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Old 07-18-06, 05:41 PM
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HBO orders 'True Blood' to Series

I just read on Charlaine Harris' website that durring the TCA presentations this week, HBO announced that they have ordered 'True Blood' (based on the 'Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse Mystery' book series by Charlaine Harris) to series for Fall 2007. Alan Ball is writing/directing (unclear if the pilot is being filmed soon or has already been filmed) the pilot and servign as an executive producers on the show.

All the information I can find, but I love these books and can't wait for the TV show (even if it is 15 months away)
Old 07-18-06, 05:56 PM
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I haven't read the books, although I remember a thread about this possible show quite a while ago and I took a peek at them then. Looking forward to checking this out whenever it hits DVD...
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Had never heard of the series before coming into this thread but it sounds interesting enough.
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After Six Feet Under, I'll try anything Alan Ball is involved with...
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This may be the only reason I even think about keeping HBO after Sopranos after what they've done to Carnivale and Deadwood.
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This may be the only reason I even think about keeping HBO after Sopranos after what they've done to Carnivale and Deadwood.
Same here, I've been a fan of these books since high school, so it will be awesome to see them all come to life... As far as HBO goes, I've never been a fan of 'Sopranos' (probably the one HBO show I did not follow at one time or another) but this and "big love" will definately be a reason to keep the chanel...

I know two more series have been ordered. One about a relationship counselor created by Gavin Palone, and another about surfing from the creator of 'deadwood,' they both seem interesting enough to check out...
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And they just canceled it...
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What is the book like? I'm not a big fan of most vampire-related stuff (Buffy, Interview w/ a Vampire) but I love Six Feet Under, Carnivale, and the video-game series Vampire: The Masquerade. I'll try anything Alan Ball does but I'm not as excited as I should be, unless I just don't get what this is about.
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Fuck HBO, I wont watch a single new show of theirs if they cant let it finish itself and wrap everything up! After ROME 2, IM done with them ...
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Originally Posted by Ravenous
Fuck HBO, I wont watch a single new show of theirs if they cant let it finish itself and wrap everything up! After ROME 2, IM done with them ...
I agree that Carnivále (for good reason) and Deadwood (NOT for good reason) were killed way too early. And in my own personal opinion, I think they've dragged Soprano's out far too long. But they still have a better track record for quality shows than any other network. And they don't cancel things after only a few shows. I've watched nearly every hour long drama that HBO has ever aired and I can only think of one that didn't excite me. Everything else has been great.

I hope you enjoy standing tough on your principles as much as I enjoy the next great HBO series.
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus
What is the book like? I'm not a big fan of most vampire-related stuff (Buffy, Interview w/ a Vampire) but I love Six Feet Under, Carnivale, and the video-game series Vampire: The Masquerade. I'll try anything Alan Ball does but I'm not as excited as I should be, unless I just don't get what this is about.
The books are not just about vampires, and that, to me, turned out to be a delight. Ms. Harris's writing got better as she put out more books, IMHO, but she has crafted a bizzarre world and heroine that actually kept me off guard. Fanciful fantasy, to be sure, but better than anything I'd read in a while. I don't want to spoil anything...but yes, vampires are predominant in the first couple of stories, but when you get to the were-people, things get wild and funny. I love the humor.

This could easily dissolve into a campy show, but I think Alan Ball could do it right.

Do yourself a favor and pick up the first book Dead Until Dark. It's not mindblowingly impressive, but it's original and the stories do get better as the series moves along.
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Originally Posted by Dydion
The books are not just about vampires, and that, to me, turned out to be a delight. Ms. Harris's writing got better as she put out more books, IMHO, but she has crafted a bizzarre world and heroine that actually kept me off guard. Fanciful fantasy, to be sure, but better than anything I'd read in a while. I don't want to spoil anything...but yes, vampires are predominant in the first couple of stories, but when you get to the were-people, things get wild and funny. I love the humor.

This could easily dissolve into a campy show, but I think Alan Ball could do it right.

Do yourself a favor and pick up the first book Dead Until Dark. It's not mindblowingly impressive, but it's original and the stories do get better as the series moves along.

The first couple books in the series are good little reads, but it isn't until the third and fourth books that the series evolved into the amazingness it became. The universe that Mrs. Harris has created is really entertaining and engaging and with each new novel she just keeps adding more and more layers...

Personally I cannot wait until September 2007, when I finally get to see this series (which has been in 'development' since October 2005...
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Sookie Stackhouse has been cast and will be played by
Spoiler:
Anna Paquin
Old 02-27-07, 03:56 AM
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I don't know what the heck TRUE BLOOD is, but I'll watch this show because Anna is a babe.
She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.
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Originally Posted by bunkaroo
This may be the only reason I even think about keeping HBO after Sopranos after what they've done to Carnivale and Deadwood.
After seeing the title to this thread my first thought was "F*ck HBO after what they did to Carnivale and Deadwood." Incedible how many people feel the same way.
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Anyone know if the Fall 2007 premiere still a go or has this been delayed?

Either way, I better read some more of these books (so far, have only read the first one).
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Originally Posted by leacha
After seeing the title to this thread my first thought was "F*ck HBO after what they did to Carnivale and Deadwood." Incedible how many people feel the same way.
Yup, I had some rantings about this but HBO sheep ended up crying

I'll catch the show (rent) if I hear they finish it. I wont bother if they half ass it and screw it like the above shows. Once ROME is done, HBO is done for me.
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Why does everyone hate HBO because of the cancellation for 'Carnivale' and 'Rome'? I mean I understand that it sucks that both of these shows were canceled, but that is show business. I was upset when 'Carnivale' wasn't renewed for a third season, but the show wasn't getting the ratings and the cost was too high. Same with 'ROME' (considering that show costs $100 Million a Season of 12 episodes (compared to the $50 million that CW pays for 22 episodes 'Smallville'), it just doesn't make good business sense. Also, HBO typically has a much better track record than broadcast and other cable channels. On HBO they have an 85% second-season rate (atleast as of 2006), wereas any given broadcaster (like NBC or ABC for example) the second-season rate is around 35%. Its just more noticable with HBO because they have less series...
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You know what? to be honest, my favorite shows on TV with the exception of Rescue Me are on HBO. The Wire, Rome, Deadwood and Carnivale are all tops in my book, and all of them have been cancelled at one point and time or another.

But i have to say, I would rather see them cancelled, than experience what has happened to the Sopranos (which I believe started out phenomenal and now just looms on the south side of sucky.) Even Carnivale, I felt got considerably weaker in the second season, and i was wondering if it would even be good in a third. Much like Jimi Hendrix, I would rather see a show that i love go out on top, then end up like Elvis circa 1977.
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It sucks that shows like Carnivale, Rome, and Deadwood get cancelled, but I would rather have 2 or 3 seasons of them than none.
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Anyone know when this show is set to premiere? I've seen a few brief spots on HBO, but have not heard of a date (assume it to be sometime this year).
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^I heard or read somewhere (possibly Entertainment weekly) That it was scheduled to start in Sept.
OT but anybody heard any update on the PREACHER show they were supposedly developing?
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Here's an unfortunately negative review of the pilot, although I'm still excited for this show.

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Pilot Inspektor: HBO's "True Blood"

http://www.televisionaryblog.com/200...rue-blood.html

It's funny how your expectations can completely derail your perceptions of a series' strengths or weaknesses. As longtime readers of this site know, I have been beyond excited to watch the pilot for HBO's upcoming series True Blood since I first read the pilot script during the winter/spring of 2007. (Yes, it's really been that long since I first started blathering on about it.)

So imagine my shock and chagrin when I sat down to watch the pilot for True Blood--written and directed by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the novel series by Charlaine Harris--last week and was royally disappointed. Consider me a vampire faced with the prospect of feasting on an anorexic: all of the pieces were there but it was just flat, empty, and remarkably tasteless.

Sure, Anna Paquin (X-Men) is absolutely cute as a button as telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse; she's a blonde, perky barmaid at Merlotte's, a backwoods bar in post-Katrina Louisiana, and a social pariah, rejected by most of the townspeople for the unnerving way she is able to hear people's innermost thoughts in a constant cacophony of sordid audio details. But her luck takes a turn for the better when a vampire--named Bill, no less, and played by NY-LON's Stephen Moyer--comes into the bar one evening.

Sookie's amazed that she can't hear Bill Compton's thoughts and then is called upon to rescue him from some predatory lowlifes who want to drain him for his narcotic-like blood and sell the plasma to the highest bidder. (In this world, vampires have "come out of the coffin" and walk among humans, thanks to a Japanese-created synthetic blood called Tru Blood that's sold at most liquor stores.)

It's a convincing setup for a series that aims to be a mature, pay cable version of, say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer-meets-Dark Shadows or similar, but the inclusion of graphic sex into the mix makes the entire thing play more like soft-core porn. A storyline involving Sookie's lothario brother Jason (Summerland's Ryan Kwanten) having sex with local bad girl Maudette Pickens (Dirt's Danielle Sapia)--a woman addicted to having sex with vampires and filming it--turns into a gruesome S&M-charged affair that doesn't jibe at all well with the innocence of Sookie or the off-kilter humor of the rest of the episode. Maudette is found strangled and a tape of her having rough sex with Jason is found at the scene and he becomes the chief suspect in her murder... even though we now know there are several vampires hanging around town, including Bill and a mysterious female vampire who comes to Sookie's aid after she tries to free Bill.

(Aside: It bothered me that Maudette and Sookie supposedly went to high school together; the woman playing Maudette looks like she has about twenty years on Paquin and that little revelation threw me for a loop and took me off page for a few minutes.)

What I loved about the script was the interplay between the characters and how well each of the supporting characters were developed: how Sookie's boss Sam (Sam Trammell) sublimates his obvious desire for Sookie even though he's shouting his love for her inside her head; how alternately attracted and repelled Jason is by the notion of vampire sex; or how Sookie's friend Tara (Passions' Brook Kerr) can't censor her thoughts at all, either inside her head or when they're spoken aloud. But intsead, in the filmed version of the pilot, I find that none of the supporting characters are particularly sympathetic. They're all loud, irritating, and shrill. It's like they're all shouting all the time inside Sookie's head. Only, like Sookie, we're doomed to hear them all the damn time. (Kerr is definitely hellishly annoying; her Tara won't shut up for a single second she's on-screen.)

Tonally, the pilot was all over the place: a sex-fueled drama, off-kilter comedy, and a serious exploration of class warfare in small-town Americana after the storm. Then you throw in telepathy, vampires, and murder--not to mention some seriously cheesy special effects (they make the vampire transformation in Buffy look like the work of CGI geniuses)--and what you're left with is a bit of a muddle.

It's a bit of a headscratcher whether this will be seriously reworked (or, hell, completely reshot) before True Blood launches... well, whenever it will inevitably launch after such a long delay. But given the recent regime change at HBO, I wonder whether Sue Naegle will step in to fix this bloody awful mess. Pun definitely intended.


Also, here is a concept board for the title sequence, which I think looks really cool.


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I'm still interested in this...even more so after CBS canceled Moonlight.

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