True Blood
Genre Supernatural dramaHorrorDark comedy
Created by Series:Alan BallBooks:Charlaine Harris
Starring Anna PaquinStephen MoyerSam TrammellRyan KwantenRutina WesleyKevin AlejandroMarshall AllmanChris BauerKristin BauerNelsan EllisTodd LoweDenis O'HareJim ParrackCarrie PrestonLindsay PulsipherWilliam SandersonAlexander SkarsgårdDeborah Ann WollMehcad BrooksAnna CampLynn CollinsLizzy CaplanMichelle ForbesMariana KlavenoMichael McMillianAdina PorterMichael Raymond-JamesStephen RootLois Smith
Theme music composer Jace Everett
Opening theme "Bad Things"
Composer(s) Nathan Barr
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 36 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Alan BallGregg Fienberg (Season 2)
Running time approx. 55 min.
Original channel HBO
Original run September 7, 2008 – present


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Promotional poster for the first season of True Blood

True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. True Blood is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, and details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a small, fictional town in the state of Louisiana. The series centers on Sookie Stackhouse (played by actress Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).The show is broadcast on the premium cable network HBO in the United States. It is produced by HBO in association with Ball's production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. It premiered on September 7, 2008.The first season received critical acclaim and won several awards, including one Golden Globe and an Emmy. The show's second 12-episode season had its premiere on June 14, 2009 and the third season on June 13, 2010. On June 21, 2010, HBO renewed True Blood for a fourth season, set to debut on June 26, 2011.


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Promotional poster for second season

Development history
Series creator Alan Ball had previously worked with premium cable channel HBO on Six Feet Under, which ran for five seasons. In October 2005,[citation needed] after Six Feet Under's series finished, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network. True Blood became the first project under the deal, after Ball became acquainted with Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mystery books. One day, while early for a dental appointment, Ball was browsing through a Barnes & Noble bookshop and came across Dead Until Dark, the first installment in Harris's series. He read the entries that followed and became interested in "bringing [Harris's] vision to television". However, Harris already had two other adaptation options for the books. She said she chose to work with him, though, because "[Ball] really 'got' me. That's how he convinced me to go with him. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books."

The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal and was written, directed and produced by Ball. Cast members Paquin, Kwanten and Trammell were announced in February 2007 and Moyer later on in April. The pilot was shot in the early summer of 2007 and was officially ordered to series in August, at which point Ball had already written several more episodes. Production on the series began later that fall, with Brook Kerr, who portrayed Tara Thornton in the original pilot, being replaced by Rutina Wesley. Two more episodes of the series had been filmed before the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike shut down production of the 12-episode first season until 2008. That September, after only the first two episodes of the series had aired, HBO placed an order for a second season of twelve episodes of the show, with production scheduled to commence in January 2009 for a summer premiere.

Title sequence
True Blood's Emmy-nominated title sequence was created by Digital Kitchen, a production studio that was also responsible for creating the title sequence of Six Feet Under and Showtime's Dexter. The sequence, which is primarily composed of portrayals of the show's Deep South setting, is played to "Bad Things" by Jace Everett.

Conceptually, Digital Kitchen elected to construct the sequence around the idea of "the whore in the house of prayer" by intermingling contradictory images of sex, violence and religion and displaying them from the point of view of "a supernatural, predatory creature observing human beings from the shadows ..." Digital Kitchen also wished to explore ideas of redemption and forgiveness, and thus arranged for the sequence to progress from morning to night and to culminate in a baptism.

Most of the footage used in the sequence was filmed on location by Digital Kitchen. Crew members took a four-day trip to Louisiana to film and also shot at a Chicago church and on a stage and in a bar in Seattle. Additionally, several Digital Kitchen crew members made cameo appearances in the sequence.

In editing the opening, Digital Kitchen wanted to express how "religious fanaticism" and "sexual energy" could corrupt humans and make them animalistic. Accordingly, several frames of some shots were cut to give movements a jittery feel, while other shots were simply played back very slowly. Individual frames were also splattered with drops of blood. The sequence's transitions were constructed differently, though; they were made with a Polaroid transfer technique. The last frame of one shot and the first frame of another were taken as a single Polaroid photo, which was then divided between emulsion and backing. The emulsion was then filmed being further separated by chemicals and those shots of this separation were placed back into the final edit.

Eight different typefaces, inspired by Southern road signage, were also created manually by Camm Rowland for cast and crew credits, as well as the show's title card.

In a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the show's opening title sequence ranked #5 on a list of TV's top 10 credits sequences, as selected by readers.

Gary Calamar, who supervises the series' music, said that his goal for the show's soundtrack is to create something "swampy, bluesy and spooky" and to feature local Louisiana musicians.True Blood soundtrack albums have twice earned Calamar Grammy Award nominations.

Composer Nathan Barr writes the original score for the series which features cello, guitar, prepared piano and glass harmonica among other instruments, all of which he performs himself. The main theme song is "Bad Things" by country music artist Jace Everett, from his 2005 self-titled debut.

Elektra/Atlantic Records released a True Blood soundtrack on May 19, 2009, the same day as the release of the DVD and Blu-Ray of the first season. Nathan Barr's original score for True Blood was released on CD on the Varèse Sarabande label on September 8, 2009. The second True Blood soundtrack was released on May 25, 2010, to coincide with the third season's premiere in June.

Both Nathan Barr and Jace Everett won 2009 awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated in the BMI Cable Awards category for, respectively, True Blood's original score and theme song.

The premiere of True Blood was prefaced with a viral marketing/alternate reality game (ARG) campaign, based at This included setting up multiple websites, encoding web address into unmarked envelopes mailed to high profile blog writers and others, and even performances by a "vampire" who attempted to reach out to others of their kind, to discuss the recent creation of "TruBlood", a fictional beverage which is featured in the show. A MySpace account with the username "Blood" had, as of June 19, uploaded two videos; one entitled "Vampire Taste Test – True Blood vs Human", and one called "BloodCopy Exclusive INTERVIEW WITH SAMSON THE VAMPIRE".

A prequel comic was handed out to attendees of the 2008 Comic-Con. The comic centers around an old vampire named Lamar, who tells the reader about how TruBlood surfaced and was discussed between many vampires before going public. At one point, Lamar wonders if TruBlood is making the world safe for vampires or from them. Several commercials featured on HBO and Facebook aired prior to the series premiere, placing vampires in ads similar to those of beer and wine. Some beverage vending machines across the US were also fitted with cards indicating that they were "sold out" of TruBlood.

HBO produced and broadcast two documentaries to promote True Blood, entitled "True Bloodlines". The first, Vampire Legends, explored the earliest portrayals of vampires in legend, literature and cinema. The second, A New Type, discusses vampire culture from Nosferatu to today's sensual, sexual creatures. To that end, the show also covered the modern vampire subculture and real-life vampire clubs. Actors and writers from True Blood appeared in the documentaries. The shows first aired on September 6, 2008, on HBO.

Thousands of DVDs of the first episode were handed out to attendees of Midnight Madness, a special film festival. Blockbuster Video provided free rental of the first episode of True Blood several days before it was broadcast on HBO. The video had a faint promotional watermark throughout the episode.

On April 16, 2009, HBO released the first teaser poster for Season 2. The image uses a perspective technique that shows observers one of two images. A minute-long promotional video advertising season two, which featured Bob Dylan's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'", was released via Entertainment Tonight in early May.

On September 19, 2009, began selling Tru:Blood, a beverage branded to resemble the fictional synthetic blood that appears in the show. The beverage is a carbonated drink, developed and manufactured by Omni Consumer Products, a company that specializes in defictionalizing brands from television and movies, and FMCG Manufacturing Company, a specialist manufacturer of licensed entertainment products.

There is also a website for The fellowship of the Sun, antagonists from the book series, featuring videos about hot-button issues such as becoming a vampire.

FX, available in the UK, launched an extensive promotional website for the series.

On September 15, 2009, HBO filed a trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a possible future electronic game based on True Blood.

On September 18, 2009, HBO launched a True Blood jewelry line in collaboration with New York-based designer Udi Behr. Inspired by the series, the jewelry has a Gothic look and features sterling silver, polished steel, and rubies.

On June 1, 2010, HBO held a special event at a number of movie theaters around the U.S., complete with red carpet, searchlights and swag bags. Contest winners were invited to watch a special live, the Season 2 finale, a preview of Season 3, and a live interview on the set of True Blood with the cast and Alan Ball.

HBO began selling True Blood figural busts featuring Bill, Sookie, and Eric in summer 2010. Busts of other characters will also be available later.

HBO and IDW Publishing announced at the 2010 WonderCon that they would be publishing a comic book based on the series.Alan Ball developed and wrote the comic. The first booklet, with a print run of 53,000, was released in July 2010 and soon sold out. The second issue went on sale August 18, 2010, with a second printing of the first issue going on sale August 25.

Cast and characters

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Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is the main character of the series.

True Blood employs a broad ensemble cast composed of regular, central characters and a rotating group of impermanent supporting characters. Though the series is based in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, a noticeable number of the actors comprising the cast are originally from outside the United States. In an interview, Ball explained that he didn't intentionally seek out "non-American" actors, but was willing to go anywhere he needed to in order "to find the actor who makes the character breathe". Ball went on to explain that, in casting, there was more of a focus on who would portray the character in a compelling way rather than who would physically resemble the characters from the book. Noting that there's a definite difference between the characters and storylines portrayed in True Blood and the ones depicted in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, he described Harris as being very understanding in terms of how her work was being reinterpreted.

Principal cast
Within the fictional universe depicted in True Blood, the show acknowledges as reality that supernatural creatures (such as vampires, telepaths, and shapeshifters among others) exist. Two years prior to the events taking place during the series, vampires "come out of the coffin" (a term coined as a play on "coming out of the closet"), when scientists in Japan invent a synthetic form of blood called "Tru Blood".E-1 No longer having to rely on human blood to survive, vampires are able to integrate themselves (or "mainstream") into human society.E-1

The major characters of the first season of True Blood are introduced among various intertwining plot lines that surround the Bon Temps bar "Merlotte's". The show's main protagonist, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte's.E-1 In the opening episode she saves Merlotte's first vampire customer, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), when a local couple attempts to drain him of his blood (vampire blood is known on the show as a human narcotic: "V" or "V Juice").E-1 Through the relationship that develops between Sookie and Bill, the viewer progressively learns more about vampire culture and the limitations of vampire physiology.

The major plot of the first season revolves around the murder of several women connected to Sookie's older brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten).E-1 The women murdered include sexual partner Maudette Pickens (Danielle Sapia),E-1 on-and-off romance and Merlotte's waitress Dawn Green (Lynn Collins),E-3 grandmother Adele (Lois Smith) or simply "Gran",E-5 and girlfriend Amy Burley (Lizzy Caplan).E-11 Though the viewer is always aware of his innocence in their deaths, Detective Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) targets him as the prime suspect in the investigation he conducts with Sheriff Bud Dearborne (William Sanderson) to identify their killer.E-1 Jason's best friends and co-workers, Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Rene Lenier (Michael Raymond-James) provide him with support despite the turmoil he encounters.E-1 Rene, who becomes engaged to Merlotte's waitress Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston),E-8 is eventually exposed as the Bon Temps murderer and is killed in a final confrontation with Sookie.E-12

A secondary plot in the first season (that later develops as the primary storyline in the second) revolves around Sookie's best friend Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley).E-1 In the first episode, Tara is hired as a bartender at Merlotte's by shapeshifter,E-11 owner, and Sookie's admirer Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)E-1 with whom Tara later has a brief relationship.E-3 Tara's cousin Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) already works as a cook at Merlotte'sE-1 (in addition to several other jobs that include selling V)E-3 with Andy's cousin and Iraq War veteran, Terry (Todd Lowe).E-2 Tara's story is characterized by her relationship with her alcoholic and abusive mother Lettie Mae (Adina Porter)E-2 and her own inner "demons".E-10 During the season, Lettie Mae achieves sobrietyE-8 but Tara's life begins to spin out of control. Kicked out of her home and totaling her car in a drunk driving accident,E-10 she's taken in by "social worker" Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes).E-11 While staying with Maryann, Tara is introduced to "Eggs" Benedict Talley (Mehcad Brooks), to whom she is attracted.E-11

The final plotline of the first season revolves around the elements of vampire society that Sookie and Bill's relationship introduce. While trying to prove her brother's innocence in Maudette and Dawn's murders, Bill takes her to the vampire bar "Fangtasia" to investigate. There, Sookie is introduced to Fangtasia's owner and the vampire sheriff of "Area 5" in Louisiana: Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).E-4 Eric is immediately interested in Sookie and her strange abilities, but his progeny and assistant Pam (Kristin Bauer) is less impressed.E-4 Eric employs Sookie to find a thief in his bar, but the perpetrator (a vampire) attempts to kill Sookie when she reveals his identity. Bill stakes and kills the thief to save her, but has committed a serious crime in killing another vampire.E-8 When Bill is tried for his crime, his punishment is to transform seventeen-year-old Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) into a vampire to replace the one he destroyed.E-10

Though humans attracted to vampires (referred to as "fang bangers") flock to Fangtasia, not all people are accepting of the idea that vampires be given rights equal to those afforded the mortals of the True Blood universe. During the first season, one of the ways in which anti-vampire sentiment is expressed is through regular televised appearances by the "Fellowship of the Sun",E-2 a Dallas-based church that is eventually run by Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian)E-3 after his father and family are killed in a strange "accident".E-2

During the second season of True Blood, the influence of Maryann Forrester and the conflict between vampires and humans is expanded. Most of the cast from the first season returns and several new main characters are introduced. The same style of interconnected story telling used in the first season is repeated, with the foremost plot focusing on Maryann Forrester being revealed as a maenadE-19 with the power to influence humans.E-15 She begins by manipulating Tara and Eggs to achieve her strange goals,E-20 but eventually she is able to control almost the entire population of Bon Temps.E-22

While Maryann begins establishing her hold on Bon Temps, Sookie is recruited by EricE-15 to investigate the disappearance of his 2000-year-old maker and the sheriff of Area 9 in Texas: Godric (Allan Hyde).E-17 While Sookie is absent from Bon Temps, Sam hires Daphne Landry (Ashley Jones) to join Merlotte's staff.E-13 Daphne begins a romance with Sam,E-16 is revealed to be a shapeshifter,E-17 and then later exposed as working for Maryann.E-18 Jason also leaves Bon Temps for Dallas to join the Fellowship of the Sun,E-14 which Reverend Newlin has steered in a new militant direction despite the protestations of his wife Sarah (Anna Camp).E-13 Godric is discovered in the custody of the Fellowship,E-17 and one of Godric's lieutenants, Isabel Beaumont (Valerie Cruz),E-17 sends her human boyfriend Hugo (Christopher Gartin)E-18 to assist Sookie in infiltrating the church. Though Eric's primary interest in Dallas is finding Godric, he also attempts to place himself between Sookie and Bill. To accomplish this, he enlists the aid of Bill's maker Lorena (Mariana Klaveno);E-17 making a more prominent contribution to the cast after a brief introduction in the first season.E-5 In the penultimate episode of the second season, once the conflict in Texas is concluded, the vampire queen of Louisiana Sophie-Anne Leclerq (Evan Rachel Wood) is introduced.E-23 Both Bill and Eric visit her in an attempt to find out how to defeat Maryann.E-23

With season 3 came the addition of Sam's younger brother Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman), werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello), Wiccan waitress Holly Cleary (Lauren Bowles), and Jesús Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro). All of these actors, along with Denis O'Hare's Russell Edgington, are confirmed for the fourth season.

Deadline reported that in season 4, Jessica Tuck and Janina Gavankar will become season regulars. Alexandra Breckenridge and Vedette Lim will be recurring actresses.

Series overview

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Following the creation of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte's in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a shapeshifter—though this secret is kept hidden. One night, Sookie meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps following the death of his last remaining relative. As she cannot hear his thoughts, she finds it easy to be in his company and, over the first season, the two become romantically involved.

Season One: 2008

The main mystery of the first season concerns the murders of women connected to Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten). Maudette Pickens and Dawn Green are both strangled shortly after having been alone with Jason. Though Detective Bellefleur has little doubt that Jason is the killer, the town sheriff does not suspect him. Sookie's grandmother is murdered shortly afterward. At the end of the season it is revealed that Arlene Fowler's fiancé, Rene Lenier, is actually a man named Drew Marshall who has created a false identity, complete with Cajun accent. He has been killing women he considers "fang-bangers".

The first season also focuses on Sookie's relationship with Bill and Sam's relationship with Sookie's friend Tara. Bill explains the rules of being a vampire to Sookie and, after killing a vampire to defend her, is forced to "turn" a young girl named Jessica into a vampire as punishment. In the last episode of the season, Jessica is left under Bill's care. After Maudette and Dawn's murders, Jason becomes addicted to vampire blood and has a short relationship with another addict, Amy Burley, which ends when she is murdered by Marshall. The season ends with the discovery of a body in Detective Andy Bellefleur's car in Merlotte's parking lot.

Season Two: 2009

Season two focuses on two main plots – in the first, the disappearance of the 2,000-year old vampire Sheriff of Area 9, Godric, causes Eric to enlist Sookie and Bill's aid in finding the ancient vampire in Dallas. Their paths cross Jason's as he seeks to discover meaning in his life with the Fellowship of the Sun, a church dedicated to anti-vampire activities.

The second plot line concerns a maenad named Maryann who visits Bon Temps after Tara attracts her attention at the end of the first season. Maryann is a figure from Sam's past and knows his true identity as a shapeshifter. Her influence on the town and its residents results in mayhem that grows more destructive as the season progresses. At the end of the season, Bill proposes to Sookie, but is kidnapped by unknown assailants when Sookie retreats to the bathroom to consider his proposal.

It loosely follows the plot of the second novel of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Living Dead in Dallas. In addition, the character of Sophie-Anne Leclerq, initially introduced in the sixth novel Definitely Dead, was introduced as a major supporting character.

Season Three: 2010

On July 30, 2009, HBO confirmed that True Blood would be renewed for a third season, which began shooting on December 3, 2009. It premiered on June 13, 2010, simultaneously on HBO and HBO Canada, and contained 12 episodes.

Season three loosely follows the plot of the third novel of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Club Dead, and introduces werewolves to the show's mythology. It also introduces the characters of Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi, and his private investigator, Franklin Mott. In addition, some characters from the fourth novel Dead to the World are introduced: Crystal Norris as Jason's love interest, her family of werepanthers from Hotshot, and Sookie's fairy godmother, Claudine. Sookie's heritage as part fairy is also revealed later in the season, a major plot element from the eighth novel, From Dead to Worse.

Season Four: 2011

The fourth season of True Blood will contain 12 episodes and will premiere in summer 2011. It will be loosely based on the fourth novel in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, Dead to the World.


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Critical reception of True Blood has generally been favorable, despite the fact that initial impressions were mixed. The New York Post critic wrote of the opening episodes: "If HBO's new vampire show is any indication, there would still be countless deaths – especially among vampire hunters and the viewers who love them – because everyone would be dying of boredom. And so it is with HBO's new series from death-obsessed Alan Ball, creator of the legendary Six Feet Under, whose new show True Blood, won't so much make your blood run cold as it will leave you cold."

Whereas USA Today concluded: "Sexy, witty and unabashedly peculiar, True Blood is a blood-drenched Southern Gothic romantic parable set in a world where vampires are out and about and campaigning for equal rights. Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, [True] Blood proves that there's still vibrant life — or death — left in the 'star-crossed cute lovers' paradigm. You just have to know where to stake your romantic claim."

By the end of the first season, True Blood had a score of 64, indicating generally favorable reviews, on Metacritic, an aggregator of critical responses. The second season received a more favorable score of 74 on Metacritic. As of the third season, True Blood's rating on Metacritic has risen to 79.

Cultural influence
True Blood was the subject of a 2010 Sesame Street sketch entitled "True Mud". The parody features puppet versions of Sookie, Bill, Lafayette, Sam, Tara and Sheriff Dearborn. In the skit, Muppet Sookie struggles to fulfill Muppet Bill's pleas for a pint of "True Mud", as the other characters speculate if he is a "grouch".

Allegory for LGBT rights
The struggle for vampire equality in True Blood has been seen as an allegory for the LGBT rights movement.Charlaine Harris, the author of the book series on which the show is based, stated that her initial characterization for the vampires were as "...a minority that was trying to get equal rights". Several phrases in the series are borrowed and adapted from expressions used against and about LGBT people, such as "God Hates Fangs" (God Hates Fags) and "Coming out of the coffin" (coming out of the closet).

Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker wrote that the show is built "around a series of metaphors: Vampire rights stand in for gay rights, and now the clever laughs elicited from this bratty-vampire girl represent an extreme of adolescent rebelliousness". David Bianculli of NPR wrote "[True Blood is] big on allegory, and the tension about accepting vampires into society is an obvious play on civil rights in general, and gay rights in particular". However, the television series' producer Alan Ball rebukes critics, stating that such a comparison is "lazy".


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Graph of the US viewing figures of the first three seasons of True Blood.

The first episode of True Blood debuted at a very modest 1.44 million viewers compared to the network's past drama premiers such as Big Love which premiered at 4.56 million, and John from Cincinnati which debuted at 3.4 million. However, by late November 2008, 6.8 million a week were watching: this figure included repeat and on-demand viewings. The season finale's viewership was 2.4 million.

The second season premiere of the series (June 14, 2009) was viewed by 3.7 million, making it the most watched program on HBO since the series finale of The Sopranos. The total number of viewers for the season premiere, including the late night replay, was 5.1 million. The tenth episode of the second season (August 23, 2009) was seen by 5.3 million viewers, a new record for the series. The second season's finale (September 13, 2009) was seen by 5.1 million viewers. An average of 12.4 million a week watched the second season.

The eleventh episode of the third season (August 29, 2010) set a new record: with 5.44 million viewers it was the highest-rated cable TV show of the week with viewers aged 18–49.

True Blood is HBO's most watched series since The Sopranos.

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

SeasonTimeslot (ET/PT)# Ep.PremiereFinaleAiredViewers
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
Season 1
Sundays 9:00pm
September 7, 2008
November 23, 2008
Season 212
June 14, 2009
September 13, 2009
Season 312
June 13, 2010
September 12, 2010
Season 412
June 26, 2011

Awards and nominations

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2008Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWonNelsan Ellis
Best Actress in a Series, DramaWonAnna Paquin
2009American Cinema EditorsBest Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial TelevisionWonMichael Ruscio and Andy Keir for episode "Strange Love"
Art Directors GuildEpisode of a One Hour Single-Camera Television SeriesNominatedSuzuki Ingerslev for episode "Burning House of Love"
GLAAD Media AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaWonAnna Paquin
Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Mr. Skin AwardBest TV ShowWon
Best First-Time Nude SceneWonLizzy Caplan
Motion Picture Sound EditorsBest Sound Editing – Short Form Dialogue and ADR in TelevisionNominatedFor episode "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
Writers Guild of AmericaNew SeriesNominatedAlan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver, and Chris Offutt
Saturn AwardBest Syndicated/Cable TV SeriesNominated
Best Actress on TelevisionNominatedAnna Paquin
NewNowNext AwardsBest Show You're Not WatchingWon
Brink of Fame: ActorWonNelsan Ellis
Broadcast Music IncorporatedTrue Blood Original ScoreWonNathan Barr
Broadcast Music IncorporatedTrue Blood Theme SongWonJace Everett
Television Critics AssociationOutstanding New Program of the YearWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer TV Star: FemaleNominatedAnna Paquin
Choice Summer TV Star: MaleNominatedStephen Moyer
Bravo A-List AwardsA-List TV ShowNominated
Sexiest TV MomentNominatedBill and Sookie's Love Scene
EmmyOutstanding Main Title DesignNominatedRama Allen, Shawn Fedorchuk, Matthew Mulder, Morgan Henry, Camm Rowland and Ryan Gagnier
Outstanding Casting for a Drama SeriesWonJunie Lowry Johnson & Libby Goldstein
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera SeriesNominatedSuzuki Ingerslev, Cat Smith & Rusty Lipscomb for "Burning House of Love", "Cold Ground" and "Sparks Fly Out".
Breakthrough Performance (online voting)WonSookie meets Bill
Scream AwardBest TV ShowWon
Best EnsembleNominated
Best Actress in a Horror Movie or TV ShowWonAnna Paquin
Best Actor in a Horror Movie or TV ShowWonStephen Moyer
Best Actor in a Horror Movie or TV ShowNominatedRyan Kwanten
Best Supporting ActressNominatedRutina Wesley
Best Supporting ActorNominatedNelsan Ellis
Best VillainWonAlexander Skarsgård
Breakout Performance – MaleNominatedSam Trammell
Best Scream Song of the YearNominated"Bad Things", by Jace Everett
Ewwy AwardBest Drama SeriesWon
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWonNelsan Ellis
TubeyBest New ShowWon
Guiltiest Pleasure ShowWon
Hollywood Music in Media AwardBest Original Score – TVWonNathan Barr
Best Song – "Take Me Home"NominatedNathan Barr with Lisbeth Scott
TV DVD AwardBest Current SeriesNominatedSeason One
Satellite AwardsDVD Release of a TV ShowWonTrue Blood – The Complete First Season
Best Television EnsembleWon(Special Achievement Award)
American Film Institute AwardOne of the 10 Best TV Programs of 2009Won AwardShow of the Year (2009)Won
2010People's Choice AwardFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy ShowNominated
People's Choice AwardFavorite TV ObsessionWon
People's Choice AwardFavorite TV Drama ActressNominatedAnna Paquin
Producers Guild of America AwardEpisodic Television – DramaNominated(The Normal Felton Producer of the Year Award)
Grammy AwardBest Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual MediaNominatedSeason One Soundtrack CD
Writers Guild of AmericaEpisodic dramaNominatedFor episode "I Will Rise Up", written by Nancy Oliver
Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaNominatedAnna Paquin
Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Art Directors GuildExcellence in Production Design in TV for 2009NominatedSuzuki Ingerslev for episode "Never Let Me Go"
American Cinema EditorsBest Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial TelevisionNominatedLouise Innes for episode "Hard-Hearted Hannah"
GLAAD Media AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Motion Picture Sound EditorsBest Sound Editing – Short Form Dialogue and ADR in TelevisionWonFor episode "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Costume Designers GuildOutstanding Period/Fantasy Television SeriesNominatedAudrey Fisher
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesNominatedAlexander Woo for episode "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Saturn AwardBest Syndicated/Cable TV SeriesNominated
Best Actress in TelevisionNominatedAnna Paquin
Best Actor in TelevisionNominatedStephen Moyer
Best Supporting Actor in TelevisionNominatedAlexander Skarsgård
Best Guest Starring Role in TelevisionNominatedMichelle Forbes
NewNowNext AwardsBrink of Fame: ActorNominatedAlexander Skarsgård
British Academy Television AwardBest International TV ShowNominated
Broadcast Music IncorporatedComposers of Featured Music for Cable TVWonNathan Barr & Jace Everett
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-FiNominatedAnna Paquin
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-FiNominatedRyan Kwanten
Choice Summer TV Star: MaleNominatedStephen Moyer in True Blood
EmmyOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Casting for a Drama SeriesNominatedJunie Lowry Johnson & Libby Goldstein
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera SeriesNominatedSuzuki Ingerslev, Cat Smith & Laura Richarz, for "Never Let Me Go", "I Will Rise Up" and "Frenzy".
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For a Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A SpecialNominatedBrigette Ellis, Ned Neidhardt, Bernhard Eichholz, Anthony Barlow, Sam Polin, Danielle Noe, Todd Masters & Dan Rebert for episode "Scratches"
Outstanding Sound Editing For a SeriesNominatedJohn Benson, Jason Krane, Stuart Martin, Brian Thomas Nist, Bruno Coon, Zane Bruce & Jeff Gunn for episode "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
EwwyBest Supporting Actress in a DramaNominatedMichelle Forbes
Best Supporting Actor in a DramaNominatedRyan Kwanten
Scream AwardThe Ultimate ScreamNominated
Best TV ShowWon
Best Horror ActressWonAnna Paquin
Best Horror ActorNominatedStephen Moyer
Best Horror ActorWonAlexander Skarsgård
Best Supporting ActorNominatedSam Trammell
Best Breakout Performance FemaleNominatedDeborah Ann Woll
Best EnsembleNominated
Most Memorable MutilationNominatedHeart Cut Out of Chest, Cut Up into Souffle and Fed to People
Holy Sh*t! Scene of the YearWonHead twisted 180 degrees during sex
Hollywood Music in Media AwardBest Original Score – TVNominatedNathan Barr
Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, DramaNominatedAnna Paquin
Best Actor in a Series, DramaNominatedStephen Moyer AwardsBest DramaPending
Best Serious ActorPendingDenis O'Hare
2011People's Choice AwardFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy ShowNominated
People's Choice AwardFavorite TV ObsessionNominated
Grammy AwardBest Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual MediaNominatedSeason Two Soundtrack CD
Grammy AwardBest Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual MediaNominated"Kiss Like Your Kiss": Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television SeriesWon
Producers Guild of America AwardEpisodic Television – DramaNominated(The Normal Felton Producer of the Year Award)
Art Directors GuildEpisode of a One Hour Single-Camera Television SeriesNominatedSuzuki Ingerslev for episode "Trouble"
NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominatedNelsan Ellis
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesNominatedAlexander Woo for episode "It Hurts Me Too"
GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
Genesis AwardDramatic SeriesWonFor episode 3.07 "Hitting the Ground"
NewNowNext Awards'Cause You're HotWonJoe Manganiello
Saturn AwardBest Syndicated/Cable TV SeriesPending
Best Actress in TelevisionPendingAnna Paquin
Best Actor in TelevisionPendingStephen Moyer
Best Guest Starring Role in TelevisionPendingJoe Manganiello

International distribution

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CountryDate of PremiereChannel
 ArgentinaJanuary 18, 2009HBO Argentina
 AustraliaFebruary 10, 2009Showcase
   FlandersSeptember 7, 2009
September 27, 2010
October 15, 2010
Fox Life
   WalloniaFebruary 1,
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 BrazilJanuary 18, 2009HBO
 BulgariaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 Canada (English)September 7, 2008HBO Canada
 Canada (French)
January 5, 2009Super Ecran
 CroatiaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 Czech RepublicFebruary 3, 2009HBO, AXN, ?T2
 DenmarkOctober 28, 2009TV 2 Zulu
 EstoniaJune 5, 2009Fox Life
 FinlandOctober 22, 2008
March 1, 2010
 FranceDecember 23, 2008
March 31, 2010
Orange Cinemax
 GermanyMay 11, 2009
February, 2011
13th Street
 GreeceMay 11, 2010ANT1
 Hong KongNovember 15, 2010 (season 1)TVB Pearl
 HungaryFebruary 3, 2009
March 20, 2010
 IcelandSeptember 23, 2009Stöð 2
 IndiaJuly 5, 2009HBO South Asia
 IrelandOctober 31, 2009 (season 1)
September, 2010 (season 2)
 IsraelJanuary 6, 2009

March 6, 2010
Yes stars Action
Yes stars Action HD
HBO on Demand on HOT V.O.D
 ItalyApril 27, 2009
September 24, 2010
Fox Italy
Mtv Italy
 JapanSeptember 6, 2010 (season 1)
June 6, 2011 (season 2)
Latin AmericaJanuary 18, 2009HBO Latin America
 LithuaniaJune 5, 2009Fox Life
 MacedoniaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
(Middle East and North Africa)
December 2008America Plus
MBC Action
 MoldovaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 MontenegroFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 The NetherlandsSeptember 1, 2009/ 2010
Spring 2011
Fox Life
 New ZealandMarch 18, 2009Prime Television New Zealand
 NorwayOctober 1, 2009NRK3
 PakistanJuly 5, 2009HBO Pakistan
 PhilippinesJanuary 18, 2009HBO
 PolandFebruary 7, 2009
January 29, 2010
Fox Life
 PortugalDecember 23, 2008
January 5, 2010
 RomaniaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 RussiaJune 5, 2009
October 23, 2009
Fox Life
TV3 Russia
ScandinaviaOctober 22, 2008Canal+ Scandinavia
 SerbiaFebruary 6, 2009HBO
 SlovakiaFebruary 3, 2009HBO, AXN, ?T2
 SloveniaFebruary 6, 2009
September 5, 2010
TV3 Slovenia
FOX Life
 South AfricaFebruary 10, 2009 M-Net
 South KoreaJuly, 2010SCREEN
 SpainDecember 4, 2008Canal+ Spain, Cuatro
 SwedenAugust 26, 2009SVT1, Canal+
 SwitzerlandAugust 30, 2009
September 17, 2009
SF zwei
 TurkeyOctober 4, 2009Fox Life
 United KingdomJuly 17, 2009
October 7, 2009
February 26, 2010
September 16, 2010
January 14, 2011
Channel 4
Channel 4

DVD and Blu-ray releases

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DVD NameRegion 1Region 2Region 4
True Blood – The Complete First SeasonMay 19, 2009October 26, 2009July 1, 2009
True Blood – The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
True Blood – The Complete Second SeasonMay 25, 2010May 17, 2010May 19, 2010
True Blood – The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
True Blood – The Complete Third SeasonMay 31, 2011May 23, 2011May 18, 2011
True Blood – The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]

By the end of 2009, the first season DVD had sold over 1.6 million units and taken in over $57 million. It was the only TV show in the 50 Top-Selling DVDs of 2009.

True Blood: The Complete First Season
Set DetailsSpecial Features
  • 12 Episodes
  • 5 Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Subtitles:English
  • English
  • In Focus: Vampires in Americas
  • Tru Blood Beverage Ads
  • Vampire PSAs.
  • Episode Trailers.
  • Audio Commentaries on:
    • Strange Love by writer/director Alan Ball
    • The First Taste by director Scott Winant and star Anna Paquin
    • Escape from Dragon House by director Michael Lehmann and writer Brian Buckner
    • Sparks Fly Out by director Daniel Minahan and star Stephen Moyer
    • Burning House of Love by director Marcos Siega
    • To Love Is to Bury by writer/director Nancy Oliver

True Blood: The Complete Second Season
Set DetailsSpecial Features
  • 12 Episodes
  • 5 Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Subtitles:English
  • English
  • The Vampire Report: Special Edition
  • Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light
  • Episode Trailers.
  • Audio Commentaries on:
    • Keep This Party Going by Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette) and Michael Lehmann (Director)
    • Release Me by Raelle Tucker (Writer) and Michael Ruscio (Director)
    • Timebomb by Stephen Moyer (Bill), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric) and John Dahl (Director)
    • New World In My View by Ryan Kwanten (Jason) and Sam Trammell (Sam)
    • Frenzy by Rutina Wesley (Tara), Alan Ball (Writer) and Daniel Minahan (Director)
    • Beyond Here Lies Nothin' by Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Michelle Forbes (Maryann)
    • Beyond Here Lies Nothin' by Alexander Woo (Writer) and Michael Cuesta (Director)

See also

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  • Vampire films
  • Vampire literature


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