Recently, the network’s head honchos Richard Pleper and Michael Lombardo spoke at the Television Critics Association’s summer tour on a wide range of topics, including its plans to move Girls and Enlightened into the timeslot previously held by Luck and the various issues surrounding Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. On the topic of True Blood, however, only positive things came up, and it was implied that the series would be around for a few more seasons at least.
“The show’s obviously doing well; as long as it continues to be performing with the consumer, and more importantly exciting the storytellers, I think we’re there.”
Given the uneven storytelling of the past few seasons, that statement could probably stand to be flipped. But, as far as straightforward answers go, Lombardo’s response leaves little for anyone to misinterpret.
Quality issues aside, the fact remains that True Blood is one of HBO’s highest rated series ever. In fact, it is the network’s most watched program since The Sopranos, averaging nearly 5 million viewers per episode in seasons 3 and 4. That’s an impressive feat for a series seemingly hell bent on outdoing its own campiness year in and year out. It may be even more impressive considering seasons 3 and 4 – regarded as something of a critical low point for the series – raked in more than double what the show was able to muster up in season 1.