What a week for True Blood fans. EW has 11 luscious covers to sink your teeth into, season 4 released on Blu-ray and DVD last week, and season 5 is a mere two days away. In anticipation of Sunday night’s premiere, Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Bon Temps’ resident Queen of Mean Pam, chatted with EW about her favorite — and most vanity-destroying — moments from the series. How long did it take to achieve Pam’s rotting aesthetic from last year? What has been her most embarrassing moment on set? And what’s in store for season 6. (Hint: Girl-on-girl drama and gratuitous nudity are not out of the question.) Read on… READ FULL STORY »
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HBO’s True Blood returns to the airwaves on June 10 with a plethora of fresh meat, including Law & Order: SVU‘s Chris Meloni, but there are also some familiar faces back for season 5. TURN AWAY NOW TO AVOID A SPOILER!
EW has learned exclusively that Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard will return as Ruby Jean Reynolds, the schizophrenic mother of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) last seen in season 3. Ruby Jean was a patient in a local mental hospital and under the care of Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), who later went on to have a tragic romance with Lafayette.
Woodard was nominated for an 2011 Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series — for the Blood role. She’s set to appear in episodes 5 and 6 of the HBO series, and possibly more.
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“A 3,000-year-old vampire wants to suck my blood… Must be Thursday!” Actually, Sookie, it’s more like Sunday, June 10, when True Blood finally returns. The second trailer for season 5 (watch it below) shows more of the drama that will unfold when Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) is back from his cement grave. One thing is for certain: There will be blood. (The shots of Hoyt and Chris Meloni’s Roman, leader of the Authority, are currently tied for best splatter.) READ FULL STORY »
HBO has lined up a showrunner for True Blood if the vampire drama is ordered for a sixth season.
Now that Executive Producer Alan Ball has decided to step back from his head writer duties after the fifth season that begins June 10, the pay network will bring in co-executive producer Mark Hudis to fill the void. Hudis has worked in the True Blood writers room with Ball since season 4.
In February, HBO released a statement saying that “if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years. This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball.”
Hudis’ other credits include Nurse Jackie and Miss Guided.
If there is a marketing team that has more fun than the folks who have to push True Blood, we have not met them. The latest promo is a montage of red-eyed characters weeping, telling us “Don’t cry… It’s back” on June 10. Bill wins the award for best blood tears, while Russell takes the prize for most melodramatic (with Franklin coming in a close second). Watch it below. READ FULL STORY »
Want to watch True Blood‘s June 10 premiere without having any idea about what will happen in season 5? If so, stay away from the spoilery trailer HBO released yesterday — which reveals that the clandestine Vampire Authority is none too pleased with what’s going on in Bon Temps. The Authority’s leader, new character Roman — played by Law & Order: SVU‘s Christopher Meloni — intends to take some drastic action to restore order. And if that wasn’t bad enough, season 3 antagonist Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) definitely isn’t encased in concrete anymore.
Check out the bloody, fantastical trailer — which also includes a sexy Eric and Pam flashback, as well as brief peeks at characters like Lafayette, Alcide, and, of course, Sookie — below the jump.
Syfy has picked up the rights to her Harper Connelly Mysteries for a new series project in development titled Grave Sight.
Harris’ four-book series, launched in 2005, follows a young woman who was struck by lightning as a teenager. Now in her 20s, she senses the location and last memories of dead people. In the Syfy adaptation, Connelly teams up with her protective stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, to help find a missing teenage girl, only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks.
Kam Miller (Law and Order: SVU) is writing the pilot, which is being developed as a prospective drama series with Universal Cable Productions. Previously, CBS was developing a TV show based on the novels. Word that Syfy might have picked up the books first leaked onto some True Blood and Harris fan forums earlier this month. EW.com also first reported that Syfy is also developing a long-form version of Stephen King’s 1987 novel Eyes of the Dragon, a series based on the comic book Grey Legion and two high-concept movie projects. All these deals will be announced at the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers later today.
Sookie fans, rejoice: HBO just announced that the fifth season of True Blood will begin June 10. The pay network will air 12 episodes of the Alan Ball drama featuring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard.
And the much-anticipated new drama from Aaron Sorkin has earned a start date. The Newsroom, which features Jeff Daniels as a cable news anchor and Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, will bow June 24. The cast also includes John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.
“We were created in God’s image, not humans,” the voiceover begins.
Uh-oh — is a certain band of bloodsuckers feeling a little holier than thou in season 5 of True Blood?
Here’s the latest trailer to tease HBO’s upcoming round of episodes, which promise the return of Russell Edgington and the debut of an ex-Special Victims Unit hottie. READ FULL STORY »
With True Blood‘s highly anticipated season five premiere only a few months away, big news has broken in Bon Temps: EW has confirmed rumors that series creator Alan Ball will be stepping down from his duties as showrunner on the hit HBO series if the show returns for a sixth season. In a statement, the network said, “When we extended our multi-year overall deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years. This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax. Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.” READ FULL STORY »
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