True Blood, based on the highly readable and very successful series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Set in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town, the series is set in a universe where vampires co-exist with humans, since the development of an artificial blood substitute (the almost titular TrueBlood).
One underlying theme is the difficulties of co-existence; the fear of the humans, and the readjustment required among the vampires; as well as provided some interesting angles on racism, this also provides opportunities for humour.
True Blood focusses on Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), an apparently flakey waitress at a bar, who turns out to be telepathic before falling in love with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).
Murder and assorted other violence keeps the show on the road, helped by a generous helping of sex - this is an HBO production.
A very enjoyable show; great casting, great characterisation, and good scripts - underscored by well written and imaginative novels.
The main story, concerning serial killings, in the first season, is powerful, and moves forward just fast enough tokeep you watching carefully, while many sub-plots rise and fall to give depth and dimension to the show.
The producers have been loyal to the storylines in the novels, but have not been afraid to vary the detail for better television (just think how good Blood Ties might have been if they hadn't tried too hard to honour the books!).
This series is definitely for adults only, but is well worth taking a look. Series 3 has been commissioned and starts filming in December 2009