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Review: 'True Blood' Is Back, With Yet More Vampires, Witches and Melodrama

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 24th 2011 3:00PM
Oh, 'True Blood.' What am I going to do with you?

Just like one of the characters on the show, 'True Blood' (9PM ET Sunday, HBO) goes through a transformation in the first couple of episodes of its fourth season. Creator and head writer Alan Ball appears to have remembered that his characters -- humans, shapeshifters, vampires, faeries and the like -- are living beings with actual emotions and not just objects for him to Bedazzle with ever-thicker encrustations of incidents, events and OMG moments.

It's a refreshing and surprising change of pace. But then in the third episode, the show starts to show signs of falling into ruts it has frequently and heedlessly dived into before.

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Los Angeles School District Declines 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' 'Harry Potter' Actress Joins 'True Blood' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2010 11:10AM
Jamie OliverIt seems not everybody wants a 'Food Revolution' -- The Los Angeles Unified School District has rejected an offer to take part in Jamie Oliver's reality series.

According to TV Guide, Oliver faced resistance when he filmed the first season of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' in West Virginia, and Los Angeles -- the proposed location for season 2 -- is also proving to be difficult. The school district's director of partnerships in the superintendent's office, Melissa Infusino, sent a letter to the show's producers saying participating would take up too much time.

"We believe our direct work with nutrition experts, health advocates, the community, schools and students is the most effective strategy for our continued success and improvement," Infusino said.

ABC says the show is still in early creative stages and would not comment on a possible location change.

In other TV news ...

Amy Sedaris, star of 'Strangers With Candy,' will guest on Fox's 'Raising Hope.' Details on Sedaris' character are scarce, but she will make out with Burt (Garret Dillahunt). [Hollywood Reporter]

Fiona Shaw, known for her role as Aunt Petunia in the 'Harry Potter' films, will be a series regular on 'True Blood.' Shaw will join the season 4 cast as Marnie, a palm reader who gets taken over by the spirit of a witch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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