A friend told me about this new series on HBO -- I'm liking it! Vampires in backwoods Louisiana, with an additional, new premise. Because (in this world) the Japanese have invented a synthetic blood replacement that meets vampires' nutritional needs, the vampire community can "come out of the coffin" & join mainstream America.
I like that it plays all over the field of that premise. We start with a nice rich, weird-ass backwoods Louisiana set of characters. Female protagonist Sookie happens to be telepathic (& seems to have a canine guardian angel). Her brother is busy trying to have kinky sex with every female in town, except the one who's had a crush on him forever. Grandma is exceptionally even-tempered & wise. Various other sex, drugs & zydeco swirling around.
Then add in the layer of the vampires, some of whom are "mainstreaming it", & some of whom think "what's the point of being a vampire if you can't kill people". They play that with the "Vampires in America" movement, at a national scale. (This lets the writers do some commentary on racism, gay rights, etc, but it's really nicely integrated into the show's world.)
Anyway, not a big surprise that Sookie is in love/lust with a very gentlemanly mainstream vampire.Layer on top of all that some non-vampiric murders, just to keep things moving along. (Oh! And William Sanderson is the sheriff -- Deadwood, & Larry of "Larry, Darryl & Darryl". I love him!)
The writers inject a nice amount of humour (subtle & not so) throughout. They make full use of the fact that they're on HBO for sex, violence & general kinkiness. It's well cast, the characters feel really substantial. I'm really enjoying it.
Intense! Creepy! Gross! Dismal! Awesome? Yes. As good as the first? Probably not, but don't let that stop you. After it was over, I had to walk around Toys R Us for a half-hour in order to unwind. It didn't really help.