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‘True Blood’ To End on HBO in 2014

Seventh season will be its last

HBO’s “True Blood” seventh season next year will be its last, the network announced today.

The departure will come following a 10-episode season that will premiere next summer. Brian Buckner, who succeeded Alan Ball as showrunner, will preside over the final campaign of the series based on Charlaine Harris’ books.

“ ‘True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” network programming prexy Michael Lombardo said.

The “True” farewell adds to something of a changing of the guard for HBO drama in the next 12 months, with “Treme” also calling it a day following an abbreviated fifth season in December. “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Newsroom” remain.

Among projects in development for HBO are an adaptation of Tom Perotta novel “The Leftovers” by Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) and a drama set in the 1970s music world (with Bobby Cannavale attached) from Mick Jagger and “Boardwalk Empire” exec producers Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese.

Also in the works is “The Missionary,” a historical drama set in Cold War Berlin with Malcolm Gladwell, Charles Randolph, Steve Levinson and Mark Wahlberg exec producing, as well as a potential remake of the 1973 film “Westworld” by Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub.

“True Blood” was nominated for a drama series Emmy in 2010 and delivered a Golden Globe for lead actress Anna Paquin in 2009.

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