Rest in peace, True Blood fans, your beloved show about the sexy supernatural goings-on in a little town called Bon Temps, Louisiana will continue, uh, going on for another season. HBO just released a shocking statement where they decided, after much deliberation I'm sure, to renew one of their most popular shows for another season of hormone-fueled paranormal activity.

I don't know why but "shirtless" is always the first thing I think of when I hear True Blood. After four absolute hit seasons -- although, in my humble opinion only the first series really killed it from start to finish, the rest are very hit or miss -- of course the network plans to proceed with another. In fact, I could probably have missed almost all of Season 2 and been happy. Except the parts with Godric, 'cause he was too rad to dismiss and gave us our first real glimpse at a softer side of Eric.

The press release from HBO states that Alan Ball and crew will begin production on the fifth season before year's end in hopes of a summer 2012 premiere. In response to the crazy-devoted following the show has amassed, Ball said, "I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can't imagine having more fun than this." To be fair, it does look like a show that would be pretty fun to work on...special effects, makeup, scantily clad beautiful beauty. Yeah, not bad.

Based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood just received four Emmy nominations, including: Alfrie Woodard for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. President of Programming Michael Lombardo 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 greatest? Really? Well, at least this thrill ride continues on for another year. Watch True Blood Sundays on HBO.

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