Inside True Blood Season Four: The Tone Meeting

February 28, 2011

Producing True Blood: Step One

true blood logoHave you ever wondered what goes in to producing an episode of True Blood? The short answer would be a lot! But writer behind the Inside True Blood blog has decided to answer that particular question in a series of postings with the first one being about the tone meeting.

In the context of a play, a book, or a television show such as True Blood the tone generally refers to the style of that work or in this case television show. In True Blood, a tone meeting is the first step in the production process for show creator Alan Ball, executive producer Greg Feinberg, the director for the episode, and the cinematographer to all sit down together for the first time and go through the episode at hand.

This is important to do because in going through the episode they discuss issues of tone and style of the show, especially directors that are new to working with the show. This helps ensure that everyone is on the same page about the episode and that it fits within the whole rest of the season. For example, if  Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) suddenly became the best of friends in an episode when the audience knows that they’re had their share of issues for three seasons, that would look strange now wouldn’t it?

So that is why the tone meeting is the first step in the production process.

Are you interested to know what goes on behind the scenes of True Blood? What do you think are some of the other steps to producing the show? Tell us in the comment section below!

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “The Tone Meeting”

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Michael McMillian Guest Starring on Hot in Cleveland

February 27, 2011

McMillian to Play Long Lost Son

michael-mcmillianTruebies may know Michael McMillian best for his role as Rev. Steve Newlin on True Blood and more recently as a co-writer of the True Blood comic book series. But this summer, he may be heading to Cleveland–at least on television. The multi-talented McMillian has been reportedly cast in the TV Land original comedy, Hot in Cleveland.

TV Line’s Matt Mitovich wrote in an exclusive report that the actor will be playing the long lost son of Joy. The character, played by actress Jane Leeves, gave her son up for adoption when she was 15. Michael’s appearance on the show will make the first time the character has been seen on the show, however he has been heard from. He apparently sent his would-be mother Joy a message that she was unable to return in the show’s first season finale because of a tornado. So when the two finally do meet, expect it to be nothing short of great.

Michael McMillian’s episode is supposed to air on June 22.

What do you think of this new role? Will you watch Michael on Hot in Cleveland? Speak up and let me know in the comment section below!

Source: TV– “True Blood’s Michael McMillian to Guest Star on Hot in Cleveland”

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On the Set of True Blood: Lafayette’s Bathroom

February 26, 2011

True Blood Blogs About Plumbing on Set

Lafayette's ToiletThe Inside True Blood Blog has posted about Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) bathroom. When toilets are used in a scene they do not work typically. Gianna Sobol, writer of the blog says about the plumbing situation on set:

“The plumbing is so bad at this location, that if the crew were to use the toilet, it would overflow and damage the set.  When we build toilets into the sets on our stages, we do not plumb them unless we need to for a specific scene.  If that’s the case, our Special Effects Coordinator Michael Gaspar will rig a water system.  But sometimes even the fake toilets have these warning signs posted to ward off confused extras in search of a toilet”

Let’s hope for the show’s sake the signs work and there are not any accidents to stop the filming of the show!

Sources: Inside True Blood Blog– Lafayette’s Bathroom

Photo Credit: Gianna Sobol/HBO, Inc.

Edited by Shanea O’Connor


Ice Cream for True Blood!

February 26, 2011

Frozen Treats for the Cast & Crew Compliments of Alan Ball

Cool Haus Ice Cream Truck for True BloodSeason 4 of True Blood must be hot! Show creator Alan Ball treated the cast and crew to a cool down this week — ice cream sandwiches from Cool Haus. Flavors included brown butter, maple bacon and the extremely popular, peanut butter.

Thanks to lucky insider Gianna Sobol‘s blog, we get a sneak peek behind the scenes of True Blood cast and production. Inside True Blood can be found Here.

Alan treats to ice cream (or is it, “I scream”) for True Blood Cast and Crew.  Alexander Woo treats everyone to french fries. What’s next?


(Photo: HBO, Inc.)

Edited by: Diana Edwards


Charlaine Harris to Dabble in Video Games

February 26, 2011

The Author Talks to CNN About Her Next Big Project

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for DaylightWe all know Charlaine Harris as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series and the inspiration behind our favorite TV drama, ‘True Blood‘. Soon enough, Harris will have a new following in the form of video gamers. Her new project, a downloadable PC puzzler called “Dying for Daylight” is being produced by iPlay and stars a wise-cracking fashionista vampire named Dahliawho is searching for a potion that will allow vamps to survive in the sunlight. Hmm, sounds like a certain vampire King might like the sound of this.

Something to Sink Her Teeth Into

Since Harris recently admitted that the Sookie book series will soon come to an end, possibly after book 12, she’s been looking for additional ways to satisfy her creative urges. For hardcore Harris fans who will no doubt delve into the game world of “Dying for Daylight,” you’ll definitely recognize Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, who has appeared in several of Harris’ short stories. Harris is excited about going into the gaming industry, claiming “it’s a fresh and fun market for many writers; the chance to do something different is always interesting.”

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for DaylightA lot of authors have dabbled in video games – Stephen King, James Patterson, Michael Crichton – but not just any author can pull it off. Horror, mystery, science fiction, and crime book genres seem to make the more successful video game adaptations, so Harris certainly fits right in. When asked whether more authors will make the transition into video games, Harris said:

“I’m sure more will, simply because it’s another way to publicize your books, after all. And it’s a fresh and fun market for many writers; the chance to do something different is always interesting. I’m hoping that people who enjoy playing the game will decide to read my books, naturally. This is a chance to reach out to a whole new audience.”

Harris has revealed that she’s not the most savvy gamer and has gotten stuck when navigating through “Dying for Daylight,” not truly knowing what next step she should make. Her gaming skills may not be up to snuff, but her writing skills certainly are. Her fiction has enjoyed increased interest from game companies, television networks, and comic book publishers, with another of Harris’ characters, Harper Connelly, getting the graphic novel treatment soon, as well as CBS’ interest in the Connelly mysteries with an eye toward developing them into a prime-time series. Needless to say, Harris’ beloved Sookie series may be coming to an end, but her career definitely is not!

Dying for a chance to play Dahlia? You can download a free trial of “Dying for Daylight” here.

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for Daylight

Source: CNN – ‘True Blood’ author rewrites the script on video games

(Photo Credit: iPlay)

Edited by: Diana Edwards


True Blood Actors Nominated for Saturn Awards

February 26, 2011

Congrats in Order for Two of Our Favorite Supes:

True Blood's Stephen Moyer & Joe ManganielloThis year’s Saturn Award nominees have been announced, and True Blood is included!  Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) has been nominated in the “Best Actor in Television” category, and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) in the “Best Guest Starring Role in Television” category.  The event will be held in Burbank this June.  For those unfamiliar with the Saturn Awards, here is some information from their website, a sort of mission statement, if you will:

The Saturn Award is the official honor presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.  The Academy has been voting these awards for three decades.  The films may change, but the quality and ideas presented in these works remain of the highest order.  In the 30 years we’ve been presenting these awards, we have served a purpose.  We are there to record these fine cinematic achievements.  The Saturn Award has meaning.  To those who receive a nomination and to those who are presented one up on stage.  To those who admire and respect the genres we scrutinize.  We dedicate ourselves to continuing those efforts.

We are so very proud of Stephen and Joe for being nominated.  We offer them our congratulations, and wish them the best of luck!

Source: – Lost Nominated in the 2011 Saturn Awards

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Stephen Moyer to Race For Charity

February 25, 2011

True Blood Star Enters the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Grab your hats and hang on tight because Stephen Moyer has signed up to race in this year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race for charity. This event is in it’s 36th year and will also include Brian Austin Green, Eddie Cibrian and Kevin Jonas as part of their line up.

Toyota will donate $5,000 to the non-profit organization, Racing for Kids, on behalf of every celebrity entered. They will also add another $5,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice.

Extra details on the event can be found on on the Toyota Racing website.

Sources: ExtraTV – Celebs to Participate in Toyota Race for Charity
Toyota Racing–  “Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.”

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Edited by: Shanea O’Connor


Season 4 Spoiler Alert: Everyone’s Favorite Maker Returns

February 24, 2011

Godric to Come Back in Season 4

AHyde GodricMichael Ausiello of TV Line has just learned that Godric played by the wonderful Allan Hyde will be returning in Season 4!  You may recall that we did see Godric at the end of season three, where he appeared as an apparition of sorts to his troubled progeny Eric (Alexander Skarsgård). Of the return, Ausiello had this to say:

True Blood EP Alan Ball isn’t offering too many clues, except to say that fans will see “a different side of Godric.”

A different side huh? I wonder what that could mean? More flashbacks perhaps?  There is no word on the specifics of Allan Hyde’s return in terms of when it will occur in the season or for how long. 

But stay tuned Truebies; TBN will have any and all information if and when it is released! So what do you think Godric will be up to this season? Tell us in the comments section below!

Source:– “True Blood Exclusive: Look Who’s Returning!”

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten to Play a Badass Knight

February 24, 2011

A Sneak Peak at Kwanten’s New Film ‘Knights of Badassdom’

True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, who plays Jason Stackhouse, in his new film Knights of BadassdomDirector Joe Lynch has leaked a couple of pictures from his new film ‘Knights of Badassdom’, starring True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), and the movie stills are full of chainmail, armour, and intense expressions. The movie follows live action-role players who conjure up a demon from hell by mistake and must deal with the consequences. The film also stars Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Margarita Levieva, and Jimmi Simpson. The film is in post-production and will hit theaters sometime this year.

What do you think Truebies? Will Kwanten rock at playing a hot knight as well as he plays a hot simpleton? We think so. We’re definitely digging the scruffy hair and beard look!

Source: FEARNET– Look! It’s Ryan Kwanten in ‘Knights of Badassdom’

(Photo Credit: FEARNET)


Kevin Alejandro Reveals How He Shapes Up for True Blood and Talks Season 4

February 24, 2011

All About the Work Out

Kevin AlejandroThe men of True Blood have a certain standard; gorgeous, fit, and easy on the eyes. Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez) is already gorgeous and easy on the eyes but he’s taking extra steps to stay fit for season 4. Of course it helps to have a little incentive too. Kevin recently spoke to Access Hollywood and he told them that there is pressure to get into shape, especially when you have to share the screen with someone like Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse). But it does help to be in the same boat together right?

All of the men on True Blood whether witch, human, shape shifter, werewolf, or vampire have had to bare some skin if not more during the course of the show. In fact Alejandro revealed that he and several other cast members have been doing workouts together from time to time. It’s nice to know that the cast supports each other like that!

It also helps to have a supportive environment as well. When asked about getting naked, the actor stated that he would be very comfortable doing so because everyone on set is very professional and when it’s time for the scene only the people who need to be there are there.

What’s Coming in Season 4?

Of course, Kevin couldn’t get away with just talking about staying in shape. With season 4 of True Blood coming up very soon, Access Hollywood couldn’t resist asking about what’s to come for Jesus. Especially now that he’s with fan favorite Lafayette played by Nelsan Ellis. Of their relationship, he says:

“My relationship [will grow] with not only him but other characters in show as well. They are really moving us around and balancing it out in all these crazy, strange ways and it works, man. It works really well this year.”

Jesus will certainly have no shortage of interactions this year seeing as he is a witch!  But besides True Blood, the actor has been busy working on a new film entitled “Red State” by director Kevin Smith. The film is slated to debut October 19th.

So mark your calendars and be sure to catch Kevin this June in True Blood!

Source: Access Hollywood– “Kevin Alejandro Beefs Up For Bewitching Role On ‘True Blood’”

(Image Credit: HBO, Inc.)


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