'True' Fun

One of the most fun shows of last season returns for a new run beginning Sunday when "True Blood" kicks off Season 2.

Based on a series of popular novels, the series centers around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a waitress who can read people's thoughts.

In this world, vampires are "out" among the general population thanks to Trublood, a synthetic blood that quells the need to feed on humans. Sookie falls in love with Bill (Stephen Moyer), a good-hearted vampire who still faces distrust among humans. It doesn't help that Bill was forced to sire a girl by other vampires, turning her into one of them.

Also vying for Sookie's affections is Sam (Sam Trammell), a man who can shape-shift into any animal.

When we last left the fictional town of Bon Temps, La., Sookie and her friends had stopped a serial killer who was murdering anyone who had any sort of relationship with a vampire.

Season 2 opens with the discovery of a new corpse, the rise of a mysterious anti-vamp cult, and the disappearance of a series regular.

"True Blood" has a bit of everything -- humor, gore, lots of sex, action and even some social commentary. Also, don't miss Macon's own Carrie Preston, who plays Arlene, one of Sookie's co-workers.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Since I didn't post Tuesday, I didn't get to mention that "Mental" (Fox, 9 p.m.), which re-airs tonight, contains the final performance of the late David Carradine, who plays a man catatonic after being struck by lightning. It's a nice tribute to an actor taken before his time, and apparently not in a suicide as first reported by Bangkok police.

On Saturday, it's the last-ever "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 10 p.m.), which is made doubly-frustrating because it ends as a cliffhanger. There's rumors that creator Bryan

Fuller will resolve the ending in a comic book, but still, it's very annoying.

Also new is "Primeval," (BBC America, 9 p.m.) which continues to be a lot of fun.