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Not that this news is really very surprising, but HBO’s True Blood has been renewed for a fifth season.

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But it’s official, so therefore it’s news!

“I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, said in a statement (via E! News). “[Creator] Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”

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And Ball is equally as thrilled crediting fans for the success, saying he’s “amazed and delighted” by their enthusiasm.

“I can’t imagine having more fun than this,” he added.

Season four finishes up on Sept. 11, and 12 episodes have been ordered for season five!

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