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The latest True Blood Mini-episode is up:

Didn’t enjoy this as much as the other two. This seems more like filler than rounding out the characters or exploring what they do in their down time. It’s still fun to see Tara and Lafayette sparring however.

Season 3 of True Blood premieres June 13th.


Katee Sackoff needs to join True BloodAusiello over at EW is reporting that Katee Sackoff, better known as Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace from Battlestar Galactica, was offered the role of Debbie Pelt, which eventually went to Brit Morgan. She turned it down to star in the new ABC series, ‘Boston’s Finest’ opposite Goran Visnjic (YAY!) and Nia Long

I’m so disappointed. I would have loved to have seen Sackoff bring her special kind of crazy to the character of Debbie Pelt, but can understand why she did it:

“I am a huge fan of True Blood. It’s a phenomenal show and [exec producer] Alan Ball is a f—ing genius. But I wanted more security than one season of something, so I rolled the dice with [Boston’s Finest]. This entire business is about rolling the dice and hoping you made the right decision. I almost didn’t take 24 to do my own series on USA Network, and that worked out. I’m sure [Brit] is going to be fantastic [as Debbie].”

I hope this works out for her, but on the other hand,  if ABC doesn’t pick up Boston’s Finest, or if it gets canceled after a couple of seasons, I think Sackoff would make a great Amelia Broadway.

The cover for the first issue of the new True Blood comic published by IDW has come out.

True Blood - Volume 1, Issue 1 CoverNice, but I’m not a fan of how Bill is drawn. He looks more like a caricature than a comic book character, but he’s draw by David Messina who has worked on some of my favorite Angel comics, so I’m not going to complain too loudly.

As mentioned, the books are drawn by David Messina (Angel: Old Friends, Doyle: Spotlight), written by Alan Ball, David Tischman (Bite Club) & Mariah Huehner, so it should be fun and fit in well with the series.

The first book has everyone reliving their deepest, darkest shames for the amusement of a vengeful spirit:

In this tantalizing series spinning out of the hit show, blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte’s, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past—those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul!

Sounds interesting, although I have to wonder what secret shames could Sam, Tara, Jason and Lafayette have kept from Sookie all this time?

Guess we’ll find out on July 21st.

BTW, This is only the first of four alternate covers for the comic. According to HBO online, there are going to be four covers in total. If you order four copies of the first issue, you are guaranteed to get one of each. Every issue also features a pull-out poster drawn by David Messina.

Via: The Vault and HBO Online

The second True Blood Mini-episodes is up and this one features Jessica, who is probably my favorite character after Tara.

She is the perfect mix of innocence and danger and a great foil for Bill.

I hope she sticks around for a long, long time.


Season 3 premieres on June 13th.

BTW, HBO remade the teaser trailer with a new twist. Check it out:

True Blood  Do Not Feed the Shape ShiftersThis one got a good giggle. I love the retro feel of the image. It’s kind of Mad-Men-ish.

Yahoo has got the first of the Drop of True Blood mini episodes up on its site.

All these shorts are written by Alan Ball, features the main cast members and are meant to bridge the gap between Season Two and Season Three.

The first one features Pam and Eric auditioning dancers for Fangstasia. The process is so painful that the only way to survive is for Eric to channel Sue Sylvester and wearing one of her track suits.

Fangtasia Auditions - This is wrong on so many levels
Fangtasia Auditions - Will the pain never end?Fangtasia Auditions - Make it stop!Fangtasia Auditions - This looks promising.
I love these because you get Pam being her awesome self and a real glimpse into her relationship with Eric, which is one of the best things about the books.

Enjoy the complete video and let me know what you think!

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The promotion campaign for True Blood continues to ramp up to their June 13th Season 3 premiere.

Here’s the latest promo poster:

True Blood - Have you seen this vampire?Nice! I like the riff on the old 80’s Child Find notices.  I would also like to think it’s an homage to Lost Boys, but I’m not sure they’re that clever. Do you remember Laddie’s picture on the milk carton?

As well, there’s news that we’re going to get some extra backstory between May 2nd and the June 13th premiere.  Alan Ball has written 6 mini- episodes that will air after each season 2 encore episode that they broadcast during that time period.  Here’s the preview:

I don’t know if the episodes will impact on the main story line, given that Bill appears in at least one, I don’t think so, but it could be a nice aperitif to the new season.

I’m definitely craving some new Blood.

Get your straightjackets…..

Brit Morgan as Debbie Pelt… silver bullets and wolfsbane, because there’s a new werewolf in town, and she’s nutso!

Debbie Pelt, otherwise know as Alcide Herveaux crazy-assed-homicidal-not-so-ex girlfriend has been cast. Joining the Bon Temps irregulars is Brit Morgan who was last seen in ABC’s The Middlemen.

Apparently, Ball has beefed up Debbie’s role in season 3, which was already pretty extensive:

“She’s going to be in more episodes, so maybe that will have an impact on [what actress] we can get for her, which is a big question right now.”

And with that final bit of work complete, all of season 3’s major roles have now been cast.

Lois SmithIn other very welcome news, it seems we may not have seen the last of Sookie’s beloved Gran, played by the beautiful Lois Smith. According to Alan Ball:

“There’s a chance. I don’t think she’s gonna come back and go like, ‘Oh, you know what? I’m not dead!’ But she certainly can appear in flashbacks or in visions or perhaps there’s a different reality that someone might go into.”

Now that is very welcome news.

Thoughts, opinions, silverware?

Oooh, look who had his photo taken with Sookie!

Alcide Herveaux

Love the wolf howling at the moon in the background!

That’s Alcide Herveaux, Sookie’s werewolf protector who is helping her search for Bill after he mysteriously disappeared at the end of season two.  Alcide is played by Joe Manganiello, formerly of One Tree Hill. He’s brought on board by Eric when Sookie begins her search for her missing lover.

And this being True Blood, we’re apparently going to get to see a lot of Alcide/Joe.  He’s already filmed his naked scenes for Alan Ball:

“He’s in crazy peak physical condition. He’s eating nothing but pure protein. And of course, this being True Blood, he’s already shot his first naked scene. Hello, werewolves when they shift — no clothes!”

Check out Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly for more deets.

In other spoiler-y news, the latest “Waiting Sucks” promo video has been released, this one featuring Tara and Franklin Mott

James Frain - Franklin MottFrom the looks of things, Tara’s storyline is not going to be following the one from the books.  In the novel, Tara begins to date Franklin Mott, who was a lot older (when he was alive) and more debonair than the Alan Ball incarnation. James Frain (The Tudors) is playing Franklin in the series, and he’s not how I pictured Franklin at all.  Plus, his and Tara’s relationship didn’t involve violence initially.

I’m really interested to see how the story plays out given Egg’s loss and Tara’s mistrust of vampires in general. Also, where will it take her.  Tara is already so damaged, will her relationship with Mott drag her even further under, or will it help her rise above and get her life back on track.  It’ll be interesting whichever the case.

And finally, Allan Ball has announced that he and the True Blood creative team will be collaborating with IDW publishing to launch a True Blood comic book.  Ball and show writers, including Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow are working with IDW writers David Tischman and Mariah Heuhner to develop the scripts.  The comic book series will be true to cannon, but will follow different storylines. Artists working on the book include David Messina from Joss Whedon’s Angel and J. Scott Campbell who draws Danger Girl.

Here’s the video of Alan Ball’s announcement at WonderCon:

The comic book will launch this upcoming July.

Talk about teases:

True Blood has kicked into production of Season 3.

And for those who are wondering, Bubba will not be making an appearance in season 3:

Vieux Boulogne Cheese - The Stinkiest Cheese in the World!“I don’t know how to do it without either using an Elvis impersonator, which is cheesy, or having somebody and never seeing their face, just hearing their voice — and to me that sounds equally cheesy. So that’s just one of the casualties of the transfer from book to screen.”

I’m actually happy about this.  I always thought that  Elvis popping up as a cat-drinking, derelict mental case was one of the  worst aspects of the books.  It’s not just cheese, it’s Vieux Boulogne cheese, it stinks so bad.

Thank you Alan Ball!