I know the new TV season is barely under way, but I have found two new shows I like so far. The first is True Blood on HBO. I wasn’t sure about this show after the first episode, but it is growing on me. It’s a modern vampire tale. Vampires have revealed their presence to the world after the invention of synthetic blood that they can eat instead of preying on humans. True Blood is set in a small town in Louisiana. It’s all very Southern and tangled and mysterious. Everyone seems to be filled with longings of one sort or another – to fit in, to get out of town, to find love – and my goodness do they have lots and lots of sex. Everyone that is, except for Sookie, the main character who is a waitress at a bar/restaurant in town. She can hear people’s thoughts, which puts her off intimate relationships. But then a vampire named Bill comes to town and she’s intrigued, particularly because she can’t hear his thoughts. He’s a former resident from the mid-1800’s who came back to claim some property after his last living descendant died. I personally prefer her boss, who is totally in love with her and also potentially a werewolf (in my opinion). He’s way cuter than the vampire guy. I’m pretty sure she’ll end up with Bill though.
There’s a serial killer on the loose and anti-Vampire tensions and vampires who’d really rather keep eating human blood stirring up trouble. The characters are interesting and the writing is pretty good. I’m sticking with it for now.
The second show is Sons of Anarchy on FX. I still miss Deadwood, and this show is filling part of the hole it left behind. And it has the guy who played Charlie Udder on Deadwood too! In fact, it is packed with good actors. It’s the story of a motorcycle gang in a small town in California. The main character is a guy named Jax whose dad (now dead) was one of the founders of the gang. The other founder and current leader is married to Jax’s mom, played by Katey Segal clearly relishing her role as a woman who will stop at nothing to protect her family. Jax’s junkie ex-wife just gave birth to their son prematurely, and he’s trying to figure out how to make his way in the world as a dad. Plus, he’s just found a cache of his dad’s old writings about what he hoped to accomplish by founding the Sons of Anarchy, which are leading him to re-evaluate the way he’s living his life. On top of that, his ex-girlfriend, Maggie Siff, who I loved on Mad Men has just come back to town and is one of the doctors treating his son. Oh, and the junkie ex-wife is played by Drea de Mateo. Really good actors all around.
I’m sure this show is not for everyone. It is incredibly violent. The bikers deal drugs and run guns and hijack trucks. They don’t hesitate to start fights with anyone, and are embroiled in nasty feuds with two other gangs. The way they treat women is flat out appalling, although there seem to be plenty of women interested in being with them and being “part of the life.” Even so, I have been totally sucked in to this show. I’m interested in the characters even when I don’t like them or what they are doing. I totally recommend it.
What shows are you excited about this fall?