True Blood Continues to Receive Media Recognition for 2009 in Review

December 19, 2009 by  

trueblood4Unsurprisingly to the fans, True Blood is showing up on countless best-of-the-year lists, from many different outlets across the US and abroad. It just goes to show what a strong presence the show had this year! No opinion is the same, however, and the critics are giving varied responses as to why they wanted to include it on their year-end summary.

One writer from the San Francisco Chronicle ranked True Blood tenth, saying:

“Sex, blood, vampires and topical metaphors – what’s not to like? This is one of those crazily addictive series that seems stuck just below greatness. It seems content to be a very good, very weird, soap opera that can ratchet up your tensions and align darkness with sexy. Which was good enough for 10th.”

I’m sure lots of you will take issue with his remark about the show being “stuck just below greatness,” but not everyone sees it that way. The huge Canadian media website, Canada.com, put True Blood at #4. They talked about how the series stood out in the midst of all the vampire stories this year as one that did away with cliches and popular conventions through “Alan Ball‘s sexy, sensational allegory about everlasting life and long lost loves.” They also call Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse and Stephen Moyer’s Bill Compton the most enchanting couple on TV.

Everyone thinks differently about True Blood and what they like or don’t like about it, but the show is making an overwhelming appearance on these lists, and not just in America. What a great honor for Alan Ball and everyone who works on True Blood to see how much people care about the show!

SOURCES:

sfgate.com

canada.com

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)

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  • lizzie

    I agree with the Canadians! Bill and Sookie are the most enchanting couple EVER and it transports into real life as well!

  • pbartteacher

    Thanks again, Janie for the article. While I agree that it is wonderful that True Blood seems to be receiving more and more media attention, I find it difficult to read phrases like “just below greatness.” While it is the opinion of the San Francisco Chronicle, I am sure that Truebies here in the US and around the world would disagree.

    True Blood, Alan Ball, the writers and of course the actors should receive the highest accolades for one of the most original, sexy,frightening and thought provoking series on television today. It is after all supposed to be entertaining and with the number of viewers that HBO has for this series (in the tens of millions)this show will not be leaving us for sometime to come.

    True Blood is so much more than being about vampires, shape shifters and humans. The themes that run through True Blood and that interwoven into the dialogue and plot lines are seamless. That’s what makes this show more that “just above greatness”. When I read quotes like that about the show, I wonder sometimes if the writer has truly watched the series.

    I am looking forward to the upcoming season with the theme of identity. Who am I? What am I? Why am I here on earth? I think those are themes that everyone can relate to in their everyday lives.

    I am pretty sure that Alan Ball and his writers are not concerned about accolades but prefer the response that they get from the viewers. While it is nice to be recognized at these awards ceremonies during this time of the year (SAG,Emmy, Golden Globes), it is the viewers response to the show that is truly important.

    Again, Congratulations to all who are associated with this amazing HBO show “True Blood”. You will always remain #1 in our minds and hearts.

    Keep up the great work and 176 days until the v-ddiction continues.

  • Nia

    Kudos to our neighbors to the north, Canada.com for recognizing the “just above greatness” and extreme popularity of True Blood.

    As for the writer from the S.F. chronicle, well, I am sure he is just jealous that he did not come up with the idea for this himself.

    True Blood is amazing. Alan B., the writers, cast and crew are wonderful.
    I also believe it is spot on to call Anna’s Sookie and Stephens Bill the most enchanting couple on tv!!!!!!
    They have my vote.

    • CrazyforBill

      I am so proud to be Canadian! Good on Canada.com. They are absolutely right, this show is brilliant, it’s a masterpiece!

  • JANE

    WE HERE IN THE USA HAD NO DOUBT THAT PEOPLE ALL OVER WOULD LOVE OUR VAMPIRES. LIKE WE SAY——–“WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ?”. THEY AREN’T FROM AMERICA, BUT STEPHEN, ANNA, AND ALEX, AND THE REST OF THE CAST OF TRUE BLOOD HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY US, AND ARE VERY MUCH LOVED !