Alan Ball Gets to Suck More "Blood"

Despite what know-it-all, self-important Hollywood columnist Nikki Finke thinks, HBO has decided to renew Alan Ball's vamp series "True Blood" after only two episodes.

"We're in a business where we have to believe in the show -- and the show is fantastic," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group and West Coast operations. "It gets better in every episode."
Ms. Finke, however, begs to differ:

Vampires are a tired premise, and the show is nothing more than a contemporary version of Interview With The Vampire with rough sex and dopey romance thrown in.

A tired premise, that may be true, but with "True Blood" getting an infusion of support from HBO, combined with the film adaptation of "Twilight" coming later this year, the vampire genre is not going away any time soon.

Bella Lugosi may be dead, but there are enough fans of the nocturnal creatures to keep the blood flowing a little while longer.

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