10/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HBO Renews "True Blood" After Just Two Episodes

HBO has renewed Alan Ball's vampire drama "True Blood" after only two episodes.

"Blood" debuted Sept. 7 on the premium network to a modest 1.4 million viewers. But the debut has attracted a total of 4 million viewers with repeat airings. Also, HBO noted the second episode grew 24%.

"We're in a business where we have to believe in the show -- and the show is fantastic," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group and West Coast operations. "It gets better in every episode. The show deserves a second year whatever the ratings."

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