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True Blood: Get a sneak peek at the Frenzy to come

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 29th 2009 6:01PM
true blood frenzy lafayetteTrue Blood pulled in record ratings for last week's insane episode, "New World in My View." The ep ended with most of Bon Temps still zombified by Maryann, Sam naked and on the run, and Bill about to meet with the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, played by Evan Rachel Wood.

Over at the Stackhouse place, Sookie, Lettie May and Lafayette were left caring for a bruised Tara, who's determined to rescue her man, Eggs. That's where the following preview clip for Sunday's ep, "Frenzy" picks up. Click through to watch.

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Eric Northman as Mr. January in the Fangtasia calendar

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 24th 2009 8:09PM
True Blood Wiki - Eric Northman, Mr. January, Fangtasia Calendar
I just got off the phone with Alan Ball, and have I got some good stuff for all you True Blood fans! Look for that interview on TV Squad in the next day or so. I'm trying to wrap my head around all the fun stuff Alan told me about season three.

Until then, I offer you this eye candy: Eric Northman as Mr. January on the Fangtasia calendar. I couldn't find an actual Fangtasia calendar on the official True Blood site, so let me know if you know where to get this. I believe this is fan art by "Bloody Mistress" from the True Blood Wiki. If you want to look at Eric while listening to the True Blood theme song, check it out on Cast TV.

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True Blood: New World in My View

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 24th 2009 2:04AM
True Blood: New World in My View

(S02E10) "Jesus and I agreed to see other people, but that doesn't mean we don't still talk from time to time." - Lafayette to Tara's mom, praying over a spellbound Tara


I'm as hooked on Eric as the next girl, but I must admit, I felt a little protective of Bill during that opening scene. Sookie comforting Eric and kissing his blood-tear-stained face over the loss of Godric was sweet, but emotional. If and when that day comes, I'm not sure who I'll be rooting for: Eric or Bill. It would definitely be a tough choice for Sookie.

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Dress up the cast of True Blood with ... cartoon paper dolls?

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 18th 2009 8:01PM
true blood paper dolls
Screw Bloodcopy or whatever new viral marketing idea HBO has in mind for True Blood. Nothing will top cartoonist Andy Swists' growing collection of printable True Blood paper dolls. Yup, paper dolls! So far, Swist has created cartoon versions of Sookie Stackhouse, Bill the vampire, vampire Pam, and fan favorite Lafayette Reynolds. Each character comes with two or three different outfits, including an oven mitt and spatula for fry cook Lafayette. Swist encourages fans to use glitter and ribbons to dress-up the characters.

Somehow, creating provocative paper dolls seems like the perfect way to show some love for the trashy and bizarre camp fest that is True Blood. I love the show, but sometimes it feels like I'm watching a well-plotted mix of daytime soap and B-horror movie clichés. At times, the thing feels like a cartoon with all the over-the-top Southern stock characters and supernatural stunts.

So, Mr. Swist, how long until we get a Maryann doll with a paste-on minotaur head?

[Via: Robot 6]

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True Blood: I Will Rise Up

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 17th 2009 5:05AM
True Blood - I Will Rise Up
(S02E09) "I don't know what you is, but I'm feelin' you, and you a soulless bitch." - Lafayette to Maryann


After so many slam-dunk episodes of True Blood in a row, this one kind of leveled off a little. Still a great episode, just not super-great. But ... there were a few super-great scenes. We'll talk about those after the jump, so those who wish to remain spoiler-free don't yell at me ...

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True Blood: Timebomb

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 10th 2009 2:03AM
True Blood - Timebomb, Hoyt and Jessica

(S02E08) "It grew back." - Jessica to Hoyt

You know, I never really thought about it, but Jessica is in a really interesting situation. She was a virgin when she was turned, so of course, each new time she makes love, it's going to "heal up," and she'll have to start from scratch, so to speak. What an awful predicament!

It's not so bad for Hoyt, who seems happy that "every time will be like our first time." Not so for Jessica, who says, "But it'll hurt like hell. I'm a fucking deformity of nature. I'm gonna be a virgin forever."

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True Blood stars are true to each other

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 6th 2009 5:00PM
True BloodUsually I don't write about relationships between cast members of a show (it seems more like gossip than actual television news), but since I'm a fan of True Blood and I found this little twist interesting, here we go. Co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are engaged to be married.

What's even more interesting is (spoilers follow, but they're only spoilers if you haven't read the original Southern Vampire Mysteries books): if the television series is true to the spirit of Charlaine Harris' book series, then Bill and Sookie won't be a couple forever. In fact, it would likely end next season. Hopefully the actual relationship between Moyer and Paquin will last longer.

Of course, this isn't the first time a couple on a television show have actually had a relationship in real life. The classic I can think of off the cuff is Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (and they were married before they even had a show). Who else has had a relationship from reel to real?

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True Blood: Release Me

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 3rd 2009 7:52AM
True Blood - Release Me

(S02E07) "Feeling sorry for things is just an excuse not to celebrate your own happiness." - Maryann


Ok, I take back my earlier comment about trying to reconcile the fact that Maryann isn't a villain. She IS a villain, and just because SHE doesn't think she's a villain doesn't make it all ok. So there. Her actions are causing other people to forget what's transpired, do bad things, and break peoples' arms. That's just not right, Maryann. Just not right.

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True Blood: What the heck is Maryann?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 2nd 2009 11:04PM
Michelle Forbes in True BloodThere's been quite a bit of discussion about what sort of creature Maryann is on True Blood. While some TV Squad readers speculated that she's a Circe -- or rather, THE Circe -- Michelle Forbes, who plays the character, set the record straight in a TV Guide interview in mid-July.

She's a maenad, which, according to Wikipedia, were the female followers of Dionysus in Greek mythology. "Their name literally translates as 'raving ones.' Often the maenads were portrayed as inspired by him into a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication. In this state, they would lose all self-control, begin shouting excitedly, engage in uncontrolled sexual behavior, and ritualistically hunt down and tear animals (and sometimes men and children) to pieces, devouring the raw flesh."

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HBO: Sex! Hollywood! Vampires!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 2nd 2009 11:02AM
True Blood - Sookie Stackhouse and Bill ComptonI must confess that I really don't pay that much attention to TV ratings. I realize that I'm just one girl, and whether I love a show or not doesn't make a wit of difference as to whether other people will love it -- and love it enough to keep it on the air. As a TV writer, I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that TV shows come and go, and sometimes nobody watches the good ones, which results in them leaving the air far too soon.

But I've found myself gravitating towards HBO shows, because they seem to be consistently good, no matter the ratings. Sometimes I'm crazy about the shows right off the bat. Such was the case with True Blood, which I review here on TV Squad.

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TCA Awards: Mad Men, Big Bang, ER, True Blood, BSG are big winners - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2009 11:02PM
TCA logoTonight, the members of the Television Critics Association (including me) gathered at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena to give out its annual awards. The membership voted on the awards in the month leading up to the press tour; we were given a number of candidates to choose from in various categories. The membership was also asked to choose recipients for an individual Career Achievement award and the Heritage Award, which recognizes a past show that had a big impact artistically and on the industry.

The members gave ER its Heritage Award, which honors the impact the show has had on the TV landscape. As for current shows, the members gave Battlestar Galactica the Program of the Year award, Mad Men Outstanding Achievement in Drama. The Big Bang Theory won for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Jim Parsons won the Individual Achievement in Comedy award for his performance. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad won the Individual Achievement in Drama award. True Blood won the Outstanding New Program Award. And, finally, the award I'm most excited about (because she'll likely be there): Betty White received the Career Achievement award.

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

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Tru Blood is now a true drink

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 29th 2009 1:02PM
Tru BloodCome on. You knew it was going to happen. Tru Blood (the fictional vampire blood-substitute from the HBO series True Blood) is going to be offered as a novelty drink.

You have to wonder what the drink will actually taste like. Blood? Hi-C? Red Bull? It's described in the article as "a crisp, slightly tart and lightly sweet tang," and I am left wondering what the hell does that exactly mean.

Will people mix it with alcoholic beverages? Will there be Tru Blood with vodka (a real Bloody Mary)? Tru Blood martinis? Tru Blood chasers with beer?

You know that some kids are trying to be vampires. Admittedly, when it comes to vampires in media, I am far more True Blood than Twilight, so I'm likely going to pick up a bottle and try the stuff out when it's available. The bottle is even a cool-looking collectible.

The big question is: how is Buffy going to react when she hears the news of this beverage?

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True Blood: Hard-Hearted Hannah

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 27th 2009 4:38AM
True Blood - Hard-Hearted Hannah

(S02E06) "In person, she looks like vanilla pudding." - Sookie to Hugo, describing Sarah Newlin

Disturbing. Sexy. Gross. Creepy. Mysterious. Musical. Scary. Funny. How a show can pack so much into one hour is beyond me. We'll start with the amazing Alan Ball and work our way down through the actors, writers, and the rest of the crew. I'm sure even craft services has a spread of delicious food for these folks every day.

I fell in love with season one of True Blood, and each episode of season two keeps raising the bar higher and higher. This was the best one yet, with plenty of new drama, mystery and, yes, disturbing stuff.

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True Blood: Never Let Me Go

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 20th 2009 4:20AM
True Blood - Never Let Me Go

(S02E05) "There's enough people in my brain already. You're on your own." - Barry to Sookie, who says she can teach him how to control his telepathy


So ... some of our beloved True Blood characters are finding new cohorts just like them. We now know that Daphne is a shapeshifter, which is causing her and Sam to grow even that much closer (and those two are pretty hot together!). I'm not sure I totally trust her, though maybe she'll help Sam to feel better about his lot in life. She seems to have no issues with her abilities, and it was sexy hearing their foreplay talk about how they feel right before they shift.

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Poor Showtime: It looks like vampires are putting HBO back on top

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2009 10:05AM
True BloodFor a while there, it looked like Showtime, with buzzworthy shows like Californication, Weeds and Dexter, was dominating headlines and getting all kinds of praise. In response, their ratings were rising. Meanwhile, HBO had struggled to replace The Sopranos, Deadwood and Rome when all three left the airwaves in 2006-07. New "big" shows like John From Cincinnati and Tell Me You Love Me failed to make waves with audiences.

Really, it was Dexter that started swinging the ship toward Showtime, and in so doing, brought attention to the rest of their lineup. With HBO floundering, Showtime saw an opportunity and took full advantage, offering bold new entries. Apparently there's an audience that looks almost exclusively for premium cable original programming. And everything was going so well ... until HBO managed to snag a piece of America's current fixation on vampires.

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