True Blood on the Nose

Alan Ball, the creator of True Blood & Six Feet Under, said his new vampire series shouldn’t be seen as a metaphor for gay people. But I can’t watch the show without feeling like that metaphor is banging me on the head. The show features debates by fake tv pundits on the VRA (Vampire Rights Amendment) and southerns arguing about vampire rights in their living room. Ball’s new series paints most of the southern characters as unrealistic bigots. I would think the creator of Six Feet Under would find more shades of gray. The show is certainly interesting and their lead vampire very hot, but I don’t think it’s found it’s tone yet. Thoughts? (Also, see our earlier post about True Blood here.) Update: And HBO just ordered up a second season after the show’s second episode saw viewership spike an “unprecedented” 24 percent.