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'True Blood' cast spills secrets at Comic-Con

Did you know True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello has two fake front teeth? Or that Anna Camp bases the portrayal of her (sometimes) prim character on her own mother? EW Managing Editor Jess Cagle sat down with the cast, including Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis, Anna Camp, Sam Trammel, Michael McMillian, Manganiello, and newcomer Rob Kazinsky, and asked them to tell us something new — and maybe kinda weird — about themselves. Their answers might surprise you! READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' newbie: 'Everybody wanted to know if I've met Alexander Skarsgard'

When Amelia Rose Blaire got cast as Willa Burrell, the daughter of the Louisiana governor, on HBO’s True Blood, her friends had one question: “Everybody wants to know if I’ve met Alexander Skarsgard. ‘Is he dreamy in person?'” she told EW before the show’s sixth season premiere. Not that she can fault their enthusiasm. “I’ve been a huge fan of the show from the beginning, so when I came in for my first table read, I just had the stupidest smile on my face. I was one of the first people to get there, and I was just sitting in the room, and then all of the sudden, in walks Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. I was so giddy as I watched all of my favorite actors and characters coming in and sitting at the same table as me.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Jurnee Smollett-Bell talks joining the cast and her mysterious debut as Nicole

On True Blood, craziness is to be expected. It’s when things seem downright normal — like with the arrival of new character Nicole — that it begins to get creepy. Nicole debuted in the standard way last night, by stopping by Merlotte’s with friends before announcing that she knew a bit more than she was letting on: She was aware Sam is a shifter and wants to help the supernatural cause.

Prior to the season starting, EW called up Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who plays vampire-rights activist Nicole, to talk about joining the sexy supernatural drama. Smollett-Bell, a Friday Night Lights alum who recently starred in Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, shared her audition story, her experiences with the extremely passionate True Blood fans, and the pitfalls of working with so much blood. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Sookie's new love interest teases what's to come (hint: plenty of nudity)

Last night on True Blood, it’s no exaggeration to say sparks flew when Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) met fellow halfling Ben Flynn. In episodes to come, Ben will help Sookie investigate Warlow, the ancient vampire who murdered Sookie’s parents, which means the two fairies are sure to grow closer. And judging from the steamy season 6 promo, the relationship is bound to ruffle some shippers’ feathers. Rob Kazinsky, who plays Ben, talked to EW about his many (I repeat, many!) nude scenes in store, why Ben’s a better match for Sookie than her supenatural exes, and how he expects fans to react. Read on… READ FULL STORY

'True Blood,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Castle,' 'Graceland': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday. It’s scoop time.

And over the weekend, perhaps in between watching those old episodes of the Sopranos that I know you downloaded in grief (as I did!), don’t forget to send in your scoop requests to


True Blood premiered its sixth season last weekend on HBO, and while the reaction was somewhat mixed, I was glad to see one consistent feeling across the board: Gov. Burrell is one big slimy toad.

As you know, Burrell is the one leading this anti-vampire campaign, but quite soon, even more about his charge against the vamps will come to light — and some of it is a little disturbing. (One word: Experiments) “That is quite something,” Kristin Bauer van Straten says of the upcoming revelations about just how far Burrell’s gone to start developing defenses against the vamps. “It’s just all part of the theme that the tables have turned and the vampires are being hunted….[The humans] are figuring out how to fight back.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' returns with less bite


HBO’s True Blood returned with less bite in the ratings this summer, though competition from the NBA Finals might have been to blame.

The sixth season of the vampire drama debuted to 4.5 million viewers Sunday evening, down 13 percent from last year. But last summer the show wasn’t against ABC’s coverage of the basketball championships.

The premiere number is on par with the third season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, a show that’s frequently stacked against True Blood in ratings comparisons (Blood‘s first telecast Sunday was slightly higher than the first airing of Thrones in April, yet its full Sunday night tally, including a repeat, was lower than the fantasy drama). Thrones recently edged out TB to have HBO’s second most-watched drama season ever behind The Sopranos.

Lauren Bowles previews 'True Blood' season 6: The bloodiest season yet and the major death that made everyone cry

After a finale full of vampire scripture, fairy safe havens, and pack-master wars, True Blood season six picks up right where we left off — with a very bloody Bill (Billith?), a very scared Sookie, and the beginnings of a war. And one thing is for certain: With Warlow on the hunt for Sookie and all humans on the hunt for vampires, things don’t appear to be slowing down … at all.

We caught up with Lauren Bowles, who plays Holly, to chat about what we can expect from season six, including a major character death: READ FULL STORY

Full-length 'True Blood' trailer: Summer is coming -- VIDEO

HBO has released a full-length trailer for the new season of True Blood premiering June 16. While the war between humans and vampires reaches new levels thanks to Billith, some things remain the same — such as Eric having multiple reasons to be shirtless, Jason being at his comedic best when he’s in Rambo mode, and Sookie’s couch seeing some serious action. Watch it below. We get glimpses of everyone.  READ FULL STORY

New 'True Blood' season 6 teaser: War rages, blood will spill -- VIDEO

Last season, True Blood fans saw the beginnings of a war between vampires and humans when the council decided to blow up True Blood factories in an attempt to end mainstreaming. And with the newest teaser for season 6, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to back down from a fight.

“Do you have any idea how many people want to see us all dead?” Bill can be heard shouting from what can only be the helm of the supernatural ship. He is, after all, Vampire God now. But who will be brave enough to rise up against the blood-covered deity? The beautifully dumb Jason Stackhouse, who is more-than-likely dressed in his all-black war-time attire, keeps things simple in his leadership of Team Human — “It’s us against them.” READ FULL STORY

Joe Manganiello teases new season of 'True Blood' (and forthcoming fitness book with a foreward by Schwarzenegger)

Last week, Joe Manganiello was in New York City promoting Magnum Gold (?!) ice cream with the premiere of the Magnum-sponsored short film As Good As Gold at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Yes, he jokes, the man behind Magic Mike‘s Big Dick Richie shilling Magnum is “synergy.” See a photo from when he popped by the EW offices below.) But don’t worry, the actor’s still in top form filming the new season of HBO’s True Blood, which premieres June 16.

New showrunner Brian Buckner starts season 6 with a bang, Manganiello says. “He’s letting loose a lot of the things that he’s wanted to do the past few years and maybe didn’t get around to doing.” Last we saw Alcide, he’d just become the new pack master. “He’s in charge of this unruly group of werewolves, and it’s not the best job in the world. I’ll just say that,” the actor adds. Actually, we got a bit more out of him: Alcide will have more sex, he confirms. “Whether or not there are Hong Kong wires, I don’t want to give any of that away,” he says, laughing. “But we definitely get into some territory that hasn’t been covered yet on True Blood. I thought I’d done it all, seen it all, but they somehow found a way to top last year.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' season 6: Intense first trailer

The first trailer for the first season of True Blood without creator Alan Ball in the driver’s seat was just released by HBO. Below we have the intense teaser video for the upcoming 10-episode sixth season, which premieres June 16 under new showrunner Brian Buckner (who replaced the previously announced Mark Hudis). This trailer will also air on HBO before the Game of Thrones premiere Sunday night. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' will return to HBO on...

Raise your bottles of True Blood!

HBO has announced that Sookie, Bill, Eric and Co. will return June 16.

One of the notable new players that’s expected to join True Blood this summer is Rutger Hauer, who will play a sinister dude named Macklyn. Want to see him in full costume? Click here.

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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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