July 31, 2009
Meg Ryan and Christian Slater will be among the A-list guest stars on Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s fall season. In other HBO news, True Blood, Entourage and Hung will all be back next summer.
Curb, which last saw the light of day nearly two years ago, returns for a seventh season on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c, the network announced at the fall TV previews in Los Angeles. In addition to the previously announced Seinfeld reunion, Ted Danson, Bob Einstein, Vivica A. Fox, Richard Lewis, Rosie O’Donnell, J.B. Smoove and Mary Steenburgen will all reprise their recurring roles. Guest stars will include Sharon Lawrence, Catherine O’Hara, Meg Ryan, Elisabeth Shue, Christian Slater and Sherry Stringfield.
The cable network also renewed three of its series for an additional season: True Blood, Entourage and Hung will all return in summer 2010.
July 31, 2009
The latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, that comes out on newsstands July 31, features Stephen Moyer (as vampire Bill Compton) on the cover and focuses on vampires in this issue. In this vampire special edition, Entertainment Weekly presents interviews with the authors of True Blood, Twilight, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter and Interview With a Vampire; a list of the 20 greatest bloodsuckers ever and Anne Rice’s pick for the best new vampire. With True Blood and Twilight drawing in millions into the fascination with vampires, more books, TV shows and movies are coming out to feed the hunger that fans have for this genre. As Alan Ball states in Entertainment Weekly:
The traditional vampire story, with monsters and victims, chases and chills, is more plain fun, … but they can often reveal the general state of the cultural psyche.”
Vampires are such versatile symbols now that they can express both conservative and liberal views. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels are steeped in her Mormon values. But True Blood speaks in part for gays and, as Ball puts it, “eight years of institutionalized demonization of pretty much any group that wasn’t on the bus with Mr. Bush.”
The Vampire edition of Entertainment Weekly is on newsstand July 31. Go out and get your copy now!
July 31, 2009
Thanks to the great folks at Resonate UK and FXUK for providing their publicity tour interviews and ads for True Blood in the UK so that the Americans and those outside the UK can enjoy them! Today we’re presenting a radio interview done on the BBC radio 4 program, Front Row on July 16th, 2009 done with Diane Roberts an American southern critic.
(Photo credit: HBO)
July 31, 2009
Warners Bros. interviewed the cast of True Blood, along with Chuck, at the San Diego Comic-con. Anna Paquin discussed how wonderful it to see so many fans from across the country coming to see them. Charlaine Harris was her charming self as she spoke about the numbers of fans who have come out. While Alan Ball mentioned how greatl it is to see the fans being so responsive to the work that they have done on True Blood.
July 31, 2009
Michelle Forbes, who portrays Maryann Forrester, and the infamous Maenad, on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood was interviewed by thetelevixen.com recently as she attended the Polaris 23 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Michelle was asked during the interview the significance of the pig. Michelle stated:
“All you can say is bring it – let’s go. I knew I was going to need to take some vitamins because it was going to be one hell of a ride” She also says on the pig’s role for Maryann ,” I can’t really say anything except that you will find out what happens with that oinker!”
The interviewer brings up the issue of Michelle getting to know the pig and the handlers responsible for him to which Ms. Forbes responds:
“Yes, in fact there are two pigs, sisters. I’ve gotten to know them, their wranglers and trainers, and they have wonderful lives. Everyone on set gets very excited when the pigs are going to make an appearance. Except one of the pigs didn’t like a crew member, a grip, and actually charged him on set during the dollhouse scene with Chris Bauer (Det. Andy Bellefleur)”
When asked about the music picked for scenes in True Blood Ms. Forbes replied:
“Music plays an enormous role on True Blood. I’ve been a fan of music supervisor Gary Calamar for ages, since his show on KCRW in LA. When we get a script, the music is already laid in, and each episode is named after a song. With every script I get, I download the music and listen to it, use it as a soundtrack for rehearsing and filming, to really ignite the imagination. I find it ends up costing me a lot of money, because I end up discovering other music. Before I know it, I’ve downloaded $250 worth of music, so reading a script can become costly! He searches for local talent and really brings that element to the show.”
“A final thought … when asked about upcoming episodes of True Blood, and whether Maryann had a hand in the attack on Sookie, she stayed tight-lipped on details, but emphatically shared, “It becomes so insane and outrageous this year it will blow your mind!”
Video coverage from Polaris 23
(photo credit: HBO Inc. /John P Johnson)
July 30, 2009
HBO announced the renewal of its entire summer original programming lineup, ordering another round of freshman comedy “Hung,” veteran comedy “Entourage” and hit vampire drama “True Blood.”
With ratings numbers like these for last week’s episode, “Hard-Hearted Hannah” is there any doubt that it would be renewed?:
True Blood (9:03pm, 50 minutes)
– 4.0 million viewers
– 2.4/4 HH
– 2.0/6 A18-49?
At a wild guess, HBO was waiting for a decision on “Hung” in order to decide if they whole line up could be announced at once.
According to THR:
“True Blood” has averaged 3.8 million viewers (11.2 when you add repeats, DVR and On Demand viewing), “Hung” has averaged 3.1 million (10.2 million cume) and “Entourage” brings in about 3.0 million (7.4 million cume).
But you can’t really ‘average’ a series whose numbers are climbing weekly. Oddly, those numbers would have shot True Blood into the top 20 cable shows nestling in between ‘The Food Network Star 5″ and one of the million “Spongebob”s except they only list the ‘advertising supported shows’
Top 20 advertiser supported cable network television shows for the week ending July 26, 2009:
Rank Programs Net Day Viewers (Live+SD) (000s) 1 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 6,803 2 THE CLOSER TNT Mon 6,601 3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP ESPN Sun 6,487 4 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 6,205 5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 5,275 6 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Fri 5,047 7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 5,036 8 NCIS USA Mon 4,871 9 NATIONWIDE POST RACE ESPN Sun 4,869 10 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 4,797 11 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 4,633 12 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Sun 4,172 13 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 4,163 14 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 4,158 15 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Tue 4,083 16 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 4,056 17 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 4,018 18 FOOD NETWORK STAR 5 FOOD Sun 4,008 19 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 3,834 20 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 3,805
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
Congratulations to Alan and all the hard working, talented and wonderful cast and crew (and behind the scenes folks) who make True Blood the best show on TV! [Editor’s Note: Not that I’m prejudiced or anything…] Congratulations to HBO for a winning Sunday lineup. But most of all, YAAAY FOR US, THE FANS! We get another year of incredible TV.
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July 30, 2009
In Dallas Isabel’s human boyfriend Hugo offers to accompany Sookie on her mission to locate Godric at the Light of Day institute. They leave for the church under the guise as a good Christian couple looking for a new church. On reading the minds of Sarah and Steve Newman Sookie discovers that their cover is blown and Steve has more sinister plans for the two.
At the Light of Day camp, Jason Stackhouse decides to live a life of righteous celibacy then has those plans hijacked after a matter of hours. Jason provides another beautiful example of how easily impressionable young men can be – especially where sex is involved.
Eric brings Bill’s maker Lorena to the Vampire hotel in an attempt to drive a wedge between Sookie and Bill. We are treated with an extended flash back to the 1920s showing how violent, passionate killing used to be Bill’s forte. Lorena prevents Bill from coming to Sookie’s rescue resulting in Sookies imprisonment in the basement of the Light of Day institute.
Daphne continues to court Sam with sickening innuendo, and ends in the ultimate double cross in the whole season so far. Tara and Eggs head out to get parts for the hot water system only to detour onto something disturbing. And for something completely different – Maryanne throws another orgy of Dianic proportions, the shock value is (not at all) high. The town folk fornicate as Maryanne dances her Shake-n-Bake routine and to mix things up a bit – this time she puts on a mask.
Top 5 of “Hard-Hearted Hannah”
1. Hoyt’s courtship of Jessica. Their innocent awkward interaction is too cute beyond words.
2. Eric’s growing interest in Sookie – lets face it, after that hair cut he may just trump Bill in looks department.
3. Jason Stackhouse’s cringe-worthy attempt at song writing.
4. Sookie, Hugo, Steve and the body guard trapped in the basement with Godric. What has happened? Will Jason help them? So many exciting conclusions to wait for.
5. Love a good 1920s speak easy, “Maybe after your guests leave we can F*** prohibition together.” And in a way, they did.
Editor’s 2 cents:
- We agree on Jessica and Hoyt. They are just totally sweet.
- The scene in the kitchen with the hot water heater broken. Maryann can’t hide her hedonism, Eggs was being over-easy again in that outfit and did Tara actually apologize for being snarky???
- Anything Sam. Seriously he keeps forcing me to forget he’s cute and notice he’s talented. Great job Sam o’ the Sam.
- The Andy, Terry, Lafayette triage in the kitchen. I’m just not sure if I was supposed to be laughing so hard at the ‘hallucination’ but I was loving the Terry-care. Hug Lafayette once for me!
- “Do Bad Things With You” intro. Seriously, Every week I enjoy the heck out of this sequence and find it impossible to sit still!
Favorite Line: Lafayette to Pam, “Are you real?”
Favorite boy or girl friend: Hoyt Hoyt Hoyt! He provided the only ‘feelgood’ moment of the show.
Biggest Sneak Appearance: Who noticed Nathan Barr playing the piano at the start of the roaring 20’s scene?
Least Favorite Scene: I swear I’m not a prude but the orgy scene had me saying, ‘More is NOT always Better’. I could have done with a lot less detail. In fact, I felt like this episode didn’t give me any breathing room at all.
Biggest Surprise: Was that Stephen singing???
Be sure to share your favorite top 5 in the comments below.
July 30, 2009
Michael Ausiello from ausiellofiles.ew.com had the opportunity to interview Alan Ball, the creator of the successful HBO TV vampire series True Blood, at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego during Comic-con. Alan discusses the success of the show and its ability to expand beyond the books by developing different storylines for the other characters in the series. When asked about the storyline of some of the characters, Alan states that anything is possible. It is always a treat to hear Alan Ball speak and listen to his insights.
July 30, 2009
Michael Ausiello from ausiellofiles.ew.com had the opportunity to interview Michelle Forbes and Deborah Ann Woll at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego during Comic-con. Both Michelle and Deborah discussed the success of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood and the fun that they are having playing their characters. It was very enjoyable to watch these two very talented women joke around and demonstrate the wonderful, mutual respect that exists between the cast members of True Blood.
July 30, 2009
Michael Ausiello from ausiellofiles.ew.com had the opportunity to interview Nelsan Ellis, Sam Trammell and Rutina Wesley at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego during Comic-con. All three discussed how the success of Alan Ball‘s HBO TV vampire series True Blood has impacted them. Nelsan describes how people tend to forget that he is not like his character, Lafayette in True Blood. Rutina discusses the growth of her character, Tara from season one to season two and Sam delves into the storyline that his character, Sam has to deal with this season. A wonderful interview with a great cast.