And yet, like an addiction to free-range hemoglobin, there's something undeniably compelling about the characters, human and otherwise, in a series whose plotting grows more twisted every year.
It doesn't hurt that this season's new blood includes characters played by Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU") and Tina Majorino ("Big Love"). But this is reportedly creator Alan Ball's final year as showrunner, and if everything truly has a season, it might be time to think about putting a stake through "True Blood" before it begins to seem more undead than alive.
Penn grad on CNN
After Kunal Bahl graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he'd studied engineering and management, he dreamed of going to work in the Silicon Valley and eventually starting his own company.
Instead, as CNN host and Time columnist Fareed Zakaria reports in "Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Making Immigration Work" (8 p.m. Sunday, CNN), the budding entrepreneur, for whom Microsoft had sought a work visa, saw his application rejected. He returned to his native India, where he co-founded SnapDeal.com, an online retailer that's already generated 1,500 jobs — in India.
Bahl's is one of a number of stories aimed at challenging perceptions about immigration policy, a hot-button issue that's not likely to be resolved anytime soon in a nation where the average person, according to Zakaria, believes 39 percent of the U.S. population was born elsewhere.
That the actual figure — 13 percent — is lower than Canada's probably won't make much of a difference, either. But for those who haven't already made up their minds, "Global Lessons" actually has a few.
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