Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Promo - True Blood


In the not-too-distant future, vampires have come out of the coffin. Thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood, vampires no longer need humans for their fix and can walk freely, if not yet comfortably, among their living counterparts – though they can still come out only at night.

Meanwhile, in the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at the down-home bar Merlotte’s. Though outwardly normal, she has unusual qualities of her own: Sookie can read minds, which complicates her world in endless ways. But Sookie’s life becomes a lot more interesting when Merlotte’s gets its first vampire patron – the 173-year-old Bill Compton – and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the new HBO series TRUE BLOOD kicks off its 12-episode first season SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Starring Anna Paquin (the “X-Men” films; Academy Award®-winner for “The Piano”) as Sookie and Stephen Moyer (“The Starter Wife,” “88 Minutes”) as Bill, the series is created and executive produced by Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”), who also wrote the first three episodes and directs two episodes of the show, which is based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels of Charlaine Harris.

Other cast regulars on TRUE BLOOD include Ryan Kwanten (“Summerland”) as Sookie’s brother Jason, whose womanizing makes him the prime suspect in a gruesome murder case; Rutina Wesley (“How She Move”) as Sookie’s best friend Tara Thornton, whose outspoken ways constantly get her into trouble; Sam Trammell (“Judging Amy”) as Sookie’s good-hearted boss Sam Merlotte, who carries a torch for her; Nelsan Ellis (“The Inside”) as Lafayette Reynolds, a cook at Merlotte’s, whose personal life is as colorful as his wardrobe; Chris Bauer (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Detective Andy Bellefleur; Jim Parrack (“Criminal Minds”) as Hoyt Fortenberry, one of Jason Stackhouse’s co-workers on a road construction crew; Carrie Preston (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) as Sookie’s fellow waitress Arlene Fowler; Michael Raymond James (“Black Snake Moan”) as Rene Lenier, another one of Jason’s co-workers; William Sanderson (HBO’s “Deadwood”) as Sheriff Bud Dearborne; and Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “Generation Kill”) as Eric, a Nordic vampire.

Also appearing in TRUE BLOOD are Lois Smith (“Hollywoodland”) as Sookie’s grandmother Adele, who shares her fascination with vampires; Lizzy Kaplan (“Cloverfield”) as Amy Burley, the new girl in town who falls for Jason; Lynn Collins (“The Number 23”) as Dawn Green, a waitress who has an on-again, off-again relationship with Sookie’s brother; Kristin Bauer (“Dirty Sexy Money”) as Eric’s cohort Pam, who helps run a vampire bar; and Stephen Root (“No Country for Old Men”) as Eddie, a neophyte vampire.

In addition to Alan Ball, directors on the series include John Dahl (“Rounders”), Nick Gomez (“The Shield”), Anthony Hemingway (HBO’s “The Wire”), Michael Lehmann (HBO’s “Big Love”), Daniel Minahan (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Nancy Oliver (writer, “Lars and the Real Girl”), Marcos Siega (“Veronica Mars”) and Scott Winant (“Hidden Palms”).

To learn more about the True Blood series, please visit HBO’s website: Here


Enchanted by Books said...

Hi Kimberly
This show sounds so awesome! I am sure it will be fantastic. Can't wait to see it. :)

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Rachael - Sure does! I'm with you....can't wait to see it. :)

Wendy said...

I can't wait to watch this show either! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

I wonder if we'll see people very differently than they are in the book series. Not in how they look so much, but in their personalities.

Wendy said...

Kimberly, I think that's a possibility. Something I've learn from watching the show version of a series I've loved for years is that there's bound to be some difference between the characters in the book and the ones in the show.

Kimberly Swan said...

We'll be experiencing the series through someone else...what they 'see' when they read the books. Either way it's going to be fun to see the characters 'in the flesh' so to speak. We only have about 2 more weeks to wait! :)

ChariDee said...

I am so excited about this series! I'm almost afraid to see it though too. There is always that fear you won't like it. I think after 8 books in the series we all have our idea of who these people are and how things should go, so it will be interesting to see what happens with the series.

It's getting closer and closer!

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi ChariDee - I think that after the initial surprise of it we'll be able to accept them looking different than we had conjured in our own minds. I saw a 15 minute show on HBO this past week with Alan Ball and I think it was on that where one of the clips had a scene with Jason. Anyway, I had to laugh because I think they may have gotten him (personality/attitude) just the way you'd expect. :)