Vampires rejoice: HBO has renewed the new drama series "True Blood" for a second season.
The series debuted Sept. 7, and that debut episode has enjoyed 4 million viewers thus far. So the series is already greenlighted to continue, with production of new episodes starting early next year in Los Angeles and a second season premiere set for summer 2009.
HBO description of the show: "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 (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series 'Six Feet Under') created and executive produced the show, as well as wrote and directed episodes of the series, which is based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris."