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'True Blood': Eric's new 'sister' is....

The wait is over! True Blood fans will finally meet a “sibling” of hunky Eric Northman when the HBO drama returns next summer.

Meet Nora, a beautiful and intelligent double agent within the Vampire Authority who’s the progeny of Eric’s maker Godric. She will be played by Lucy Griffiths, a British actress who starred in the BBC’s Robin Hood as Maid Marian.

This is a series regular role that may involve a little nudity. Welcome to HBO, Lucy!

Creator Alan Ball has lots of mayhem in store for Season 5. EW also learned that Denis O’Hare will reprise his role of Russell Edgington, the vampire King of Mississippi. Remember, Russell wasn’t exactly killed off at the end of season 3 — he was just buried alive under silver.

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True Blood casting call: A very old friend for Eric
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'True Blood' reunion coming to ABC's 'GCB' -- EXCLUSIVE

Two guys from True Blood are set to spice up ABC’s midseason drama GCB. Kevin Alejandro and Grant Bowler both signed deals to appear in the show’s debut season, and will even share an episode.

GCB (formally titled Good Christian Bitches Belles) has cast Alejandro as Danny — a local butcher who offers to supply meat for Booby-licious (that’s a Hooters-like restaurant in the show) on the condition that Marisol Nichols’ character Heather goes on a date with him.

Alejandro is in one episode, while Bowler will appear in at least two — playing Mason Massey, a “frozen foods magnate and thoroughbred horse breeder.” Sparks fly when Bowler meets with Cricket (Miriam Shor) to negotiate stud fee for his prize horse.

Booby-licious? Dating for brisket? TV dinner-making horse breeders? Okay, these descriptions have us really intrigued. GCB is from Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias) and producer Darren Star (Sex and the City). There’s no premiere date yet, but here’s the show’s trailer: READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' casting call: A biblical new role ... and a very old friend for Eric -- EXCLUSIVE

As the producers promised, True Blood is introducing several new characters in season 5 — and EW got the early word on two of the roles.

Creator Alan Ball and his team of scribes have put out a casting call for someone to play Nora, a beautiful and intelligent 25-to-35 something who plays a double agent within the Vampire Authority. What’s even better than that? She’s got a big history with Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) because she’s a progeny of Godric. Nora will be a series regular role that may (or may not) involve a little nudity. (It IS True Blood, after all).

Meanwhile, Co-Executive Producer Raelle Tucker told EW that they’ll include a “very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year … a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you’ve heard of before.” Especially if you’ve read the Bible: The True Blood team also put out the call for someone to play Salome, as in THE Salome, daughter of Herodias, from the good book. She’s a powerful ancient vampire (hmm, don’t remember that part from the New Testament) and a world-class seductress who’s also a little mad. So she’ll fit right into Bon Temps.

Any suggestions for Ball and his team?

Fox, HBO most gay-friendly networks on television, says GLAAD report

Fox and HBO lead the broadcast and cable networks, respectively, with the most lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters on television, according to the “Where We Are on TV” report released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The 16th annual survey shows that LGBT characters account for 2.9 percent of scripted series regulars on the broadcast networks, which is down from a high of 3.9 percent last fall. Cable, too, has fewer portrayals: There are 29 LGBT characters on mainstream cable networks this year, which is on par with last year but down from a high of 40 in 2008. Additionally, GLAAD notes that it counted 25 recurring characters on cable. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' scoop: Who's coming to Bon Temps in season 5?

Since the citizens of Bon Temps dropped like flies (RIP Jesus, Marnie, Nan, and possibly Tara) on True Blood‘s surprising finale, season 5 will introduce fresh meat and showcase some familiar faces. “There will be a very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year,” says co-executive producer Raelle Tucker. “That will be a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you’ve heard of before.” We will also once again visit the fairy world touched upon at the beginning of season 4. Says Tucker, “Season 5 will explore more fairies, new fairies, fairies in a way you haven’t really seen fairies. We will all, as well as Sookie, come to understand fairies more than in previous seasons.”

Scott Foley’s Patrick, who we met in the finale, will bring trouble to Terry (Todd Lowe) and Arlene (Carrie Preston). Says Tucker, “His arc has to do with Terry’s past coming back to haunt Bon Temps and Arlene and their life they’re trying to set up together.” READ FULL STORY

Finale ratings: 'Entourage' up, 'True Blood' down

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HBO’s finale-stuffed Sunday ratings are here: The last-ever episode of Entourage went out on a high note, concluding with its most-watched episode of the season, with 3.1 million viewers (2.6 million in its first airing, plus the show’s repeat).

The fourth-season closer of True Blood delivered 6.2 million viewers total for the night (5.1 million for its first airing, plus the repeat) — down slightly this year after rising last summer. Overall, though, Blood did well this season, hitting a series high with one episode and maintaining its average. Curb Your Enthusiasm benefited by being paired with True Blood this summer (an odd coupling, but the ratings didn’t mind) — and ended with a total of 2.4 million for the night. That’s Curb‘s most-watched finale since 2004.

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‘Entourage’ final episode review: Everything changed, everything stayed the same
‘True Blood’: The Break-Up

'True Blood': Rutina Wesley talks last night's shocking finale and the future of Tara

True Blood fans are still reeling from last night’s epic and bloody season finale. SPOILER ALERT! We saw the returns of Grands (Lois Smith) and Rene (Michael Raymond-James), as well as possibly the resurrection of Russell (Denis O’Hare). But the most disturbing twists were Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) stabbing Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), and Tara (Rutina Wesley) getting shot in the head by Debbie Pelt (Britt Morgan). EW talked to Wesley about the finale and whether or not Tara survived the gunshot wound.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What did you think when you read the season finale script?
RUTINA WESLEY: Well I mean, I knew ahead of time that it was coming. It’s always a scary place as an actor to go there. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Marshall Allman talks Tommy's [SPOILER!]

SPOILER ALERT! If you’ve yet to watch this week’s episode of True Blood, stop reading now and come back when you have…  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Stephen Moyer weighs in on Bill and Sookie's future

Fans of True Blood’s Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) have had a rough season. First, his lady love Sookie (Anna Paquin) was AWOL for more than a year in the fairy world, only to have Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) claim “ownership” of her when she returned. Then, to make matters worse, the Nordic vampire’s Lapland-cold heart thawed after witches made him forget his thousand-year history of slaughter. Suddenly, Eric was a lovesick puppydog, and fans of Bill watched in horror as he and Sookie engaged in some epic moonlit shagging. And if that didn’t make you think it’s hard out here for a vamp, last week Bill found himself dragged off by the same coven that had cursed Eric. Maybe Stephen Moyer can bare his fangs and help us make sense of Bill’s ill fortune. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Castle,' 'Community': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Did you know the first 100 words of this column are the last 100 words I write every week? I say this for two reasons: 1) If you’ve ever noticed the coherency of this column increases as you work your way through it, you now know why. 2) You now also have an incentive to click to the second page of this column. (Yes! I’m paginated now! << I don’t know if that statement is the “Spoiler Room” speaking or yours truly. I’m going to say it’s the “room” since I, in fact, am not paginated.)

At any rate, take note of the little number “2″ because it’s your path 2 more scoop. (See what I did there.) Hey, I warned you just one paragraph ago…

Remember to send scoop requests to spoilerroom@ew.com (note to the two smooshed “r”s) and follow me on Twitter for more things that don’t make a lot of sense and a few things that do (like TV scoop!). @EWSandraG READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Was the Sookie and Eric sex on 'True Blood' worth the wait?

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They did it outside. They did it inside. They did it in different rooms. They did it in different positions. Yes, after all that anticipation, Sookie and Eric finally hooked up on True Blood. Was it worth the wait? True Blood aficionado and “supernatural sexpert” Mandi Bierly weighs in with her thoughts as we break down the current season. Which side are we rooting for in the witches vs. vampires war? What storylines haven’t been working this season? And why is Sam’s brother Tommy such a colossal bummer? We discuss and debate all the twists and turns in Bon Temps and even offer some teases as to what to expect in the next few episodes. READ FULL STORY

HBO renews 'True Blood' for fifth season

Alexander Skarsgard lovers, your prayers have been answered: HBO has picked up a fifth season of True Blood.

The pay cabler has ordered 12 more episodes of the drama from Alan Ball that’s based on Charlaine Harris’ mega-popular Sookie Stackhouse novels. The fifth season will bow next summer.

“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” said Ball in a statement.  “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' near season 5 renewal with Alan Ball on board

True Blood just took another step toward a fifth season renewal.

Alan Ball just told critics at TCA press tour that he’s staying with the show since his deal has been renewed. The showrunner shot down concerns he might leave HBO vampire hit at the end of the season. “No,” he said when asked if he’s leaving, explaining that he’s having a great time on the series.

Not that Blood returning (or a showrunner wanting to stay on a hit series, for that matter), is much of a surprise, but it’s certainly good to hear, especially in the wake of Frank Darabont’s surprise exit from The Walking Dead.

Read more:
Comic-Con 2011: ‘True Blood’ cast on wild fans, wild season, geeky interests
‘True Blood’: Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris discuss the shocking death of [SPOILER] — EXCLUSIVE
HBO: We won’t ax ‘Game of Thrones’ too soon

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