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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.
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It's definitely a shameless ratings stunt. However, as shameless ratings stunts go, this one's pretty good. Any chance that The W's own Teapot was involved in the proceddings?
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