Thursday, July 13, 2006

As far as I’m concerned, HBO produces the best shows on T.V...so here’s the latest news on current and new programming.

HBO will "definitely do" a new series from "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball called "True Blood," the vampire drama he has been developing for the past year

Albrecht also gave a virtual greenlight to David Milch's "John From Cincinnati," a Hawaiian surf-set one-hour that HBO began developing several months ago.

Discussions for a sixth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" also are under way. "We hoped we'd have something to be able to talk to you about today, but we're working toward having it for 2007," Albrecht said, adding later that the deal was "pretty close" to being done.

"True Blood" and "John" will likely join the sked toward the end of next year. Before that, HBO will send off "Rome" in January and "Sopranos" in March, followed by the second season of "Big Love" and "sexLife," a new relationship skein about couples in therapy from Gavin Polone.

News that "Rome" shuts down after two seasons comes as some surprise -- show is a solid ratings performer and has sold well overseas. But with the commitments to several new drama projects, HBO has deemed "Rome" a two-season-and-out series