HBO’s True Blood Season 6 Casting News:

March 29, 2013

Episode 3, Abducted, Features a New Doctor

John_Fleck_IMDBOn February 8th, 2013, Truebloodnet.com reported that Episode 3, Season 6 of HBO’s series True Blood had been re-titled. ‘Rock Hard Times’ was renamed ‘Abducted’, and would introduce the character of Dr. Overlark. It has been announced that veteran character actor, John Fleck (Weeds, Bones) has been cast in this role.

The recurring guest role of Dr. Overlark has been described as 50 years old, and a ruthless advisor to Arliss Howard’s Governor Creighton Burrell. Cast as Dr. Overlark, John Fleck is a long-time character actor who has appeared in a wide array of television guest roles. Mr. Fleck is one of only three actors to have appeared in every installment of the Star Trek television franchise (albeit as a different character in each).

We have one more character in place, but still no starting date for Season 6 to air. We’re left to speculate and anticipate, leaving us sure of only one thing: waiting sucks.

 

Source: SpoilerTV

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Video: HBO Keeps True Blood Fans Eager For Season 5 with Teaser Clips

May 29, 2012

Waiting Sucks and HBO Keeps Fans Wanting More:

Season 5 poster RomanEarly in the life of its series True Blood, HBO hit upon the simple but clever tag line of ‘Waiting Sucks’. Now, as anticipation over the June 10th premiere of Season 5 grows, fans find that they ‘Crave More’. HBO has fueled the excitement with titillating teaser videos; some provide glimpses behind the scenes, while others are simply humorous promotion.

Two recently released teasers provide peeks into two separate story lines. Both videos give hints as to what to expect from characters and plot, while still managing to raise additional questions that make fans eager to tune in to the show.

One of these two recent videos features Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar). Sitting on a sofa, Luna cries while Sam tries to lend comfort. The dialog tells fans that someone has died mysteriously. An unexpected, unidentified sound captures their attention just as the scene ends on a menacing note. Who died? How did they die? Are Sam and Luna in danger, too? What was that sound?

What do you think?

Another recent teaser video has Terry (Todd Lowe) and Patrick (Scott Foley) being held at gunpoint and handcuffed. They know this person, but fans don’t – yet. The scene ends with the unknown character asking if anything had followed them there. Who is the new character? Why is he cuffing Patrick and Terry? What is it that might have followed them?

Any guesses?

HBO also uses humor in its teaser videos. ‘Don’t Cry, It’s Back’ uses bloody tears and scenes of character anguish to promote Season 5. The video is a montage of True Blood characters crying. The clips are assembled in a way that makes it seem they are sad over the lack of new True Blood episodes.

Which one is your favorite?

Sources: HBO.com  and YouTube

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Behind the Scenes: Dragging to the True Blood Season 5 Finale

May 25, 2012

What a Drag:

I know what you’re thinking, “The season hasn’t even started yet. Why are you talking about the finale?!” Well, thanks to a Behind the Scenes photo posted on HBO‘s Inside True Blood Blog, True Blood writer Angela Robinson has given us a brief look at the finale. Accoring to Robinson, “We’re breaking the finale, but that’s all I can say!”

Shooting the Season 5 Finale

Also taking place BTS is a lesson on drag. No, not that kind of drag. As seen below, executive producer Gregg Feinberg and stunt coordinator Hiro Koda are demonstrating to other crew members how to properly drag someone by the foot. One hint provided is that one of the men is standing in for Alcide. I hardly think Alcide would take that lying down.

Gregg Feinberg and Hiro Koda-What a Drag

It’s shaping up to be quite an interesting season!

 

Sources: HBO Inside the True Blood BlogWetpaint.com

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Carrie Preston, True Blood’s Arlene, Dishes to TV Fanatic

August 4, 2011

Carrie Preston Talks Behind the Scenes with a Baby:

Carrie Preston (True Blood’s Arlene Fowler) Stunning in Blue Off Shoulder Dress

Recently, TV Fanatic spoke with Carrie Preston, who plays Arlene Fowler on True Blood.  Carrie dishes about last week’s True Blood episode, “I Wish I Was the Moon“, where Arlene’s suspicions about baby Mikey being possessed escalate when her house burns down.

Overall, Arlene has stepped into the spotlight more than ever this season. She labels the baby arc as “very exciting and fun,” although it “presents challenges.” Such as?

There’s often someone with a squeaky toy standing behind the camera.

“Acting with a baby is not something that comes naturally,” Preston said. “They’re really good babies, but they’re babies nonetheless.”

During the interview Carrie drops a spoiler about the mysterious woman baby Mikey saw outside the house when it was on fire and he was found wandering in the grass! Don’t click on the link if you don’t want to be spoiled but if you don’t mind a few teasers, go and read the rest of the interview at the TV Fanatic!

Contribution Credit: TV Fanatic

Photo Credit: HBO

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The Inside True Blood Blog Dishes on the Ropes

March 12, 2011

Despite Technology True Blood Still Uses Ropes on Set:

Ropes on the set of True BloodGianna Sobol, assistant to True Blood creator Alan Ball, has given us another peek at behind the scenes.  She’s posted a picture on the new blog, Inside True Blood, to show that despite new technology, True Blood still uses old technology as well.  The photo shows several of the ropes that are used in production for Sookie’s bedroom and bathroom.  Too bad we don’t know exactly what they do!  It would be interesting to find out.  Here’s what Sobol has to say:

“Despite all the high-tech stuff that goes into each episode of the show, some things are still done the old fashioned way…”

Thanks for all the sneak peeks, Gianna!  They make the excruciating wait a bit more bearable.  Do you feel that way, Truebies?

Source: inside-true-blood-blog.com – The Ropes of the Set

(Photo credit: inside-true-blood-blog.com/HBO)

Edited by: Diana Edwards

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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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True Blood’s Fang Controversy

September 8, 2010

Vampire fans like authenticity with every detail that concerns their blood sucking friends and True Blood fans are no exception. While the show has garnered much success and praise, there is one detail fans question: the placement of vampire fangs in True Blood.

Most fans of the vampire genre are used to having fangs on the cuspids but Bill, Eric, and the rest have their fangs on their laterals. Why is that? First off, fang placement has been quite arbitrary and has changed throughout the years.

For example, take a look at the 1922 film Nosferatu: he looks like an overgrown mole rat with his fangs placed on the two front incisors. Later on, the Lost Boys took the lateral look like the vamps Sookie is so fond of. Sometimes, the vampire image goes on fang overdrive as seen in 30 Days of Night were every tooth is a sharp point.

If all of these vampire films and shows took creative license as to where the fangs are placed, how come True Blood creator Alan Ball chose the lateral placement. In an interview with NPR, he said,

“We created fangs that actually lie flat along the roof of the mouth and then click into place when a vampire is in danger or aroused or ready to feed, much like a rattlesnake’s fangs click into place. Then we put the fangs not with the four front teeth between them, but with only two because it worked better for the physiology of the rattlesnake, the snake fang working…and I like that, because it looks a little different. It doesn’t look like the classic thing.”

It also helps people watching at home see the fangs; the vamps living in Bon Temps would have to grimace a lot more in order to scare their prey. With fangs placed on the laterals, all they have to do is open their mouths slightly and those fangs shine through, scaring the person in front of them and the ones at home watching.

Source: ca.eonline.com–Are True Blood Vamps’ Fangs on the Wrong Teeth?

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True Blood: Behind the Scenes with Costume Designer Audrey Fisher

August 10, 2010

True Blood Episode 32, Night of the Sun, had fans going whhaatt?! Vampire vengeance, baby vamp training, a visit from Rene, an awesome girl fight and Sookie on top! What an episode. HBO has an exclusive interview with the woman who keeps the cast stylin’ during every punch and all the puddles of blood.

Audrey Fisher was given a hard task this episode and one of them was to outfit Debbie Pelt during the girl fight scene with Sookie. The script for the episode called Audrey out by name and asked her to put Debbie in the most bad-ass biker look.

For Audrey, the focus for Debbie‘s look was sexy and edgy while keeping in mind how much of a mess she is, given her addiction to V. As glamorous as the outfit could be, a touch of trashy had to be added in order to portray the real Debbie Pelt. She also had to keep in mind that the fight scene would be rather long and the outfit had to survive a beating. Audrey reveals,

“I had a jacket custom-made with this red Japanese vinyl that’s washed back until it looks all mottled and weird…it gave her the freedom of movement to throw punches and have padding on her elbows.”

Some would find it odd that Audrey costume designs for a cast that is notorious for wearing nothing at all on the show. She says she gets the joke all the time, but in reality the cast is dressed more often than not. In fact, she has to create outfits that will be memorable because they’ll be wearing them for about three episodes before they take it off for sex.

In the Charlaine Harris novels, Sookie‘s outfits are meticulously detailed and Audrey uses the description to hold on to the small town cuteness Charlaine has created for the blond beauty. Sookie has a hotness that she is unaware of and wears items that are a lot more seductive than she realizes them to be.

The one character who is always fashion forward is Lafayette. Audrey notes,

“Working with Nelson is amazing. He just doesn’t hold anything back–even in the fitting room. He walks in as this quiet, shy actor with glasses, and then all of a sudden he’s all snappy and posing. I typically start with the script. I’ll usually try to come up with a theme for his mood, and then I just go for it. Like with that black satin, kind of Chinese top he wore…He was feeling kind of amazing…he had just gotten this fantastic car-so he put on a really hot outfit. That piece started off as a woman’s dress I found in Chinatown in L.A., and shortened it for him to use as a shirt.”

Another character’s who taker her personal style seriously is Pam. Audrey views Pam as someone who loves to look good; she knows her body and know how to use it as a weapon. Dressing for Pam has become a game. After living for so long, she wants to play a part. When she’s in Fangtasia, she wears a lot of leather, while on her off time she looks like very Upper East Side. She likes to dress like a lady and it seems she has a love for pink.

With all these wonderful clothes, it’s a shame that some of them are ruined with blood or fake blood. Audrey says there are six different type of blood that is used on True Blood. There are some that are easier to get out, but in general the stains never really get out. She makes sure to get multiples of every outfit because once blood gets on the clothing it’s dead to her.

SOURCE: HBO.com

(Photo Credit: Emmy Magazine)

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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes to Episode 7 “Hitting the Ground”

August 2, 2010

HBO has released a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Episode 7 entitled “Hitting the Ground” with writer Brian Buckner and director John Dahl. As you see they did not hold back in using alot of blood in Lorena‘s scene.

Ep. 31: Inside the Episode
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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes to Episode 6 “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues”

July 26, 2010

HBO has released a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Episode 6 entitled “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues” with True Blood‘s Alan Ball and Michael Lehmann.

Ep. 30: Inside the Episode
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