Bon Temps just seems stuck in HBO's blood as the network renews the series for a sixth season. while the lackluster fourth season had its problems, "True Blood" has put the tortured, semi-ridiculous, always entertaining drama front and center with the current fifth season.
Presumably everyone involved has nice, long, healthy contracts with the show, although there were no details about any of the principals re-upping for the next season. I have a hard time imagining the next season would go Sookie-less (although maybe Eric and/or Bill might not make it out of the current season alive if the writers are willing to really inject some drama into the back half of this year).
We can probably expect season six to air sometime next summer.
[Source: USA Today]