By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - HBO is taking another bite of "True Blood."
The network has renewed the hit vampire drama for a seventh season, to premiere in summer 2014.
Executive producer Brian Buckner - who replaced Mark Hudis as showrunner in March - will return as showrunner.
"'True Blood' remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers," Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement. "Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV."
The current sixth season of "True Blood" premiered in June with 4.5 million total viewers, down from the previous season's premiere, which drew 5.2 million - though the dip was no doubt in part to competition from Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which dominated the ratings for the night with 14.2 million total viewers.