While the cut is still not one of the most popular, it gained prominence when Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Carrie, received an Asscher cut diamond ring the HBO series, Sex and the City, when Aiden proposed to her.
Stars of True Blood - Anna Paquin, Steven Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgard all star in the HBO program True Blood, and in 2010 the trio appeared naked and splattered with blood for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In the novels, Eric's family dies from fever whereas the HBO series blames the King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington, for murdering Eric's family and taking his father's Viking crown.
The series is also considered one of the highest to be downloaded illegally as fans who do not have HBO or who do and want a digital copy scramble to download it after the show airs.
Catching the wave of popularity that vampire sagas have enjoyed in recent years, this HBO serial premiered in September of 2008, and has received rave reviews.