Fiona Shaw

HBO's 'True Blood' renewed for 5th season

HBO's 'True Blood' renewed for 5th season

“True Blood” will be back next summer for a 12-episode fifth season.

HBO made the news official Thursday in a press release, adding that the hit series from Alan Ball will begin production on the new season later this year in L.A. That’s not much of a surprise to the show’s fans, who are currently enjoying the thrill ride being provided by series newcomer Fiona Shaw, who plays Marnie, the rather bumbling Wiccan necromancer who has given her body over to the powerful witch Antonia.

“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” Ball said in the HBO press release. “I can’t imagine having more fun than...