Despite its cast of vampires, HBO’s “True Blood” has a lot of life left in it, with the pay cabler throwing a lavish premiere June 21 for the series’ fourth-season launch.
“Vampires, as you know, are immortal, and this show isn’t showing any signs of slowing down,” said HBO chief Sue Naegle, before the season’s first episode screened at the Cinerama Dome.
Said show creator and producer Alan Ball, “There is an obscene party waiting for us afterward.” Ball went on to compare the show’s supernatural characters with people in Hollywood: “They’re crazy hot, wear very little and can turn into a blood sucking beast.”
The soiree easily trumped the scale of previous “Blood” preems, with the afterparty held inside the shuttered Social nightclub at the former Hollywood Athletic Club, where planners re-created the show’s vampire hangout, Fangtasia.
Guests downed bottles of Tru Blood, had tarot cards read and were served by waiters and bartenders wearing T-shirts that ID’d them as either Vampire, Werewolf, Witch or Fangbanger … “in Training.”