True Blood may have flown off the rails in later years, but Alan Ball’s other HBO totem Six Feet Under stuck the landing to become one of TV’s best dramas. Here’s hoping he does it again, now that Ball’s next family drama has an official series order at the premium cabler.
HBO’s Six Feet Under famously gave fans about a million ways to die, but did you know the network deliberately asked it be “more f—ed up”? Or that you can visit the actual Fisher home, but not that famous tree? Load up the Sia and breathe me in, as the 38th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ embalms a few facts from HBO’s Six Feet Under!
After the wild and crazy success of Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike,' it doesn't surprise us in the slightest that a movie about the Chippendales dancers is in the works. It also doesn't surprise us that Alan Ball of HBO's 'True Blood' fame is writing and directing the project. What does surprise us is that Ben Stiller is being eyed for the lead in a movie about the world's most famous male strippers.
While many of us were disheartened to learn that 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball would be stepping down as showrunner for the sixth season of HBO's bloody drama, the news was tempered by the fact that Ball would swiftly return to TV to helm Cinemax's pulpy thriller 'Banshee.' The network kept the project pretty secretive at first, but how would you like to see the first trailer? Is it every bit as bloody, sexy and action-packed as its spiritual predecessor?
'True Blood' season 5 is barely dead in the ground following last week's gripping season finale "Save Yourself," but already speculation has run rampant on the next season. Behind the cameras, we know that longtime show-runner Alan Ball will depart the series for his new Cinemax venture 'Banshee,' leaving the 'True Blood' reigns to writer Mark Hudis, who already has gallons of story to spill. Brace yourselves though, as 'True Blood' season 6 might feel a bit lighter than we're all used to, but why?
Admittedly, we haven't paid too much attention to the development of Alan Ball's first post-'True Blood' project, that of the upcoming Cinemax thriller 'Banshee.' Cinemax's star has been on the rise following development of their stable of original series, from sexy noir thriller 'Femme Fatales' to action-drama 'Strike Back,' and even the upcoming 'Transporter' adaptation. So what can we learn from the first teaser for 'Banshee'?
Say it ain't so, Alan Ball! Is the long time series creator, executive producer and head writer departing 'True Blood' after the current season? That's the most likely outcome.