True Blood a Hit for HBO

November 19, 2008 by  

True Blood

True Blood

According to a report in The International Herald Tribune (Nov. 17, 2008) HBO’s “True Blood” is a success. Adapted from the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series written by Charlaine Harris, “True Blood” has increased it viewership by 66% since its inception in September making it one of HBO’s most popular series.

“True Blood” is based upon a small town in Louisiana and how its citizens react to the emergence of vampires within society. The central focus of the show is the romance that flourishes between a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse (the wonderful Anna Paquin) and a sexy vampire named Bill Compton (the gorgeous Stephen Moyer).

Alan Ball the creator of HBO’s “Six Feet Under” adapted Charliane Harris’ novel to create a world that not only incorporates violence, sex and humour, but also dwells upon the concept of belonging and being accepted. The two main characters (Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer) deal with the issues of love, acceptance and feelings of being needed and wanted throughout the series which has caused major chatter on various websites. Alan Ball has stated that he has surfed the various chat rooms to hear what viewers are saying about the show and has found that many women are mesmerized by the love story between Bill and Sookie.

The series started off slowly but each week has gained momentum to result with an average of 6.8 million viewers from a combination of first run, on-demand and re-runs throughout the week. It is apparent that HBO has a hit with “True Blood”.

The second season of the series is scheduled to return begin next summer, however HBO is planning on releasing season one on DVD before the second season ins.

Alan Ball states that he is optimistic for the series. Ball says with the world that Charlaine Harris has created the stories for the series even surprise him.

(photo credit: Jaimie Trueblood © 2008 HBO, Inc. and

Vampire fascination helps HBO to well-timed hit