9-10PM · HBO · Debuts Sept. 7
CONCEPT Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball adapts Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire mysteries: When mind-reading waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) meets a 173-year-old vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer), what blossoms is a ”sweet, old-fashioned romance — between telepath and vampire,” says Ball.
THE SCOOP In True, the fanged are more tolerated by humans, thanks to a synthetic blood. But toss some eerie murders into this small Louisiana town, and you’ve got what Ball calls a ”big bag of scary, sexy, funny, romantic weirdness.” Sookie, says Paquin, ”uses her innocence to her advantage. She looks a certain way, but that doesn’t mean she’s not gonna beat the crap out of somebody with a chain — and still look ladylike.”
BOTTOM LINE Our Twilight binge already has us dangerously close to vampire fatigue, and this new take lacks bite.
Sookie, Bill, Eric, Lafayette, Sam and the other residents Bon Temps deal with vampires, werewolves, fairies, and shape-shifters—not to mention romance and drama