Monday, November 17, 2008

True Blood Season one timeline

Sookie / Bill time line True Blood Season One

Day one
o Evening –Bill come into Merlotts
o Sookie rescues Bill from Rattrays

Day Two
o Evening- Bill come into Merlotts
o Bill ask is he can call on her
o Sookie ask Bill to meet her at 130am to ask for favor
o Sookie attacked by Rattrays- Bill kills-Sookie drink heals

Day three
o Evening-Bill comes to call on Sookie and visits with Gran
o Bill Sookie takes walk in cemetery

Day Four
o Evening- Sookie goes to Bills house with contractor information and meets Malcolm Diane
o She goes home and says she doesn’t want to see him again

Day 5
o Evening –Bill comes into Merlotts and Sookie asks him to take her to Fangtasia
o This is not a date
o She does not want to see him again – he will not call on her again

Day 6
o Evening- Descendants of the Glorious Dead meeting
o Bill gives talk
o Afterward Sookie and Sam go out for coffee
o She takes cab home and finds Gran dead, both Bill and Sam show up

Day 7
o Day time town folk show up with food
o Afternoon/Evening – Sookie takes pill and sleeps
o Bill has dream and can’t rise –he goes to her and stands guard all night

Day 8
o Daytime is Gran’s funeral
o Sookie eats Pie
o Goes to Bill's house stays the night.

Day 9
o daylight Bill goes to hidey hole
o Sookie goes home and to work
o Evening bill kills Uncle Bartlett- Malcolm, Diane Liam come into Merlotte's looking for Bill, he goes with them

Day 10
o Evening- Sookie goes to Bills - he does not come home to sleep.

Day 11
o Sookie wakes to find the vampire house has burned and she fears he was in it.
o Evening – Sookie waits for Bill but he does nor appear in the evening
o She goes to put flowers on his grave and finds him

o Evening- Sookie and Bill baby sit Arlene’s kids

Day 13
o Evening-Sookie and Bill are summoned to Fantasia by Eric to help with theft investigation
o Bill kills Longshadow
o Sookie and Bill return home to find her cat Tina dead killed by the murderer in her home.

Day 14
o Evening-Bill is “arrested” by Eric, Pam and Chow and taken to stand trial before the tribunal
o Bill insists that’s he be allowed to talk to Sookie and Sam before leaving with Eric .
o Tribunal takes place he is sentenced with turning Jessica

Day 15
o Evening-Arlene and Rene’s dance Sookie is there alone.
o Sam takes her home and stays there after the scare in the bar with killer-she saw a glimpse of the killers mind as a clue

Day 16
o Daytime-Sam and Sookie have breakfast and go to investigate Cindy death at pie shop
o Evening -Bill waits for Jessica to rise –takes her to Eric’s for help
o Evening –Bill returns to find Sookie & Sam kissing

Day 17
o Sookie working the lunch shift
o Rene takes Sookie home from work – graveyard chase and death of Rene
o Sookie home from hospital evening visits from Tara, Sam and Jason
o Evening visit from Bill
o Lafayette is attacked

Two weeks later
o Daytime Sookie at work
o Vampires have the right to marry in VT
o Evening Sookie and Tara find body in Andy’s car
o Evening Eric returns Jessica to Bill

There was a real problem with storyline for true Blood between Episodes 9 and 11. Mainly, Sookie either thinks that Bill was arrested and taken against his will to stand trial for murdering a vampire and she is worried that things might work out badly for him and he is gone two night or she thinks he has voluntarily left her alone with a potential killer because “vampire politics are more important”

These two storyline can’t exist at the same time – as they are direct conflict to each other. They ignored this conflict in the final episode and pull the story back together but it was huge writing error.

Preview "You'll Be the Death of Me " episode 12 aired Nov 23

Vampire fascination helps HBO to well-timed hit

Vampire fascination helps HBO to well-timed hit
By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television

NEW YORK – Catching the wave of a public fascination with vampires, HBO's "True Blood" has steadily increased in stature to become the cable network's most popular series since "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City."

Based on the series of Sookie Stackhouse novels written by Charlaine Harris and starring Anna Paquin in the lead character's role, "True Blood" has grown its Sunday night viewership by 66 percent since its debut in September.

The first season finale airs this Sunday, with a second season already in production.

"True Blood" casually imagines a world where vampires, telepathic women and "shape shifters" — people who can assume the shapes of animals — are a part of everyday life in a small Louisiana town. A steamy romance between Paquin's waitress and Bill the brooding vampire, portrayed by Stephen Moyer, stands at the show's center.

The HBO series also benefits from proximity to this week's much-anticipated release of the "Twilight" movie, another spooky drama about a girl and the vampire who loves her. Another parallel: "Twilight" is also based on a literary series.

Alan Ball, who produced HBO's "Six Feet Under," came to the network with the idea of adapting Harris' novels into escapist entertainment.

"After `Six Feet Under,' where as an artist and a person I got to explore my whole relationship with grief for about five years, I just felt, OK, I don't really need to spend any more time staring into the abyss," Ball said.

Ball's pitch was basically all it took to sell HBO's executives on the idea, said Michael Lombardo, HBO's chief of West Coast operations. Ball kept the foreboding darkness expected in vampire stories, spiced up the sex and violence, mixed in humor and explored the theme of outsiders in society, he said.

The novels are centered on Stackhouse, so Ball said he had to develop some of the characters around her to avoid overworking Paquin. Harris is unlikely to mind any artistic licenses; all seven of her Stackhouse novels currently rank in the top 30 of The New York Times paperback fiction bestsellers list.

The fictional genre of women and their supernatural beaus was something new to Ball. Surfing some chat rooms, he's noticed that many women are connecting to the story of Sookie and Bill.

The series averages 6.8 million viewers each week. As is typical for HBO, the viewership is scattered around in-demand viewing and reruns aired at different times during the week. But Lombardo said he's noticed that more people are tuning in for the Sunday episode premieres, a sign of anticipation among fans.

HBO usually spends a big promotion budget to get people to watch the first episode of a new series, and hope enough viewers are satisfied to come back is subsequent weeks. The "True Blood" promotion included some approaches unusual for the network, including setting up fake Web sites and advertising a fake drink called `Tru Blood."

But the series started relatively quietly and has built its audience week-to-week, Lombardo said. Even notable successes like "The Sopranos" grew more slowly, with a big jump coming at the start of the second season, he said.

"We haven't gone out and made a lot of noise about it because every week the numbers would come in and we'd say, `Wow, is this true? Will this sustain?'" Lombardo said.

The timing couldn't be better for HBO, a subscriber-based network that lost some of its hipness factor when it failed to develop shows that could match the critical and commercial highs of "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City."

The failure of series like "John from Cincinnati" and "Lucky Louie" left HBO suffering on Sundays, generally its showcase nights for original material.

"You start worrying," Lombardo admitted. "You see other networks putting on important programs on Sunday nights and you worry, `can you bring them back?' What has been fantastic is to see the subscribers have been waiting for a Sunday night show they can make appointment viewing again."

The series will return for its second season next summer, and HBO is looking to build anticipation by releasing a DVD of the first season before that — unusually early for the network.

Ball said that by the fourth season of "Six Feet Under," he and his team were having trouble coming up with new stories.

But he's optimistic about the future of "True Blood." The first season essentially followed Harris' first novel, and there are seven in the series with an eighth on the way. Ball said he's been impressed with how the stories keep surprising him, and how fresh the world created by Harris seems.

"If I wasn't making this show," he said, "I'd be watching it."