HBO Has a Taste for 'Blood'

"Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball is returning to the HBO fold.

The cable network as picked up "True Blood," a series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire novels, about a Louisiana waitress (Anna Paquin) who can read minds in a world where vampires and werewolves are no longer hiding out in legends, but are just as likely to be your neighbor.

A premiere date has not been set, but production on the series is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

No word what the pickup of "True Blood" means for the series adaptation of the comic series "Preacher" that is also in development at HBO and features a vampire as one of its main characters.

At Press Tour in July, HBO's Programming Group President Michael Lombardo said that "Precaher" was on the network's one-hour dramas "hot list."

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