American cable channel HBO has renewed Alan Ball’s fangtastic True Blood for a fifth season.

Still in the middle of its fourth season in the US – averaging 12.6 million weekly viewers – and airing on Australian screens from next week, the supernatural vampire series will see another 12 episodes in 2012.

Gay creator and executive producer Alan Ball, who will appear in conversation with Wil Anderson at the Sydney Opera House on September 8, said: “[I don’t] have any desire to leave because I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.”

He hinted that the new season will look at the origins of at least one of the vampires as well as larger mythology.

Season 4 of True Blood will air on Foxtel’s Showcase channel from next Thursday.

You can still but tickets to Ball’s Sydney talk at: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

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