HBO blames the lack of storytelling was the reason why ‘True Blood’ is ended
HBO’s ‘True Blood‘ aired their series finale on Sunday and many loyal fans are now searching for a new TV series to watch.
But, what caused for the show to end? According to hypable, HBO says that they ran out of ideas for the show.
HBO programming director Michael Lombardo spoke to a crowd during the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday about several of the network’s shows including True Detective and ‘True Blood‘. Lombardo explained that despite the show being extremely popular, it was not worth continuing from a storytelling perspective.
“This season, ‘True Blood’ is one of the highest-rated shows across the board; it gets over 10 million views an episode,” he said in comments shared by The Hollywood Reporter. “But the minute you feel you’re airing it for the numbers we start questioning it. Every season we sit down with the creator and say, ‘Tell us what the next year will be like.’ And if there aren’t exciting, unbelievable, undeniable ideas in the coming season, we’re questioning.
“And I think in the case of ‘True Blood,’ it just felt like we had reached a place where the storytelling was hitting a wall. And to stay just because the ratings were strong felt not who we are and we needed, quite honestly, the money and Sunday night space for new shows.”
Recently, Sunday nights have become one of the most competitive time slots for dramas. As Lombardo points out, HBO is ending several Sunday night shows including True Blood, The Newsroom, and Boardwalk Empire because in order to remain popular they must reinvent themselves with new TV series.