True Blood Breaks Emmy Vampire Curse And Alan Balls Reaction

One of the biggest shocks among Emmy nominations was the breakthrough bid by “True Blood” for best drama series.

TV academy members — like all Hollywood award voters — usually refuse to be seduced by vampires. Back in the 1990s, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was acclaimed by critics and millions of fans, but it never reaped an Emmy nomination in a lead category. Year after year, there was deafening media outrage over its failure to make the Emmy list, but the snubs continued like stakes through the heart. Finally, after the show went off the air in 2003, the TV academy aimed to make things up to its cast and crew by staging a tribute event at its headquarters in North Hollywood, but Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, didn’t show up.

At last year’s Emmys, some pundits dared to hope that the newest hit vampire series, “True Blood,” might break through based on the usual Emmy muscle of HBO plus the Oscar pedigree of its star (Anna Paquin won best supporting actress for “The Piano” in 1993), but it only earned a few minor nominations in crafts categories.

And Alan Ball says:

“We’re breaking Season 4, so I’m with the writers and we had a celebratory round of Starbucks,” said creator and executive producer Alan Ball. “It’s such a great time for television right now. There are so many great, amazing television series on. To be considered part of that by your peers is really gratifying.”

Ball said he didn’t even know the nominations were being announced Thursday, so he wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of good wishes.

“I have such a tunnel-vision life,” he said. “If I’m not working on the show, I’m home reading or walking my dogs in the canyon. I did not even know it was happening today, and it’s a good thing because I probably would have been all nervous. When I woke up and there were a gazillion messages, it was a fantastic surprise.”

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