PRIME to screen True Blood


The new series from “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball to debut on Prime in 2009

Prime Television is delighted to have secured the new 12 part HBO series TRUE BLOOD.

Starring New Zealand actress Anna Paquin, winner of the 2009 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama (the “X-Men” films; Academy Award®-winner for “The Piano”) as Sookie and Stephen Moyer (“The Starter Wife,” “88 Minutes”) as Bill, the series is created and executive produced by Alan Ball, based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels of Charlaine Harris.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humour, TRUE BLOOD is set in the not-too-distant future where, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood, vampires no longer need humans for their fix and can walk freely, if not yet comfortably, among their living counterparts – though they can still come out only at night.

Meanwhile, in the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at the down-home bar Merlotte’s.  Though outwardly normal, she has unusual qualities of her own:  Sookie can read minds, which complicates her world in endless ways.  But Sookie’s life gets a lot more interesting when Merlotte’s gets its first vampire patron – the 173-year-old Bill Compton – and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other.

Other cast regulars on TRUE BLOOD include Ryan Kwanten (“Summerland”) as Sookie’s brother Jason, whose womanizing makes him the prime suspect in a gruesome murder case;  Rutina Wesley (“How She Move”) as Sookie’s best friend Tara Thornton, whose outspoken ways constantly get her into trouble;  Sam Trammell (“Judging Amy”) as Sookie’s good-hearted boss Sam Merlotte, who carries a torch for her;  Nelsan Ellis (“The Inside”) as Lafayette Reynolds, a cook at Merlotte’s, whose personal life is as colourful as his wardrobe;  Chris Bauer (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Detective Andy Bellefleur;  Jim Parrack (“Criminal Minds”) as Hoyt Fortenberry, one of Jason Stackhouse’s co-workers on a road construction crew;  Carrie Preston (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) as Sookie’s fellow waitress Arlene Fowler;  Michael Raymond James (“Black Snake Moan”) as Rene Lenier, another one of Jason’s co-workers;  William Sanderson (HBO’s “Deadwood”) as Sheriff Bud Dearborne; and Alexander Skarsgård as Eric, a Nordic vampire.

Also appearing in TRUE BLOOD are Lois Smith (“Hollywoodland”) as Sookie’s grandmother Adele, who shares her fascination with vampires;  Lizzy Kaplan (“Cloverfield”) as Amy Burley, the new girl in town who falls for Jason;  Lynn Collins (“The Number 23”) as Dawn Green, a waitress who has an on-again, off-again relationship with Sookie’s brother;  Kristin Bauer (“Dirty Sexy Money”) as Eric’s cohort Pam, who helps run a vampire bar; and Stephen Root (“No Country for Old Men”) as Eddie, a neophyte vampire.

More details on when True Blood will screen on Prime will be released shortly.

True Blood is adapted from Dead until Dark, the first of the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris, which is available in New Zealand at all good bookstores.

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  • True Blood is a great show and I’m sure it will be well received by New Zealanders.


  • MrCynical

    Shame it’s prime though, it won’t get the promotion and coverage it should.

  • tommonz

    love this show,first three episodes are a lil slow,but so worth it.


  • blaise

    have missed this on Prime tv. can anyone please tell me when it is on?

  • blaise

    I have missed this…can anyone please tell me when it is on?