Question: Any scoop on Alan Ball's new HBO series True Blood?

Answer: Word around town is it's bloody brilliant. Unfortunately, it'll be a while before we can judge for ourselves considering the strike stopped production after the third episode. Instead, we'll have to make due with the cable net's promising-sounding five-times-a-week shrink drama In Treatment, which debuts Jan. 28 with an all-star cast that includes Gabriel Byrne, Josh Charles, Embeth Davidtz, Melissa George, Blair Underwood, Dianne Wiest and Michelle Forbes.