True Blood is an American television drama horror series created and produced by Alan Ball.
It is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris.
He said she chose to work with him, though, because "[Ball] really ‘got’ me. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books.” The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal and was written, directed and produced by Ball.
The pilot was shot in the early summer of 2007, sometime around July, and was officially ordered to series in August, at which point Ball had already written several more episodes.
It premiered on September 7, 2008 with the episode " True Blood details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small northern Louisiana town.
One day, while early for a dentist appointment, Ball was browsing through Barnes and Noble and came across Dead Until Dark, the first installment in Harris' series.
Enjoying it, he read the following entries and became interested in "bringing Harris' vision to television." However, Harris had two other adaptation options for the books when Ball approached her.