Fans of the new vampire series by HBO can now heave a sigh of relief. The cable network just ordered a second season of True Blood
, allaying fears that the modest ratings it had for its first two episodes will warrant yet another cancellation. Despite the sterling reviews on the show's novelty and writing, a mere 1.44 million tuned in for True Blood
's premiere. This, despite the reportedly massive budget HBO had for the show's pre-premiere publicity. If we'd recall, In Treatment
, another HBO series which wasn't doing well on the ratings was also renewed recently.
W.at influenced the top guns of HBO to do so? For one, the total viewers of the maiden episode of the Adam Ball's (Six Feet Under
) creation swelled to a reported 4 million after repeat airings from HBO. Moreover, its second episode attracted 24 percent more viewers than the first one, perhaps indicative that the raves have been spreading like wildfire and more and more people are hearing about how fantastic the series is.
“We're in a business where we have to believe in the show -- and the show is fantastic," reasons Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group and W.st Coast operations. "It gets better in every episode. The show deserves a second year whatever the ratings."
As Lombardo himself pointed out, True Blood
fans can now rest easy and allow themselves to be hooked to the show since it is definitely going out for more blood after season 1.
During the last episode of True Blood
called “The First Taste,” Bill (Stephen Moyer) uses vampire blood to heal Sookie (Anna Paquin) after saving her from Rattray. To show her thanks, she invites him to her house where he met her brother Jason (Ryan Kwentan) and Gran (Lois Smith). Later, however, she runs into some very strange vampires.
-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
(Image Courtesy of HBO)