Premiere Dates for True Blood Season 6 and The Killing Season 3 Announced

True Blood Season 6 Premiere DateGrab your summer calendar and take note: True Blood and The Killing are returning this June.

HBO announced Friday that True Blood‘s 10-episode sixth season — its first without exec producer Alan Ball at the helm — will bow Sunday, June 16 at 9/8c.

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AMC, meanwhile, confirmed that death-defying serial thriller The Killing will launch its third season with a two-hour episode on Sunday, June 2 at 8/7c. The network’s press release once again reiterated that the new season (which AMC ordered only months after cancelling the series) will focus on a new case that, unlike the controversial Rosie Larsen mystery, “will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, ending with a gripping two hour finale.”

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Per the release, Season 3 begins one year after the close of the Larsen case with Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) no longer working as a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s (Joel Kinnaman) search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind.

“We learned so much from the first two seasons of The Killing,” AMC prez Charlie Collier said in a statement, “and are thrilled to be bringing it back with the elements that the fans loved.”

Thoughts? Will you give The Killing another chance? And are you excited about the return of True Blood?

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  1. WTactualF says:

    True Blood is back with 25 new characters and subplots that no one gives a s*** about.

  2. jimbo says:

    The Killing returns in June? Weird decisioj. The dark tone of the show would actually fit in much better with the fall or winter season when it’s as cold and rainy outside as it was in the previous two seasons.

  3. L says:

    Yay, love the Killing!

  4. rod says:

    onlly ten True Blood episodes??, why ??

  5. Eric says:

    The shorter True Blood season had to do with Anna Paquin’s pregnancy, or so that’s what was said.

  6. Mel says:

    I will definitely be back for TB! Boo on the 10 epis though. Also I will give The Killing another chance, with the guarantee of wrapping up the mystery this summer it’s worth a second look!

  7. That’s good news for True Blood fans if the series is hoping to rebound from a lackluster fifth season. Question now is, when would the new season of The Newsroom is set to air and what about the premiere date of the second half of Breaking Bad’s final season?

    • venus says:

      I enjoyed season 5 I just hated what happend to bill and to much screen time for salome,but other than that 5 was way better than 4 looking forwared for season 6.

  8. Kate says:

    Just over 2 months until Joel Kinnaman comes back to meeee!

  9. anil says:

    tb season 5 was great, so many people complain over it idk why.

    but 10 episode is a joke. we have to wait a WHOLE YEAR for a lousy 10 weeks only?

    • venus says:

      yes I enjoye season 5 I don;t know why so many people hate it but season 6 will be short I wonder how the will get all the stories in.

  10. Xtina says:

    Yay for The Killing! Love me some Linden and Holder.

  11. Rob Davis says:

    10 episodes? After last year’s so-called “season” (that’s 39 weeks ago) I have had it with True Blood’s slash and gore. Come on. It had a good story for almost 4 Mini-Series, but to wait another year for more gore is ridiculous. Forget it HBO – in my opinion you can’t handle a real 22-25 episode season, just these measly “mini-series” and I’m sick of it. You don’t seem to have any loyalty to your viewers, so you’ve lost mine. Where’s The Newsroom? Smartest mini-series you’ve had since 5 Feet Under.

    • K says:

      dude, calm down. Cable networks like HBO, Showtime etc all do 10-13 episode seasons. HBO has never done a 22 episode season of any of their shows. And you should know from previous True Blood seasons that they were only 12 episodes each.

      • Rob Davis says:

        I’m sorry. That doesn’t make it right – and you didn’t address my largest concern – the last mini-series’ use of extreme blood and gore. Between this, The Walking Dead, Spartacus (all brands), Game of Thrones and The Following these would be NC-17 if they were movies – who rates this stuff TV-MA14? The people making the shows?!! Lack of good writing equals blood and gore.

        • Joey Cormier says:

          NC-17? Really? You have not seen many movies obviously then. And stop calling them mini-series, they’re seasons. Miniseries are basically long-form television movies. And stop freaking out, it’s just a show.

          • Rob Davis says:

            I have seen very many movies and I know the difference in ratings and TV shows are not rated as critically as movies. I am not freaking out I am discussing this and other TV shows. Just because I believe good writing trumps ketchup and body parts you object? I will not stop calling them mini-series until someone in the know tells me why these shows are only 6-10-13 episodes and why they have so little faith in the characters they do this. Television is literally killing itself by destroying good writing. First it was the so-called reality shows and now it’s super shortened show runs. Disagree if you want but leave out the name calling please.

        • Tony Chambrone says:

          The difference between a “Mini Series” event on television is 1) they are usually 4-8 episodes long 2) they are constantly having commercial breaks so a MS on TV that is 2 hours long is really only 3/4 of that time. A program on HBO is a full hour with no commercial breaks so it cannot compare to ANY show on Network TV. Also, regarding writing, you may not be aware that these shows are based on Books. Very good books that have sold MILLIONS of copies, which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. Have I totally loved what they have done with the world created by Charlaine Harris in the show True Blood… Not so much but in itself it is a good show. I have grown to love the characters through the books. As for Game of Thrones they are doing an AWESOME job with that show and sticking to the world and story that has been written. I simply suggest if you cannot handle, nor do you like all the sex and violence, you should NOT WATCH these shows. They are being true to the spirit of the Authors who created these worlds and if they are not for you, simply turn the channel. The rest of us are enjoying it as it is.

  12. Joey Cormier says:

    ^ LOL. Miniseries are another thing completely. True Blood is a drama series, and they keep the series short on cable in order to keep the quality of the episodes up with bigger budgets and increased quality. And 5 Feet Under? You missed a feet there, buddy.

  13. Tina B. says:

    YAY! I love the killing! Love Linden & Holder, especially Holder

  14. s says:

    LMAO 5 feet under. I’m sorry Rob but that had me rollin…

  15. Danielle H. says:

    Only 10 eps for True Blood? This only solidifies my decision to not subscribe to HBO this yr for it even more.

  16. Annika says:

    Excited about The Killing, willing to give True Blood a chance now that Alan Ball has left the building.

  17. Faster says:

    It’s going to be a fun summer on the TB boards with everyone complaining about it…not. If you don’t like the show, don’t come here.

  18. Ruby says:

    Yesss, I have been craving some Eric Northman back in my life.

  19. Kimberly says:

    My first statement is if you don’t like TrueBlood, then don’t watch it or complain about it———duh! I love it and can’t wait for it to come on, wish it stayed on all the time myself! I’d prefer more than 10 episodes. …..if that’s how many it is, but I’ll take what I can get. As for blood and gore, if you’ve ever watched it more than a couple of times then you know what the show is like.

    • Rob Davis says:

      I thot this was a discussions, not a love-in. Just because you like a show at the beginning doesn’t mean you have to like where it’s going or radical changes that have occurred. Last season was a bust for me because of all the blood and gore. Telling someone to go away because you don’t approve of what they say is anti-democratic, which is a lot of what’s wrong in the country today.
      I believe 10-12 episodes is not a season, and right now I’m free to think that and you’re free to think’re not free to tell me to go away because I disagree with you. You’re just a member of this discussion, as am I. As far as “5” goes, at least you noticed my typo. ;-)

      • Joey Cormier says:

        Please, stop freaking out. Unless we were watching a completely different show, last season of True Blood was NOT the first season featuring blood and gore. Uh, duh, it is a show about vampires and werewolfs, after all. SO, maybe go watch something else like Sesame Street or something instead. Or is that too NC-17 for you? 8-)

        • Rob Davis says:

          Once again with the insinuations and name calling. I am a grown up who happens to like all sorts of TV and movies. I am not going away just because you are not discussing the subject. I didn’t say last season was the only season of blood and gore, I said it was the worst. As far as the story goes it was like the writers were throwing darts at several different plots deciding which direction to go next. I simply think there’s more to the True Blood story than what is happening now as a result of this preoccupation with violence. Banshee had this problem also in its first mini-series season when the killing of the bad guy went on for over 15 minutes or the episode in The Following where the bad guy almost has an orgasm explaining how great it was to kill his follower who asked him to….
          These shows have lost their humanity, in my opinion, and should be required to be shown after midnight, if at all. If violence can be pornographic, then these qualify, in my opinion.

  20. Joey Cormier says:

    Ok, first of all, I did not ask you to go away. You’re happy to voice your opinions if you want, just don’t get mad when I voice mine too.

    Also, why do you insist on calling them mini-series seasons? I do not get that. Miniseries are not series. Miniseries are basically long-form television movies, while seasons are one year of a television series. Completely different medium. And, sure, there’s violence in these shows, but my God, if you think this is bad, then stay away from movies like The Human Centipede or Killer Joe or whatever R rated or NC-17 rated movies.

    As for The Following, it is pretty much equivalent to a PG-13 horror movie.

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  22. Giesela says:

    I love the two main characters and think the show has real potential. Lets hope the fix a lot of the problems from before.