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Want To See The Poster For TRUE BLOOD, The New HBO Paquin Vampire Series From The Creator Of SIX FEET UNDER??

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Alan Ball, who wrote “American Beauty” and masterminded “Six Feet Under,” has a new HBO series called “True Blood” about randy vampires in the American South. The vampire sex scenes in the pilot are “Exorcist”-caliber disturbing. The poster arrives just in time for Comic Con:

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  • July 21, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by stroyer


  • July 21, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Well this'll last 2 seasons

    by beefywhore

    Then HBO will cancel for no reason.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    This almost sounds like a job for Cinemax.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by frankenfickle

    lopsided nose.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by xcornealiousx

    If this is 1/8th as good as Six Feet Under...were in for a treat!

  • July 21, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    horrible poster....

    by the milf lover

    What a hack job, doesnt HBO have anyone that knows how to use photoshop?

  • July 21, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I like randy vampires

    by hadez

    and so should you.

  • July 21, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Twilight: The TV Show?

    by Magic Rat

    if so, I'm sold.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    seen the leaked premier it's alienation with vamps

    by Mr_X

    and it aint bad. i'll wait a couple of episodes to fully make up my mind. vamp tv just makes me pine for the buffyverse. with the shit on tv right now

  • July 21, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Pretty sweet.......

    by Crackles

    I do agree with BeefyWhore though...fucking HBO canceling brilliant shows like Deadwood and Carnivale for no fucking reason....I hope this one gets a good run!!! This show is gonna kick ass!

  • July 21, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Great premise

    by Harrow

    and from the pilot, already showing signs it won't live anywhere near up to the idea. I'll watch it, and hope it improves though.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Cool poster, horrible show

    by TheKappa

    Saw the nearly-finished cut that leaked on to the net last month and hated it. <p> Both my girlfriend and I are big horror / vampire fans. We also loved Six Feet Under, American Beauty is one of my favorite movies and I can't wait for Towelhead... <br> ...So it should go without saying just how badly I wanted to like this show. <p> Unfortunately, it was a mess. The execution is sloppy. The tone of the show is way off and the camp level rendered the show nearly unwatchable. <p> I'll be checking out the show again in September when it officially debuts- but I have the lowest of expectations.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Terrible pilot

    by xsi kal

    Worst pilot I have seen in a long time. Sad too, because I like the books, like Paquin, and generally like Alan Ball. What a train wreck of a pilot though.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Fuck me they could have done the Anita Blake Porno stuff

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Much rather see the horny Anita Blake vampire books. <p. Jesus it's like the old seventies dirty book days reading her work.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Really fucking awful

    by enderandrew

    I downloaded the pilot, and obviously they were aiming for camp, but it was truly fucking awful. Not even gratuitous nudity saved the pilot.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I don't like Buffy either.

    by slowgraffiti

    It's okay. It's a teen soap opera for the Marilyn Manson set. I don't hate it, but it's like Dawsons Creek mixed with mythology.

  • July 21, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I love Joss Whedon........

    by Crackles

    but I do think some Buffy/Angel fans can be a bit too obsessive! I personally think there are better shows out there. Like Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 , Stargate Atlantis, and Star Trek! Whedon is awesome though....Firefly is my favorite Whedon show and it sucks it got canceled so's one of the strongest first seasons of any show I've seen! And Dr. Horrible was fucking brilliant!!! But nothing compares to The Dark Knight!!!! I can't stop thinking about it!! Get your ass to the theater if you haven't seen it!!!

  • July 21, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Stellan Skarsgård's son as...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    ...a 1000 year old viking vampire is enough for me to watch this. At least that episode...

  • July 21, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Wait a second, nudity?

    by hiperaktiv

    Was Anna Paquin nude in the pilot? If not, not worth a view IMO

  • July 21, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    my thoughts exactly!

    by the milf lover

    I was gonna ask the same thing as hiperaktiv, I sure would like some Paquin nudity too!

  • July 21, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    no nudity as i recall of paquin

    by Mr_X

    <br>but nudity of a vampire riding a bird. it was just a very odd show. strange. down in the bayou i guess, with people with wierd accents. it was just a very strange pilot that kept me watching, which i guess is a good thing.</br> <br> you don't like buffy / angel? your loss. </br>

  • July 21, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by apolo_sputnik

    Alan Ball ROCKS. And Rolls. All day long.

  • July 21, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    no Paquin nudity?

    by the milf lover

    then to hell with this crap!

  • July 21, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    The Pilot Licked Taint

    by fedrich519

    Fucking horrible. Just horrible.

  • July 21, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    East Bound and Down is SOOOOOOOO much better

    by Snootch

    Too bad True Blood's pilot wasn't very good. It's a shame theres no word on if and when East Bound and Down will air, its pilot was fuckin hilarious and I'd maybe rate it right up there with the holy Arrested Development.

  • July 21, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    this is based on a series of books

    by j2talk

    by charlaine harris 8 books so far, begin with : Dead Until Dark.....Mysteries with an interesting take on Vampires and other supernatural creatures...well worth the read if you are looking for something new

  • July 21, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I wish SciFi didnt pick up the Dresden Files

    by Snootch

    Dresden Files, on HBO, would be fucking sick.

  • July 21, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Best thing he's done is Nothing is Private...

    by DanielKurland

    Now just release the fucking movie!

  • July 21, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who loved the pilot...

    by DanielKurland

    In barely any time at all they've already done a pretty effective job at setting up the entire universe the show is existing in. I liked it a lot...

  • July 21, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed most of the pilot

    by ls420

    but im pretty open minded with my tv. Ill give it a chance to get better

  • July 21, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    doesnt matter anyway

    by the milf lover

    no vampire-themed tv show can ever hope to be as good, let alone better, than the 90s masterpiece that was the horror-police drama Forever Knight!

  • July 22, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    The viral stuff is pretty cool.

    by Rev. Slappy

    The poster and commercials for the synthetic blood are pretty cool.

  • July 22, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by MCPot

    If Alan Ball is involved ... count me in. The poster looks cool. Very SFUnderish. Screw the haters who've seen ONE freakin episode.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Vampires are the new gay.

    by fiester

    That's the show in a nutshell. Enjoy.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    30 minutes in and ...<p>I am bored

    by jbs0209

    30 minutes into the pilot, and I am bored. The US pilot of Life on Mars went faster.<p> As previous posters said:<p> Vampires are the new gay<p> It is Alien Nation with vampires<p> Originally these comments made no sense but after watching 30 minutes they make all the sense in the world.<p> I think I'll delete this and watch City Homicide instead.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    More thoughts

    by xsi kal

    I have to agree with Snootch on The Dresden Files. Wish a real cable station had gotten hold of that property instead of SciFi -- the books are great fun, and would lend themselves well to a professionally done series. <br><br> As far as True Blood... I like the series it is based on (Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire books), but I never thought it would make very good tv. Honestly, an uneducated, kinda dumb telepathic waitress mixing with vampires is a lot more entertaining when you don't have to actually hear her talk.<br><br> That said, they could have still done a lot more with the pilot. Terrible script, very wooden acting by everyone involved, absurd soundtrack... it didn't seem to know if it wanted to be a drama, a comedy, or a 70s camp-fest. In the end, it was none of the above.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by xsi kal

    No nude Paquin, (though she does get frisky later in the book). Instead, you get to see her character's brother have sex with a nude female fang-banger, while a video of that same woman having sex with a vamp plays in the background.<br><br>It's not as interesting as it sounds.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Anna Paquin looks good as a blonde...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Well, that's my first initial impression. This leaked pilot also has a "missing scene" (or whatever). I think we have to withhold judgment until we watch a final edit of the pilot. This series concept still has potential, though. Aside from this, what's up with the family kitchen? -- it looks exactly like the same kitchen set of the Fisher family in Six Feet Under.

  • July 22, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    That's nice, HBO...

    by OBSD

    Now where the fuck is the Preacher series you promised?

  • July 22, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Colour me "intrigued"

    by Yeti

    I thought Vampirres were the new black?

  • July 22, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    That poster doesn't represent what you see

    by Fried Gold

    in the show.

  • July 22, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    The pilot was just dull.

    by gotilk

    Maybe with sweetening they can add some drama and tension to the whole thing, but I can't see that transforming it to the point of being entertaining. It had it's weird, shocking moments. For instance the freaky vampire milf sex scene. But beyond that it just felt half asleep most of the time. Like Robert Mitchum after a quaalude binge. Hope they can improve on it.

  • July 22, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    I rewatched Near Dark recently

    by skimn

    and although the rumor of a remake is terrible, I think the story could be revamped (pardon the pun), and made into a continuing series.<p>The shocking bright red of the poster is a little reminescent of the rose on the American Beauty poster. I haven't seen anything but I'm willing to give Alan Ball a chance.

  • July 22, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Hell, I'm a "sucker" for vampire shows.....

    by Ninja Nerd I'll most likely check it out. Plus, I liked the first two seasons of Six Feet Under. (The rest were just painful)

  • July 22, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    HBO Needs to Adapt The Walking Dead!

    by Judge Briggs

  • July 22, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Terrible pilot

    by Underdogthe3rd

    A bunch of rednecks with a fat leading actress and a generic and anoying afro-girlfriend... Count me out. BTW, vampires. Pfui, what a childish concept.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    randy vampires in the American South?

    by REDD

    "Vampire on a Hot Tin Roof"

  • July 22, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Wild and wacky Vampires fuck and bite one another...

    by JKrow21

    Bring back Rome, they did it best.

  • July 22, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    Sex unt sex unt sex unt SEX!

    by brock landers baby

  • July 22, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Any possibility of Anna getting naked?

    by HoboCode

    One can dream.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Captain Justice...

    by REDD

    wait, it's on now? I thought it hadn't premiered yet?

  • July 22, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    True Blood

    by RaRoMo

    I'm really looking forward to it. Six Feet Under was the best show on television. Towelhead is getting rave reviews. If Alan Ball's involved, I gotta believe it'll be great. As far as the pilot goes, I've deliberately not seen it, because I want to see the finished product, not a rough draft (I'm sure they're still tweaking the pilot). All you haters, just gulp down some Tru Blood and relax.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by RaRoMo

    It premieres September 7.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    That Poster Art is great...

    by EriamJH

    ...if you like giving an an old airbrush artist some exposure since 33-1/3rd LPs went off the market. Really blurry, too, but that's okay as the dude is making a living airbrushing t-shirts at county fairs and selling towels from a van in da' hood.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is it with supernatural shows?

    by floatybrownthing

    Jesus christ....Enough already. It's not like any of them are any good.

  • July 22, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Come on...

    by REDD

    "Ghost Whisperer"'re right.

  • July 22, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Thought this sounded familiar

    by Jameswholikesmovies

    Apparently the show is based off the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. I read one of the books, it was ok but nothing that stole my attention. Dresden File books were much better IMO, will have to see how this turns out.

  • July 22, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Judge Briggs, I would have agreed with you

    by Just another useless chump with a microphone

    Until I got my hands on Vol 8 (I don't read the individual episodes, just the TPBs). I LOVED The Walking Dead up till now, and have very anxiously been awaiting Vol 8. Now it's out, and after reading it, I think I'm done with the series. That was like a big "fuck you!" to the readers. <P> The only reason I might keep reading is out of curiosity. Now that it's just the two of them, it could get back to what I really enjoyed about the book...the zombie/survival drama. Once it started being the Prison People Vs Psycho Guy And His Town, it kinda took me out of it. Personal character drama suddenly became Mad Max. We'll see I guess. <p> Sorry for the threadjack. And yeah HBO, where's our Preacher series?

  • July 22, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Supernatural is the best "supernatural series

    by liljuniorbrown

    Sorry but i'm just a huge fan of that show. If the writters stay in the realm of horror,and keep away from love intrests and shit,that show could really do well. On a different note, Preacher and Punisher should both be series on pay cable,just showtime instead of HBO. Besides Big Love,HBO has let me down alot.

  • July 22, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Can anyone tell me...

    by chiefpapa

    ..what the hell ever happened to Priest?!? Is this shelved?

  • July 23, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Someone should sue...

    by plocock

    Check out the new Megan Fox movie poster ---

  • July 23, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Damn link

    by plocock

    Try this --

  • July 23, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    what the fuck?

    by floatybrownthing Anyone see a similarity?

  • July 23, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Chymera

    Are you talking about Priest the manwha series from Korea? Or Preacher? I haven't seen a new issue for Priest in a long while. I wonder if its going to even be finished.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    This show was really, really, really

    by slowgraffiti

    terrible. I have read the books, they were okay. I had faith that Ball would be able to separate the wheat from the chaff, but apparently all he was interested in was the chaff. Very disappointing. Jaw dropping bad at points. Bill the vampire was pitch perfect as was Sam the manager at the bar where Sookie works. The female characters were terrible. Shit, I am really remembering why I hated this. <br> A woman has sex with a vamp and tapes it. Then she watches it and the vamp is there like on the tape acting all weird...there are rules people. 2. Sookie's power comes and goes when it is convenient. And she can't read Sam's mind in the book. They don't really give that impression here. <br> Dreck.

  • July 24, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    If only...

    by andtheflesh

    ...the WB was still around. Then I'd be fine that this show existed. As is, it's just taking money from my Preacher and A Song of Fire and Ice HBO series.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I'm still looking forward to it

    by whoknowswhy

    From what I hear, the pilot has been reshot. There is a lot of potential here. I've read all of the books, and Sookie can read Sam's mind, but it's more difficult (and there is a reason for that). She usually chooses to block his thoughts as much as possible since he's her boss.