John Billingsley Set to Star in the Violet Hour

January 23, 2011

John BillingsleyBon Temps Favorite Coroner Cast in Richard Greenberg Play

It has been announced that John Billingsley is going to star in The Violet Hour at the Lillian Theatre. John Billingsley plays Mike Spencer on HBO’s True Blood.

About the Violet Hour

Hollywood Food Chain productions in association with Elephant Stageworks is presenting the play The Violet Hour is written by Richard Greenberg, and is to be directed by Darin Anthony. The show is set to preview on Friday, February 11th. The play will officially open Saturday, February 12th and will run through Sunday March 13th at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The performances will run Fridays through Sundays with prices ranging from $20.00 to $30.00 depending on the show. The synopsis of the show is as follows:

“It’s April 1st, 1919, and the young independent publisher John Pace Seavering is setting up his office. With only enough capital to put out one book, John finds himself besieged by two authors. Denny McCleary, John’s brash and gifted college friend, has produced a manuscript so unruly it lives in a trio of crates. He’s fallen in love with the enchanting heiress Rosamund Plinth, and if John doesn’t agree to publish his book today, he’ll lose her forever. But John is also being strenuously lobbied by Jessie Brewster, the popular black jazz singer who is also John’s very secret mistress. She’s written her memoirs and is determined to have her story known. As John temporizes with these two, another drama is playing out in the anteroom: A machine of mysterious provenance and purpose has arrived and is spewing out stacks of pages while John’s hapless assistant, Gidger, strives vainly to stem the flood and leaves John to ponder if knowing the future will allow him to change it?”

An Actor of the Stage and Screen

John Billingsley is no stranger to TV or theater . He has been in television shows such as Star Trek, 24, and Prison Break and his theatre credits include Mauritius at The Pasadena Playhouse, The Seagull and Twelfth Night. He will be playing alongside Karole Foreman, Travis Schuldt, Peter Larney, and Lisa Valerie Morgan in The Violet Hour

This plot of the play sounds intriguing and full of interesting characters. Congratulations to John Billingsley and we can’t wait to see you on the “true” stage again.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend The Violet Hour, tickets may be purchased here

Sources: Broadway Los Angeles-“Billingsley, Foreman lead The Violet Hour at the Lillian Theatre”
Plays 411– “The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg

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Edited by: Shanea O’Connor


John Billingsley Talks True Blood, Mike Spencer, and Nudity

September 20, 2010

John Billingsley, True Blood, Mike Spencer

John Billingsley Is Alive and Well

While we may not have seen Mike Spencer around Bon Temps very much in Season 3, but it’s still nice to know that he’s alive and well, able to show up for moments of creepy awkwardness or to do inappropriate things to a tree or Jane Bodehouse. This is oddly comforting because it means that talented actor John Billingsley still has a future on True Blood.

John is most well-known for his role on Star Trek: Enterprise, but he’s one of those actors that has been a guest star on just about every popular show of the past two decades. In a video interview from this year’s Dallas All-Con, John reminisces about the craziness of True Blood Season 2:

“Last season was sort of anomalous, insofar as we were all under the thrall of the demoness and led to do graphic, sexual things. That’s over now. Although I still have the nudity waiver I got to sign on my bathroom wall, which I framed.”

These days he’s in between jobs, having lost out on a part in a new AMC series to a guy who’s been his “nemesis” for years. John jokingly refers to himself as a “kept man,” and says that his wife, Bonita Friedericy, is working full time on the NBC spy comedy Chuck as General Beckman.

We wish him all the best in finding another exciting project and look forward to seeing him again on True Blood!


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John Billingsley at Imagicon 2010

April 8, 2010

John Billingsley will be attending Imagicon in Birmingham, Al on May 21-23, 2010.  John plays Mike Spencer on HBO’s hit show True Blood. Fans of True Blood can remember him as a friendly face in Merlotte’s Bar on many episodes during True Blood. Along with being a part of this show, he has also played a part in:

“ABC’s series The Nine as Ethan Foote, as the Denobulan, Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise, starred opposite Denzel Washington in the feature film “Out of Time” and has appeared in “Cold Case,” “CSI, New York,” “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles,” “The Glass House,” “High Crimes” and “White Oleander.”

Imagicon is a science fiction and fantasy convention. The tickets for weekend passes are $40.00 for pre-registration, or $55.00 at the door. Attendee’s will have the opportunity to meet celebrity guests, such as John Billingsley, sight see many types of fantasy artists works, have networking opportunities, and experience performances from the science fiction and fantasy worlds. Please go to Birmingham and support John Billingsley at Imagicon 2010!


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Australia To Host “True Blood” At Hub Convention

February 21, 2010

Hub Productions announced its True Blood Convention, scheduled for Sept. 25, 2010, in Sydney and Sept. 26, 2010, in Melbourne.  Among the guests will be Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series on which Alan Ball‘s “True Blood” television series on HBO is based.  Also to be in attendance are “True Blood” cast members Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Kristen Bauer (vampire Pam) and John Billingsley (coroner Mike Spencer).  More guests are scheduled to be announced.

Attendees of the convention will have the opportunity to see the True Blood cast members on stage from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Along with Q&A sessions, a few stories and anecdotes will be shared with the audience and time will be allotted to meet the guests for photos and autographs.

Throughout the day there will be other activities such as auctions and raffle giveaways, with auction proceeds going to charity. Vendors will sell merchandise and rare collectibles.  Here is the schedule at a Hub Convention:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Welcome
  • 9:15 a.m.  – Professional Photos
  • 11:00 a.m.  – Question & Answer Session 1
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch (not provided)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Question & Answer Session 2
  • 1:30 p.m. – Event (such as an auction)
  • 1:45 p.m. – Question & Answer Session 3
  • 2:45 p.m. – Autographs
  • 5 p.m./6 p.m. – Close event

Seating for the convention is pre-assigned, based on the level of ticket purchased and the date of purchase.  Tokens may be purchased for the professional photo sessions, which means you get to pose with your favorite guest.  There will be an extra fee for autographed photos. Photos will be available the same day. Tokens may also be purchased for autographs.

The closing event is a farewell wrap-up, which may or may not include the guests.

“The Hub Productions is a small company out of Sydney, Australia, that strives to provide opportunities for fans to meet the actors, artists and behind-the-scenes stars who contribute to the TV shows, movies and comics that we all so love and adore.”

While the venues in Sydney and Melbourne are not yet disclosed, the pricing (in Australian dollars) is posted.  Add an additional $5.95 to all ticket prices for postage.

  • Day Ticket – $100
  • VIP Day Ticket*- $600
  • Platinum Day Ticket* – $950
  • Professional Photograph – $40
  • Autograph – $30

*VIP and Platinum tickets include evening functions with the guests, front row seating and other entitlements.

To read the convention etiquette page, purchase tickets, enter a chance to win a full set of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (signed by Charlaine Harris) and get the latest updates, visit


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John Billingsley as Mike Spencer

January 3, 2009

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

John Billingsley as Mike Spencer


Mike Spencer – John Billingsley

January 3, 2009

Mike Spencer © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Mike Spencer © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Mike Spencer – (John Billingsley)

The town Coroner and Funeral Director of Bon Temps who had a close “fatherly” bond with his assistant Neil Jones.