Happy Birthday Michael McMillian!

October 21, 2014

Michael McMillian stars as Steve Newlin in HBOs True Blood

TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish Michael a very happy birthday! May all your wishes come true!

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Happy Birthday Michael McMillian!

October 21, 2013

Michaell McMillian stars as Steve Newlin in HBO's True Blood

TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish Michael a very happy birthday! May all your wishes come true!

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True Blood’s Michael McMillian Says Farewell to Steve Newlin

August 17, 2013

Michael McMillian Talks about the Demise of Steve Newlin:

True Blood's Michael McMillian

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In a recent interview with Vulture.com, HBO‘s True Blood Michael McMillian(Steve Newlin) reveals his feelings on the departure of Steve Newlin.  In Episode 9 of True Blood Steve Newlin meets the sun at the hands of a VERY pissed off Eric.  Check out some of my favourite questions here!

 

Do you think he was gay, or bisexual? Because there must have been something between him and Sarah at one point.
Yeah, well, Anna Camp and I used to talk about it, and we still do. We think that they still had a bit of a kinky sex life there for a while. I think they married young, and they were both virgins when they got married, and I think she was just trying to keep Steve happy for a long time. I think there was probably some intense dom/sub play going on in the bedroom. I think Sarah was willing to perform certain acts for Steve to keep her husband happy.”

 

Did you see this coming for Steve? How much advance warning did you get?
Steve was really digging himself into a hole this season. Steve Newlin is the Jabba the Hutt of the True Blood universe. He has a very important place in the mythology, but he’s not going to help Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star, you know? And especially seeing how the story was going, and Steve taking his place as a villain again and causing so much damage? If you think about it, Luna died because Steve and Russell kidnapped Emma. Pam was outted as Eric’s progeny because of him. Nora dies because of him. And he just wasn’t going to make it through. But Steve really dies at the hands of both Eric and Sarah.”

 

Who was Steve’s maker? He didn’t know her name …
I’d love to answer the question, but the truth is, I don’t know! And I’m not sure if the show is ever going to answer it or not. At one point, we were going to find out last season, and it was written out in the script, but they scratched it out.”

 

Check out the entire interview at Vulture.com, click the link below!

Source: Vulture.com-True Blood’s Michael McMillian on Newlin’s Fate

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True Blood’s Michael McMillian Talks Playing a Preacher-turned-Vampire

October 23, 2012

Reverend Steve Newlin goes from L.O.D. to The Authority:

Michael McMillian as True Blood's Steve newlinMichael McMillian, who is known for portraying the anti-vampire reverend Steve Newlin on HBO’s True Blood, had his character turned upside down when it was revealed that Newlin had been turned into what he hated most: a vampire! On top of that, he proudly confessed to Jason Stackhouse that he is a gay American vampire…and that he was in love with him.

McMillian spent most of the season hanging around Russell Edgington played by Denis O’Hare, causing mayhem and destruction. However, we have yet to find out who is maker is.

One thing many True Blood fans don’t know, is that McMillian is one of the writers of the True Blood comic book series. He has published comic books for two years now.

McMillian on playing a villain:

I just loved the idea of playing this right-wing Christian evangelist who hated vampires. It was such an out-there idea and such a great character, but also something that I thought was really relatable and really relevant to today. It was a really fun, satirical role.”

Did he know he would be back for Season 5?

“No, I didn’t know for sure. All I knew was that I hadn’t been killed and that’s usually a good sign on True Blood. If your character hasn’t met the true death, there’s a good chance you could make it back.”

To read the entire interview, click on the Assignment X link below!

Credit: Assignment X

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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 Line.com– “True Blood’s Michael McMillian to Guest Star on Hot in Cleveland”

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True Blood’s Michael McMillian to Appear at Planet Comicon

February 21, 2011

Kansas City’s Largest Comic Book Convention

True Blood's Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin)Michael McMillian, the actor who plays Reverend Steve Newlin on HBO‘s True Blood, is scheduled to appear at Planet Comicon in his native state, Kansas.  Proclaimed to be “Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention”, the event will be held on March 26 & 27 at the Overland Park International Trade Center.  McMillian will be promoting two comic books: Lucid, which he created and wrote, and the True Blood comics, to which he is contributing a 6-issue story arc.  His True Blood comics are set to be released at about the same time Season 4 premieres.

Also set to appear at the convention are: Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars), Alaina Huffman (Smallville), Tom Kane (voice of Yoda), and Lindsay Wagner (the Bionic Woman).  For ticketing information, click here.

Do we have any readers in Kansas?  Will you be attending Planet Comicon this year?

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Michael McMillian Discusses the True Blood Comic Series on the Inside True Blood Blog

February 20, 2011

From Actor to Comic Book Writer

michael_mcmillian as steve newlinGianna Sobol, writer of the Inside True Blood Blog and assistant to True Blood creator Alan Ball, recently interviewed Michael McMillian who is best known to Trubies as Rev. Steve Newlin from seasons two and three.  But when he’s not acting Michael is a writer of comic books like his own series Lucid. What fans may not realize however is that he is a co-writer of the True Blood comic book series! He recently sat down with Sobol to discuss the comics and give a bit more insight into the world of True Blood that we haven’t seen on television.

The storyline McMillian wrote for this series of True Blood comics is entitled “Tainted Love” and tells the story of what happens when a vampire terrorist group known as the Vampire Liberation Front puts something in bottles of tru blood that makes vampires lose all morality. Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) is one of the unfortunate vampires who drank a bottle and all hell breaks loose!

When asked about some really good moments readers of the comics could look forward to in this story, Michael responded with some juicy teasers:

“I think just about every cliffhanger has its shock value. That’s a characteristic of the show that Marc and I wanted to make sure closed out each issue. There’s a sequence in Issue 2 involving Jessica and an alligator that’s a favorite moment of mine. And Eric takes his relationship with Sookie to new heights in Issue 3.”

Comics as a Part of the True Blood Universe

With teasers like that, fans have to wonder exactly what kind of role the comics play with True Blood on the air. Are the comics a completely separate entity from the show or do they tie in? While the storylines in the comic are indeed separate from the show, McMillian describes the comic as a supporting act for the show:

“The comic is a great way to expand the mythology and explore certain corridors of the True Blood world that the show may perhaps leave untouched. Issue 1, for example, kicks off with a tour of a Tru Blood bottling plant. “

So in other words, the comics are a way for fans to explore a bit deeper in the world of True Blood using aspects that were introduced in the show but are not something that it has had time to expound upon. Very cool Michael!

Gotta Talk About the Newlins

No interview with Michael McMillian would be complete without discussing a little bit about Steve Newlin and his wife Sarah (Anna Camp) who were a big part of season 2. We only saw glimpses of them in season three. But do the comics give any insight as to what they’ve been up to since season 2? McMillian says yes:

“We will see a bit of Smilin’ Steve in “Tainted Love.” And perhaps a glimpse of what Sarah Newlin has been up to…All I can say is she has taken what has happened to her and used it to her advantage.”

Now that should make for some interesting reading now shouldn’t it! As for whether or not Steve Newlin or Sarah will return to True Blood on screen, McMillian doesn’t know. But he does say that he thinks Steve would settle his scores with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård).

Fans who are interested in reading this first series can head over to the HBO shop and order a hard cover version of it, entitled “All Together Now” which was released this past week.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “An Interview with Michael McMillian”

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Michael McMillian of True Blood on CSI: NY

January 16, 2011

Keeping Busy:

michael-mcmillian Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of CSI: NY. The actor has been quite busy in recent months. He reprised his role on True Blood as Rev. Newlin this past season still fighting back against vampires, this time on television. Outside of acting McMillian also writes for comics and has a series out entitled Lucid.

But on February 4, McMillian will return to the small screen in the CSI: NY episode called “Party Down.” SpoilerTV  posted a press release from CBS about the episode with the following synopsis:

“When a tractor-trailer carrying exclusive party guests mysteriously ends up at the bottom of the Hudson River, the CSIs must solve the mystery from the soggy remains.”

Michael will be playing the role of Neal Cooper in the series. No additional details have been released about the character but we can be sure that Mr. McMillian will play his character to perfection!

“Party Down” will air on February 4th at 10pm EST/PST or check your local CBS listings.

Source: SpoilerTV: CSI: NY  Episode 7.13  Party Down – Press Release

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Michael McMillian Talks About Writing True Blood Comics and Playing Steve Newlin

December 29, 2010

Multi-talented When it Comes to the True Blood Universe

Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin)It turns out that the actor who plays Fellowship of the Sun baddie, Steve Newlin, is also adept at comic writing. Michael McMillian has teamed up with veteran comic book writer, Marc Andreyko, to write six issues of the next True Blood comic series for IDW Publishing. Recently MTV News had the opportunity to speak to McMillian about this new endeavour.

True Blood Comic Storyline

The first issue, it appears, will focus around a batch of contaminated Tru:Blood drinks and what happens when the True Blood fave, Jessica Hamby, drinks it. It explores what occurs when one of the elements of the synthetic blood is tampered with. What happens when an ingredient is added that reacts with the vampires who are drinking it. An ingredient that makes them go crazy or even feral. And what with this end up doing to the whole vampire-human inter-relations?

Writing for True Blood

Michael found writing for the True Blood comics challenging but also rewarding. He found it interesting to write lateral story lines for the True Blood Characters, where as the HBO series moves the characters forward in their story arcs. He also made sure his own character, Steve Newlin, made an appearance early on in the first comic.

I think Steve makes a cameo as early as page three in issue #1, so I got him in there as quickly as I could. [Laughs]

Other series favorites also make it to the comic series. Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton will be there along with Hoyt Fortenberry, Terry Bellefleur and Arlene Fowler.

While these comics will have a certain continuity with the TV series, it is a loose connection. Since the three seasons so far cover the span of roughly a month and a half, the comic series will fit within this time frame. The first comic covers a 24 hour time frame, the others will probably follow a similar time frame also.

When asked about how much input Michael will have versus the input of Alan Ball, Michael replied:

Yeah, Alan [Ball] is overseeing the entire process from his bloody throne. [Laughs] He reads all the scripts, and read the outline that Marc and I turned in. Before that, he was the one who ultimately selected which story we would do from the group of pitches. It’s fun because the comic really does feel like an extension of the show, which is terrific. Marc and I have made it our goal to have it feel just like that. We want the audience to pick up the comic and feel like they’re getting a little extra show while they wait for Season Four.

True Blood Characters

McMillian is enjoying the exploration and further development of the True Blood characters. He enjoys both the vampire-human relations involved with both endeavors and how the combination of the two can be quite challenging. He also likes to explore how the True Blood characters’ lives have changed with the introduction of mainstreaming vampires. Some for the better, and ultimately, some for the worse. Sookie’s life is the first that pops to mind in this instance.

McMillian was also asked about whether some of the True Blood actors have made suggestions for their characters in the comic series.

[Laughs] So far I haven’t gotten any requests. I think those guys have enough to think about with the TV show, and trust me not to make their characters look like a-holes in the comic. However, I definitely got some messages from Stephen Moyer and Alex Skarsgard, who I’m friends with. They were very excited I was working on the book.

McMillian and ‘Lucid’

This comic series is not the first that McMillian has been involved with. He also writes for ‘Lucid.’ Currently, issue 3 and 4 will be hitting the stands shortly. Michael worked with artist Anna Wieszczyk and feels that they have really hit their stride with issue 3.

While only four issues have been commissioned so far for ‘Lucid,’ he is hoping for an expansion of this due to certain story lines that could be expanded upon. While it could be considered as complete with the first four issues, he is obviously hoping for the green light for more issues.

The second volume of the “True Blood” comic book series kicks off February 2011, featuring a story by Michael McMillian and Marc Andreyko, interior art by Joe Corroney, and covers by J. Scott Campbell.

Source: MTV News – Michael McMillian On ‘True Blood’ Comics, TV Crossovers, And Steve Newlin’s Return

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Michael McMillian To Write New True Blood Comic Book

December 27, 2010

McMillian’s Story Arc to Debut February 23, 2011

True Blood Comic Series 2Though it’s been a long time since True Blood fans have seen Fellowship of the Sun leader Reverend Steve Newlin on the HBO series, Michael McMillian has been keeping busy.

IDW Publishing has announced that Michael, will be co-writing a new arc within the comic adaptation, along with Marc Andreyko which will debut on February 23, 2011.

Every fan no doubt has their own story idea when it comes to the popular vampires series. It is easy to come up with a new character or a new way of viewing Sookie and Bill.  However, the opportunity to write for True Blood isn’t just a desire for McMillian. It seems the actor has also has his own ideas as to how the lives in Bon Temps should turn out. How excited is the comic book fan now turned writer? Michael noted:

“Co-Writing the TRUE BLOOD comic is a dream come true both as a performer on the show and as longtime comic fan. It’s a real privilege to build on the rapidly growing True Blood mythology.”

What’s even better than a cast member helping create the True Blood mythology? Well, the first six issues of the successful comic will be released in a hardcover titled “True Blood: All Together Now” and will be released on February 15. This gives fans a perfect opportunity to check out the story being pursued in the comics before jumping into the newest story arc of the second series of comics beginning the 23rd.

All Together Now Cover

Christmas may be over, but it seems Santa may have to do some overtime this winter!

Source: geek-news.mtv.com–‘True Blood’ Star Michael McMillian To Write ‘True Blood’ The Comic Book

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