March 6, 2014
Help Co-Create Hairiette of Harlem AND Raise Money for Charity:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood will know Tanya Wright as Deputy Kenya Jones. You might also recognise this versatile actress from Orange is the New Black (playing the role of Crystal Burset) and The Cosby Show (as Tanya Simpson). Readers might also have read her book Butterfly Rising.
Well, now Tanya is about to star in a new show; a very special new interactive web series called Hairiette of Harlem. The details of this new program are as follows (via Tanya Wright’s Press Release):
HAIRiette of HARLEM [is] an interactive web series about a woman named Hairiette Arms who learns to navigate her sad, funny life via her relationship with….her natural hair! The unique part of the show is that the audience gets to co-create the events of Hairiette’s life and whatever they decide will be written into the next week’s storyline. We’ll also launch a haircare line, where a portion of the proceeds will go to the Actor’s Fund, a 130 year old human services organization that helps entertainment professionals in crisis, need or transition.
How awesome does that sound? Want to hear more? Well, you can view the funding video below:
Alternatively, you can visit Rockethub and participate in this project by donating in order to get this fabulous concept up and running. You can help out by clicking here. As a further incentive, for the remainder of the fundraising campaign, Tanya will be releasing an essay a day from her upcoming book, I FOUND GOD IN MY HAIR: 98 spiritual principles I learned from…my hair! You can also follow her blog here to find out more about this project.
Finally, Tanya is letting all you Trubies know that even with her Hairiette of Harlem project, she will still get the time to show up in True Blood Season 7! So keep an eye out for Deputy Kenya Jones because Tanya had this to say about her in Season 7:
Watch for the return of Deputy Kenya Jones in Season 7 of TRUE BLOOD. She’s in rare form! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did
Sources: Hairiette of Harlem/Tanya Wright Press Release
Rockethub - ’A CALL TO (HAIRiette) ARMS’: let’s raise $50,000 in 50 days!
Blogger – This Day Our Daily Blog (The Daily Blog of Tanya Wright)
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March 4, 2014
Which True Blood Stars Won’t Make the Finale?
During the Oscars, Access Hollywood was able to spend a little time with True Blood star Ryan Kwanten (who plays beefcake Jason Stackhouse) and in true style, got straight to the delicious crunch of what will be going down in True Blood Season 7. With Ryan confirming that only one third of Season 7 having been recorded yet, there is still time for things to change dramatically!
While Season 7 is the next – and final – instalment of the HBO vampire show, there are plenty of loose ends to be tied up in only ten short episodes. The Season 6 finale bought us a new virus, Hepatitis V, which affects vampires. As a result, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) came up with the plan to team healthy vampires up with healthy humans in a bid to keep the infection rate under control. How this will work considering a huge infected container of Tru Blood bottles made it out of the depot before it was realised, is anyone’s guess.
Add into the mix the fact that Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) is still out there after Jason set her free rather than kill her at Vamp Camp and the fact that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) was left burning to a crisp somewhere in Sweden and there is plenty of scope as to who might be the next to die in Season 7.
So what did Ryan have to say about it all? Well, you can find out in the video below!
Let us know your predictions for who will die in HBO’s True Blood Season 7.
Source: Access Hollywood - Ryan Kwanten: ‘True Blood’s’ Final Season Full Of Surprising Deaths
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March 2, 2014
Or Maybe Her Bitter Sister Will:
Trubie fans were happy to see the demise of Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) in True Blood Season 6. The only downside is that his crazy wife, Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) is still on the loose. Although, considering Sarah has turned into a fan favorite as far as True Blood baddies go, maybe we are glad she has made it to the final season!
But will Sarah return to cause even more havoc in Season 7? So far, there has been no confirmation. However, TVLine recently offered this tasty little morsel of information via their website:
Who needs a new Big Bad when you’ve still got Anna Camp’s Sarah Newlin hanging around wreaking havoc at every turn? And in the show’s seventh and final season, we’ll be introduced to the vampire exterminator’s Texas socialite parents and angry, bitter, gothed-out sister. (Fun fact: Sarah’s spot-on maiden name? Crabtree!) While mom and dad will appear in just one episode, Sarah’s sis, Amber, will be staying put for an arc — an extremely juicy, twisty, this-will-explain-a-lot-about-why-Sarah-is-the-way-she-is arc.
This certainly looks like an interesting story arc! With Sarah’s addiction to powerful men as well as her apparently irrational disdain for all things vampire, it will be interesting to find out why this is so. Her overly zealous affection for the Lord might also be tied into this somehow too.
So, what do you think her back story might contain? What are your theories on why Sarah Newlin ended up as determined (and crazy) as she is? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: TVLine - Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, Blue Bloods, Beast, True Blood, Once, The Bridge and More!
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September 17, 2013
Half-Fairy Adilyn Bellefleur Gets a Promotion:
While HBO’s True Blood may be entering it’s last season with Season 7, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for promotion.
At the end of Season 5, we saw the birth of four half-fairies. Maurella (Kristina Anapau) left her fairy babies in the hands of her human lover Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) along with the instructions that he must raise at least half of them to adulthood.
True Blood Season 6 found Andy at a lost on how to how to raise fairy babies that literally grew over night! Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep to the rules either and only one fairy child survived: Adilyn (played by Bailey Noble). Adilyn helped Sookie (Anna Paquin) out from between a rock (Billith, played by real-life husband, Stephen Moyer) and a hard place (Warlow, played by Robert Kazinsky) and now the pair are the only halfings left in Bon Temps.
It seems HBO have plans for Adilyn in True Blood Season 7, since she has now been upped from recurring character to series regular. It will be interesting to see just what sort of trouble this will bring for Adilyn, considering fairies are like candy to vampires – will she live to see the finale?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Hollywood Reporter - ’True Blood’s’ Bailey Noble Upped to Series Regular (Exclusive)
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September 3, 2013
How Will it End for Sookie Stackhouse?
It is with a heavy heart that I break the news today: HBO’s True Blood Season 7 will be the last. After the summer of 2014, we will no longer be able to tune in and find out what’s going down in the wacky little down of Bon Temps. We will no longer be able to swoon over Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) as he sits upon his throne in Fangtasia. Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) will no longer have to flip his famous burgers and Ginger (Tara Buck) will be silenced for good.
HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo had the following to say via a press release yesterday:
“’True Blood‘ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” noted Lombardo. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”
So, how do you think HBO and Brian Buckner will end this show? Will it follow the books closely in regards to who Sookie ends up with? Will Bill (Stephen Moyer) finally, truly redeem himself with Sookie and the audience? Only the summer of 2014 will be reveal all your True Blood answers!
Source: DreadCentral.com - HBO Not Renewing True Blood Beyond Season 7
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September 2, 2013
Anna Camp Talks About Being Sarah Newlin:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood found the emergence of an unexpected villain in Season 7. While Governor Burrell (Arliss Howard) was instantly recognizable as the bad guy, it was the return of Steve Newlin’s (Michael McMillian) wife, Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) that turned out to be the true villain of True Blood Season 7.
Apparently it was a surprise to Anna Camp also!
I had no idea at first. Each script I got was a bigger and bigger surprise. Sarah always wanted to be the brains behind everything; the woman behind the man. She takes over so unexpectedly, and I don’t know if she was qualified. She thinks she’s cool under pressure, but I don’t think she was prepared to get all that power. She wanted to be Truman’s wife, have a family with him and get into politics and write more books…I don’t know if she was ready to walk down the halls of vamp camp.
Camp also thinks that Sarah Newlin may be very close to slipping over the edge from bad guy and into the realms of crazy. Now that the previous reverend’s wife is a killer, things are beginning to slide downhill for Newlin. Her whole venture into ‘doing God’s work’ is now running the fine line between that and pure insanity. Each thing she does seems to create a new dilemma that makes the last deviation from good seem like a walk in the park compared to the task now at hand.
So How Far Will Sarah Newlin go in True Blood Season 7?
According to Anna Camp, Sarah Newlin is now on a mission to finish what she started. Her hate for vampires has stemmed from the fact that her missing sister was addicted to V. Now, with the dismantlement of vamp camp, Newlin will probably be holed up somewhere, scheming her next plan of attack. And thanking God for making Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) set her free to continue following what she considers the righteous path.
Camp expands on this during an interview with HBO:
She knows what she’s done – I don’t know if anyone ever deserves to die, but she’s certainly been asking for it. But again, to her it’s just another sign from God that she’s doing the right thing. It’s just more fuel to her fire: “I am right. I am God’s tool. He’s speaking through me.” It’s another notch in her belt of craziness… I see her turning into a weird zombie of a woman. I think being sent away will make her more powerful in a sense. She’ll shut down and become a robot for God.
And what does Anna camp think would happen to Sarah Newlin if she was turned into a vampire like her husband?
Getting turned vampire would be the cruelest punishment for her – it’s everything she abhors. I believe if she were turned, she’d commit suicide. She’d crawl to the top of a church and have the whole town there or something. And while she’s frying, scream, “Death to all vampires!” Getting turned and living forever would mean that they won. Taking that away from them, even if it meant killing herself, would be a win for the humans.
So, how far do you think Sarah Newlin will go in True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: HBO - Interview with Anna Camp
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September 1, 2013
Or Will Pam Continue Her Search For Eric Northman?
At he end of HBO’s True Blood Season 5 we saw a passionate kiss between Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and her newly made progeny, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). In Season 6, with all the separation between the two of them at vamp camp and a Pam who announced early on in the season that their relationship was not going to be a love story, things looked grim for the hot new pair.
But what about in True Blood’s Season 7? Could their romance bloom now they are free from the claustrophobic environment of vamp camp? Could being able to (briefly) walk in the sun bring them closer together? Or will Pam spend the entire season looking for her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard)?
Michael Ausiello from TVLine got the opportunity to ask True Blood’s newest showrunner, Brian Buckner, about where the relationship between Pam and Tara is headed. Here is what Buckner had to say:
As the audience heard Pam say in Episode 1, life is long — especially for vampires. She also told Tara that this is not going to be a love story. But I would urge [fans] to be patient. Because if the show delivers on the audience’s expectation every week, that’s not storytelling. Where’s the surprise in that? These [story] threads can be picked up later. I want to be able to tell more interesting, circuitous stories at times and not always deliver on the junk-food promise of the show.
Well, isn’t that interesting? It seems we just have to be a little more patient in this department, but it sure sounds promising.
What do you think? Are you loving the Pam and Tara snark combined into the one relationship? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: TVLine.com - Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Bones, Chicago Fire, True Blood, Parks and Rec, Dixie and More!
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August 27, 2013
Brian Buckner is in Negotiations Over True Blood Season 7 – Is This the End?
Some trubie fans were initially surprised to hear that HBO’s True Blood would be renewed for a seventh season. Many citing the confusing story lines as the reason why they were turning off. New showrunner, Brian Buckner, however, took a jumble of story lines left over from True Blood Season 5 and streamlined it into a Season 6 which made many fans tune back in. With the shock ending of the Season 6 finale, many fans are now claiming they won’t be back to see how Brian Buckner fixes everything again.
But will True Blood Season 7 be the final season?
Brian Buckner is not planning to give everything away but he did have this to say to TVLine about the possibility of a True Blood Season 8:
That conversation is happening, but we don’t have an answer yet. I’m being told that I will know – which doesn’t mean that I will tell everybody. But I will know when the writers resume in the room [next month] whether or not we’re wrapping it up or not.
HBO president, Michael Lombardo, has also stated in the past that True Blood will run for as long as there is a story to tell.
With the writers heading back on September 3rd to put their heads together for the Season 7 story lines, it is anyone’s guess as to whether they will be told to wrap things up.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until the announcement in made sometime during Season 7 – #WaitingSucks!
Do you think fans will get to see True Blood Season 8? Let us know in the comments below.
Sources: TV Line - True Blood End Date ‘Conversation Is Happening’ — Should Season 7 Be the Show’s Last?
Entertainment Weekly- ’True Blood’ season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions
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August 26, 2013
Who Has Been Promoted to Series Regulars on True Blood?
It has been confirmed that Alexander Skarsgard (who plays Eric Northman) will be returning in Season 7, although in what sort of a capacity is yet to be seen. Showrunner Brian Buckner first announced he will return, but then backtracked by saying that the way in which he returns could be questionable.
But there are now three more names to add to the line up as series regulars for True Blood Season 7:
- Amelia Rose Blaire. Amelia plays newly turned vampire Willa Burrell, the daughter of the anti-vampire, Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) loving Governor Burrell (Arliss Howard). It will be very interesting to see how the dynamics between Willa, her maker Eric Northman, and her vampire sibling Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) play out over Season 7
- Karolina Wydra. Wydra played the vampire obssessed with Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Violet Mazurski. It seems Jason will be sexually frustrated a while longer with Violet being the ‘hard to get’ kind of vampire.
- Luke Grimes. James plays the newest vampire spunk, James. He and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) are currently an item and many fans are excited to be seeing more of James in Season 7
Who do you think will last to see the end of True Blood Season 7? Who’s relationships will last? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Enstars.com - ’True Blood’ Season 7 Spoilers: Amelia Rose Blaire & Others Promoted to Series Regular Status [VIDEO, News]
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August 25, 2013
True Blood Season 6 Ended With a Scene Reminiscent of AMC’s The Walking Dead:
Many fans were left scratching their heads and wondering if they had tuned into AMC’s The Walking Dead when the very last scene of True Blood Season 6 aired. A rabid band of vampires were approaching Bellefleur’s (previously called Merlotte’s) where a large group of Bon Temps residents were attending a special social organized by Sam Merlotte, the new mayor of Bon Temps. This group of ravenous vampires are infected with Hep V. They are sickly with blood running down their chins and moans a-plenty between them. With this, fans immediately took to social media to draw the comparison between the vampires of True Blood and the zombies of The Walking Dead.
But is this what True Blood showrunner, Brian Buckner, has in store for Season 7?
And why are these Hep V infected vampires living longer than Nora (Lucy Griffiths) did when she was first infected?
Here’s what Brian Buckner had to say to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello:
We did say that the virus had mutated, and we get to decide what those mutations are. Perhaps the demand for human blood goes up and that’s the only thing that keeps vampires with Hep V alive… That’s another reason for the time passage. Just like bacteria mutates and that’s why there are antibiotic-resistant strains. So what applied to Nora doesn’t necessarily apply to this gang. And they’re not zombies… In my somewhat limited zombie-genre experience, zombies are not organized. They’re just hunting-killing machines. So what was meant to come across there was that they’re organized, they’re in a formation, they’re hunting, they’re sentient, they can talk. They still have intellect.
Buckner also confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that the Hep V infected vampires are a little different to the vampires we are used to on True Blood:
They’re weaker and driven by a need to eat in a way that the vampires that we’ve come to know are not. They have to drink human blood in larger quantities and more frequently than before.
It also appears that there was concern among the writers that the last scene of True Blood Season 6 would draw The Walking Dead comparisons, something they didn’t necessarily want. They really didn’t want fans thinking they were jumping on the zombie bandwagon. However, with sick vampires on the loose, mutating and looking for human prey, it was hard not to create a scene like this. There was, however, a definite reassurance that True Blood Season 7 would not follow the path of the zombie.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Sources: TVLine - True Blood Scoop: Alexander Skarsgard’s Season 7 Fate Revealed! Plus — EP Talks That Nude Scene, Bill-Sookie-Alcide Triangle and More
Entertainment Weekly - ’True Blood’ season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions
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