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'True Blood': First look at new bad guy! -- PHOTOS

Is Doc Brown from Back to the Future making a cameo on True Blood this season?

Nah — that’s just Rutger Hauer, who will join the HBO vampire series this summer as a sinister dude named Macklyn who has mysterious ties to Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten, pictured below).

Here are two first looks at Hauer’s hair-raising get-up for the drama, which will return in June.

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'The Good Wife': Carrie Preston talks quirky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni

Is it too early to start an Emmy campaign? Carrie Preston reprised her role as the brilliant and funny Elsbeth Tascioni on last night’s The Good Wife. But Preston’s stint on the show doesn’t end there: Elsbeth returns in the March 3 episode where she continues to represent Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) in his case against the Department of Justice. Preston called up EW to chat about her role on the series and settle once and for all: Is Elsbeth a secret genius?  READ FULL STORY

Best & Worst of 2012: 10 great and 5 not-so-great episodes

EW takes you through the 10 best and 5 worst television episodes of 2012. See them all below!

The Best

1. Game of Thrones, ”Blackwater” — May 27, HBO
Season 2′s climactic Battle of the Blackwater wins because HBO allowed producers 
the time and cash to stage a ­massive land-and-sea con­frontation. Thus, this was an episode of rousing heroism, chilling cowardice, gory action, and one giant green explosion that went ”FOOOOOM!” The most ingenious part? It made us care about the warriors on both sides. Staging that battle in viewers’ hearts was the episode’s most successful wartime victory of all. –James Hibberd

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'Banshee': Watch the teaser trailer for 'True Blood' creator's new series

Cinemax has just released a teaser trailer for True Blood creator Alan Ball’s new series and — spoiler alert — there’s sex!

Banshee, premiering next year, is about an ex-convict and current thief (Antony Starr) who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where only more troubles follow him. And from the first peek, it seems pleasantly Ball-ish (action + sex + more action + more sex).

The 10-episode series is set to premiere in the new year. Watch the teaser below! READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' season finale: What was the 'bonus scene'? Find out here -- VIDEO UPDATE

If you watched True Blood‘s finale on your iPad (fancy!) or via HBO GO, you probably stuck around after the credits to check out a “bonus scene” that True Blood‘s Facebook page touted earlier today. The rest of you? Sucks to be you. Just kidding.

In case you were wondering what it was — but too lazy to log on to watch/you’re stealing cable and don’t have access to HBO GO — you’re in luck. I typed up the whole thing for you.

The 90-second scene picks up after Sookie sticks the gang in the elevator. UPDATE: Watch it below! READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' finale preview: Bloody Eric with teary-eyed Sookie -- VIDEO AND PHOTOS

SUNDAY UPDATE: If you’ve now seen the season finale, share your thoughts here; Mandi Bierly’s full recap is in the works.

ORIGINAL POST: Sunday marks the end of True Blood‘s fifth season, and by the look of the photos and clip HBO has released, our long wait to see story lines converge will finally be over. One shot (below) shows Nora, Eric, and Tara at Sookie’s house. You know they mean business because they’re wearing leather jackets. Presumably, they want Sookie to go to Authority headquarters with them to stop Bill and save Pam and Jessica. That’s why the picture above of a blood-splattered Eric and Sookie at the Authority compound is worrisome. Note the single tear running down Sookie’s cheek. What might she have just seen Bill do? (A third photo we included below just because who doesn’t want to see Pam looking fierce even in jail?)

The clip, meanwhile, teases what happens when Bill is finally served his breakfast, Sam. Fun fact: In a PopWatch poll, 21 percent of readers were willing to let little Emma die if it meant Eric and Pam would be reunited in the finale. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Jason a vampire? Russell busted? -- VIDEO

HBO has released two new clips from this Sunday’s episode of True Blood, and one of them fuels the theory that Jason might be getting turned into a vampire. The other explains how the U.S. government is now aware that Russell Edgington is alive(ish) and well. Watch them below. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Deborah Ann Woll teases 'bloodiest' season finale yet in Spoiler Room Video Edition

This season of True Blood has certainly had its share of twists, turns and shockers. (No, Chris Meloni! NOO!) But as per usual, it seems they’ve saved the best for last!

At least, that’s what I was led to believe after chatting with the lovely Deborah Ann Woll, who took your questions about the last three episodes of the season in the latest Spoiler Room Video Edition. So click below for some scoop on all the hunky men in Jessica’s life, to learn whether Hoyt will be crying ‘wee, wee, wee’ all the way home after being thrown to the pigs (that was grim), and two great teases for what Woll calls the “bloodiest” finale yet.

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'True Blood' Comic-Con panel: Trailer and live blog

The True Blood panel begins in Ballroom 20! Executive Producer Alan Ball takes the stage.

4:38 p.m. Ball introduces a trailer of “sneak peeks of things to come.” What’s in it? Sookie’s inner-faerie comes out. Tara is stripping in tight black leather. Russell busts through a curtain and has a meal or two … or three. Someone throws Pam across the bar. Russell and Eric go at it. Bill gets a big, big bite out of Sookie in bed. Yowza.

4:39 p.m. Panel is introduced. Joe Manganiello (be still, female hearts), Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammel, Rutina Wesley, Christopher Meloni (wearing a funny green cap), Alex Skarsgard (ooh, the women go wild), Kristin Bauer von Straten, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin (rubbing her very pregnant belly), and Ball.

4:42 p.m. Moderator (and EW staffer) Tim Stack asks if the cast has a beef with Vampire Diaries, which did its panel earlier in the day in Ballroom 20. Moyer: “We don’t talk about them.” READ FULL STORY

Stars from 'Walking Dead,' 'True Blood,' more take the stage at EW's Women Who Kick Ass Comic-Con panel

As a big supporter of strong women, Entertainment Weekly brought together some of entertainment’s most bad-ass females for a panel during San Diego Comic-Con. Moderated by EW’s Lynette Rice, the Women Who Kick Ass panel featured Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast, Smallville), Nikki Reed (Twilight, Breaking Dawn), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Anna Torv (Fringe), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), and surprise guest Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) for a wide-ranging chat about stereotypes, the challenges that come with playing a tough woman, and…going to jail?! Read on for the highlights:

+ FREE LUCY Lawless, who was arrested in February after she and other activists protested aboard an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand, told the crowd that she’s not sure what will go down at her sentencing on Sept. 12, but admitted, “I am guilty — of trying to save the environment!” Massive cheers erupted. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' tease: Eric glamours Alcide into doing WHAT? -- VIDEO

The clip below from Sunday’s new episode of True Blood probably won’t make Alcide fans too happy…

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InsideTV Podcast: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fringe,' 'True Blood' and more in special Comic-Con edition!

Image Credit: Quantrell D.Colbert/The CW; Helen Sloan/HBO; Gene Page/AMC; John P. Johnson/HBO

With Comic-Con less than one week away, it’s time to let our geek flag fly. Jessica Shaw and I invited Jeff Jensen and Darren Franich into the studio for our first ever Entertainment Weekly podcast crossover episode! (It’s just like that time the beauties of Charlie’s Angels went on The Love Boat looking for a stolen statue, only with significantly less Lido deck.) What TV show panels are we most looking forward to out in San Diego? Which panels can’t help but deliver a healthy dose of awkward (Community with no Dan Harmon)? And why am I the only one excited about the upcoming Shazam! extravaganza?

In addition, Darren explains why he worries about Game of Thrones not sending its heavy hitters, Jeff drops some intel about the highly anticipated Firefly reunion he is moderating, and Jessica rolls her eyes over all the incredibly nerdy things being discussed in her presence. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Joe Manganiello teases flashbacks and sexy moments -- VIDEO

I know that Spoiler Room Video Edition is more of a Monday and Tuesday thing. But I’m giving you a double dose of SR action today for two reasons: 1) You don’t put off sharing Joe Manganiello with your friends, and 2) It seems appropriate because today is Christmas 2 (aka: the day Magic Mike opens in theaters).

So sit back and enjoy my chat with the True Blood star, where he answers YOUR questions. We covered everything from the arrival of Alcide’s father, to flashbacks, to “bringing the sexy back.” Best quote of the video? “I don’t know if I want my parents to know I do that kind of stuff to other people.” Context: He was talking about something sex-related. (Hot.) Watch below! READ FULL STORY

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