaine Harris, True Blood tells the story of a telepathic waitress, played by Anna Paquin, and her relationship with a vampire in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
Earlier this month, True Blood picked up four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for Alfre Woodard, but missed out on the major categories.
The new season is set to start shooting later this year and will air in the US sometime during the Summer of 2012. Season four still has no current air date in the UK. Watch a clip from the third season below.