BuddyTV Fall 2008 Preview: Cable Gem - True Blood
BuddyTV Fall 2008 Preview: Cable Gem - True Blood
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Network: HBO
Premiere: Sunday, September 7, 9pm

If there's one lesson I got from Moonlight, it's the TV audiences love vampires.  Therefore, I expect HBO's latest drama, True Blood, will find quite a vocal fanbase.  Based on a series of bestselling novels, True Blood was brought to TV by Alan Ball, who was also responsible for Six Feet Under and American Beauty.

The new show is a sexy, violent and sometimes comical look at a world in which vampires have “come out of the coffin” and walk openly amongst humans (only at night, of course).  Set in the Louisiana bayou, the show stars Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with telepathic abilities.  While she can hear the thoughts of all her customers, she becomes intrigued when she can't read the mind of her bar's very first vampire patron.

The tone of the series is all over the place, which could be highly entertaining.  Some moments are dark and mysterious, others are light and comic, others and downright X-rated.  HBO is capable of getting away with some darker places than major networks, so the show has the potential to dig deep into the seedy underbelly of the vampire world.

Alan Ball is the perfect choice for such material, a man with an unbelievably morbid sense of humor.  Six Feet Under dealth with death in every episode yet somehow find time to work in some musical dream sequences and a random cougar attack that could be one of the funniest things I've ever seen on TV.

While Moonlight and Angel fans are hopelessly devoted to their own brand of vampires, they will likely be charmed by the brooding British actor Stephen Moyer.  Failing that, the show also has a more fetching pretty boy with Australian Ryan Kwanten (from Summerland) as Sookie's brother.  And if you're a huge fan of other great HBO dramas, the police in the small town are played by Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka on the second season of The Wire) and William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum on Deadwood).

If you're looking for the perfect blend of sex, violence, comedy and varying levels of Louisiana accents, True Blood is certainly the show for you.


-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of HBO)

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