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Joe Manganiello Hints at a 'True Blood' Housecleaning on 'Good Day LA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 25th 2011 6:30PM
Joe Manganiello of 'True Blood' on 'Good Day LA' 'True Blood' fans, get ready for a bloodbath. Or, well, more of a bloodbath than the ones you're used to seeing every week. Thursday on 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox), werewolf Joe Manganiello hinted that the season will end with fewer characters than were there at the beginning. But those few characters will probably still be having sex with each other.

"You're going to see more blood, more sex," he said, "and actually at the last table read -- usually our table reads are known for being huge casts sitting around the table -- by the final table read, it got very lonely. There were not many of us left, I'll say that."

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Antonia Takes Her War to the Vampires, Plus a Ghost Whisperer on 'True Blood' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 22nd 2011 3:46AM
'True Blood' - 'Run'I must admit, I expected more from the Mavis/Lafayette storyline than what we ultimately got on 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). After the slow build up with Arlene and Terry's baby possibly being possessed, things just kind of fizzled this week.

If Jennifer Love Hewitt's Melinda Gordon from 'Ghost Whisperer' had been here, this could have been resolved in the first week, before Mavis had to go and possess Lafayette. As it was, all she wanted to do was hold her baby, and she was confused.

So Jesus made that happen by digging up their bones and having Mavis/Lafayette hold the bones of the baby and then exorcising Mavis from his body. Then, in classic 'Ghost Whisperer' mode, Mavis walked off and faded out. Cue Melinda Gordon crying somewhere in the world.

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Bill Tries to Broker a Peace With the Witches on 'True Blood' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 4:01AM
'True Blood' - 'Spellbound'Marnie AKA Antonia Gavilan nearly wiped out all the vampires in Bon Temps with her spell last week on 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). In fact, when the episode closed, poor sweet Jessica was in the thralls of her incantation and throwing wide the doors of Bill's home to bask in the sweet sunlight.

Recall that this is a terrible idea if you're a vampire.

Jason saved her at the last minute, setting up a love triangle between the pair of them and Hoyt that ultimately left all of them alone and miserable. Jessica might have rather been one of Bill's back-up agents when he tried to broker a truce with Antonia.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 15-21

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 14th 2011 3:00PM
Bachelor PadMONDAY, AUGUST 15

'Bachelor Pad' (8PM ET, ABC)

TV's most trainwreck-y reality show is back for the summer, and after last week's eventful season premiere, things are only going to get messier. This week sees our 'Bachelor/ette' alums competing in a Q&A contest where they'll throw paint-filled eggs at targets on each others' backs to answer questions like "least attractive" and "least deserving of $250,000" in the hope of winning immunity for the week. Ouch.

'Gloria: In Her Own Words' (9PM ET, HBO) special presentation
This engaging and important documentary on iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem documents her rise from troubled Midwestern child, to dissatisfied New York writer, to public face of the feminist movement.

'The Lying Game' (9PM ET, ABC Family) series premiere
This mysterious drama series lands somewhere between 'The Parent Trap' and The CW's new thriller 'Ringer,' centering around two separated-at-birth twins who meet for the first time in their teens and trade identities as they search for their biological mother. But when privileged Sutton fails to return to her old life, foster kid Emma must decide whether to keep up her sister's charade.

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HBO Renews 'True Blood' For Season 5

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2011 2:25PM
True BloodBetter keep those fangs sharp: 'True Blood' will be back for a fifth season.

"I am thrilled that 'True Blood' continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics," Michael Lombardo, HBO president, said in statement. "Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV."

Alan Ball will be back as showrunner for the 12-episode Season 5. The Season 4 premiere was seen by 5.42 million viewers and subsequent episodes have brought in around 5 million viewers each week.

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Nelsan Ellis Modeled His 'True Blood' Lafayette Character After His Mother (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 5:30PM
Nelsan Ellis of 'True Blood' on 'The Talk'Nelsan Ellis said Monday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that people sometimes think he is his 'True Blood' character, Lafayette Reynolds. There are some big differences, including the fact that Lafayette is gay and Ellis is straight. But Ellis shared that there is a little of the Ellis family tree represented in Lafayette.

Sara Gilbert asked if people sometimes mistook Ellis for his character. "They do," he said, smiling. "Gay is just one part of Lafayette. People think that I'm everything that encompasses Lafayette, which is a lot. I'm too boring as Nelsan." His mother, who recently passed away, was apparently not boring at all. She never saw the show, but Ellis said she and Lafayette had a lot in common.

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The Vampires are Forced to Seek the Sun on 'True Blood' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 8th 2011 6:40AM
'True Blood' S04/E07If there's one thing we all know about vampires, it's that they hate sunlight. But on this week's episode of 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) they all seemed to be intent on rushing headlong toward it.

The vengeful Antonia (Fiona Shaw) cast a spell that threatened to send all vampires into the sun to meet their death in the most ghastly way -- spontaneous (non-)human combustion.

Thankfully, Bill managed to warn most vamps and so Sookie and the gang were able to prepare for it by blacking out their windows and chaining the vampires to their beds.

Pam got to stay in the shade by being locked in her pink coffin with Ginger lying on the top to keep the lid closed. She had to cling on for dear life as Pam did her utmost to get out and walk toward the sunlight.

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Eric Must Kneel Before His King on 'True Blood' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 1st 2011 7:07AM
'True Blood' - 'I Wish I Was the Moon'With the full moon upon Bon Temps, Jason Stackhouse was terrified that this would be his first transformation into a panther, while Tara was facing the demons of her past being revealed to her New Orleans girlfriend.

Jesus' uncle knows more even than Jesus and Lafayette do about the danger they're facing, but it's Bill and Eric who stood at the center of this episode of 'True Blood' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO).

After last week's cliffhanger where Pam revealed to Bill where Eric has been staying all this time, Bill felt completely betrayed by Sookie. To make matters worse, vampires are very fast and that Eric/Sookie makeout session had really only just gotten under way.

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Chelsea Handler's MTV Awards Joke Got Joe Manganiello in Trouble With His Family (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 26th 2011 4:50AM
Joe Manganiello, 'Chelsea Lately'When Joe Manganiello joined the cast of 'True Blood' as friendly werewolf Alcide, he was entering a world of sex and supernatural craziness that's almost unprecedented on television. And yet, it was comments by one Chelsea Handler that caused the most stir in his family, according to what he said on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

"I know at the MTV Movie Awards I made a joke about sitting on your face or something, and I know she was upset," Handler said of Manganiello's fiancé. That's why she was sure to clarify to her audience that he was off the market.

But that joke, which Manganiello didn't even hear -- he was backstage at the time -- caused more than just drama with his fiancé.

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'True Blood': Sookie Tells Eric Not to Leave, Then ... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 1:24AM
'True Blood' - 'Me and the Devil'Sookie is usually a lot smarter than this, isn't she? Sure, she's been blinded by love before, but is she also blinded by what everyone else can see is inevitable? This man before her is not the Eric we know from 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO).

He may look and sound like him, but he's more of a fantasy Eric that a swooning schoolgirl might fall for. Sookie Stackhouse is supposed to be made of stronger stuff than that. And yet, she could not keep herself from apparently falling a little more for him.

Even the voice of her own Gran couldn't warn her away, though that is more like the Sookie we know. When has she ever listened to a good and sensible warning? Still, we're sure that many fans of the show were pleased to see her finally give in to what Eric, in all of his personas, has been wanting since he met her.

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Comic-Con 2011: Highlights from HBO's 'True Blood' Panel

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 22nd 2011 11:00PM
Ballroom 20 was alive with the sound of squealing Friday night, as the unnaturally attractive 'True Blood' cast hit the stage at Comic-Con.

Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis, Kevin Alejandro, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll, Anna Paquin and Alan Ball (phew!) held court before a packed house, showing off some steamy scenes still to come this season in a searing sizzle reel (watch it and get more on that here), before tantalizing the audience with a few juicy spoilers in the hour-long panel.

Sam Trammell (whose wife is about to have twins) and Joe Manganiello (who is filming a movie in Atlanta) were sorely missed, but we'd still say that the hotness quotient of the panel was far above normal human levels.

Check out a few of the highlights from the panel after the jump.

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Check Out the New 'True Blood' Preview, Straight From Comic-Con

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 22nd 2011 9:10PM
True BloodAccording to Sookie Stackhouse, there's no such thing as "normal" or "forever," but this just-released teaser of the rest of Season 4 looks so abnormally action-packed, we might just declare our love for the show again. Forever.

With a ton of fangs (like, really, everyone's got their fangs out), plenty of witchcraft, some more shirtless Eric, a little sexy Sookie in slo-mo and Tara the Vampire Slayer, this preview says so much without ever saying a thing.

Does Sookie get better at harnessing her fairy powers? Looks like it. But can that keep her safe? You obviously haven't seen the show if you think so.

Take a peek at what the Comic-Con crowd freaked out over and tell us what you think -- is 'True Blood' back on top this season?

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'True Blood' Preview Clips: Pam's Pissed, Eric Gets a Visitor & More (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 21st 2011 6:15PM
True BloodEven vampires have to pay the price when they mess with witches, including our favorite bad girl with an affinity for pink, Pam.

In a new 'True Blood' preview clip for this week (Sun., 9PM), a very annoyed Pam pays Bill a visit and demands action. She's not putting up with any of his lame jokes -- she's a woman scorned!

We've also got two other 'Me and the Devil' clips, including Eric getting a visit from his past -- Godric! -- and Hoyt and Jessica dealing with their complicated relationship.

Watch the three clips after the jump. Warning, there's use of adult language.

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Summertime Is Ask Mo Time: Talking 'Game of Thrones,' 'Psych,' 'True Blood' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 19th 2011 2:00PM
Thanks to everyone who posted or emailed TV questions! Let's get right to them:

Matthew: I have a little dilemma. I know you weren't the biggest fan of the first couple episodes of 'Game of Thrones,' but from the minute the pilot began, I have been in love with every second of the epic series. Anyway, my love for all things 'GoT' has made me insanely hungry for next season.

My question is, as someone who has never read the books, should I dive into the novels to satisfy my craving, even though I will effectively be spoiled for the rest of the run? Or should I stay with just the series until it ends? A friend already spoiled [an event] at the end of episode 9, and I couldn't help but feel cheated. What do you think?

Mo says: Hey Matthew, I was iffy on the first few episodes of 'GoT,' but I had become a big fan by the time the first season drew to a close. From about the middle of the season onward, I think the show generally went from strength to strength and the last few episodes of season 1 were absolutely terrific (you can find my weekly 'GoT' recaps here). Like you, I'm very eager for 'GoT' to return, but alas, we have almost a year to wait before that happens.

My gut-instinct response regarding the book question is...

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Arlene's Baby Relays a Wicked Message on 'True Blood' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 18th 2011 8:20AM
true bloodMaybe Arlene's fears about her new bundle of joy were right after all. Perhaps this baby has more of his evil, murderous father in him than Terry would like to admit.

On the latest episode of 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM on HBO), Terry was hit with a scary sight -- the words "Baby not yours" scribbled on the wall in red ink.

This wouldn't be 'True Blood' without a little mystery. So the question remains: Who wrote the message? Was it Ray's ghost, speaking from beyond the grave? Or is Ray inhabiting the baby? Did the baby write it himself? Or is there some new, unknown creepy force at work here?

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