For Immediate Release HBO RENEWS TRUE BLOOD, NEW SERIES FROM "SIX FEET UNDER" CREATOR ALAN BALL, FOR SECOND SEASON, WITH PRODUCTION TO BEGIN EARLY NEXT YEAR LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2008 - HBO has renewed the new drama series TRUE BLOOD for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2009. "We are absolutely thrilled that the critics and our viewers have embraced TRUE BLOOD," noted Lombardo. "Alan Ball has done it again - made an addictive series that is unlike any other." "I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with such a talented group of writers, cast and crew to explore the characters and world created by Charlaine Harris in her novels," Ball said. "It really is a joy to go to work every day and I couldn't be happier to be back home at HBO." The Sept. 7 debut episode is proving to be a hit with HBO audiences, attracting more than four million viewers to date, while the debut of the second episode on Sept. 14 posted an unprecedented 24% gain in viewers over the first week's debut. Critics across the country in Detroit, Baltimore, Denver and Orlando have proclaimed TRUE BLOOD one of the best new shows on TV. USA Today called it "wildly imaginative," with "one of the best ensembles of the new series," while the Washington Post found it "audacious, outrageous and playfully grisly." TV Guide hailed the show as "graphically sexy and scary, and often wildly funny," and "a broadly entertaining, deliciously twisted slice of modern Southern Gothic." Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, TRUE BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans for their fix. Set in a backwoods Louisiana town, the show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy(r)-winning HBO series "Six Feet Under") created and executive produced the show, as well as wrote and directed episodes of the series, which is based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The cast also includes Ryan Kwanten as Sookie's brother Jason, Rutina Wesley as her best friend Tara Thornton, Sam Trammell as Sookie's good-hearted boss Sam Merlotte and Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, a cook at Merlotte's Season one credits: TRUE BLOOD is created by and executive produced by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; co-executive producer, Brian Buckner; supervising producer, Nancy Oliver; produced by Carol Dunn Trussell; producer, Alexander Woo; co-producer, Raelle Tucker. Season one directors: Alan Ball, John Dahl, Nick Gomez, Anthony M. Hemingway, Michael Lehmann, Daniel Minahan, Nancy Oliver, Marcos Siego, Scott Winant. Season one writers: Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Chris Offutt, Nancy Oliver, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo.
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST
...was simply because of the multitudes who downloaded episode one months ago.
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
green lighting a 2nd season based on 2 episodes? its like the opposite of what Fox does. its the bizarro world of television.
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST
..is a good show. That is all.
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST
...was because of the multitudes who downloaded episode one months ago AND WANTED TO SEE MORE. If they hadn't enjoyed they episode they downloaded, they wouldn't have tuned in for another.
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST
NO ONE GIVES A SHIT
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST
This show is so poorly made and has some of the most uneasy contrived dialogue ever written, but I can't help but watch it! I was hoping it would be cancelled to break me of this curse!
Sept. 17, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST
by xsi kal
I d/l'd the first episode, thought it was shit, and have not looked back. I guess once again I am at odds with the american viewing public. :P
Sept. 17, 2008, 4 p.m. CST
by mr. flibble
the intro credits are the best part of the show. I'll keep watching but i'm not really clicking with it yet. I think its the cast, the bollocks about a great "ensemble" made me laugh, theres no real chemistry yet. The story and potential is keeping me watching, not the actors.
Sept. 17, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST
Keep up the good work.
Sept. 17, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST
True Blood owns.
Sept. 17, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST
by Optimus Primal
Yet True Blood, which is plum awful gets an order for 2nd season?! Based on 2 laughably bad episodes?? HBO is slipping me thinks. Their original programming ain't what it used to be. As a matter of fact Aside from Big Love its slim pickings.
Sept. 17, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST
I downloaded the pilot when it was leaked (was it leaked?) all those months ago. I will have to check it out tomorrow but if it has been given a 2nd season then no doubt it will be shit, most things I like get cancelled. Will probably be a good thing if it is shit, I have to download most things I watch because of SHITTY TV in the UK. My ISP is already capping my speeds under their "fair usage policy" and most shows aint even started yet! Fuckers, I am not even a heavy downloader.
Sept. 17, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST
Premise: Vampires no longer need to fed on humans, so they can live among us. Why would humans ever accept this? They once did feed on humans, and there is no Statute of Limitations on murder. Is their past all forgiven? They have rights now? Wouldn't that kinda be like having tamed tigers walking the streets? Occasionally one will go all cat again. Just ask Sigfried and Roy. That said I liked the boobs.
Sept. 17, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST
She is hot. The show aint great but it's Mad Men compared to that piece of shit Fringe. I'll keep watching in case they put her in another one of those bikinis.
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST
They have nothing left so they cling to second-rate crap like this.
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST
Can't say I'm surprised though, the show is really good. That sex scene from the pilot was probably the nail on the coffin (thank you, I'll be here all week)
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST
They lost me when they used Maher to introduce the setup for the show. He's an idiot.
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST
Bill Maher? He's funny.
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Fucking re-res for canceling that and Carnivale.
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST
We know. Also every other major Network passed on Sopranos. Things happen.<br> Why is it so cool to hate HBO these days?
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST
Very likable and very sexy. I don't know why everyone has a problem with her peformance in the show.
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST
The pilot was one of the worst unwatchable pieces of shit I've seen and I'm a Six Feet Under junkie. Six Feet Under is one of my favorite series of all time. True Blood is crap. The 2nd episode was a smidge better, but a smidge better than pure shit isn't all that great. I'm stunned they renewed it already and it only goes to prove that the Writers Strike has had a lasting effect on the industry. I don't think networks have caught up yet with the 4 months of no business. Maybe this show will get better. Alan Ball's a genius, but this one is way beneath him.
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST
...but HBO wouldn't have ordered a second season if people weren't watching (which I am surprised they are).
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST
Yes, and that not just on the 2nd season order after 2 eps. The picture I saw of the 'vampire' fangs looked horribly fake. Like they were bought at Toys R Us.
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST
I'm enjoying it.
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST
... for William Sanderson? <p> That guy fuckin' rules. <p> I'm lukewarm on this show after two episodes, but it's got boobs galore and is mildly amusing, so I'll probably stick with it for awhile.
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST
by Banzai Rootskibango
...it needs to amp up the gore/violence/sex quotient. Also, more hot, naked chicks. <P> That's the world of a vampire. Amp it up...I'll keep watching. It's not great right now...but I think it has promise. <P> As a fan of LOST, Alias and the X-Files, I'm gonna give the first two episodes of Fringe a chance. From what I've heard, hopefully they will find their footing. <P> Also, can't wait for Heroes. It's going to keep me from going into convulsions until Lost returns in 2009.
Sept. 17, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST
by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World
Now that's only one season material. Fucking Anne Rice cock suckers.
Sept. 17, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST
The show is a huge turd of un-watchability. I loved SFU but this is so poorly written and acted that I can't believe it's coming from the same creative mind. Oh, and Anna Paquin is bad - as in give back your damn Oscar bad. I'm giving it 3 more episodes (I typically give a show from good writers 5 eps to sell me) but then I'm done with it if I don't see a marked improvement.
Sept. 17, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST
True Blood is not a good show. Ball and Six Feet Under did a lot to get HBO series television going. They will give him a tip of the hat hoping he will come up with another SFU for them later.
Sept. 17, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST
by Banzai Rootskibango
...I've never seen it but I've heard both good and bad things about it here and there...why?
Sept. 17, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST
Nice to see that you've condemned the entire shows quality based on a picture of the fangs.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST
This is an awful fucking show what in the hell are HBO thinking. Yes and Paquin is cringeworthy who's idea was it to give this cunt an Oscar...Anna....Rosie Perez called she wants her Oscar back.....bitch.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST
...can't wait for Heroes?<p> lulz.<p> As for True Blood, I have mixed feelings. There's really no chemistry between anyone yet and most of the characters are bad cliches. But there's enough good to keep me watching to see if it improves.<p>
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST
lots of tits.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST
I really got into it right from the first episode. Very happy to hear it's been renewed already- they can work on 'bigger' story arcs without having to worry about whether they're coming back or not. Fringe, on the other hand, has been relatively disappointing.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST
Lovin the show so far, the second episode was great and has potential to be a solid showcase for hbo.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST
This show is the biggest Pile Of Wank I have ever had the misfortune to see. Plot is so stupid, Dialogue is Mind Numbing-ly terrible and dont even get me started on the performances. Telepathy and Vampires and Werewolves and a bar owner that can turn into a Dog (WHAT!! dont tell me you havent figured it out yet??) Even the random and unnecessary sex and nudity wont get me to watch this piece of shit show!!
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
Can we get a talkback for that show please?
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST
I like the show, even though it has some very predictable foreshadowing, and occasional bad dialogue. Still a lot more interesting than 95% of tv.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST
It's been weak, but supposedly the dialog is bad because it's using the source material. Once that's gone, then it's on the writers. Good/Bad/Shades of gray vampires/monsters/supernatural is kind of dated now, but theoretically they can do something with it. I could live without the bang you over the head vampire rights = gay rights crap.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST
HBO passes on Mad Men, cancels Rome & Deadwood, greenlights shit like Tell Me You Love Me & In Treatment..then this? Good luck finding new jobs when this shitty show fails to find an audience.
Sept. 17, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST
by Sir Loin
Uh, no. He is no mastermind, merely a one-trick pony who's managed to infuse his own agenda into other genres. In other words, A COMPLETE AND TOTAL HACK. And people think this is somehow "edgy." LOL.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST
I've read enough spoilers to know that if Ball adheres to the narrative of the books, I'll be in for some bad hurtin', but no matter. Paquin and Moyer are great and will be great until it all starts to unravel. Hey, I was a Buffy fan until S6 - I know how to rebound from heartbreak and rage over the direction of a vampire-centric TV show. Bring it ON.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST
the show wouldn't have been renewed. I think said boobies are the only reason anyone is watching.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST
Now THAT had a great fucking cast. Aswell as intriguing stories. It was cancelled though because it was so fucking expensive to make I heard. Plus the two DVD sets look really cool.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST
It is finding an audience. Hence the article stating it got picked up. As did In Treatment. Rome was not cancelled it ended.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST
by Al Swearengen
They'll give this two-bit vamp show a fuckin' two season pass but they won't give the good, hard workin' people of Deadwood a fuckin' curtain call?<P>True Blood? More like True Cocksucker.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
Preferred the rampant cheese of Moonlight.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST
it looks like the action and story gets started in the third episode based on the ending of show 2 and the previews. I will give the show a shot a while longer.
Sept. 17, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST
It's entertaining, but I'm not sitting there going "holy fuck I can't wait til next week!" Not quite sure why they gave it such an early renewal...HBO did just exercise it's option and purchase A Song of Ice and Fire, so, there are good decisions being made at that network.
Sept. 17, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST
...I'm on the second to last ep of The Wire, S3.<p> Watching Omar and Brother Mouzone walk down the street together made me spooge me pants.<p> Wait. What are we talking about again?
Sept. 17, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST
But I still can't forgive HBO for passing on Preacher.
Sept. 17, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST
But when they released episode 1 they had re-shot a lot of material and used that as chance to re-cut it and re-do a little bit of the dialogue and it was much better. Still surprised that green-lit a second season already though, it hasn't been more than decent so far.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST
But the second episode seems much better. It's DVR'd and I caught quite a bit of it earlier. Much improved. But still has this sort of drowsy feeling that it can't shake off. The grandmother character is interesting, but the civil war vampire thing makes me think too much of a romance novel. I'll watch the whole thing and give it another chance. If anyone else hated the pilot and decided to pass on a second episode, give it another shot. It picks up and improves. And was that not too veiled implication of necrophilia she threw at Dr Phlox?
Sept. 18, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST
by Frodo T. Baggins
With Your Tongue? Thems Bitches Are Like An Inch Apart! Fucking Incredible How She Busts Out This Good Southern Accent But Couldnt Do It For Rogue. Cunt. Love The Show! Really I Like It Alot.
Sept. 18, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST
Lamest take on the Vampire mythos since Buffy(sorry kids I'm a buffy hater). I thought 30 Days of night had rescued Vampires from the crapulance they had been wallowing in for the last decade but alas we are back to this tired drek. This show is clearly directed at 20 year old college girls and is a new low for HBO.
Sept. 18, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST
we could've had Preacher. think on that.
Sept. 18, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST
Its clear that the actors need to settle into there characters still, which i always notice i think the only person i've never noticed that with is the guy who plays dexter, he just was dexter from episode 1. I like all of the comments made so far because not one of you has said its a rip off of buffy or blade or any other vampire adaptation. It feels like a TV show of vampire masqurade set in a hick town. This show does not need the add any more gore and violence to it other wise it will be treading on the toes of buffy and blade. I don't want to watch another buffy or blade i want something fresh. For example : If they for any reason have to break into the tru blood factory or something because of some conspiracy i will stop watching !
Sept. 18, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST
But I can't tell if I'm laughing at things that aren't supposed to be funny, or are they?
Sept. 18, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST
Instead it's vampires not mutants.Vampires and Humans coexisting and of course there's prejudice.Oh and it's got Anna Paquin (Rogue)whoo-hoo!..seriously the pilot sucked like a vampire and it looks like an premise Anne Rice came up with but at the last minute the script ended up in teh shredder.Had potentual but dull pacing and lame dialog doesnt do it for me. however I like the idea of Paquin's character being able to read other peoples' thoughts.other than that,It's a pass just like six feet under.
Sept. 18, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST
It's fucking awful.
Sept. 18, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST
But not great. And here's the kicker. I'll tell you why (unlike every other complaining asshole on this TB). I will say that some of the characters are weak. However, that can be changed. Also, some of the side storys are not the best, but again it's only the 2nd episode. There's plenty of time to tighten things up. What makes me watch the show is the main characters. To me, the storyline between Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer is very intriguing. Add to that, that both are GREAT actors, or at worst play these characters to a T. Even with the little idiosyncrasies they are right on. So now that they have a 2nd season for sure, I'm very interested where this show goes.
Sept. 18, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
by Rick Flemming
Somebody earlier in the talkback said the dialogue sucked, and I whole-heartedly agree. The show is pretty cool, but man...the black friend and gay cook? They have some of the worst lines ever written for television. Ugh
Sept. 18, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST
It's not quite there yet, but things seem to be improving. That said, what this show really needs is an Anna Paquin nude scene.
Sept. 18, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST
...but Anna Paquin is smokin', so that kind of buffers the boredom a bit.
Sept. 18, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST
Anna nude in the season finale
Sept. 18, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST
by brock landers baby
Was a 13 year old boy's fantasy of vampires,written by his 8 year old brother. One goddamn awful show.
Sept. 18, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST
Okay Alan, we get it. It aint easy bein' gay. The vampire as newly accepted minority, is about as subtle as a hammer to the head.<p>I think HBO wants to hang on to "Oscar winner" Alan Ball as a sign of prestige, and as thanks for Six Feet Under. And even that series became a bit of a joke in its last season. "Narm...narm...narm...", anyone?
Sept. 18, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
Sept. 18, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
...are worse than Carnivale's finale episode. Just saying. And stupid premature posting.
Sept. 18, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST
by Johnnie Walker
Like most, I thought the pilot was a BIG disappointment. 2nd ep was better, yes, but the real reason(s) the show was picked up are this: <p><p> 1) Alan Ball's former agent Sue Naegle now runs HBO Entertainment. <p><p> 2) What else does HBO have going on? Their other big motorcycle show, 1% is currently mired in a huge lawsuit. Would you place all your chips on a fading Entourage? <p><p> No.
Sept. 18, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST
Episode 6<br> Johnny Smith-That was also when On Demand and DVR were not as commonly utilized. The ratings are judged in completely different ways now
Sept. 18, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
I'm already paying for HBO, so figured I may as well check it out. It's not absolute dreck, yet not very compelling either. Pedestrian sums it up perfectly.<P>And what's up with Paquin? Why is she acting like she's in drama class? I've seen her in other stuff, so I know she's way more capable than what she's offering here.<P>Ep 3 is allegedly from vampire POV. Curious to see how that plays out, but I doubt I'm in it for the whole season if things aren't dramatically improved.
Sept. 18, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST
Didn't get that memo. Well, okay, perhaps from the neck down. Butterface. I bet she could clean an ear of corn in under 15 seconds.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST
this. It hasnt been picked up over here in Ireland/ Uk.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST
for a while longer unless I get some Deadwood closure.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST
That's why HBO will NEVER do it.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST
Second season - whoot!! I am anxious to how the character of Eric (he’s the blonde vampire in the previews) comes out. He’s one of the key players, the owner of Fangtasia and they really need to get him right! <p> Maybe it's because I love the books that I am not seeing the flaws so much, but I think the show is great. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer definitely have some chemistry going. The only thing that is kind of turning me off is the cartoonish way the “vamps in bloodlust” are being portrayed, hissing and fake looking fangs etc.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
Yeah, there is something not quite right - spaces in between them? Shouldn't a Hollywood actress get that fixed?? I think she is pretty otherwise.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST
i'm excited about this show, I kinda cant stand anna paquin and she's not nearly hot enough...that main vampire guy is perfect though, show is good so far and apparently it starts to get even better from here
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST
They're still in the "origin" part of the story, which is rather dull. Once we get the "... I was born a poor child in the boonies..." out of the way, perhaps it will pick up. But for now, I'm not impressed. I'm with many of you -- DEADWOOD! At least give us the movies promised. Oh, and Showtime is kicking HBO's ass for original programming.
Sept. 18, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST
And he's bad ass.<br> Alexander Skarsgård, this guy is good, and we're all gunna be seeing a lot more of him.
Sept. 18, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST
SHOULD BE CAPTAIN AMERICA
Sept. 18, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST
by Banzai Rootskibango
...She's so hot. Also, the actor who plays her brother on the show gets to simulate sex with a different hot woman every week? <P> Where do you get a job like that?
Sept. 18, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST
by Jason B. Swaim
are they going to air? <p>
Sept. 18, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST
...but instantly ordering a second season based off 2 episodes after they killed Johnny Cinci when it had fairly similar ratings is a fucking disgrace.
Sept. 18, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST
..and that was only supposed to be the 1 season but they liked the buzz.<br> John From Cinn (which I loved) did have ok ratings, but HBO is never about ratings. they don't sell advertising so it works differently. The problem with John from Cinn, which True Blood is the opposite of, is gossip. There was this ridiculous backlash surrounding JFC, for whatever reason. I guess cause it came on right after Sopranos. It was wrong place wrong time I guess.
Sept. 18, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST
How thin does your cock have to be that a woman can use it as floss?
Sept. 18, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
longer than I care to admit.
Sept. 18, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST
Now if they'll just stick to the background and storylines set forth in the novels we'll be in for a treat.......
Sept. 18, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST
by Banzai Rootskibango
...hey, smarty...I was insinuating that the gaps between her teeth...which were discussed a few posts before mine...are huge...enough to fit my big fat motherfucking throbbing cock. <P> So shut the fuck up before I fuck your mom while I'm at it.
Sept. 18, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST
glad it got picked up.... i know theres a huge hoopla over the gratuitous sex, which is good , but i still think it pales with how good anna looks dressed in those short shorts and that tight white tee.....BANZAI......i never noticed, i guess those must be pretty big gaps, have to look next time. lol
Sept. 18, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST
anyone else notice how they toned down TARA in the 2nd episode, wasnt half as annoying as she was thruout the whole first episode..no rants..she needs to get with the brother and maybe she wont be so bitchy....seems to be lusting after him quite a bit
Sept. 19, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST
...because 1) that idiot David Milch abandoned the great "Deadwood" for it, and 2) it fucking made no sense and was a gigantic waste of its fairly competent cast (even the presence of the terrific Garret Dillahunt couldn't induce me to watch that muddled dreck). And soon Milch will try to flog what seems to be a lame rip-off of the original "Life on Mars." Jesus H. Christ. So yeah - I'm glad HBO deep-sixed JfC and put stuff like True Blood in its place. Believe me, it's an improvement.
Sept. 19, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST
Wasn't the series of novels True Blood based on 'young adult' novels? <BR><BR> Anna Pacquin's characters style reminds me a bit of the lead on 'The Closer'. Both obviously fake accents, but, I just don't care.<BR><BR> A point I keep waiting to come up on the show.. If vampires don't die, doesn't that mean they eventually own everything. Being a few hundred years old is a lot of time to aquire money, investments, property.<BR><BR> And don't vampires LIKE feeding on people?
Sept. 19, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST
NO....Charlaine Harris' southern Vampire novels are NOT Young Adult titles...they are Quasi romance/mystery novels (walk into a walmart and you'll occasionally see them in the Romance section in the book aisle) Dead Until Dark is the first of the 8 novels, each novels brings a new twist on the supernatural realm and how it interacts with ours.....vamps,weres,shapeshifters and all kinds of "other" things walk the world and not all want to be "outed" as the Vamps have been...
Sept. 19, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
more....Vamps can die..but yes long "life" means they do acquire assets, -although until recently they hid and couldn't inherit property, so they also need to find incomes, what do you do if you only come out at night? seems Vamps own a lot of nightclubs, casinos etc,,,,, Yes, they do like to drink blood, but the synthetic blood-TruBlood-makes it so they don't have to, and so they came out to the public as a new type of human, that happens to be allergic to sunlight and need blood to survive and are seen as less of a threat (by some) now that they don't NEED to feed on humans to survive-although they still feed on humans, only now the "victims" are willing "FangBangers"
Sept. 19, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST
Just as Six Feet Under became insufferable by the second season, so full of it's own pretension ...ugh..it was painful to watch and I couldn't continue watching as it wallowed in it's own glorified artificial misery...yuck what tripe.
Sept. 19, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST
Why? Because Deadwood and Rome and Carnivale cost small fortunes to make. Period pieces always do. True Blood and 6 Feet Under and The Sopranos all cost much less...production wise. Don't have to worry about special sets...can film just about anywhere because you don't have to be on the look-out for anachronisms that differ from the period and on and on. They must have replaced the execs at HBO that wanted quality TV and put in just penny-pincers. What a waste. Sundays used to be the domain of HBO, but now it's just a shell of it's former self. Generation Kill was good though.
Sept. 19, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
Milch didn't abondon Deadwood for JFC. JFC was already in the works by HBO before the end of Season 2 of Deadwood. Believe me, HBO cut the cord on that series, not Milch.
Sept. 19, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
Anna gets naked in Ep 6? HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS? I must see that episode and ONLY that episode.
Sept. 19, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST
Seen both episodes of True Blood, and it's not as good as I was hoping but it may improve. If it doesn't within the next couple of episodes, though, I'm giving up (especially since I don't have HBO and I have to drive to my friend's house to watch it). I agree with a previous poster, though... I miss the cheesiness of Moonlight. And one side comment... Anna Paquin as Sookie is fine (especially in those shorts, hot damn!), but the guy they cast as Bill is just... ugh, no thank you.
Sept. 19, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
What? 800 other Talk Backers have pointed this out already??? My bad.
Sept. 19, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST
by Nico Toscani
So what about some vampire bullshit. Where's the Sons of Anarchy talkback?
Sept. 19, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST
I was enthusiastic about the show until I read the Wikipedia entry. Now I wonder on just what day I will stop watching the show entirely.
Sept. 20, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST
fuck you CBS!
Sept. 22, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST
j2talk thanks for the clarifications. Intriguing concepts, imagine the story possibilities. Now that vamps are out, will people complain about their long life and potential financial advantage? Instead of anti-inheritance laws, anti-longevity property laws? Heavy government taxes after the first hundred years?<BR><BR> Politician on Vamp action. Ugly, ugly stuff.<BR><BR> There is a lot of comedy in this show to me. Deliberate comedy.
March 9, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST
FOR THOSE OF YOU DOWNING TRUE BLOOD ARE REALLY BEING STUPID. YOU REALLY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO. I THINK ITS A GREAT SHOW AND AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE SECOND SEASON!!!! IF YOU DONT LIKE IT THEN DONT WATCH IT!!!!!!
May 7, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST
Okay if you don't like the show read the books. you wont get the same out come. the books are different...Yes I do have a life outside the show...But anyway...Why are putting down a show....If you don't like it turn something else on. I'm sure that there are plenty of other people out there that love the show...not like me though im a junky for it!!!!!
May 7, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST
How can Sookie be in love with a vampire catalogue model , when she has a hot shape shifter who can turn into a cute dog in love with her???!!! (I'm very drunk btw...And I cant believe there's no more recent talkback for this show ...)
Jan. 10, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST
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