5 ways a True Blood reboot could work

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 11: E.J. Scott (L) and actress Deborah Ann Woll pose at the after party for the premiere of HBO’s “True Blood” at the Social Club on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

2. Hire more female writers

It’s nice to know that O’Brien will be involved in the True Blood reboot should it move forward. But I hope that this time around, the series hires more women to write and direct as the original show only employed a handful throughout its seven-season run. Not only is that disappointing, but it also reflected on-screen.

The original series had a bad reputation for mistreating its minority characters, especially Tara, played by the fantastic Rutina Wesley, who was repeatedly given the short end of the stick. I hope that the new version of the show would be more inclusive on-screen and off, so it doesn’t repeat the same mistakes.

1. Change the time period & setting

While I was not too fond of the Penny Dreadful: City of Angels spin-off, I appreciated that the showrunner and writers were willing to take a significant risk in changing the show’s time period and setting. The original True Blood was everything you could ever want in a southern gothic television show. Bon Temps was as much a character as any of the cast members. I think that’s one element of the series that they already perfected, so it might be better if the reboot changed course and set the series somewhere new entirely.

Instead of another small town, perhaps it should take place in the city, or far in the past. Chronicling the life vampires led before they could “come out of the coffin” might be an interesting angle. It might be fun to see how vampires were living underground in the 1970s and ’80s. There are a lot of bold creative choices related to time and setting that could spice up the True Blood reboot and make the story feel new and refreshed.

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