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'True Blood': 20 new photos from season 5


HBO has released 20 new photos from the upcoming fifth season of True Blood, which gets underway June 10. Check them out, below:


'True Blood' author sells mystery book series to Syfy

True Blood author Charlaine Harris might end up with another hit supernatural drama series on the air.

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. 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.

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HBO announces start dates for ‘True Blood,’ new Aaron Sorkin drama
‘True Blood’ season 5 trailer: See it here

HBO announces start dates for 'True Blood,' new Aaron Sorkin drama

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.

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‘True Blood’ season 5 trailer: See it here

'True Blood' season 5 trailer: See it here

“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

'True Blood' scoop: Creator Alan Ball to step down as showrunner

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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

'True Blood' first season 5 teaser

“Nothing Stays Buried Forever,” declares the first teaser for the season 5 return of HBO’s True Blood. Now fair warning: There’s no real info or footage here. But it’s still a nice way of getting excited about the show’s return (and the return of Russell perhaps?).  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' scoop: Meet the hot new Claude

Meet the new Claude. Sure, his name isn’t exactly the coolest. But this True Blood character is described as a smooth charmer who might shake things up in season 5.

Newcomer Giles Matthey has landed the multi-episode role of a hot and mysterious British fairy. One report has said that Claude will catch Jessica’s interest and attention in the upcoming season, but that’s not confirmed. Claude was previously played (briefly) by Neil Hopkins (Lost) on the show.

In the books, Claude is described as “the nephew of Sookie’s half-human/half-fairy grandfather, Fintan, and cousin to Sookie’s father … He makes an impact on all women and is described as being absolutely breathtaking … He started out as a stripper at Hooligans, a club in Monroe, which he later becomes owner of, and has branched out to print and runway modeling … Women usually say ‘wow’ when they see him, but his interest is men.”

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‘Twilight’ actor to join ‘True Blood’ 
Bloody good! Chris Meloni joins ‘True Blood’
‘True Blood’ casting: Meet Eric’s new sister!

'Twilight' actor to join 'True Blood'

Is this really how many popular vampire franchises there are nowadays, that it’s tough to fill a role without getting an actor who hasn’t played a neck-biter before?

Or perhaps Christopher Heyerdahl just has that convincingly undead look. The Twilight and Hell on Wheels actor has joined the cast of HBO’s True Blood season five in a recurring role.

He’ll play Dieter Braun, an ancient, powerful vampire who plays a large part in the intelligence of the Authority, plus is really awesome at coming up with creative ways to torture people. So … we’re thinking he’s a bad guy then? Heyerdahl is in addition to Chris Meloni, who was previously added to the cast (and whose part description, it seems, was actually the role for Heyerdahl).

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Bloody good! Chris Meloni joins ‘True Blood’
‘True Blood’ casting: Meet Eric’s new sister!
Denis O’Hare reprises role as Russell Edgington

Bloody good! Chris Meloni joins 'True Blood'

Chris Meloni has booked his first post-SVU gig — and it’s a bloody good one.

The former star of the Dick Wolf drama will join HBO’s True Blood  in season 5 as an “ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands.” He will be a series regular.

Meloni’s role on Alan Ball’s drama marks a homecoming, of sorts: The actor previously played Chris Keller on the pay cabler’s gritty drama Oz from 1998 to 2003.

Earlier this year, Meloni decided to step down from playing Detective Elliot Stabler on the long-running NBC drama.

Though no official return date has been set, True Blood is expected to bow in June.

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casting: Meet Eric’s new sister!

Denis O’Hare reprises role as Russell Edgington

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Castle,' 'Leverage,' 'How I Met Your Mother': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

As I’m capping off this week’s Spoiler Room, Regis Philbin is saying goodbye on Live! So as I try to ignore it enough not to weep like a mad person, forgive me if I don’t make a lot of sense. (God, I’m such a ridiculous sappy human!)

Okay, let’s get down to business. Here are this week’s goodies. Thanks to all who submitted questions. Keep ‘em coming! Don’t know how? Here’s the info: or @EWSandraG on Twitter.

And a special thanks to all those brave souls who answered my call for video questions on Twitter (which you can see in the next Spoiler Room: Video Edition). There will be more chances to do so very soon! READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' actor to guest on 'Breakout Kings'


Bones and Southland actor Kevin Alejandro is a busy man. After recently booking a guest stint on ABC’s upcoming GCB, the actor is now signed on for a very intriguing-sounding role on the return of A&E’s Breakout Kings.

Alejandro plays a tatted-up Latino inmate dying from lung cancer. With only a few months to live, he’s convinced that he can atone for his past crimes by committing new ones — against people who have thus far escaped all secular punishments for their known sins. He escapes prison and goes on a murder spree.

Breakout Kings returns for its second season sometime in 2012.

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‘True Blood’ news: Eric’s new sister is…

'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' 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


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