HBO said today that it will bring back one of its flagship series True Blood for a seventh season. New episodes will premiere in summer 2014, with executive producer Brian Buckner returning as showrunner after he replaced creator Alan Ball at the helm of the show for the current sixth season. The Season 6 premiere of the vampire drama debuted June 26, drawing 4.5 million viewers, down from the 5.2 million who tuned in for the Season 5 premiere as it faced an NBA Finals game. It is averaging better than 10 million an episode across all plays. “True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo in making the announcement today. “Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.” True Blood, based on the novels by Charlaine Harris, is exec produced by Ball, Buckner, Gregg Fienberg and Alexander Woo and co-executive produced by Angela Robinson. Robin Veith is supervising producer and Kate Barnow and Christina Jokanovich are co-producers.