As I noted a couple of weeks ago, it's hard to imagine an hour of more fun than HBO's "True Blood," which wraps up its second season Sunday night at 9 p.m.
Though based on Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels, the show has branched out into its own beast, much like Showtime's "Dexter." It helps that "True Blood" has one of TV's best ensemble cast, but I think the success of this show lies with the word-of-mouth/watercooler discussions the series generates. One of the first question my friends and I ask each other when the week begins is "Have you seen 'True Blood' yet?"
While interviewing "True Blood" co-star Carrie Preston, who returns this weekend to her hometown of Macon, we noted that she and her husband, "Lost's" Michael Emerson, are on the two series right now that generate more fan talk than any other series. You can read my interview with Preston here: http://www.macon.com/local/story/840097.html
Sunday night we see the action in Bon Temps come to a head as Sookie, Bill, Jason, Sam and Andy are pretty much the only people left standing in the way of Marianne, a Maenaed who is feeding off the energy of the possessed townsfolk to summon a demon god.
It's followed by the season finale of "Hung," which has proven to be quite a quirky little comedy for HBO. With the return of the ingenious "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the debut of the promising "Bored To Death," it looks like the network's losing streak is over. (I've seen the first three of "Curb" and "Bored." I'll review them in depth next week, but both are worth your time).
THURSDAY RECAP: There have been some great cliffhangers in the history of TV, but oftentimes the following season debut wrapping up the cliffhangers fall short. That was definitely not the case with the debut of "Supernatural," which was in top form with its trademark humor and a series of great twists.
GET WELL MAURA TIERNEY: Few actresses on TV are as consistently good as Maura Tierney, as her recent run on "Rescue Me" demonstrated. Tierney has been battling breast cancer for the past few months and announced this week she will leave the new NBC series "Parenthood." Her role will likely be recast. Here's hoping she bounces back real soon.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: The networks are slowly rolling out the fall schedules, so it's mostly reruns.
Tonight has a new "Monk" (USA, 9 p.m.) with guest star Jay Mohr, followed by a new "Psych" at 10 p.m. Meanwhile, "Eureka" (SyFy, 9 p.m.) is new as well.
On Saturday, "Robin Hood" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) returns for its new season. This is great news, because it didn''t seem BBC-A was going to show it for a while. It gives me hope that the network might reverse its decision and show Season 2 of "Ashes To Ashes."
Also on Saturday, Georgia plays host to South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), though if the Dogs play like they did last week, you may want to tune into something else.
On Sunday, "King of The Hill" (Fox, 8 p.m.) wraps up its series finale with two episodes, while ABC has new episodes of "Shark Tank" and "Defying Gravity" from 9-11 p.m.
"Masterpiece: Mystery" (PBS, 9 p.m.) continues its run of "Inspector Lewis."
On cable, "Mad Men" (AMC, 10 p.m.) is brand new. Meanwhile, MTV airs live the MTV Music Awards beginning at 8 p.m. with host Russell Brand, which means anything can happen.