Enjoying "True Blood" requires a couple of steps I understand some aren't willing to take: huge suspension of disbelief, overlooking some bad acting, and accepting that vampires and werewolves are everywhere.

Enjoying "True Blood" requires a couple of steps I understand some aren't willing to take: huge suspension of disbelief, overlooking some bad acting, and accepting that vampires and werewolves are everywhere.

If you look past these minor contrivances, "True Blood" might be the most fun show on television, mixing gory violence and sexy eye candy with a self-assured sense of camp. Think of your favorite B-movie, only with better production, a wackier, breakneck narrative and more breasts.

The story of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her vampire paramour Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) took a full-on trip to Ridiculoustown in Season 3 with the revelation that Sookie is a faerie whose blood is like crack for "vampers." There are also werewolves, witches and werepanthers hanging out in Bon Temps.

Some may be turned off by a story that now has plots for more than a dozen characters, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.

In the premiere, Sookie returns from faerie land to a wildly different Bon Temps. Sorry, no spoilers here. (You're welcome.)

It's a smart plot device to slow down the traditionally rapid pace while letting new mysteries build. And playing down the soapy drama of Bill and Sookie's romance is a wise move giving more tantalizing characters - Scandinavian vampire sheriff Eric, Lafayette (the Shaft of homosexuals) and the fiery Jessica - sufficient screen time.