HBO Picks Up New Alan Ball Series "True Blood" with Trammell, Paquin and Preston | Playbill

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News HBO Picks Up New Alan Ball Series "True Blood" with Trammell, Paquin and Preston HBO has picked up "True Blood," the new vampire series created by playwright and screenwriter Alan Ball, according to Variety.

Ball — whose play, All That I Will Ever Be, was seen at New York Theatre Workshop last season — had much success with his previous HBO series, "Six Feet Under."

His new work, based on the novel series "Southern Vampire" by Charlaine Harris, is set in a small town in Louisiana. The program, according to the industry paper, "follows the world of vampires, who are able to co-exist with humans by drinking a Japanese-manufactured synthetic blood. The show contains a dose of humor alongside the horror."

Ball wrote and directed the series pilot, which features Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Stephen Moyer, Brook Kerr, Carrie Preston and Michael Raymond-James. No air date has been announced, although Ball has already written several additional episodes. Production is expected to begin some time this fall.

Paquin will play a waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls for a vampire played by Moyer.

Creator Ball will produce "True Blood" with HBO. Prior to achieving Hollywood fame as the screenwriter of the Oscar-winning "American Beauty," Ball was an Off-Broadway playwright. His most notable credit was Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, which played at MCC Theatre in 1993. The cast included Allison Janney.

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