'True Blood' Renewed: HBO Orders Season 6

07/02/2012 03:42 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2013

Sookeh and Beel are coming back. HBO has renewed "True Blood" for Season 6.

There's no word yet on a premiere date or whether series star Anna Paquin's pregnancy will affect shooting of the new season. Paquin and co-star Stephen Moyer are expecting twins.

Season 5 of "True Blood" stars Paquin, Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Nelsan Ellis, Scott Foley, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Todd Lowe, Joe Manganiello, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston and Deborah Ann Woll.

"True Blood" has been a ratings winner for HBO. The premiere episode on June 10, 2012 had 5.2 million viewers. The most recent outing nabbed 4.7 million viewers.

Season 6 of "True Blood" will be missing one key player: series creator and executive producer Alan Ball. He'll step down as showrunner, but still serve as special advisor to the series.

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