True Blood Wows The Media

January 1, 2010 by  

As we have rung in 2010 a great way to start the New Year is to look at all the accolades that are still keep coming in for Alan Ball‘s fantastic hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood and for the cast and crew. Not only are top websites recognizing True Blood‘s outstanding writing and acting but so are international media outlets.

One of Canada’s largest and well-respected newspaper, The Globe and Mail, listed True Blood in its “Top 10 TV Shows That Mattered In 2009.”  True Blood comes in at number 5 on their list and is described as one of best shows on TV because of its “cleverness, wit and originality.”  The Globe and Mail writes,

“Further proof that television can easily outpace film for cleverness, wit and originality. While the vampire craze caused by the Twilight movies at first made sense only to adolescents, True Blood strutted onto the air with an adult swagger. Dead sexy, funny and often sublimely satirical, it’s the best twist on soap-opera shenanigans since Twin Peaks. Even the opening credits are worth watching week after week. And Bill and Sookie (Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin) are the cutest couple in TV.”

The Daily Beast states that True Blood is one of the “23 Shows That Changed Television” with TV networks taking bigger risks in their programming and finding shows the were compelling enough to draw in audiences.  HBO’s True Blood was one of those shows that sucked people in and held them by the jugular.

“Debuting at a time when once all-powerful HBO had fallen on hard times (thanks to encroachment from basic cablers, regime change, and some head-scratching development decisions), Alan Ball’s True Blood started off rocky but quickly became a much-buzzed sensation, representing the dawn of a new, perhaps more populist, era at HBO. Kick starting the latest vampire pop culture cycle, True Blood preceded the launch of the Twilight film franchise as well as the CW’s Vampire Diaries and offers its viewers a sex- and violence-laden Southern Gothic soap. While some view it as just a bodice—and neck—ripping melodrama, others find in it frequent allusions to persecuted minority groups. The show playfully injected unexpected humor and lashed out at the gay-marriage debate and inequality in America today.” looked at the the “Top 9 of ’09” and examined their favorite spooky, scary and bloody shows for 2009 and of course True Blood made their list.  One of their favorite episodes was the season 2 finale “Beyond Here Lies Nothin‘.”

“Season finales are expected to be big, and this one delivered.  Evil Maryann is finally taken out in a literal orgy of sex, blood, violence, and bulls.  After Andy and Jason trick the revelers into believing Sam has been killed, he returns as a bull.  Maryann believes this to be the god she has been waiting for, but it is Sam, who impales her violently in one of the literally goriest scenes of the series.”

In 2009 True Blood made a big impact in television and for season 3 in 2010, True Blood fans can expect a spectacular year with more amazing acting and storylines from Alan Ball, the writers and the talented cast.


The Globe and Mail

The Daily Beast

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

  • lizzie

    How true, Jaxx! I agree with you completely! All other shows pale in comparison with TB!! I used to be an avid TV watcher but now, they are only background noise compared to my True Blood!

  • Alex

    season 3 will be ridiculous!! And season 2 was even better than season 1. But in the mean time – just got myself: from Costco, impulse buy.

  • Antonio

    Happy New Year,Ollie and To ALL of You!!

  • Antonio

    I think that much of the credit goes to HBO. Within the past decade, the premium cable network has proven that it can turn out good Tv as much as the other networks! With The Sopranos HBO was put back on-the-map. Up to That point Nothing like that had been done on Tv. Once the series caught on with viewers, it seemed like Everyone wanted to spend their sunday nights with Tony,Carmella,Janice the kids et all. People were buying up the dvds like crazy! HBO had a winner on its hands with The Sopranos.
    People were subscribing just to watch the show! And the buzz was All over the place! David Chase and the writers really did a great job with that show! It had also won several top Tv awards. Now it looks like HBO has done it again with True Blood
    The same passionate fans, the conventions,the buzz, the water cooler talk on Monday! I’m trying to think here Eric would be the “Tony” of this group,right? Well I guess the comparisons stop there? LOL Tony Soprano had a “family” who worked for him and were fiercely loyal Eric just has Pam and Chow…Bill doesnt even work for him Why? I dont know. Eric does own a club,Fangtasia I guess that makes him like Silvio Dante who owned Bada-Bing. I wonder would people buy a True Blood version of Monopoly?? of Life the Milton Bradley board game?
    Monopoly is about trading and aquiring real estate properties
    But what would there be to aquire in Bon Temps? Merlotte’s bar and Grille? Sookie’s Gran’s House? Bill’s family home? Fangtasia? Sam’s small trailer? LOL
    What would it be like? Pass Go Collect $200 get bit on the neck by Bill? Lose a turn Do not date Sookie Stackhouse? LOL
    Or how about Your property was bought out by Eric Northman Go to work at Fangtasia Dont sass him or he’ll bite you…LOL
    I’d like to see a Scene It edition of TB. That would be cool huh?
    Anyway Congrats again to HBO and to Your Face Goes Here Productions. Also to David Chase and the cast and crew of The Sopranos. With These 2 Mega-Hits The Network has Really knocked them out of the ballpark!

  • jaxx

    Great article Ollie! I have to agree, TB is one of the few shows that has and will forever change television. It’s a refreshing change from the hundreds of hospital, police, reality and crime invesigations shows that are on. This show is definitely different. It captivates all types of people from every walk of life. You don’t know how many people have come up to me and have asked about this show. They’ve heard so much about it but don’t really know what it’s about. Once I explain it to them, they say they will have to check it out. I think S3 will have the most viewers ever. There is so much interest out there.

    Here’s to many more seasons of TB to come.

  • lizzie

    Good on ya, TB!!! Can’t wait for June and S3!!!

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    • Val

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!!Too d-mn long to wait!!