True Blood’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins Cast of ‘A Trip to Bountiful’

September 14, 2014

The Tony-Nominated Broadway Revival Debuts This Month:

True Blood's Jurnee Smollett-Bell

The final cast has been announced for the revival of the Tony-nominated stage production of A Trip to Bountiful and True Blood’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell (who played Nicole in the HBO vampire series) has been named among the cast. While her role title has yet to be disclosed, you can view the synopsis for this production below:

The Trip to Bountiful” tells the story of Mother Watts, played by Tyson. She is an elderly woman forced to live with her overprotective son, played by Underwood, and domineering daughter-in-law played byWilliams. Mother Watts’ dream is to return for one last time to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope, faith and family.

The full cast list includes Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Devon Abner, Wade Dooley, Arthur French, Pat Bowie, Russell Edge, Dalila Ali Rajah, Keiana Richa’rd, Duane Shepard, Sr. and Desean Kevin Terry. It will be directed by Michael Wilson.

Preview screenings will commence September 17th through 25th. The official opening night will be September 26th 2014. You can find out more information or purchase tickets by calling (213) 972-4400. Alternatively, you can visit, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $115 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012. You can also purchase tickets online by clicking on the image below:


Source: Broadway World – Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Devon Abner & More Join the Cast of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL at the Ahmanson

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 Episode 6 (Karma) Sneak Peek #2

July 25, 2014

Nicole Has a Serious Question for Sam Merlotte:

Jurnee Smollett-Bell stars as Nicole in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 6 (entitled Karma)Here’s the second sneak peek at Episode 6 (entitled Karma) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7! It seems Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) has a prickly proposition for Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell). You can preview the video below. What do you think his answer will be? Let us know your ideas in the comments below!


Sorry Truebies, we still don’t have much of a description about Episode 6. I hope that means it will be an action packed episode with plenty of answers to our questions so far.

Sookie makes a shocking discovery; Eric and Pam forge an unlikely alliance. 

Source YouTube/HBO – True Blood Season 7: Episode #6 Clip (HBO)

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How to Catch up With the True Blood Stars Between Seasons

August 29, 2013

Find Out Which Shows and Movies Will Contain True Blood Regulars:

True Blood CastSo HBO’s True Blood Season 6 is done and dusted and Season 7 is such a long way off – what can a trubie fan to fill in the time?

Why, check out the True Blood cast in other movies and TV shows, of course! There are plenty to pick from. We have included a list below, but we are sure we have missed some since the True Blood actors are such a talented bunch and in such high demand. If you know of any others, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list.

  • Kristen Bauer van Straten (Pam in True Blood), has been cast alongside Cary Elwes in the offbeat comedy Teen Lust. This has been acquired by Entertainment One and production started in mid-August in Canada
  • Janina Gavankar (Luna Garcia) has a couple of roles coming up in TV shows. Firstly, you can watch her in The Vampire Diaries, which premieres it’s fifth season on October 5th 2013. Gavankar stars as Tessa, a woman returning to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old romance. Her stint on this show starts in Episode 3. Secondly, you can see Janina in CW’s web series Husbands. She will star in the show as a trophy wife of sorts – and has possibly killed someone to that position! This certainly sounds intriguing.
  • Stephen Moyer has a couple of things going on also. If you like The Sound of Music, then you’d better get excited now, since Moyer will be reprising the role of Capt. George Von Trapp in NBC’s version of this classic movie. Carrie Underwood will play Maria; the role Julie Andrews made famous. If DVDs or BlyRays are your thing, then why not pick up a copy of the newly released movie Evidence? It stars Moyer, Radha Mitchell, and another True Blood star, Dale Dickey (Martha).
  • Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) has been cast to play Shailene Woodley’s father in Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars. In fact, Sam has been very busy of late with several other movies, so you will also need to track down: Crazy Kind of Love, The Aftermath, Things People Do and Me.Deborah Ann Woll stars as Jessica Hamby in HBO's True Blood
  • Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) has some movies due for release also. Meet Me in Montenegro is the first movie and Woll stars alongside Homeland‘s Rupert Friend. The second movie will be a real treat as it also co-stars Luke Grimes (who played Jessica’s romantic vampire interest, James, in True Blood Season 6. Both of these movies are in post-production.
  • Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) is currently starring in The Butler as Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) has just signed up for Magic Mike’s sequel. He also just finished filming alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming movie Sabotage.
  • Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) will also be starring alongside another True Blood cast member, Pruitt Taylor Vince, in 13 Sins. Pruitt Taylor Vince played Dr Finn, a therapist at Vamp Camp in True Blood Season 6
  • Sad to see Steve Newlin die in Season 6? Well, don’t fear, you can see Michael McMillian in the upcoming movie The Banshee Chapter. This is a supernatural thriller that follows a journalist investigating the disappearance of a friend.
  • Speaking of Newlin’s – Anna Camp (who plays Steve’s ex-wife, Sarah Newlin) has a couple of TV shows coming up. Camp will play the ex-girlfriend of main character Brody in TBS’ new sitcom Ground Floor. She will also appear in Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother, playing the part of a troublesome wedding guest.
  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell has just been cast in Season 5 of Parenthood. She will play the role of Heather Hall, who is the campaign manager for cast regular Kristina (Monica Potter). Parenthood will return to our screens on Thursday, September 26 2013.Ryan Kwanten stars as Jason Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 6
  • Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) is currently soaking up the sun in Rio, but prior to that he has been very busy and has several movies in various stages of completion. Make sure you keep a look out for: Reach Me, The Right Kind of Wrong, 7500 and Knights of Badassdom.
  • Tara Buck (Ginger the Screamer) also has several movies coming up: The Night Visitor, Home, My Mother is Not a Fish and Medeas. And, of course, if you’re in Australia, you can catch Tara Buck in the flesh at Club Fangtasia in November.
  • Finally, remember Luna’s daughter, Emma? She was played by the adorable little actress Chloe Noelle. Recently, Noelle confirmed on Twitter that she had just signed up for a new TV show. She hasn’t said which one yet, but make sure you follow her on Twitter to find out.
So there you have it – plenty to keep us busy until True Blood Season 7 starts in 2014!

Sources: – ‘Teen Lust’ Lures Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jesse Carere

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TV Guide – Exclusive: CW’s Web Series Husbands Adds Cast Members from True Blood, CollegeHumor – EVIDENCE, Stephen Moyer Coming to Blu-ray/DVD 8/20

TV Guide – True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Joins NBC’s The Sound of Music

Global Post – ‘True Blood’s’ Sam Trammell Joins Shailene Woodley in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (Exclusive) – Here’s How to Keep Up with the ‘True Blood’ Cast

TV Line – Exclusive: It’s a Pitch Perfect Reunion as Anna Camp Guest Stars on TBS’ Ground Floor

Screen Crush – ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Final Season: ‘Office’s Ellie Kemper Out, ‘True Blood’s Anna Camp in

Huffington Post – Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins ‘Parenthood’ Season 5

IMDb – Ryan Kwanten

IMDb – Tara Buck

Twitter – Chloe Noelle status

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Valarie Pettiford Joins the Cast of True Blood for Season 6

July 22, 2013

Broadway Star Valarie Pettiford Joins the Cast of True Blood in a Recurring Role:

There is a new face in Bon Temps. Valarie Pettiford, star of stage and screen, has joined the cast of True Blood in a recurring role in season 6. Pettiford who will play Mary, mother of Nicole(Jurnee Smollett-Bell) will appear in a two-episode arc starting in Episode 7 “World Without End,” which is scheduled to air on July 28, 2013.

Pettiford weighs in on what it’s like to work with the cast of True Blood:

Working on this show has been a delicious experience. It has been an absolute joy to work with a cast of this caliber. Everyone has been so lovely – they say it starts at the top, and on True Blood it really does.

Pettiford is a Fosse-trained dancer, and has been sanctioned by the Fosse/Verdon estate to reconstruct the legend’s choreography for master classes in New York City with fellow Fosse-alum Lloyd Culbreath.

She also has danced in national tours such as “Dancin’ “and “Show Boat”. She has appeared in hit sitcoms (“Half and Half” and “House of Payne”) and big budget films (“Stomp the Yard,” “Jumping the Broom”).  A Tony award nomination, NAACP award nomination, and Best Actress honors for the festival short “The Response” are among her many accolades.

Her second album, a collection of original lullabies entitled “Velvet Sky,” was released last fall.

Source: Valarie Pettiford Joins True Blood Season 6 in Recurring Role

Source: Valarie Pettiford Joins TRUE BLOOD, Debuts July 28

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VIDEO: *MAJOR SPOILER ALERT* True Blood Season 6 Episode 7 Promo

July 19, 2013

Removed by request.

Our apologies but while we do ‘spoil’ on occasion, we don’t normally release this deep a spoiler. We don’t want to ruin your enjoyment of the show this Sunday, nor do we want to take advantage of a mistake on the part of the mother of all things True Blood, HBO. We have several other approved teasers posted on the site and we hope you enjoy one of them.

No blame is affixed to anyone but myself, and I apologize for the inconvenience.


True Blood’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell Talks About Joining Cast in Season 6

July 3, 2013

The New Girl on the Block Opens up on her Character Nicole:

True Blood's Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Credit: True Blood/Jurnee Smollett-Bell/HBO

True Blood’s Season 6 has added several new characters to Season 6 with the hopes of continuing to shake things up! Jurnee Smollett-Bell joined True Blood in Season 6, episode 2 as vampire rights activist Nicole.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Jurnee looking to get the inside scoop on the mysterious Nicole in Season 6!

In response to the question; “Is Nicole Human?” Jurnee says “I don’t know if they are letting me say what I am or not!”  Leaves the fans wondering just what is in store for Nicole, and if she is more than just a mere human…

When asked what she is most excited for people to see this year, she responded:

“My character, there’s a lot of action which is fun. [Doing stunts] was new for me on a TV show. I’d done it in films, but this TV show feels like a film. You’ve got special effects, and wolves, and animals and blood! All this stuff that makes it feel like you’re on a film set. It’s so cool. It’s so much fun it should be criminal”.

True Blood fans will be sure to be on the edge of their seats waiting to see what is in store for Nicole and the other Supes that her storyline will cross paths with!

To read the full interview check the link below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly– “True Blood’: Jurnee Smollett-Bell talks joining the cast and her mysterious debut as Nicole

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