Sunday, September 7, 2008

HBO Hopes This Series Doesn't Suck

True Blood
Sundays 9 PM
Produced by Alan Ball

By Allen Bacon
The Daily Bosco

After the failing of shows like John From Cincinatti and Tell Me You Love Me, and routinely getting pounded by the Showtime Network, HBO is in need of a hit in a big way.

So, let's make a hit shall we? I call it Professor Bosco's Successful Television Programming 101.

First of all we take a popular book series and make Alan Ball Producer...the same Alan Ball who gave us the widely acclaimed and successful HBO series Six Feet Under.....make it look like Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets an Anne Rice Novel (your choice) meets Californication...with an extremely sexy cast, and relevant social commentary and woo-lah my friends we could have a hit here.

True Blood, the newest show in the HBO stable, debuts Sunday night at 9 PM. It is a series about vampires (the popular books are from author Charlaine Harris)...but this isn't your parent's Dark Shadows or Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This series is produced by Alan Ball and it is going to push the limit sexually and thematically on what can be shown on television, even pushing beyond the scope of the books.

The series features Anna Paquin as the main character, Sookie Stocksdale, who has developed the ability to hear people's thoughts which tends to isolate her from the rest of her small Louisiana town. After an appeal of the anti-Vampire law, which follows the release of a FDA approved blood substitute drink from Japan which allows many Vampires to come out of the, uh-hem, coffin...stay with me on this one...a sexy young Vampire guy moves up the road in said small Louisiana town and we'll just have to find out what happens next. Of course there are the Religious anti-vampire protesters who want an appeal of the Vampire-Rights Act and there are the pro-vampire people.

Musically, don't expect any Baroquish, gothic music here. Expect a great eclectic music backdrop from Gary Calamar who also scored Six Feet Under and hosts The Open Road on KCRW in Los Angeles.

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