The letter "T" is for True Blood, the HBO series based on Charlaine Harris' Sookie/Southern Vampire book series.
I'm more a fan of the books than the show, but I have to admit the casting is excellent. When I first saw promo pictures, I knew they nailed Eric in particular, and Bill and Sam are pretty good too. Anna Paquin as Sookie isn't who I pictured, but given her work in the X-Men movies I knew she'd be a good choice. In the books, Tara is not depicted as African-American, but she's also not central to the series. It works to change characters sometimes to bring a different spin to the TV version. Although, Tara is pretty annoying.
Sookie Stackhouse (don'tcha love that name?) is a blue collar working gal serving drinks at bar in fictional Bon Temps, Lousiana. She can read people's thoughts, an ability she views as a flaw, which hinders her from living a normal life. One night at the bar she's drawn to a man's peaceful presence, and she finds she doesn't need to block his thoughts -- she can't read them at all. Turns out, Bill Campbell is a vampire, and all his thoughts are blocked to her. Vampires just staged a coming out throughout the nation in attempts to mainstream into society. Soon, Sookie's relationship with Bill integrates her further into the vampire world, including their intricate political ruling system. The ruling vampires want to use Sookie's ability to their own advantage, but good 'ole Vampire Bill tries to protect her.
The name True Blood refers to the synthetic blood drink manufactured for vampires. The show's first season makes a lot of allusions to vampire hostility in comparison to racial and sexual discrimination in our world. A sign in the intro reads "God Hates Fangs," so you can see right away, not everyone is glad vampires are alive/undead and here to stay.
Why You Should Watch: While the show takes a lot of liberties from the books, it's fun to see familiar characters spring to life. Because it's HBO, expect a lot (A LOT) of bare skin, risque plots, and pretty graphic violence. Season 2 veers away from the books quite a bit and I kind of lost interest. If you aren't squeamish this series is a fun ride.
Factoid: Author Charlaine Harris said as she brainstormed writing the series, she contemplated giving Sookie a fake leg! Instead, her "disability" ended up as mind reading.