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'True Blood' musical in 'early discussions' at HBO

Picture this: Sookie Stackhouse is walking through the cemetery next to her house late at night when she sees Bill across the way. Suddenly, she can’t control herself anymore. But instead of running to him—much like she did in season 1—she bursts into song.

Sounds strange…but it could happen. EW has confirmed that True Blood composer Nathan Barr has pitched the idea for a True Blood musical. Barr told the Associated Press that the musical, which he’d like to be in workshop stages a year from now, would “try to return to the roots of the show.” It’s not clear yet whether that means cast members would return for the new project—although Stephen Moyer reportedly helped Barr put together samples for his pitch.

As far as HBO is concerned, this project is still in “very early discussions.”

'True Blood': Watch Sookie and Bill make a dramatic decision about their relationship -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Anna Paquin’s Sookie and Stephen Moyer’s Bill were not together at the end of True Blood‘s sixth season; the faerie waitress was dating Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Sookie wouldn’t even enter into a vampire/human protection agreement with Bill. But based on this exclusive clip from episode 3 of the final season of Blood, little miss Stackhouse appears to have changed her mind. What does this mean for the future of Sookie and Bill’s relationship? Truebies will have to wait and see. Watch the tease below… READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' trailer: Sookie, Bill, Alcide get ready for battle, but someone's still missing -- VIDEO

“Is this war, Bill?” Sookie asks. “How do we get through it?” Love — and lust (thank you, shirtless Alcide) — seem to be the answer in the newest trailer for True Blood‘s final, 10-episode season.

In this minute-long tease, viewers get a brief glimpse of all the big characters returning for a final hurrah: Lafayette is still looking for love, and Sam is still pondering where he belongs. Perhaps most enticingly, Bill seems to be preparing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Sookie, because, as Bill declares in that honeyed Southern drawl, “I owe you everything.”

So many True Blood suitors, and yet, ugh, Eric is still MIA. What gives? READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': See final season art

The end is near for True Blood. Tear!

To kick off the 10-episode seventh and final season of the vampire drama, HBO released the latest key art that features the official tagline for the killer episodes. We’ve also included some shots of Sookie and the gang for your enjoyment.

The drama will begin drawing blood on June 22. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' final season trailer: Left for dead

When True Blood‘s sixth season ended, we were told that the show’s seventh and final year would bring the focus back to the town of Bon Temps, and the show’s first season 7 trailer makes good on that promise. It seems as though the Hep V virus is invading Bon Temps, and the government… well.. apparently couldn’t care less.

Watch the first trailer for True Blood‘s season 7 below.

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'True Blood' star Amelia Rose Blaire talks final season (and being turned by Eric) -- LISTEN!

The stars of True Blood are halfway through filming their final season (which premieres June 22 on HBO), and according to Amelia Rose Blaire, who plays Willa, it’s already a “jaw-dropper.” While she she’s predictably tight-lipped on what’s to come, she will say Willa comes into her own as a vampire with Tara (Rutina Wesley) as her teacher, and that she’d like Sookie to end up single. (If she had to root for someone, it would be Bill or Eric. Sorry, Alcide.)

Stopping by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) this week for a chat on the TV Editor’s Hour, Blaire relived one of our favorite scenes from season 6 — Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) turning Willa — and shared her friends’ reactions. Listen to the clip below. READ FULL STORY

HBO sets premiere dates for 'True Blood,' 'The Leftovers'

HBO has firmed up the debut dates for the first season of The Leftovers and the last season of True Blood. READ FULL STORY

Nathan Parsons joins 'True Blood' as the final season's James

It looks like Jessica is going to have a new beau in the final season of True Blood. Well, technically, it’s the same beau, but he’ll just look a little different.

EW has confirmed that Nathan Parsons (Bunheads) has been cast in the role of James. Originally played by Luke Grimes, James first appeared in season 6 of the HBO show. The long-haired sweetheart met Jessica in vampire jail, where the couple quickly became involved. They were last seen continuing their relationship in Bon Temps after Bill freed them.

According to TVLine, Grimes asked to be let out of his contract after being disappointed in the direction that James’ story was heading in season 7. Grimes can next be seen playing Christian Grey’s brother in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film.

As for Parsons’ James, we’re sure he will have his hands full trying to keep Jessica away from Jason Stackhouse.

'The Sound of Music': Stephen Moyer talks playing Capt. Von Trapp and tonight's live premiere

We’re only hours away from the highly anticipated premiere of NBC’s live adaptation of The Sound of Music. EW was on set for rehearsals a few weeks ago and got a chance to chat with True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who is playing the stern Captain Von Trapp. Moyer talked about working with Carrie Underwood and the perils of doing live television.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this come to you?
STEPHEN MOYER: Interestingly, I got the offer before. It came through at the end of the first week of rehearsals, so weird. I had just finished True Blood literally the week before. I was waiting on quite an interesting gig, and my agent rang me up and he said, “Hey, are you available for a minute for a chat?” I thought it was going to be something else completely and it was The Sound of Music Live! Not quite what I was expecting.
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'True Blood' to end run in 2014

HBO announced Sept. 3 that True Blood will end its run after seven seasons in 2014.

The final 10 episodes will air next summer.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

The sixth season of True Blood ended last month with an average gross audience of 10.6 million viewers per episode. The pay network says it remains one of its most popular series.

'True Blood' season finale preview: Naked Eric, a significant time jump, and Jessica answering to Andy?

True Blood closes its sixth season Sunday (9 p.m. ET on HBO) with an hour that exec producer Brian Buckner says won’t be as bloody as last week’s Vamp Camp massacre (RIP, Steve Newlin and Dr. Overlark). What can fans expect: The first half of the episode focuses on Sookie (Anna Paquin) and “a less patient” Warlow (Rob Kazinky), who expects her to follow through on her promise to become his fairy-vampire bride. There’s a “significant time jump” in the second half of the episode, Buckner says, which will help move the action back to Bon Temps for next season so it won’t feel like separate vampire, fairy, and werewolf shows — which the actors are excited about. “We have a couple of scenes at the end of this season where we were all there. It was amazing to see, like, the 20 cast chairs lined up with names of people I only see once a month,” Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) told Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle this week on EW’s SiriusXM channel. “What I’ve heard from Bucky, our new showrunner, is that he’s really interested in continuing that trend. So we hopefully will all be on the same show next year.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Michael McMillian talks Steve Newlin's fate, Alexander Skarsgard's 'inappropriate' response

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s True Blood, stop reading now.

Everyone’s favorite turncoat, Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian), finally met the sun in Sunday’s episode when ex-wife Sarah (Anna Camp) opened the ceiling at Vamp Camp and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) refused to let Steve flee or feed from Bill (Stephen Moyer). Watch the scene below.

McMillian phoned EW this afternoon from Kansas, where he’s visiting relatives and watched the episode last night with his mother. “I had warned my parents that I was going to be leaving the show this season, but I didn’t tell them how. So as she watched the death scene, she kept screaming, ‘I thought it would be in the finale! I thought it would be in the finale!'” he says, laughing. “And then she felt really bad afterwards and kept offering me more glasses of wine with frozen strawberries in them. Her maternal instincts took over and she’s like, ‘Are you okay? Do you need anything? Do you need more wine?’ I’m like, ‘I’m fine. Do you need more wine, mom? Because I think you’re more upset than I am.'”
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'True Blood': Inside Sarah Newlin's insane fight

SPOILER ALERT! On this week’s episode of True Blood, Tru Blood spokeswoman Ms. Suzuki (Tamlyn Tomita) caught Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) tampering with her product and threatened to report it. Naturally, Sarah had to chase her through Vamp Camp and shut her up — and give the show one of its most hysterical scenes to date. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle last week on EW’s Sirius XM channel, Camp called the sequence, which was filmed over three days, “the craziest scene I’ve ever shot.” She ended up going to the emergency room — in full Sarah Newlin hair and makeup — for a minor injury she received doing a stunt.

True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner can’t remember the show ever spending that amount of time on a sequence before but, he says, it was worth it. “We realized early on that Sarah was going to carry the torch for Gov. Burrell better than he could carry it himself,” he says, laughing. “She just became this great villain, and the idea of it was this very short-lived version of a descent into madness. She gets pushed like Walter White. The whole concept behind that fight is, you watch it in the movies and it seems easy to break someone’s neck, and killing people is not that easy. Suzuki would not die.” Buckner’s favorite moment? When Suzuki knees Sarah in the groin. “I had to go to set to ask women whether or not that would actually hurt,” he recalls. “I was assured that it would.” Watch the scene below. READ FULL STORY

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