True Blood

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Based on the popular ‘Southern Vampire,’ book series by Charlaine Harris, “True Blood” follows the adventures of a small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse (who all her life was an outsider due to her gift/curse of being a telepath) and how her life is turned upside down when a member of the undead (the vampire race ‘came out of the coffin’ several years earlier) walks into her life one fateful night.

The show starts in September but you can see the pilot now if you know where to look :whistle:

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First off, this show is awesome. Secondly, I don't know how they got Anna Paquin to be in it. You would think an Oscar winner would be above this kind of show, at least this early in her career. She plays a southern waitress that can hear people's thoughts. Vampires are real, but treated like second class citizens. There are jokes comparing them to homosexuals with jokes like them coming out of the coffin. There is tons of sex and nudity so make sure you don't let the kids see it.

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HBO has renewed Alan Ball's vampire drama "True Blood" after only two episodes.

"Blood" debuted Sept. 7 on the premium network to a modest 1.4 million viewers. But the debut has attracted a total of 4 million viewers with repeat airings. Also, HBO noted the second episode grew 24%.

"We're in a business where we have to believe in the show -- and the show is fantastic," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group and West Coast operations. "It gets better in every episode. The show deserves a second year whatever the ratings."

The early pickup also sends a reassuring message to fans, Lombardo noted. "It says, 'It's OK to get hooked on the show, it's coming back.' "

Fans also won't have to wait very long. Season 2 will air next summer (yet another reason for the early pickup), part of HBO's plan to return to year-round programming on Sunday nights.

"Last couple years our volume of Sunday night series went down, and we're hoping to have a distinctive night of series on for 52 weeks a year next year," Lombardo said. "Our intention is not to have periods where we're not delivering originals."

HBO should have no problem filling the night; it has several projects in development including the Ted Danson comedy pilot "Bored to Death," the dark comedy "Hung" and the gambling drama "Boardwalk Empire."

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