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HBO to bring ‘Southern Vampire’ series to TV

HBO announced this week that it plans to bring a new weekly vampire series to American pay-TV in 2008.

Called True Blood, the series is based on the very popular sexy and darkly comedic Southern Vampire book series by author Charlaine Harris.

The story revolves around vampire named Bill Compton, played by hunky blond actor Stephen Moyer. He meets and falls in love with the heroine of the story, a psychic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse (this is a dark comedy, remember), played by Anna Paquin (who apparently will be reprising her well-earned southern accent from the X-Men films).

The series is being produced by Alan Ball, who last worked with HBO to bring the series, Six Feet Under to the little screen.

The rest of the cast includes Ryan Kwanten (Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord) as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell (Judging Amy) as Sam Merlotte, Brook Kerr (Passions) as Tara Thornton, Carrie Preston (Lost) as Arlene Fowler, Michael Raymond-James (Medium) as Rene Lenier, Danielle Sapia (Dirt) as Maudette Pickens, and Graham Shiels (General Hospital) as Liam.

(Via: MultiChannel News)

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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