Alan Ball has been pretty quiet since his back-to-back triumphs earlier this decade. The writer won an Academy Award in 2000 for penning American Beauty and followed that up in 2001 by creating the HBO smash Six Feet Under (which wrapped up in 2005).
The latter, along with The Sopranos, helped launch the cable channel in the upper echelon of original programming and paved the way for the network today.
Now Ball is bouncing back to HBO with a new show dealing with death...or rather the undead. The cable channel has greenlit Ball's latest project, True Blood, reports Variety. Ball will oversee production of the show, which is based on the Southern Vampire novels from author Charlaine Harris.
In the dark dramedy, vampires learn to live in normal society by drinking a synthesized blood. Anna Paquin stars as a waitress who falls in love with a blood-sucker.
Airdates for the program have yet to be announced.