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Alan Ball's Brilliant Gothic Soap with Fangs
on 16 December 2013
Totally addictive, sexy and funny HBO show, created by Alan Ball (based on a book series by Charlaine Harris), which will run to a roller-coaster of 7 seasons in all. The creation of synthetic Tru Blood means that vampires are no longer forced to conceal their existence and prey on humans, they can now 'come out' of the coffin. Of course this means they promptly become a 'minority' population (albeit a very powerful and scary one with ruthless politics all of its own) and, to the horror of many, make an instant demand for equal rights. All of this revolves around the endearing central love story of the quirky outsider waitress and the vampire with the tortured soul.
Small Louisiana town telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar winner, Anna Paquin) falls hard and fast for dark, handsome, stranger and supernatural soulmate Bill Compton (English actor and director, Stephen Moyer) who just happens to be the vamp returning to his ancestral home next door. The smoking hot chemistry which ensues between these two characters developed into a real life romance and marriage for the actors.
The first season introduces us to a whole host of other wonderful characters human and mysterious magical creatures alike who inhabit Bon Temps and its environs: Sookie's loving grandmother Adele (Lois Smith); her loveable horndog himbo brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten); her boss Sam who harbours a huge crush (Sam Trammell); her feisty beautiful best friend (Rutina Wesley); co-workers at the bar, the fabulous gay cook Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and bigoted redhead waitress Arlene (Carrie Preston); the mysterious and menacing viking vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and his acerbic progeny (Pam); hopeless local law enforcement Detective Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and Sheriff Dearborne (William Sanderson). Other notable characters are Bill's maker Lorena (Mariana Klaveno); his baby vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) Tara's alcoholic mother (Adina Porter); Arlene's Cajun drawling beau (Michael Raymond-James); local good boy Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and his hilarious overbearing momma Maxine (Dale Raoul).
Each True Blood episode cleverly examines issues of everyday life under the guise of the townsfolk struggling with the arrival of the supernatural and, in Season 1, mysterious serial killings of local women. Each episode ends with a cliffhanger which, if you become hooked, may find you bingeing a whole season in one sitting and then craving the next. You have been warned!