Alan Ball followed up Six Feet Under (2001-2005) with something completely different, even if death was a prominent theme on this show as well. The story began after the creation of synthetic blood, which made it possible for vampires to stop killing people and try to become regular citizens. Focus was on a telepathic waitress (Anna Paquin) in a small Louisiana town and her fledgling love affair with an aging vampire (Stephen Moyer), but the show painted a vivid portrait of many others in the town. Over the years, it dug deeper into the fantastical, introducing shapeshifters, werewolves and fairies, often with exceptionally bloody results. Always preaching diversity in smart ways, the show also relied heavily on sex (with a very attractive cast and steamy Southern atmosphere), but quickly became repetitious.
2008-2014:U.S. Made for TV. 80 episodes. Color. Created by Alan Ball. Theme: “Bad Things” (Jace Everett). Cast: Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Michael McMilian, Todd Lowe (08-13), Jim Parrack (08-12), Denis O’Hare (10-11, 12), Joe Manganiello (10-14), Lauren Bowles (10-14), Janina Gavankar (11-13), William Sanderson (08-10), Kevin Alejandro (10-12), Marshall Allman (10-11), Mehcad Brooks (08-09), Michelle Forbes (08-09), Scott Foley (11-12), Lois Smith (08), Christopher Meloni (12), Rutger Hauer (13), Arliss Howard (13).
Trivia: Based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Paquin married Moyer in 2010.
Golden Globe: Best Actress (Paquin) 09.