The Word: HBO cancels True Blood

See you later, vampires. Credit: HBO
See you later, vampires. Credit: HBO

Where do you go after you show Alexander Skarsgård naked? Answer: Nowhere — you just have to cancel the series.

OK, that might not be the reason HBO pulled the plug on “True Blood,” but it might be close. (After you go full frontal, it’s hard to go back.)

Michael Lombardo, the network’s president of programming, released this statement about ending the show in 2014 after seven seasons:

“‘True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

In a recent interview with Metro, we asked Kristin Bauer Straten, who plays Pam, what she would do when “True Blood” ends its course. “I have a secret hope that I can stay in the world of cable television, HBO,” she told us (got that, Lombardo?) ” It’s just nice to be in a world without advertising.

“And I know that, the other networks — kids today don’t know that the networks are free. You can get a coathanger and you can watch ABC and CBS and NBC. So, I understand they have to be paid for, but it is a different feel working for HBO, where the creative content doesn’t have that control and so, clearly, we get to do things that you can’t do when, you know, little kids might be watching and people might be trying to sell soap.”


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