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July 10, 2008

'True Blood' vs. 'Moonlight'

TCA -- It begins.

Alan Ball, showrunner of HBO's new vampire drama "True Blood," is asked at TCA his opinion of CBS' canceled "Moonlight."

"I think it's pretty lame when you let your vampire go out during the day just because you don't want to shoot at night," he says.

In true TCA showrunner tradition, Ball swears that, overall, he hasn't much seen other shows that tread the same ground as his new show. No "Buffy." No "Angel." No Anne Rice books. But the film "Near Dark," he says, is "the best vampire movie ever made."

Though the vampires in Ball's series cannot handle sunlight, some other aspects of vampire mythology will be overturned. "In our world, a lot of the myths about vampires were created by vampires themselves so that they could pass [as human]," Ball said. For instance, "True Blood" vampires can be seen in mirrors and are not afraid of a crucifix.

A critic asks HBO president of entertainment Sue Naegle about whether she was hesitant to greenlight "True Blood" given "what happens when networks cancel a vampire show."

The room laughs knowingly. "Those people are crazy!" a random critic yells.

"I can appreciate that passion, I hope this show gets that kind of rise out of people as long as they don't send coffins to my office," Naegle says.


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