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Why Is This On My TV? True Blood

Updated on July 8, 2012

Hi and welcome to another edition of Why Is This On My TV, and today I want talk about a cable television show that's very popular with many people and that's the HBO series True Blood.

True Blood debuted in September of 2008, and was based on the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels also referred to as the Southern Vampire Mysteries written by author Christine Harris focuses on the fictional town of Bon Temps somewhere in Northeastern Louisiana, and it's strange population...of humans and vampires and other natural and not so natural inhabitants.

In the opening episode, we meet one Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) at her place of employment, as a waitress at the local restaurant called Merlotte's run by one Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammel). This is the initial meeting between Sookie and one Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) a restaurant patron on this particular evening...who also just happens to be a vampire.

This is just the beginning of things that will happen between Sookie and Bill, as through th first season they both fall in love with one another. We are also introduced to the sheriff of Bon Temp, Eric Northman but we are not talking about the usual sort of sheriff, no Northman is the sheriff assigned to this area and owes his allegiance to Queen or King of this area of Louisiana.

Going into it's fourth season True Blood has treated it's rabid (pun not intended) to such things as Fairies, assorted Vampire Kings and Queens, Werewolves, Shape shifters and even Witches, and through it all we've seen cast members come and go, and sometimes return much to our delight, but what's the attraction to this show anyway?

For me, I have to say it's the idea that this show isn't as syrupy as the WB's The Vampire Diaries, and it's content is geared more for adults than the teen set. Of course with cable, there are always the gratuitous nude scenes that for the first two seasons aty least were between Paquin and her (at that time fiance Moyer) but last year there were several scenes between Sookie and Eric, as their relationship took a different path.

I've never read any of the novels that this series is based on, and I'm pretty sure that I won't be reading them anytime in the near future but the continuing storyline this season will keep me entertained, especially since a major character is the series has been turned into a Vampire to save her life...and thus far she's not very happy about it all, but she'll get over it downing a bottle of True Blood.


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