True Blood Hailed Among Best of 2009

December 17, 2009 by  

EW_062609annapaquinstephenmoyer-450x462While True Blood fans may be suffering through what feels like the longest hiatus in the world as they wait for summer 2010 and the premiere of Season three, the passion for the show is still going strong. As people look back on entertainment from the past year, the HBO vampire series that found tremendous success during its second season ranks among the best of 2009.

True Blood combines widespread appeal with critical acclaim. Just recently, a jury of scholars, filmmakers, and journalists selected it as one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2009. Matt Roush from TV Guide was on the AFI panel and summed up what he loves about the show:

HBO feeds pop culture’s vampire craze with a delectably entertaining Southern gumbo of torrid supernatural shenanigans. “I didn’t have any say about being normal,” says telepathic Sookie, torn between the fang-tastic Bill and Eric, as a demonic creature (the always-surprising Michelle Forbes) turns all of Bon Temps into Orgy Central. What fun would normal be? This show will never know.

Millions of viewers became addicted to True Blood this year, and what’s not to love? Whether it’s the gorgeous and talented actors, or Alan Ball and the writers presenting stories that can be hilarious, scary, romantic, or emotional, this show has something for everyone. It has become the new star series for HBO, which hasn’t seen ratings like this since the days of The Sopranos and Sex and the City.

In end-of-the-year lists, you can find True Blood being recognized in categories like Hottest Kiss and Top Sex Scenes of the Year, to Best Villain. It was also voted Show of the Year at by 52%, followed by Glee with 30% and Mad Men with 17%.

We will have to wait until early January to find out how the show fared in the People’s Choice Awards, but the fact that it was nominated for Best TV Obsession is proof enough that True Blood was one of those things that grabbed people and has never let go.


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