HBO Runs with Ball


Home Box Office and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball have entered into an exclusive two-year deal, with the first project being a series based on the Southern Vampire books of Charlaine Harris, officials said Monday.

Under the agreement, Ball will develop and produce original programming for HBO.

“HBO and Alan Ball are battle-tested, a perfect creative fit,” HBO Entertainment president Carolyn Strauss said in a prepared statement. “His new show promises to be every bit as original and provocative as Six Feet Under, which was a landmark series for the network.”

Ball will executive-produce the Southern Vampire series, as well as writing and directing the pilot. The hour-long series will take place in the rural south at a time when vampires have made their existence known to the world following the Japanese development of synthetic blood.