HBO OKs Ball's Blood

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.

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I LUV THE BOOK SERIES CHARLAINE HARRIS ROCKS!!!! I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE THEY DONT MAKE IT INTO ONE OF THOSE STUPID SERIES THOUGH, SOMTHING NOTHING LIKE THE BOOK THEIR DOING THAT SO MUCH LATELY WITH ALL THE NEW MOVIES AND UPCOMING MOVIES OUT IN THEATRES AND SUCH. ITS STARTING TO GET ANNOYING. BUT I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR THIS SERIES AND I CANT WAIT TO SEE WAT IT HAS IN STORE FOR US!
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Yes! I love the book series and I can't wait untill i can see the series on tv!
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I WILL BE TUNING IN! It sounds completely different since it wont have to meet regular TV's strict standards. There already is a great new show on CBS called Moonlight. It is on Friday nights at 9:00pm after Ghost Whisperer. CBS needs to keep Moonlight for next season. It would be great to have both shows on. One Cable & one TV. Yea!
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I adore the books but I'm not too sure they're going to translate as well to a TV series.
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Sounds Really Good I Love Vampire Tv Shows
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I'm currently reading the book series by Charlaine Harris that this show will be based on. I recently discovered one of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I love it. Charlaine Harris is one of my new favorite authors. To me, the books are very interesting. I hope the series will live up to that.
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i'm a vampire person myself: getting ready to watch blood ties when it comes to citytv, so i hope they will both be good.... (or addictive) cuz i think the guy in blood ties is pretty cute. :)
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Sounds a bit questionable to me. People are really making some bad vampire series lately, and the term "dramedy" tends to be a bit of a warning flag.
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Having the read the pilot script some time back, and hearing of how entirely crass the novels were... I'm just a bit skeptical.

Though Anna Paquin does seem to soften the blow a little bit.
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HBO + Vampires = me being already there.
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Anna Paquin = AWESOME VAMPIRE CHICK!!! Yeah...
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I'm interested, I'll watch it
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Oh yeah! Lovin' the resurgence of Sci-fi/Horror programming!!!! :evil:
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This series will be good.
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I agree Telvisnostic! HBO doing a vampire series, it has to be good.
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I actually read this script, and it's pretty great. Hilarious and disturbing, full of gallows humor and really complex characters, just what Ball does best. I haven't looked at the cast list for the show yet, so I don't know who they cast as Paquin's love interest, Bill, but if they get him right, I think this show could be excellent.
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I have to say this doesnt sound very promising, but hey, I've been wrong before. I won't be tuning in unless I hear some really good stuff about this. And with Blade failing badly I don't see a big future for this.
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ALAN BALL
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Another vampire series...
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sounds interesting
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I'll have to wait for the dvd or p2p it...
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... gonna have to keep an eye on this one
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I am so there.
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