True Blood is “one to cheer” in 2009. Cable channels continued to set the bar for quality television during the year. And that bar was set dazzlingly high. On the list of those series on cable to cheer for is True Blood!
It seemed to be a year of tawdry tabloid topics dominating the television landscape in 2009 like Tigergate, “Jon & Kate” and a “Late Show” confession by David Letterman. Was there no place for challenging, compelling, sharp-witted, innovative viewing choices in 2009? There was! It was a refuge called cable and there was plenty to cheer in 2009.
“True Blood” (HBO): It’s true. Executive producer Alan Ball’s vampire series became a richer, sharper, more intriguing metaphoric mix in its second season. The peripheral characters grew in number and complexity, but the heart of the story remained the romance between telepathic Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).