The premiere dates for new seasons of a couple of popular TV series have been announced. First up, HBO’s True Blood will kick off season six on Sunday, June 16th. The new season is the show’s first without creator/ex-showunner Alan Ball at the helm, and is also the show’s first season to have just 10 episodes. All previous seasons of the show have been made up of 12 episodes, but the order was shortened this year. Co-executive producer Mark Hudis took over as the new showrunner at the beginning of season six, but in the middle of production he himself was replaced by writer/producer Brian Buckner. Hit the jump for more, including the return date of AMC’s resurrected drama series The Killing.
Little is known about the upcoming season of True Blood other than the fact that Robert Patrick’s character has been upped to a series regular and Rutger Hauer has joined the cast as a new series regular. The most recent seasons of the show have been frustrating to say the least, but I’m interested to see what kind of direction it takes without Ball calling the shots. My patience with the series’ ridiculous plotting is growing thin, though.
Additionally, the folks over at TV Line report that the third season of AMC’s The Killing will kick off on Sunday, June 2nd with a two-hour premiere. The show was cancelled after its second season finale due to low ratings and lackluster critical response, but AMC reversed its decision later last year and decided to bring Joel Kinnaman’s Holder and Mirielle Enos’ Linden back for another go-around. Season three will revolve around a brand new case that the network assures us will be solved by season’s end.
Season three’s events are put into motion when Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden. Peter Sarsgaard is onboard to play a death-row inmate, with Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island), and Max Fowler (F) also onboard as new editions.
What about you, folks? Will you be tuning in for new episodes of True Blood and/or The Killing, or has your frustration level with the series gotten the best of you?