July 14th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Alan Ball keeps death alive on HBO

“Six Feet Under” and "True Blood" fans, it looks like this one is for you: HBO is putting Alan Ball featuring yet another show about dead people, “All Signs of Death.”

Much like “True Blood” – which has its literary roots in Charlaine Harris’s series of novels - “All Signs of Death” will be adapted from Charlie Huston’s crime noir novel, “The Mystic Arts of Erasing Death.”

With Ball behind the scenes as executive producer and director, and Huston as scriptwriter, “All Signs” will tell the story of a 20-something underachiever who discovers he's got a talent in cleaning crime scenes in Los Angeles, and becomes exposed to the city’s gritty underbelly.

We’re not exactly sure how Ball is going to work sex into this yet, but judging from his track record, we have no doubt he will. However, we also haven’t picked up Huston’s novel – amateur book reviewers: should we? – and if you have cracked those covers, let us know what we can look forward to.

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  1. Timothy

    Does this mean more gay characters? Alan Ball, a gay man himself is to be applauded for this skill and creativity in making very good entertainment. Sadly, there is one question I have for him. Why does every African American gay man he puts into his scripts ALWAYS and ALWAYS have a white lover? This may come as a great shock to Ball, but African American gay men can and do express love and desire toward one another! It seems as if any person of African descent in his work cannot fully express "happy" affection for another person of African descent as much as his white characters who are allowed to do. To be part of his storylines, the AA must always be defined by their affection for the white charater.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      In Six Feet Under, Keith ( a gay African American) was at one point with another African American. In True Blood, Tara fell in love with Eggs. Tara and Eggs weren't gay, but that shows he's not always trying to put the interracial aspect into the show. Speaking of interracial, Alan Ball likes to deal with multiple dynamics in one character, or at one time, so more people can relate to those characters. African Americans can relate to Lafayette in True Blood in one way, and gays can relate to him in another way, and again African American gays can relate to him in yet another way. It allows for a deeper and more rich pathos for a character, IMHO.

      July 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessica

      get that chip off your shoulder. how many black gay characters has he even created? 2? 3? 4? if there were 10 gay african american dudes on that show and they were all in interracial relationships, THAT would be wierd. but on true blood theres only one. and what about tara and eggs? Both black. youre projecting your own ideas onto the show.

      September 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    If they can create another show the caliber of True Blood, I'm in ! http://bit.ly/TrueBloodSeason3

    July 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. masha

    Allan Ball is a pervert

    July 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ramee

    This sounds wonderful. Charlie Huston is a wonderful writer. I went through his books like lightening! Bring it on! Thank you for bringing this to HBO!

    July 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |

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