HBO Sets True Blood Second Season

HBO has officially renewed their new Alan Ball-created drama series “True Blood” for a second season.

The pilot debuted on September 7th to solid reviews and four million viewers. The second saw a 24% gain in viewers over the first week’s debut.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, “True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans for their fix.

Set in a backwoods Louisiana town, the show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell and Nelsan Ellis also star.

The second season will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2009.