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'True Blood': Aaron Perilo, one of the new sheriffs in town, talks character's 'Fight Club' connection

On this week’s True Blood, we met the other four vampire sheriffs of Louisiana when King Bill summoned them to discuss their witch problem. One of the vampires, Blackburn (pictured), is played by Aaron Perilo, who celebrated his debut by watching the show with friends — a circle of dedicated True Blood fans. (They hushed the fool who “Ooh!”ed when he made his first appearance, he reports. There is no talking during True Blood.) Though Perilo is under the usual cast orders to stay spoiler-free, here’s what we gleaned from our chat this morning:

• Blackburn has been an acquaintance of Bill and Eric’s for “a very long time,” and he’s friends with Eric (at least the one who’d remember him). He doesn’t have a job in the human world, and “he doesn’t really care too much about the human race,” Perilo says. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2011: 'True Blood' cast on wild fans, wild season, geeky interests

So far, the cast of True Blood has been having a bloody good time at Comic-Con. So when they stopped by EW’s VIP lounge, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Alexander Skarsgard, Alan Ball, Kevin Alejandro, and Nelsan Ellis talked about the weirdest things they’ve done for fans, and what geeky interests they have bitten into at the convention. (One cast member is obsessed with The Vampire Diaries. You may be surprised to learn which one!) And those True Blood fans might want to bite into the second part of EW’s two-part interview, during which the second half of the cast — Ryan Kwanten, Stephen Moyer, Deborah Ann Woll, Anna Paquin, and Rutina Wesley — discuss whether Bill and Sookie will ever happen, cage-fighting, and male nudity. Click the jump!


'True Blood': See the Comic-Con teaser here!

And here are the highlights from the True Blood panel at Comic-Con (moderated by EW’s own Tim Stack):

  • Alexander Skarsgard got a massive, Beatles-like reception from the crowd in Ballroom 20, even though the panel featured other hotties like Stephen Moyer, Kevin Alejandro, Nelsan Ellis and Ryan Kwanten (where’s the love, gals?). But where was Alcide and Sam? Joe Manganiello was off rehearsing a movie in Atlanta while Sam Trammel was in a hospital somewhere because he’s about to become a father.
  • Wondering how Eric made Pam? We’ll finally see how it all happened in season 5. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris discuss Sunday's shocking death of [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched this week’s True Blood… Okay, now let’s continue. This past Sunday’s episode concluded with Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) sucking the life out of Claudine (Lara Pulver), Sookie’s fairy godmother. The twist surprised many fans of Charlaine Harris’ book series, because Claudine doesn’t bite the dust until much later in the novels. Executive producer Alan Ball tells EW that just because Sookie’s mentor is gone doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the fairy world. “After everything that was going on with the fairies in the first episode, I think we wanted to sort of put a pin in that, but obviously it’s not over,” says Ball. “I felt it would have more impact if it was someone we knew as opposed to just a random fairy.”

It’s also another example of Blood diverging from its source material, like keeping Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) alive and introducing the original character of Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll). READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' finishes bloody good Comic-Con Friday schedule

Get ready to salivate over Comic-Con’s TV line-up for July 23. Not only will True Blood be hosting a panel that Friday, but the convention is offering plenty more TV events that you’ll be dying to suck up. (Does that vampire pun work? No? Eh, it’s Friday.) Here are some TV-related highlights for July 23 (and be sure to check back tomorrow and Sunday for Comic-Con 2011’s remaining schedules!): READ FULL STORY

'Haven,' 'True Blood,' 'The Big C,' 'Leverage': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Vacation = over. But I’m not weeping. All it means is that I’m back at work and so are your favorite shows, which means you can expect a slow, but steady, leak of scoop for the return of many fall shows!

So enjoy this mix of scoop on summer faves and a few bits on the fall slate! If you have a specific scoop request, question, musing, nerdy thought, or even a follow-up scoop question, send an email to or Tweet me @EWSandraG.

See you next week!!


'True Blood' hunk to guest on 'White Collar' -- EXCLUSIVE

True Blood werewolf Joe Manganiello just hunted down a guest role on the next season of USA’s White Collar.

Manganiello will play a villain on the show, a recently released ex con, who brings trouble to the Burke neighborhood when he moves in across the street from Peter and Elizabeth (Tim DeKay and Tiffani Thiessen). The series is currently in its third season and the midseason finale, guest starring Beau Bridges, airs on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The second half of the season (which will include Manganiello) launches next January.

Other stars currently lined up for White Collar‘s third season include Eliza Dushku, William Sadler, Danny Masterson and Jonathan Silverman.

Read more:
‘White Collar': Is anyone else loving the Peter-Neal battle of wits?
‘White Collar’ season finale: Jeff Eastin on Neal’s tough choices and season 3

'True Blood' premiere ratings are bloody good

The love for hot vampires is stronger than ever: The fourth season premiere of True Blood Sunday matched its series high performance of 5.4 million viewers. It also improved upon its season 3 debut by 6 percent.

The rebroadcast at 11 p.m. added an additional one million viewers for a combined 6.4 million viewers on Sunday. Viewership levels will no doubt build over the next few episodes, especially since fans expect Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) to hook up in the shower this season.

For more on True Blood:
This week’s cover: Behind the scenes of the wild and witchy new season of ‘True Blood’

‘True Blood’ season premiere recap: Back for good (or evil)

'True Blood' cast member opens up about gay twist

Spoiler Alert!! If you have yet to sink your teeth into the season premiere of True Blood, you might not want to click below! READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Picking who should win and will win 'The Voice.' Plus: 'True Blood,' 'Breaking Bad,' and the best of summer TV

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Dia! Javier! Vicci! Beverly! We have our Voice final four. But were they the worthy winners of the latest round? And which one should and will take home the title next week? Jessica Shaw joins me on this week’s InsideTV Podcast to break down the finalists and their chances for victory. Plus, we grade the coaches on their performance this season and ask the question: Is Carson Daly the worst reality host ever? Then, we bring in critic Ken Tucker to sort out the best and worst of summer TV. What’s his favorite new show? What’s his least favorite new entry? And what returning show has him jazzed beyond belief? We also give our take on the return of True Blood. We’ve seen the first three episodes. Listen in to hear what we think. READ FULL STORY

Summer cable premiere dates: The latest round-up including 'Breaking Bad,' 'Jersey Shore,' and 'Flipping Out'


UPDATED, 6/23 Ready for Breaking Bad to return? Or perhaps True Blood is more your cup of tea? Read on to find about those and other (The Rachel Zoe Project! Jersey Shore!) summer premieres for basic and premium cable TV:


A bucket of 'True Blood' season 4 clips!

If you’re jonesing for the fourth season of True Blood we have a treat for you. HBO has released eight clips from the upcoming season. Here you go, we won’t bother you for awhile. (Oh, and “your blood tastes like freedom, Sookie”): READ FULL STORY

Who's going to Comic-Con: 'Glee,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Spartacus,' more

Guess who’s going to Comic-Con this year?

Here’s an early list of shows we’re told will be presenting panels, plus more that are looking likely to join the fun in San Diego July 21-24:


True Blood (HBO)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Spartacus: Vengeance
(Starz — hey, it’s a new name for season two!)
Torchwood (Starz)
Terra Nova (Fox)
Fringe (Fox)
Alcatraz (Fox)
Glee (Fox)
Once Upon a Time
Grimm (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Walking Dead (AMC)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
The Secret Circle (The CW)
Eureka (Syfy)
Dexter (Showtime)
Shameless (Showtime)
Homeland (Showtime)
Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Being Human (Syfy)
Sanctuary (Syfy)
Supernatural (The CW)
Nikita (The CW)
Ringer (The CW)
Chuck (NBC)
Alphas (Syfy)
Mythbusters (Discovery)
Penn & Teller Tell a Lie (Discovery)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Family Guy (Fox)

Check back for updates!

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