HBO's 'True Blood' to End Run in 2014

10-episode seventh season will be vampire drama's last

HBO's hit vampire drama True
will end after its seventh season in 2014, the network said Tuesday.

The previously announced 10-episode season will launch next
summer. The Alan Ball drama is one of HBO's most popular series, averaging 10.6
million viewers per episode.

"True Blood has
been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," said Michael Lombardo,
president of HBO programming. "Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris,
assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of
Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on
an unforgettable journey."

With the departure of True
, HBO's drama slate still includes
Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones and the upcoming final
season of Treme.