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'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.

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'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

'True Blood': Anna Camp says Sarah Newlin's craziest scene airs Sunday (and sent her to the ER)

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It takes a lot to surprise True Blood fans, but Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) kissing the severed head of her late lover, Gov. Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard), in last week’s episode did it.  “I had no idea, actually, that I was gonna kiss the head, it just sort of happened,” Camp said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle that aired this week on EW’s Sirius XM channel. “If I get an impulse that’s, like, creepy, I’m like, why not? They can always tell me not to do it. But better to be pulled back than to be pushed forward, you know.”

But here’s something even more shocking: Sarah Newlin’s most insane moment is still to come. The Aug. 4 episode will feature a sequence shot over three days that the Pitch Perfect actress refers to as “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.  Listen to the interview below for more.
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InsideTV Podcast: Casts of 'Game of Thrones', 'Walking Dead', 'True Blood' and 'Orphan Black' spill the beans

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Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM channel 105) made the trek to Comic-Con last week where we spoke to all the biggest casts — in terms of both sheer numbers of cast members and popularity — in television. In fact, some casts — Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, True Blood — were so big we had to split them into two groups. Now, we can bring you some of those interviews right here on the InsideTV Podcast and you can hear them by clicking on the audio player below at the bottom of the post.

Listen in as Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden talk about what it was like to be killed off on Game Of Thrones. Geroge R.R. Martin also discusses the future of the books and show and the danger of the latter catching up to the former. Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead reveals how Andrew Garfield stole his Comic-Con disguise, while costar Danai Guria chats about Michonne’s new horse. Anna Paquin talks all things True Blood while show newcomer Rob Kazinsky breaks down his first Comic-Con experience. And finally, the cast of Orphan Black (including star Tatiana Maslany) drops by to talk about the hottest new series on television. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Carrie Preston talks this week's casualty (and more difficult scenes to come)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s True Blood, stop reading now. For those of you who have, read on for what Carrie Preston (Arlene) has to say about the latest loss in Bon Temps and what’s to come.
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