Marshall Allman Cast in ‘Ken Jeong Made Me Do It’

October 17, 2014

Ken Jeong and Marshal Allman Co-Star in New MTV Comedy Pilot Presentation:

Marshall Allman who played Tommy Mickens in HBO's True BloodKen Jeong Made Me Do It tells the story of 22 year old Andy who finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him. This isn’t the worst part about his day though, he then goes on to crash into the back of Ken Jeong’s expensive car!  Feeling sorry for Andy, Ken (who will play himself) takes him under his wing in an attempt to teach Andy how to ‘man up’.

The part of Andy will be played by True Blood’s Marshall Allman (who played shapeshifter Tommy Mickens in the HBO vampire series). The MTV comedy pilot presentation is written and executive produced by Andy St. Clair and Paul O’Toole. Peter Segal will direct. Alongside Marshall and Ken will be actress Bonnie Dennison who plays the role of Molly, Andy’s best friend. Apparently Molly just likes to be one of the guys, but it seems there might be a little unresolved chemistry also happening between her and Andy. Justin Hires will round out the friends list for Andy. he will be playing a character called Paul, who Deadline described as:

…a ball of manic energy with no filter, a flaky goofball but completely dedicated to his job as preschool teacher.

Sounds like fun!

Let us know if you plan on tuning in to watch Ken Jeong Made Me Do It when it hits our screens in 2015.

Source: Deadline – Marshall Allman To Star In ‘Ken Jeong Made Me Do It’ For MTV, Two Others Cast

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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Recap: True Blood Halloween Party at Club Fangtasia

January 11, 2013

Australia Gets to party with True Blood Stars at Seamus O’Tooles:

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) arrive at Club Fangtasia, the HBO True Blood inspired Halloween event

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) on the red carpet outside Club Fangtasia

So another Halloween has passed and yet another outstanding True Blood Halloween party has been held at Melbourne’s Seamus O’Toole’s who transformed into the decadent Club Fangtasia for one night only.

This year, I veered away from my usual Sookie (Anna Paquin) theme and decided to dress up as Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). My husband decided on copying that famous (and blood thirsty) scene from episode 4 of Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood and got all blood spattered as Roman (Chris Meloni).

There was the hotly anticipated arrival of the True Blood cast members, who arrived via limousine and were ushered down the red carpet after attending the First Contact Conventions Full Blood convention. Fans lined the walkway and there was plenty of blood-curdling screaming going on when Ginger passed by.

Getting photo bombed by Marshall Allman (who played Tommy Mickens in HBO's True Blood). With Lenore Mills, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Tara Buck (Ginger)

Getting photo bombed by Marshall Allman (who played Tommy Mickens in HBO’s True Blood). With Lenore Mills, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Tara Buck (Ginger)

For holders of the extra special VIP tickets, not only did you get to party until the wee hours, drink Tru Blood fangtails, go into the draw for some awesome prizes and participate in charity auctions, you got to hang out with Marshall and Tara in the VIP room upstairs! Both cast members were happy to chat to fans all night long and there were many great True Blood stories told by both of the stars (neither of whom could believe my transformation from Merlotte’s Jessica Hamby for the exclusive TrueBloodNet.com interview the previous day into Red Riding Hood Jessica Hamby for the Halloween event!)

Due to the adherence to HBO guidelines, there was no photography in the venue on the night, but that didn’t hinder anyone’s enjoyment as authorized photographers were on hand to take photos of the party goers. So for those of you who attended (or wished you had), make sure you head on over to Club Fangtasia’s Facebook page and check out all the great pics of the night!

Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Sherryn Pickering all bloodied up for Club Fangtasia's True Blood event

Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Sherryn Pickering all bloodied up for Club Fangtasia’s True Blood event

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a VIP ticket, there were still opportunities to see the stars in action when they made a few guest appearances downstairs. They chatted to the audience, helped out with the auctions and announced prize winners.

Speaking of prize winners, Kim and Matt (in the picture to your left, won a True Blood poster signed by several member of the True Blood cast, just by buying a ticket and turning up – and this was only second prize! The first prize was a signed True Blood picture as well as a brand new iPad. As for the coveted best dressed award? Well, this prize went to a couple who were outstanding in their costume design as well as maintaining their persona for most of the night. The prize (of $200) went to Sharon Taylor Alford and Paul Tabone for their original outfits. You can view the winning costume here.

Band Red Rockit rocked it up at Seamus O'Toole's Club Fangtasia

Band Red Rockit rocked it up at Seamus O’Toole’s Club Fangtasia

Marshall Allman and Tara Buck left late in the evening, but that didn’t stop the party. There was still plenty to do! Not only was there the awesome Aza MC, pole dancers and a rocking band Red Rockit, but DJ Courtney arrived straight off the plane and helped out also. There was a great chill out area outside the venue for when it got too hot inside. Many people mingled here and it was just as much fun outside as what it was inside. At the very back of Seamus O’Toole’s there is a large section of booths – a great place to put your feet up after dancing the night away!

Every year I go to this event, I am amazed at the dedication and sheer amount of hard work that goes into setting up this event. Garth O’Hehir, Jason Rigopoulos and Paul Allen orchestrate the event and this year they excelled themselves. Also, their staff and the various helpers that all band together to make this event work so well on the night are a credit to the team.

It truly was (yet again) an awesome night!

Oh, and if you wanted a drink in the VIP section, this is the guy that served you:

Bar staff at True Blood's Club Fangtasia

Bar staff at True Blood’s Club Fangtasia

(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia.com.au)

Also, a special thanks goes out to Lenore Mills, Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Sherryn Pickering, Red Rockit and the bar staff for allowing  me to use their images for this article.

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More Baby news for True Blood!

November 27, 2012

Marshall Allman’s Wife is Expecting Twins:

Marshall Allman who played Tommy Mickens in HBO's True BloodNow I don’t know what is in the blood on the set of HBO’s True Blood, but it must be magical since this is the third set of twins announced for the show! First we had Sam Trammell’s wife, Missy Yager, giving birth to twin boys in 2011. Next was Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer with their two bundles of joy this year, and now Marshall Allman has announced his wife, Jamie Anne Allman, is also expecting twins:

We were ecstatic to find out we were pregnant and overjoyed to learn they were fraternal twins … twins run in both of our families so we were prepared for the possibility, but we know we’re gonna need all the prayers and help we can get.

Marshall played Sam’s (Sam Trammell) brother, Tommy Mickens, in HBO’s True Blood. His wife, Jamie, is also an actress and probably best known for her role in AMC’s The Killing.

All the staff and fans at TrueBloodNet would like to congratulate Marshall and Jamie Anne on their fantastic news.

Source: Examiner.com – ‘True Blood’s’ Marshall Allman, Wife Expecting Twins

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

 

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TrueBloodNet Exclusive! Club Fangtasia Interview With Tara Buck and Marshall Allman

November 4, 2012

True Blood Stars at Autograph Signing for Aussie Fans:

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) with TrueBloodNet writer Rachel Tsoumbakos at Club FangtasiaRecently, I was given the opportunity to interview two stars of HBO’s True Blood: Tara Buck (Ginger) and Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens). It was certainly an amazing experience and so much fun to catch up with the friendly and down to earth stars before they did their signing event at Club Fangtasia. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them at this event and you live in Melbourne, Australia, you also had the opportunity to meet up with them on Sunday 4th November during the First Contact Full Blood convention. Or, alternatively, see them at the Club Fangtasia Halloween party on Sunday night.

Even with their hectic schedule, the stars were happy to sit down and have a chat about True Blood with TrueBloodNet. Tara was straight into talking about her favourite True Blood moment: riding Pam’s coffin in Season 5. A moment that she didn’t know was to occur until she actually jumped on the coffin and it started to move. Which led to the first fan question, sent in by Lenore Mills, who asked if coffin riding was similar to horse riding? Tara was quick to declare that it wasn’t, but it was fairly close to mechanical bull riding!

Marshall then described his craziest True Blood moment, one which involved having to (while naked) jump and transform from a human into a bird. Besides the fact that he was jumping about naked, he kept making ad hoc transforming sound effects. As a result, they had to retake until he could jump without making any noises at all!

This was the opportune time to ask the question sent in by KL Joy: Since there are so much naked moments for shifters in True Blood, were there any awkward moments? Allman pointed out that being naked on set gets very old very quickly and it’s just a matter of getting on with the job.

It was also interesting to discover how the pair of them researched their roles. While Marshall plays a shifter and a character who is not in the Southern Vampire Mystery books by Charlaine Harris, he still found it easy enough to research:

Tommy had been basically raised as a dog fighter, so I watched ‘The Dog Whisperer’ and he did a whole episode on pitt bulls. He talked a lot about the nature of the pitt bull and how the breed has been trained. When pitt bulls experience pain, they don’t have a threshold for it and go crazier. They will attack until they die. So learning that, it was kind of like, wow, Tommy’s a lot like that, you know, he just doesn’t know when to stop.

Tara Buck rides Pam's coffin as Ginger in HBO's True BloodGinger, on the other hand, is a character in the books, so it is possible for her to draw on that. Although, Buck prefers to go with her own special version of her character. But, because Ginger dies in the books, there was a concern that the Ginger in the HBO series would suffer the same fate:

We shot a scene, that never made it to air, the very last scene of the last episode of Season 3, where Ginger runs into Fangtasia and her head is backwards and so you don’t know what has happened but clearly a spell has been cast and so, when I read that, I actually said to Alan Ball; “Oh my gosh, Alan, you killed me!” To which Alan replied; “No, no, no, Tara, don’t worry, your head’s just been turned around, but you’re still alive.”

Which is such a relief to hear, since so many people love Ginger. This bought me to the source of the most popular questions for Ginger: her scream. While it was never a part of the audition process for Tara Buck, when her character witnessed the death of Long Shadow in Season 1, it became an organic, ad lib process in the scene. Once she started wailing, everyone thought it was hilarious so they asked for more of it. Then, of course, she started throwing up, so they asked her to scream and throw up and then scream some more.

Truebie fan Eve Lynch, wanted to know how the the both of them got into acting? Tara announced that she fell in love with Michael J. Fox while watching him in the movie ‘Back To The Future’. Even though she was only 8, she decided that the only way to meet the celebrity, was to take up acting! Marshall, on the other hand, had originally planned to be a professional soccer player, but was, unfortunately, injured before he could live out that dream. On a whim, a friend suggested he try out on a talent search The rest, as they say, is history!

True Blood fan, Kate Rodaughan, wanted to ask Tara Buck if it was fun to play Ginger. To which the actress responded with a definite yes:

I don’t even know where to start. I love the costumes. They’re tiny – it’s like Halloween every day! Her hair is big and crazy and it’s just fun. I love it.

Marshall Allman who stars as Tommy Mickens in HBO's True BloodAnother fan, Cindy Burrows, wanted to ask Marshall Allman about his role in Sons Of Anarchy. In particular, what it was like to play such a gullible character in a scene (where Allman’s character, Devon, is propositioned by a transvestite hooker) that fans have declared as hilarious, in a show that is not often known for its humor:

Oh man, it wasn’t hard at all! I absolutely loved playing the role of Devon. That scene was so much fun to shoot.

And fans of both Sons of Anarchy and Marshall Allman will be pleased to know that the role should be reprised in Season 6.

I can’t wait. You can go in so many different directions because he’s so wide-eyed and he has no idea what the culture is like.

I was also curious to know, besides True Blood, what is the strangest role either of them have ever had to play? Tara Buck is actually known for playing unique characters. So, for her, the weirdest ones, so far, are the roles of crazy Rhea Reynolds in Nip/Tuck and a character in her upcoming film ‘K-11′; who is a transgender inmate. She actually plays the role of a man playing a woman!

Allman has also had his share of interesting roles. Besides his stint as Devon in Sons of Anarchy, he has starred in the movie, ‘The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle’. In this movie he plays a janitor who gives birth to blue fish after becoming addicted to experimental cookies.

Now, if you want to see more of Tara Buck and Marshall Allman, they have plenty of stuff hitting the screens. Tara has a new movie coming out called ‘Tomorrow You’re Gone’ (also known as ‘Boot Tracks’), which stars Willem DaFoe, Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan. It’s directed by David Jacobson and should hit the big screen early in 2013. The film, K-11 (which stars Goran Visnjic) is being released shortly.

Marshall Allman has just completed a movie called ‘Jane Mansfield’s Car’. It stars Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall. You can also see Allman in the upcoming independent film, The Bounceback.

Thank you to Tara Buck, Marshall Allman, HBO, the crew at First Contact Conventions and Garth O’Hehir for making this interview possible.

(Photo Credits: ClubFangtasia.com.au/HBO Inc.)

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Marshall Allman, True Blood’s Tommy, Opens in New Film, “Blue Like Jazz”

April 12, 2012

True Blood’s Allman Stars in “Blue Like Jazz”

"Blue Like Jazz" Poster

We all remember him as Tommy Mickens, Sam Merlottes messed up younger brother in season 4 of HBO‘s True Blood. While the character, Tommy, was often annoying, as younger brothers frequently seem, it was very well played by Marshall who is anything but annoying in real life as any of his Twitter followers can attest. Be sure to follow him – @MarshallAllman – as we’ll be tweeting him up during the rerunning of Season 4 of True Blood on HBO tonight . Marshall will be attending a screening of his new movie tonight, April 14th, 2012 but will take some time to give a shout out to all his True Blood fans during the showing. Marshall has appeared in dozens of other TV shows including “Justified” and “Prison Break” as well as hit movies such as “Hostage” starring “Bruce Willis” and “Prison Break“. Marshall plays the lead – Don Miller – in his latest movie, “Blue Like Jazz.” A synopsis of “Blue Like Jazz” follows and you can get ticket information and see a promo of the film by clicking the link at the bottom of the article.

In Theaters April 13

Directed & Co-Written by: Steve Taylor

Based on the best-selling book Blue Like Jazz by: Donald Miller

Produced by: Steve Taylor, J.Clarke Gallivan and Coke Sams

Starring: Marshall Allman, Claire Holt and Tania Raymonde

In Blue Like Jazz, Don, a pious nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, impulsively decides to escape his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at one of the most progressive campuses in America, Reed College in Portland. Upon arrival, Reed’s surroundings and eccentric student body proves to be far different than he could possibly imagine from the environment from which he came, forcing him to embark on a journey of self-discovery to understand who he is and what he truly believes.

Blue Like Jazz Cast at Portland, Oregon Premiere

Marshall Allman at Blue Like Jazz Premiere at Portland, Oregon

Credits: Roadside Attractions

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A Tribute to Tommy

September 1, 2011

We Say Goodbye to a Character:

Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep9During episode nine of season 4, titled “Let’s Get Out of Here”, Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) who plays Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) brother, again shifts into Sam. He is able to “skinwalk” because he killed his parents. We found out that could happen from Luna, Sam’s love interest. Her mother died giving birth to her, and she shifted into her mother once. Tommy shifts into Sam to protect him from werewolf pack leader Marcus, who was married to Luna. Tommy as Sam goes to meet Marcus, and when he arrives there are other pack members, along with Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello). After some heated words, all the werewolves (except Alcide) proceed to beat the living daylights out of Tommy. After several blows, Tommy turns back into himself. Marcus becomes alarmed, and Alcide picks Tommy up and leaves. During the last episode, “Burning Down the House”, Alcide wants to take Tommy to the hospital, but Tommy declines, sensing that he’s not going to make it, and prefers to go home instead. They arrive at Merlotte’s the same time as Sam, who is frantic, and wants to get him some vampire blood to save him. Tommy declines, knowing he is dying, and having come to terms with it. Inside, the brothers share some last words, and a tender moment, seeming to work through their issues. Sam sheds some tears, and Tommy dies.

We’re sorry to see Marshall go, he played his character well. Here is a small photo tribute to Tommy:

 Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep2

Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep3

  Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep7

 Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep6

 Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep5

 Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep10

Truebies, will you miss Tommy and/or Marshall?  Leave us a comment sharing your thoughts.

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Is True Blood Correct About Gators Liking Marshmallows?

August 9, 2011

National Geographic Asks Experts:

Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep5After watching episode 5 of True Blood, “Me and the Devil”, National Geographic wanted to know if alligators really like eating marshmallows. In the episode, Tommy (Marshall Allman) kills his parents. With the help of his brother Sam (Sam Trammell), he throws their bodies in the water. When the bodies do not sink, Sam throws some marshmallows in, which attracts the alligators.  National Geographic got in contact with Captain Jack Sessions of Honey Island Swamp Tours who has a website that mentions rewarding alligators with marshmallows. National Geographic also spoke with Michael Delany, a research biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In the interviews Sessions and Dr. Delany were asked a series of questions, for instance Sessions was asked:

“Captain Jack, we were watching True Blood and one of the characters baited up alligators with marshmallows. Do alligators like marshmallows?”

Sessions answered:

“Yeah they do. No doubt about that. That’s a true story there. I go out and call them, bup bup bup bup bup bup – a mating call, you know. And sometimes, when they start coming, you toss them a marshmallow. Then they hang around and we give them a hot dog or two on a stick.”

National Geographic asked Dr. Delaney:

“Dr. Delany, have you ever heard of people feeding marshmallows to alligators?”

His response:

“I have heard of people feeding marshmallows to alligators, although feeding alligators is against the law.”

He was then asked:

“Is there something special about marshmallows that alligators just can’t get enough of?”

He answered:

“No. No. Not at all. It’s usually that alligators have grown accustomed to being around people and maybe accustomed to being fed. A person then throwing anything into the water the alligator will then associate it with food regardless of what it is.”

You can read the whole article by clicking on this link.

What do you think Truebies? Would you have guessed it was true? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: newswatch.nationalgeographic.com – The Truth About “True Blood’s” Marshmallow-Eating Gators

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Marshall Allman and Janina Gavankar Shapeshift for Funny or Die Video

July 1, 2011

True Blood’s New Shifters Compare ‘Methods’

Marshall Allman, who plays Tommy Mickens, on True BloodJust when you thought the nudity couldn’t get any more extreme in HBO’s True Blood, a video like this one pops up on Funny or Die!

Marshall Allman, who plays Sam Merlotte’s brother, Tommy is giving newbie shifter, Luna (played by Janina Gavankar) a “shifting for the camera” lesson. What no one has told Marshall, though, is that he can’t actually shift.

Warning: The following video is NSFW (not safe for work). Enjoy!

Method Shapeshifting with Marshall Allman from Janina Gavankar

 

Source: Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’s’ Marshall Allman Shows the New Girl How Shapeshifting’s Done (Video)

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Video: Red Carpet Interviews at Season 4 Premiere

June 25, 2011

See What the Cast Has to Say About the New Season:

True Blood Season 4 poster-redChris Balish, co-host of KABC Television’s On The Red Carpet, was lucky enough to interview some of our favorite cast members at the Hollywood premiere of True Blood’s season 4.  According to Stephen Moyer (vampire Bill Compton), this season:

“We’ve got a lot of elements, we’ve got a lot of things in the air this year. I had very little to do with the witches, I do work with them a little bit and that’s been really fun. It’s very new, something completely different. They have a power that we’ve never explored before. ”

Speaking of the challenges writers of this genre might face, the actor further explains, interestingly:

“I think that the tough thing for any writer that’s doing a vampire show is to work out what is catnip and what is Kryptonite for the lead baddie, or the goodie — vampires. What is going to be something that can overpower them or something that is going to be attractive to them. So the witches are part of that element.”

Since working alongside his wife (Paquin) is all he knows, he seems to think that after filming has wrapped, he will become a “crazy stalker groupie”, tagging along on whatever project she works on next.  How sweet!  No doubt many of you would not mind that a bit.

Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), like the rest of the cast, is not allowed to divulge much, thanks to strict instructions from Alan Ball (series creator, writer and director).  She expressed relief that they’d be done filming soon (which they probably are by now!), saying:

“I’m so excited for everyone to finally see it so we can start talking about it and stop having to give these annoying interviews where I’m like, ‘I can’t tell you that!’”

Rutina Wesley, who plays Sookie’s best friend Tara, simply reiterated that we will find out where her character has been, that she’s better, and she obviously has a new ’do.

Deborah Ann Woll, the lovely New Yorker who plays baby vamp Jessica, shares that this season is her favorite.  She does love Jessica & Hoyt’s relationship, and hopes that things work out for them.

Spoiler Alert:

Marshall Allman, the youngun’ who plays Sam Merlotte’s little brother Tommy, reveals some interesting and possibly disturbing news:

“It definitely turns weird when Sam hits on Tommy. So he’s added incest and murder to his rap sheet. But, you know, Sam’s got some weird secrets up his sleeve.”

Finally, we have Joe Manganiello (werewolf Alcide Herveaux), who shares that this season we will see a new pack, one he dislikes.  There will also be tension among him and some shapeshifters.  Speaking of tension of an entirely different sort, when asked, “Are you going to get along with the faeries and the witches?”, he slyly responds:

“Well, Sookie being a faerie, yeah — I’d like to get along with her.”

 

Only one more day, Truebies!  Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride!

Sources: OnTheRedCarpet.com – True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley Dish Spoilers for Season 4

Deborah Ann Woll Talks True Blood

True Blood Actor Talks Odd Coupling

Joe Manganiello on True Blood Romance

(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood at PaleyFest 2011: A Fan’s Perspective

March 15, 2011

Wow! I went to PaleyFest 2011’s True Blood panel, and I’m still blown away by how amazing it was! It felt like the entire cast was there (all major characters were well represented), including the brains behind the show, Alan Ball. I should also mention that this Paley Fest panel actually took place at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, rather than at the actual Paley Center, which has far fewer seats.

The panel started late, and opened with a clip package from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those of us in the audience who are/were Buffy fans cheered and clapped at this, since it can be argued that True Blood is the vampire show that took Buffy’s place on television and in film history. Afterwards, Alan came back to the podium to share a special clips package from True Blood seasons 1, 2, 3, and a special unfinished clip from season 4! The clip featured Jessica, Pam, Hoyt, and followers from the Fellowship of the Sun who were protesting in front of Fangtasia. Hoyt was a good boyfriend and defended himself, Jessica, and their relationship to the protesters. He told them that he felt he was a better Christian than they were because of the love in his heart, rather than the hatred. It was a beautiful scene, and I can’t wait to see the finished version when Season 4 finally begins this summer!

Right after that, the panel and it’s attendees were announced. My ears are still ringing from all the cheering for the cast! As shown in order in the photo below, there are 18 total people on stage. From left to right, they are: the moderator of the panel, Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur), Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam de Beaufort), and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux). Please click on the image of the cast to see a larger, cleaner version.

A majority of the panel focused on basic questions and answers, though lots of detail came out about the stars, their characters, and the future of True Blood. One of my favorite moments was when the actors all shared about their most embarrassing/awkward fan encounters, and Joe once again shared his story about a fan who asked him to lick her. Though the debacle has been shared before, the way in which Joe presented it had the audience groaning, laughing, and in my case, blushing furiously while trying not to laugh. Another favorite was Chris Bauer’s story, which ended up being a case of someone who didn’t recognize him, but instead told him that he had bird excrement on his back while at lunch with his wife. The audience howled at the story!

The story that I most appreciated came from Anna Paquin, and it wasn’t so much of a story as an experience she’s had several times over. Anna described how amused she is by fans who come over to say hi to her and Stephen Moyer, only to ogle Stephen and then pretend to be interested in Anna as well. Anna made the audience smile appreciatively after saying that she totally understands and is actually pretty okay with fans ogling her husband.

Several spoilers were spilled, and a couple of my favorites were very minor. When the moderator asked each actor who they hadn’t worked with yet but wanted to, Rutina and Kristin said that Tara and Pam should meet. Alan Ball confirmed that Sookie’s best friend and Eric’s right hand woman will meet in Season 4. The audience was ecstatic from the news and the cheers echoed quite a bit in the theatre! Once confirmed, Rutina and Kristin looked at each other and smiled.

Another spoiler I liked came from a question about what animals will be seen in Season 4. Of course, some are obvious, like dogs, wolves, and a few panthers. One that’s not so common? An alligator. When Alan confirmed that particular new creature, I was stunned to say the least. It leaves me curious as to why it might be important to the series.

One other comment made in the panel really made me think. When a fan asked if Bill and Sookie are still soul mates after everything that’s happened, the response was yes, but it will take a long time for them to get back together. While continuing to answer the question, Alan referred to Bill’s actions against Sookie as a “perceived” betrayal. That definitely leaves the show open to possibly have a flashback where we see what happened from Bill’s point of view, rather than just seeing what happened to Sookie and her take on it.

Aother sort-of non spoiler was about Jessica and Hoyt. We knew their relationship wouldn’t be easy (which was shown by that special clip aired at the panel), but I’ll be very upset if anything happens to them. I find them to be one of my favorite couples on True Blood, and they’re just so cute together!

Of course, a lot more was said, with hints for fans to not expect to see Niall yet (my fingers are remaining crossed that David Bowie will somehow play the part), more clues about Arlene’s evil baby, new shifters on the horizon, and some very important wiccans. Season 4 is going to be awesome!

To get a bit of a feel of what the panel was really like, check out this video clip that the Paley Center posted on their website:

Anyways, after the panel closed, fans rushed the stage to talk to the stars and get autographs. I became trapped in the throng, which was quite uncomfortable, but I did get to talk to Carrie Preston about her film That’s What She Said and tell her how excited I am to see it when it comes out. I also spoke to Todd Lowe as well as Alexander Skarsgard for a moment (he was very sweet to everyone and stayed later than almost all of the stars who were signing). Just when I figured that I couldn’t have any more luck, Sam Trammell came over and I got to speak with him as well!

As always, I came with gifts for a few members of the cast, but I was unable to deliver them to the stars by hand. Instead, one of the people at HBO took them from me and handed them out backstage. Kristin Bauer confirmed that she got my gifts, so I hope that everyone else did too.

I gave Kristin a pillow I created that was inspired by her character, Pam. (Though you can’t see it, the actual pillow within is made of a black fabric with silver spider webs on it in honor of Pam’s tough-as-nails-persona. The pink case is in honor of Pam’s favorite color.) I also gave Kristin a t-shirt I’d made previously that says Ravenscroft/Stackhouse 2012 on the front and ‘Pam for President’ on the back. (At the time I made the shirt, Pam’s last name had not been changed.) I also created a similar shirt for Anna, which says ‘Sookie for VP’ on the back. The final gift I brought was for Alan Ball. He too got a pillow, but that one was directly inspired by True Blood.

Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Pillow

 

Alan Ball’s Pillow

The True Blood panel at Paley was absolutely fantastic, and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to get to go!

(Image Credits: Isis Nocturne)

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