HBO’s Fall 2008 shows

It's not a proper promo. It's HBO

I’m still on holiday, so I’m going to be a bit slack on this one. So this is by no means full coverage of all the forthcoming HBO shows, since there’s a comedy or two on the way.

Plus there’s not much out of HBO about its forthcoming shows, other than a slightly old promo vid.

We’ve got the creators of The Wire looking at the Iraq war. We’ve got Alan Ball of Six Feet Under fame looking at vampires in the American South for True Blood. Deadwood‘s David Milch tries again after the flopparoo that was John from Cincinnati with 70s police corruption in The Last of the Ninth. 

And of course, thanks to that musical promo vid, we have clips from the new series of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.

True Blood
Alan Six Feet Under Ball returns with this tale of vampires and humans in the American South, adapted from Charlaine Harris’s best-selling novel. It stars Oscar winner Anna Paquin in her first series television as well as Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell,

"True Blood" takes place in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. Their integration into a small Louisiana town causes quite a stir, and a love story ensues between a vampire and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), an innocent waitress who can read people’s minds. Kwanten will play the waitress’ brother. Trammell will play the owner of the restaurant where she works.

Anyone read the novel? I can’t tell from the promo vid if this is going to be good or not, but another vampire show? Didn’t the last one get cancelled?

The Last of the Ninth
Police corruption in the 70s from David Milch. All I’ve got on this is the following:

It is about an older detective’s mentoring of a young detective returned from Vietnam in a department fiscally crippled, under attack by revolutionaries, and which has been brought by allegations of systemic corruption into public disrepute.

Milch at least has form with police shows, since he worked on Hill Street Blues.

Generation Kill
The Wire
‘s creators, David Simon and Ed Burns, turn their attention to Iraq. Not technically a Fall show since it airs in July and is a seven-part mini-series, but I thought I’d mention it anyway. I’ve got a trailer for it, too.

Here’s the HBO trailer that I mentioned. It includes 12 Miles of Bad Road, but that’s been dropped already.


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.