There are a lot of things to love about HBO, but there is a single characteristic of the network that I admire above all else. And no, it's not the fact that they often have the best original programming on television. Sure, I do love their original movies and shows, but more importantly, I love how they treat their shows and fans. Too many times have I fallen for a new show on another network, investing week after week into the series only to find out that the network isn't going to bother to renew it for a second season just as the first is ending. HBO never makes fans wait for renewal announcements.

The most recent case in point is True Blood, which was officially renewed for a fourth season less than a day after the third episode of season three aired. And that's hardly a record for the network, either; they renewed Treme (the best show on television that no one is watching, in my humble and never-wrong opinion) for a second season the day after the pilot aired. This fourth season will enter production at the beginning of 2011 with its twelve episodes set to begin airing that summer.

Personally I'm indifferent to this news. I loved the sexy, over-the-top, vampire soap opera antics of season one mainly because it also had the whole "Hey world, vampires are real" thing going for it, but the last half of season two was such a dire misfire for me that I lost interest in almost every single character on the show. So far season three hasn't really done much to make me look forward to new episodes once again. But maybe that's just me considering some 5.1 million people tuned in for the season three premiere, which was over a quarter more than those who showed up for season two's.