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Anna Paquin appears in a scene from the fourth season of True Blood. - Provided courtesy of AP / HBO

'True Blood' renewed for season 5 by HBO

08/11/2011 by Kristina Lopez

"True Blood" fans will be excited to know this season of the series won't be the last.

HBO announced on Thursday that the hit series has been renewed for a fifth season.

"I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers," series creator Alan Ball said in a statement. "I can't imagine having more fun than this."

The show recently received four Emmy nominations including a nod for season three guest actress Alfre Woodard.

The show's fourth season premiere in June matched the series' record for its highest ratings.

The series centers on Sookie Stackhouse, a clairvoyant waitress played by Academy Award-winning actress Anna Paquin, and the residents of the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps where vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and other paranormal people live. Season 4 has introduced a new element to the series: Witches.

It is based off the popular book series "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" by Charlaine Harris.

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