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HBO Renews “True Blood” September 17, 2008 10:15 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in HBO, News, Renewals, Television, True Blood.
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Confident in its quality, and impressed by its cumulative audience viewings when repeats are counted, HBO has given an early second season renewal to the Alan Ball vampire drama True BloodTrue Blood premiered on September 7th to just 1.4 million viewers, but HBO says that when all the repeat airings were added in, the premiere attracted a total audience of 4 million viewers.  The network also noted that the second episode grew by 24%.

“We’re in a business where we have to believe in the show — and the show is fantastic,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO’s programming group and West Coast operations. “It gets better in every episode. The show deserves a second year whatever the ratings.”

The network also announced that season two will roll air much sooner than expected, airing next summer as part of HBO’s plan to air year-round programming on Sunday nights.

“Last couple years our volume of Sunday night series went down, and we’re hoping to have a distinctive night of series on for 52 weeks a year next year,” Lombardo said. “Our intention is not to have periods where we’re not delivering originals.”

True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9pm on HBO.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Comic-Con 2008: HBO’s “True Blood” Panel [UPDATE] July 24, 2008 11:55 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Comic-Con, Comic-Con 2008, HBO, News, Television, True Blood.
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UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 12:00PM: /Film has put up their report on the panel for this series, and they’ve also added a few photos from the presentation and other misc. promotional material on the show at Comic-Con.  Read the report at this link.


HBO held a panel discussion on their upcoming vampire drama True Blood (premieres September 7th at 9pm).  Cast and crew in attendance were Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell and Nelsan Ellis.  Here are the highlights courtesy TVSquad.com.

  • A trailer was shown.
  • Harris is working on the 9th book in the series right now.
  • Alan Ball said the show will be true to the book as much as possible without making Paquin work every single day on the set.
  • Lafayette runs a gay porn website in the show, unlike in the books, and to that Harris said: “I’m good with it.” That got a laugh out of the crowd.
  • The casting of Quinn. Harris said he’s her “personal homage to Vin Diesel.”
  • Alan Ball said he didn’t want to give away whether Bubba would be on the show.
  • Only three days of shooting are left and then the season is wrapped.
  • Alan Ball said he doesn’t have time to check up on what fans are saying online.  All he can do is try to be as strue to Harris’ vision and he takes fans of the books seriously.
  • The first season will basically be book one and at least for the most part not show anything from the second book.

You can read the full report at this link.

HBO Releases “True Blood” Poster July 23, 2008 1:51 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in HBO, News, Posters, Television, True Blood.
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HBO has released a poster for Alan Ball’s (Six Feet Under) upcoming original vampire drama True Blood.  Check it out after the jump.  The series is set to premiere on the premium cable network on September 7th at 9pm.


HBO Greenlights New Project from “Six Feet Under” Creator August 9, 2007 11:55 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in HBO, New Show Orders, News, Television, True Blood.
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HBO is getting back together with Alan Ball, creator of the hit Six Feet Under. The network has officially picked up the vampire series True Blood, which Ball will executive produce and act as showrunner for.