Longtime "True Blood" guest star Adina Porter has been promoted to series regular for the seventh and final season of the vampire drama.
Porter, 42, has been on "True Blood" since it premiered in 2008, but was always billed as a "special guest star" for her recurring role as Tara's mother, Lettie Mae Thornton. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Porter has been promoted
to regular cast member for the upcoming seventh season.
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Porter is a frequent guest star on television shows spanning from the Fox dramas "House" and "Prison Break" to NBC's "American Dreams" and HBO's "The Newsroom."
On "True Blood" she plays Lettie Mae, Tara's abusive, alcoholic mother.
HBO renewed "True Blood" for its seventh season in July despite the sixth season only attracting 4.5 million total viewers in June — down about 700,000 from the year before, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Still, the drama ranks as HBO's third-most-watched original scripted series ever, trailing only "The Sopranos" and "Game of Thrones."
The network also announced that the seventh cycle will be the show's last.
"'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," the network's president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement last month. "Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."
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