Alan Ball has kiss of life for HBO

Alan Ball, creator of hit series True Blood and Six Feet Under, tells Gabriel Wilder he has plenty of other projects to get his teeth into.

Alan Ball's vampire series True Blood has almost single-handedly pulled the premium US cable channel HBO out of a slump.

The network was having a fallow period after its glory days whenThe Sopranos and Sex and the City regularly reaped Emmys and pulled viewers in their millions. Then along came Ball, who had won an Oscar for his script for the film American Beauty and created another Emmy-winning series for HBO, Six Feet Under, with the idea of a series based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels.

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