True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.
The show is broadcast on the premium cable network HBO in the United States. It is produced by HBO in association with Ball’s production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. It premiered on September 7, 2008. The first five seasons of the series received generally favorable reviews, being nominated for and winning several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
Porter has recurred as Lettie Mae Thornton since the vampire drama’s first season. She also recurs on another HBO show, The Newsroom, as “News Night” staffer Kendra James. She also co-starred in the HBO films Gia and Lackawanna Blues.