Much to its relief, HBO has finally discovered that there's life after " The Sopranos " and " Sex and the City ." The pay cable network, which has struggled to replace those signature series, had a strong week with some new hits. The vampire series " True Blood ," in its second season, had a series high of 3.9 million viewers on Sunday. Add in on-demand viewing, DVR viewing and extra showings, and the average episode of the series is being seen by 10.8 million viewers this season, according to Nielsen Media Research. Read More: Starpulse: 'True Blood' Is An HBO Hit; 'Hung' Is Also Hanging In There
You may have read that NBC is having some schedule shuffling come Fall. Due to health issues of series star Maura Tierney, new series Parenthood is being pushed to Spring . Taking its place in the Fall is the previously-scheduled-for-midseason Mercy . Starring in Mercy is Michelle Trachtenberg - who in the season finale episode of Gossip Girl appeared poised to return to that series for at least a handful of episodes in the Fall. How will Mercy 's move impact this? E!Online's Weekly Spoiler Chat has the answer to that and many other questions. Spoiler scoop also included for Glee , Melrose Place (2009) , True Blood and more! Check it out: Spoiler Chat: What Does Mercy's Move Mean for Georgina on Gossip Girl?
Sunday's revealing episode of True Blood confirmed for us the bull-headed monster who is stalking Bon Temps' ladies! *Spoiler Alert!* ************ ************ ************ ************ ************ ************ ************ *Spoiler Alert!* Yes, the monster and Maryann are one and the same! How does the very pleasant Michelle Forbes reconcile her sunny portrayal of Maryann, "that Ibiza party girl," with the clawed she-beast who ripped out Miss Jeannette's heart? "Maryann lives in a different moral construct than the rest of us," she says, emphasizing that Maryann doesn't think of herself as a villain. Earlier, Forbes hinted that True Blood might look like Animal Farm by the season's end. Here, she talks about becoming the monster, why Maryann does what she does and, gulp, bestiality? To Read More Click Here .
Last night had some juicy new episodes of our summer favs and more, so check out what you missed or re-watch what you're dying to sink your teeth into again! Entourage - Watch 'Drive' True Blood - Watch 'Shake and Fingerpop' Hung - Watch 'Great Sausage' Army Wives - Watch 'Family Readiness' In Plain Sight - Watch 'Jailbait' Big Brother 11 - Watch 'Episode 2' Merlin - Watch 'A Remedy to Cure All Ills' Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Watch 'Passion' J.O.N.A.S - Watch 'Cold Shoulder' Expedition Africa - Watch 'Heart of Darkness' Kendra - Watch 'Bridal Sweets' Drop Dead Diva - Watch 'Pilot' Ice Road Truckers - Watch 'Wicked Weather'
A video comes out to give a behind-the-scene look at future " True Blood " episode. Released over the weekend, the footage shows the Stackhouse siblings, Sookie and Jason, in a car accident. They are amazed and confused on how the two victims walk out of the scene unharmed. "True Blood", which is in second season, is airing every Sundays on HBO . Accompanied by Bill and Jessica, Sookie uses her telepathic skill to rescue a higher vampire in Dallas. Jason meanwhile, is still tangled in his involvement with the Fellowship of the Sun church. Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason said that his character and Sookie won't be separated forever. He said to E! Online, "There will be (a reunion between the Stackhouse siblings) and quite an electric one, too, where we gang up for the greater good." According to the synopsis released for the second season, Jason will return to Bon Temps with Sookie and Bill on episode "New World in My View" which is airing August 23. On another news, "True Blood" will participate at 2009 San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, July 25 at Ballroom 20. Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are some of the people behind the series who will attend the event. To Watch The Behind Scene Video Click Here . Source Here
On the next True Blood , Tara confronts Eggs on the status of his relationship with Maryann. Eggs responds, "We take care of each other". Rebuffed by Tara in her relocation efforts, Maryann decides to cast her spell on the staff of Merlotte's, softening Tara up toward her new "family." In an interview with TV Guide, Michelle Forbes who plays Maryann explained the complicated triangle between her, Tara and Eggs. In reply to the question why Maryann is so focused on Tara and Eggs, Michelle said "Tara is just the one of the moment, the conduit into this town. Before her, it was Eggs. Before Eggs, it was someone else. After Tara, it will be someone else. The goal is much larger. Tara is just the most vulnerable and the most susceptible right now." In Dallas, Sookie connects with one of her own, then joins Bill and Eric for a strategic summit at the lair of the missing vampire, Godric, attended by his lieutenants, Stan and Isabel. Meanwhile, Jason shows his mettle at a Light of Day boot camp, and is rewarded for his hard work with a gift from Sarah. Eric shares a little-known secret about his past with Bill, and Sookie makes a decision that might solve the Godric mystery - or get her killed. Called "Never Let Me Go", the new episode airs Sunday, July 19. To Watch The Preview Click here . Source
Resting for a week during Fourth of July celebration, " True Blood " will be back on Sunday, July 12 with the episode "Shake and Fingerpop". A scene is clipped, showing the chemistry between Eric and Bill as well as explaining how such a powerful vampire in Dallas that they are about to rescue, got abducted. With Jessica in tow, Bill and Sookie head to Dallas to carry out Eric's vampire-reconnaissance mission, but a surprise awaits them at the airport. At the Light of Day Institute, Jason falls victim to a practical joke, but has the last laugh when the Newlins anoint him for a higher calling. Maryann throws Tara a birthday party at Sookie's, attracting much of Bon Temps to its Bacchanalian revelry. Sam postpones his departure from town to attend the bash, connecting with Daphne in the process. Having barely escaped Fangtasia, Lafayette finds himself reluctantly pulled back into Eric's orbit. On another news, the "True Blood" panel at 2009 San Diego Comic Con this year has been unveiled. It will take place on Saturday, July 25 at 5:15 P.M. at Ballroom 20. Participating are executive producer Alan Ball, book writer Charlaine Harris, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Alexander Skarsgard, Michelle Forbes and Deborah Ann Woll. Source & Clip
HBO just released the titles and extended loglines for all five of True Blood's August episodes and man, they are juicy. Have a look yourself... - Aug. 2: "Release Me" Betrayed by Daphne, Sam finds himself in an unenviable predicament at the hands of Maryann and her wild-eyed minions. Imprisoned with Hugo in the F.O.T.S. church, Sookie uses her telepathic powers to reach out to Bill, who is being detained at the hotel by a stubbornly obsessive Lorena. After crossing a line with the Newlins, a fearful Jason tries to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun, but gets plenty of resistance from Steve and his enforcer Gabe. Crave more Blood? Good 'cause four more spoilery paragraphs await you after the jump... Aug. 9: "Timebomb" Sookies captivity takes an unexpected turn when Eric arrives to do his masters bidding on the eve of the Fellowships lockdown. In Bon Temps, Sam finds himself in hot water after making a gruesome discovery at Merlottes, and Andy proves no help in coming to his defense. Sent home by Bill, Jessica and Hoyt learn that when it comes to sex, every time is the first time. Tara and Eggs devour a mysterious meal prepared by Maryann, with unexpected results. After Jason pays off his debt to the vampires, Godric looks to enlighten his more single-minded followers. Aug. 16: "I Will Rise Up" A wounded Eric plays Sookie for a sucker, to Bills dismay, and ends up getting inside her head. Later, Sookie and Jason bond over their recent adventures. Blaming Eggs for Taras bruises and bizarre behavior, Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out a way to pry their kin from Maryanns clutches. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica to Maxine, to no avail. Jailed by Bud along with a group of Bon Temps revelers, Sam looks for a way to escape and avoid capture by an increasingly obsessed Maryann. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions to Nan Flanagan and are shocked when Godric decides to take the fall for their PR disaster. Aug. 23: "New World in My View" Sookie, Bill, and Jason return to a Bon Temps turned upside down by Maryann. Lured to Merlottes by Arlene, Sam and Andy find cold comfort in their refuge from a group of bloodthirsty revelers. Bill discovers that traditional vampire techniques dont work on Maryann; Hoyt and Jessica try to keep a lid on Maxines madness; and Sookie tries to push through the darkness consuming Tara. With all hell breaking loose, Jason takes the bull by the horns to rescue Sam, at least for the moment. Aug. 30: "Frenzy" With the crisis in Bon Temps careening out of control, Bill seeks out the advice of Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood), the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Jessica tests Hoyts allegiance to Maxine.
And only because I know some people who gawk at the idea of Anna Paquin naked. "Ohmeegosh, she's gone more nakeder than I thought!" Well, maybe for some it is the selling point of True Blood --it's a minority, but I can't blame them--so of course that question would be posed to Sookie herself. "I feel fine [about the nude scenes]," she told AOL TV. "Although the way that people ask me about it all the time, I feel like maybe I should feel uptight about it. But I really don't ... I wouldn't do it if it was too much. Everyone's very respectful of the boundaries of whichever actor is doing stuff like that on the set. So, it's not cameras being thrown anywhere and anything can happen, you know? It's quite choreographed." The clarification? "Other things happen in the plot, you know what I mean?" she said. "There's actual plot. But yes, it's a sexy vampire show and yes, there's more getting it on, so to speak." All right, Sookie. What about you, then? She's soon headed to Dallas, after all, after that monster and that deal that we saw last week. "It's a big city and ... there are more open vampires, or outed vampires," she said. "I guess the analogy is if you live in a small town, there may be a gay bar, where as if you live in a big city there could be a whole bunch of them. I think that's one of the obvious parallels that gets drawn with our show, that people's chosen lifestyles and whatever are more accepted in bigger cities." One final question, although I'm obviously shaking this thing up: what about the Twilight comparisons? "Just because two things happen to end up being released around the same time, it's not like we all got together beforehand and had a chat about how we're going to make sure vampires had a comeback," she said. "But from the way people ask about it, you'd think that we'd all had sort of a sit-down. But it's coincidence, really." Okay, so I never saw it that way. Source Here
Who needs the beach and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day when there are endless hours of television to be had? Check out our roundup of the weekend's marathon programming (all times are ET): * A&E CSI: Miami Saturday, July 4: 5 - 9 pm Tattoo Highway Sunday, July 5: 1 - 4 pm * Animal Planet Dogs 101 Saturday, July 4: 2 pm - 12 am Sunday * Comedy Central Comedy Central Presents Friday, July 3: 8 am - 4 am Saturday Saturday, July 4: 7 am - 4 am Sunday Sunday, July 5: 7 am - 4 am Monday * Discovery Channel Deadliest Catch Friday, July 3: 9 am - 3 am Saturday Saturday, July 4: 9 am - 3am Sunday Sunday, July 5: 9 am - 3am Monday * Hallmark M*A*S*H Friday, July 3: 8 am - 7 pm * HBO 2 True Blood Sunday, July 5: 8 - 11 pm * History The Revolution Parts 1-10 Saturday, July 4: 8 am - 6 pm * Lifetime Movie Marathon Saturday, July 4: 11 am - 11 pm Sunday, July 5: 11 am - 9 pm * SciFi The Twilight Zone Friday, July 3: 8 am - 6 am Saturday Saturday, July 4: 9 am - 6 am Sunday * TLC Cake Boss Friday, July 3: 10 am - 1:30 pm The Little Couple Friday, July 3: 2 pm - 7 pm What Not to Wear Friday, July 3: 7 pm - 11 pm * USA Network Burn Notice Thursday, July 2: 6 am - 10 pm Source Here