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True Blood - A New HBO Series

I think HBO is still trying to recreate the sizzle, aura and excitement of its Sex in The City, Sopranos and Six Feet Under seasons. So there is a lot of press on their newest series called True Blood which premieres on September 7, 2008 at 9p.

The 12-episode freshman series is about Bill Compton, a 173-year old vampire (played by Stephen Moyer) who moves to a remote Louisiana town and meets Sookie Stackhouse, an unusual woman who can read mind (played by Anna Paquin). The series is created and executive produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

I like "high-concept" programs like this and hope that they portray the psychic fairly and compassionately. We need more postiive images on the small and big screens.

Here is the program synopsis directly from the HBO site. I for one will be tuning in on the 7th.

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Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out.

Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast. "Cursed" with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test.  Sookie


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