By Lynette Rice
Updated August 11, 2011 at 05:21 PM EDT
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Alexander Skarsgard lovers, your prayers have been answered: HBO has picked up a fifth season of True Blood.

The pay cabler has ordered 12 more episodes of the drama from Alan Ball that’s based on Charlaine Harris’ mega-popular Sookie Stackhouse novels. The fifth season will bow next summer.

“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” said Ball in a statement. “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”

The fourth season premiere of True Blood on June 26 matched its series high performance of 5.4 million viewers. It also improved upon its season 3 debut by 6 percent. The current season ends Sept. 11.

In an interview with EW earlier this year, Ball said the show has “a lot of life in it.” “I love doing it and I don’t really have any plans of doing anything else right now,” Ball said. He also has plenty of material to cull from Harris’ book series. “She said there will be a total of 13 novels, and she’s publishing 10 or 11. If we did do 13 seasons I believe we would have to address why are the vampires aging.”

True Blood will vie for four Emmys next month, including one for Outstanding Guest Actress (Alfre Woodard).

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