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'True Blood' Spoilers: June Premiere, Naked Eric and More - Featured

It has just been confirmed at the Paley Center for Media that " True Blood " will be back for the third season in June 2010, the same time frame when season 2 debuted. During the panel held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 28, creator Alan Ball and other writers such as Raelle Tucker and Alexander Woo came out with a lot of spoilers for the new season. First thing first, Ball answered the question about season 2's cliffhanger where Bill was abducted by an unknown person. Ball spilled that fans need not wait long because it will be revealed immediately in the first episode. Another juicy spoiler would be shirtless Eric. "Alexander Skarsgard appears without most of his clothes in the very first episode of season 3," Ball revealed. On which characters will strut back, Ball said, "There are a big boatload of new characters in season. Even the Newlins may appear again." He also confirmed that Evan Rachel Wood will return as Queen of Louisiana, something which the audience at the panel were not too excited about. Pam and Nan Flagan will also show up. Interestingly, one dead character which will be resurrected in the form of flashback would be Godric. Regarding the fate of Sookie, Ball said, "There will be more conjecture about what she is and she will be more driven to discover what she is." In fact the theme for the third season would be "Identity". Her relationship with Bill may not be a smooth ride in season 3 but they "have a connection that will not die." The third season is based on Charlaine Harris' third book "Club Dead". Ball said that he has a responsibility to stay true to the book but then there would be no surprises. Source Here

'True Blood' Casting New Vampires and Sam's Brother

The third season of " True Blood " has begun casting new characters who will either be a regular, a recurring or a guest. Calls are made for the actors to fill in the roles as a new vampire, Sam's brother, and a gang crew who will play a part in torturing Bill. The new vampire would be Franklin Mott who is in Charlaine Harris' third book "Club Dead". Unlike in the book version, the show is looking forward to present Mott as a "sexy" 25 to mid 40s character instead of an early 60s man. Mott has a lot of scenes with Tara because he has "an immediate and torrid connection" to her after meeting at a local bar. Sam's quest to find his real family will be enhanced with his younger brother's presence. Tommy Mickens is a dirty but good looking youngster who works at a Tire Depot in Arkansas. He tends to hide his identity because his family has been owing money all over town. He is unaware who Sam is. Both Mott and Mickens are slated to be regulars. The new villains will be the F*ck You Crew. Cooter is a ringleader of the biker thugs who love the taste of V. Together with the other three bikers Louie, Gus and Jimmy, Coot stabs Bill for his blood. These people may as well be the kidnappers of Bill in the season 2 cliffhanger. Other characters are "intensely beautiful" vampire named Talbot, a gay attractive Latino named Jesus Velasquez, young NYU grads seducing Jason for threesome, Eric's new dancer at Fangtasia, Reverend Daniels, an elderly woman named Olivia and African American couple Betty and Marvin. "True Blood" will be back for the third season in summer 2010. While the characters above have not found the actors, King of Mississipi has had Denis O'Hare to portray him. Source Here

Tara of 'True Blood' Coming to 'Cleveland Show' - Featured

While " True Blood " is still taking a seasonal break, Rutina Wesley is crossing the bridge to provide a voice for Fox's " The Cleveland Show ". The depicter of Tara Thornton in the vampire series will take a new approach by voicing a girl with "big" qualities. "I'm playing Cleveland's wife's best friend," Rutina told TV Guide magazine. "They've known each other since they were kids. She has a big butt, big earrings and a real big voice. I love her." Her character is named Yvette and she will appear in the November 15 episode titled "Ladies Night". According to the synopsis, Cleveland is upset when he finds out that Donna is still attending a single mothers' support group. A spin-off to " Family Guy ", "Cleveland Show" has been renewed for a second season last week. With the back nine episodes order, it will return with 13 episodes in Fall 2010 and stay on screen at least until mid 2011. Meanwhile, "True Blood" will be back on HBO summer 2010 with the third season. Tara has just lost the love of her life, Eggs, who got mistakenly killed by Jason. Source Here

True Blood Tidbits: What's Ahead For the People of Bon Temps? - Featured

True Blood 's Season 3 won't return until next summer, but we can still bring you the scoop on what's happening when the HBO series returns. "It's a crazy season," executive producer Alan Ball tells "It picks up right where we left off and things get weird really fast." As Ball already spilled, someone is going to die and we'll be pretty happy about it. Find out what else he teases, including the juicy relationship between Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Sookie (Anna Paquin), and the addition of some new characters. Also, get a few extra tidbits from your favorite shaggy dog, star Sam Trammell. Theme of Season 3: "It seems to be that it's about really embracing one's identity," Ball tells us. "Season 2 was more about how religions can make people do things that maybe they wouldn't do otherwise; it gives them the freedom to do things. This season is a lot about what it means to be who you are, or what you are." Sookie's background: "Sookie still doesn't know exactly what she is. She will get closer to figuring out why she has these random powers that show up when they do," says Ball. (Spoiler alert: In the books, Sookie discovers she has fairy blood running in her.) "She is definitely part of a different race," adds Ball. "In terms of fairies, like perky fairies with wings, like Tinkerbell, no, they're not like that. If it is fairies, they're fierce. They're not pretty, soft, glamorous, gossamery things. They're really, really, really powerful and primal creatures." Sookie and Eric: Sookie's been seeing visions of her and Eric getting - ahem - friendly. Will their romance actually progress, not just in her head? "I can definitely tell you [we'll see that] in the show. I don't know if it will necessarily be in Season 3. Of course they're going to come together, it's fated. It's not something that's going to happen right off the bat." Sam's real family: "There's some new shape-shifters who may be Sam's biological family," teases Ball. Adds Trammell, "As I understand it, I'm going to be trying to find my biological family, who put me up for adoption or abandoned me. I have a feeling they're going to be very creepy, sketchy, weird, shape-shiftery weirdos. They're going to be bad news." Sam's love life: "Can he ever trust a woman again? I don't know if he can, so he may have to just turn into an animal, stay an animal and seek love that way," jokes Trammell. "I hope he does, in all seriousness, but it could take a season or two for him to build up that confidence again." Who's coming back? "The Queen is coming back," Ball reveals. "Godric is coming back for an appearance, a flashback. There's some new vampires in town, there are some werewolves. We do have a lot of werewolves coming in, male and female, but we haven't started casting for the show yet." Source Here


SOURCE BBC NEWS WEBSITE Talking Shop: Stephen Moyer Stephen Moyer is the latest British actor to take US television by storm as vampire good guy Bill Compton in the hit show True Blood, which starts on Channel 4 later. Moyer has played a vampire once before for a BBC show With his flawless southern-US drawl and chiselled Hollywood good looks, it is a surprise that the 39-year-old hails from Essex, far from the fictional swampy Louisiana town of Bon Temps. In the show, vampires have been drawn into the open after the invention of a new synthetic human blood substitute called True Blood. Moyer's character - an American civil war soldier who turned vamp in 1868 - begins a love affair with telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin. He is now engaged to his co-star who, in 1994 at the age of 11, became one of the youngest Oscar winners in history for her performance in The Piano. The show has been a huge hit in the US already. Are your American fans still surprised when they meet you and hear your English accent? However much press that Hugh Laurie does and however many interviews they see him sounding English, when they meet him in the street, they still can't believe it and that's the reaction I get. It's lovely for me, you know, I have dark hair in the show and I'm pale and I have the dark sideburns so it's like a whole costume by itself. It's very enjoyable. I would ask how exciting it was to be play a vampire, but you've already played one in the BBC series Ultraviolet. Did that make it easier the second time around? Well, the character I played in Ultraviolet loved being a vampire and the character this time is somebody who struggles with it. He struggles with the fact that he has to feed on humans. He's trying to live a decent life and is very conflicted and tortured which is great fun to play. True Blood The cast is about to begin filming the third season of True Blood At the moment, most vampires seem to be brooding and self-loathing - don't you miss the gleefully evil, sexy vamps who enjoy drinking the blood of young virgins? Oh, there's plenty of them in our show. And as we get deeper into the show, we get to meet those vampires that you're talking about . And Bill, for all his attempts at being a decent - for want of a better word, human - is conflicted and he won't prey on the innocent. But he's quite happy to find people who cause pain to Sookie and if he finds them, he will take them down. There are quite a few parallels in the story with, for example, the American civil rights struggle. Many vampires are just looking for social acceptance. Definitely, as soon as you get told that Alan Ball [Oscar-winning writer of American Beauty and Six Feet Under] is involved, you have to take it a bit more seriously. It's not going to be just some camp romp, although there is some of that. But when I read it, I saw parallels between segregation between black and white and the issue of homosexuality and any minority that you want to bring to the table. Bill has gone through such pain and has lost his wife and children and you really do feel for him. Do you have a favourite portrayal of a vampire - who is the definitive bloodsucker? For me , the original Nosferatu is just so compelling and dark and weird. Our fascination with vampires didn't really start until after that and they made the vampire attractive. I'm a massive fan of Gary Oldman and I also love Hammer and the new Swedish movie, Let The Right One In, was an extraordinary film. There's a current revived interest in vampires which has surely helped True Blood's success. On the flipside, are you worried that people will start to tire of the craze? You do think when will the zeitgeist end and when will people stop being interested, but I think that Alan has created so many ideas within our show. The second season has already gone out in America and it was even bigger than the first season so there's going to be werewolves, there's going to be other supernatural characters. Ultimately it's just a framework for telling a story. Our show isn't really about vampires, it's about human relationships and how people interact with each other. Anna Pacquin Paquin's character is initially ostracised for her relationship with Bill You met your new fiancee on the show. Do you find it hard to switch off when you go home for the day? We both love the show, Anna and I, and if we have a scene coming up, maybe we feel that we've seen before, we'll try and do it in a different way and we'll talk about work then. We always try and make it fresh, but when we've done that - it just becomes about life, not vampires any more. We met on set, everyone knows us on set and as a couple, but that's really where it stops. You celebrate your 40th birthday later this week, have you got a big party planned? I've got a bunch of friends coming out to a country house that I have rented for the weekend and we are going to make merry. We've got an Indian Elvis playing and we've got some children's entertainers and it's going to be a riot. I'm sure my 'hilarious' friends will be doing something with comedy teeth. True Blood starts on Channel 4 at 2200 BST on 7 October. Stephen Moyer was talking to BBC News entertainment reporter Kev Geoghegan.

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Top Moments: Kanye Interrupts, Serena Curses and True Blood Licks the Egg

This was not a good week for Emily Post, as the week's top TV moments exhibited an alarming lack of etiquette. Kanye West crushed tender flower Taylor Swift's hopes and dreams by barging in on her VMA moment. Serena Williams unleashed a tirade of four-letter words at the U.S. Open. And True Blood 's Maryann was in serious need of a wedding planner, as her Dionysian bachelorette party offended our delicate sensibilities. Welcome to Top Moments, Common Courtesy Edition. 10. Bridezilla of the Week: On True Blood , Maryann finally reveals her plan: She wants to marry Dionysus, that's all! She steals Sookie's grandmother's wedding dress and recruits three of her lady-zombie followers for an impromptu bachelorette party. Instead of appletinis and toilet-paper veils, though, each of the ladies has to lick an ostrich egg covered in blood, which symbolizes fertility. Ick. 9. Biggest Upset: Everyone wrote off Jordan after her showmance with Jeff ended with his ouster, but the ditzy Southern belle pulls an upset to become the final head of household on Big Brother 11 . She wins the jury vote 5-2 and takes home $500,000. Hopefully she'll use some of the cash to pay for lessons in how to tell time. 8. Weirdest Dream: While Mad Men 's Betty gives birth in a drug-induced fog, we're treated to a delightfully off-kilter dream sequence of a radiant Betty, nurturing (or squishing, depending on your perspective) a caterpillar in her hand. At home, her dead mom and dad tell her to keep her mouth shut and be a good housewife. Also: Medgar Evers is there, bleeding out all over the kitchen table. Analyze that! 7. Most Creative Use of Nudity: While Nathan is often undressed on One Tree Hill , the season premiere features roommates Skills and Mouth in the altogether. The pair shares a naked stare-down in the kitchen (not a euphemism), with a pesky plant strategically blocking their nether regions. 6. Most Refreshing Sobriety: During a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston reveals that while she often smoked marijuana laced with cocaine, ex-husband Bobby Brown may have been the real drug. When Winfrey asks Houston if she regrets having cameras follow her for Brown's reality show, she replies, "I was crazy in love; it didn't matter to me." 5. Tearjerker of the Week: Viewers see a softer side of outburst-prone Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels when Abbey, who tragically lost her husband and children in a car crash, steps on the scale. Instead of harsh words, though, Jillian is moved to tears. 4. Saddest Death: On the season premiere of Fringe - an hour packed with deaths - a shape-shifting mystery man unceremoniously kills Charlie when he needs the FBI agent's identity for quick cover. We're glad that Kirk Acevedo still has a job (for now), but bummed that his character will no longer be with us. Oh well, we'll always have other universes, Charlie! 3. Foot in Mouth Award: Serena Williams unleashes a profanity-laced tirade at a lineswoman who calls a foot fault against her in her U.S. Open semifinal match with Kim Clijsters. Her cursing leads to a point penalty, which secures the match for Clijsters. Williams has since apologized for her rant, and Clijsters became the first mom in 29 years to win a major. 2. Best Tribute: Whoopi Goldberg provides laughter and tears as she remembers Patrick Swayze, her Ghost co-star and friend, on The View. "Let's hope that Ghost was right," she says, choking back tears and referring to film's most famous line: "'It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you." 1. Most Consistent: Kanye West steals Taylor Swift's mic - and thunder - at the MTV VMAs when he interrupts her Best Female Video acceptance speech to say that Beyonce's video was one of the best of all time. Beyonce later invites Swift back onstage to "have her moment," and their matching red dresses help fuel speculation that her moment was actually a publicity stunt. West's antics spawn an Internet craze (see here and here for examples). President Obama speaks for America when he calls West a "jackass," an off-the-record comment that predictably leaks. Source Here

True Blood: Season 3 Spoilers - Featured

True Blood may have wrapped up its second season but it left us with enough questions to ponder on until the show returns for season 3. Who took Bill? What is Sookie? Will Sam finally meet his real parents? What will happen to Jessica and Hoyt? We won't know for sure until True Blood returns next fall. It's going to be a long wait, nine excruciating months to be exact but, luckily, I've stumbled upon some spoilers to pass the time. Take note, however, that some of these spoilers are not confirmed by the network so read at your own risk. To Read More Click here .

'True Blood' Crowns its King

All hail the king! Move over Queen Sophie-Anne, there's another royalt presence next season. True Blood has cast Tony winner Denis O'Hare to fill the shoes of the King of Mississippi, marking the first casting news for the third season of the HBO series. Denis O'Hare may not ring a bell for most of you but you've probably seen the veteran actor on several occasions. He has appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent . He has also most notably appeared on 10 episodes of Brothers & Sisters , and graced movies such as 21 Grams, Garden State, Half Nelson, Milk and Charlie Wilson's War. On stage, though, O'Hare has earned a name for himself with his award winning Tony performance in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, where his character's lengthy monologues, in which he slowly falls in love with the game of baseball, were considered the main reason for his award. He also won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Oscar Lindquist in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. It looks like O'Hare, whose character's name is Russell Edgington, will play a pretty big role on True Blood since he'll be one of the regulars for the new season. He's also expected to make his debut early on. There's no word yet on how far the series will deviate from the books, but based on the Charlaine Harris novels, Russell is described as the perfect southern gentleman who prefers men. Does this mean the show is heading to Mississippi next season? What causes the appearance of the king? And what does this mean for Queen Sophie-Anne? Let me know what you think below! Source Here

True Blood: Series Creator Alan Ball Sheds Light on Finale Questions - Featured

The second season ender of True Blood has left fans somewhat divided, with some fans describing the conclusion as predictable and a huge letdown while others thought that it was a satisfying ending to a bunch of loose ends. On the other hand, one thing fans are unanimous about is the anticipation of season 3, which is likely to kick off next fall, around the same time it did this year. Until then, we're left with bunch of cliffhangers, including the mystery surrounding Sookie's nature, Sam's quest for his real parents, and Tara dealing with the aftermath of Eggs' death. Luckily, True Blood series creator Alan Ball has shed light on some of the mysteries that have been haunting fans. Warning: Spoilers ahead!!! To Read More Click Here .