HBO’s True Blood Comic-Con Merchandise

July 18, 2013

Want Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) to Sign it For You?

True Blood: A Field Guide to Vampires co-authored by McMillian and series associate producer Gianna SobolTruebie fans are in for a treat if they are attending Comic-Con on Friday July 19th – Steve Newlin actor Michael McMillian will be there! Make sure you get in early though and pick up your merchandise beforehand and then head on over to Autograph Area #19 between 12:00pm-1:30pm in order to get your True Blood gear signed.

Michael McMillian is particularly eager to sign your pre-order copy of True Blood: A Field Guide to Vampires. This book is co-authored by McMillian and series associate producer Gianna Sobol.

And I must say, this book sounds hilarious! Firstly, it’s Steve Newlin’s journal (from back in the days when he was a god-fearing human). In it he has scribbled down everything he knows about Bon Temps’ Creatures of Satan. As if that wouldn’t be funny enough, it appears Eric Northman has gotten his hands on it and then proceeded to deface and correct it for the good Reverend!

The other new True Blood book, True Blood Bites & Drinks, will also be available at Comic-Con. If you haven’t already picked up you copy, you can do so by heading over to the Chronicle Books booth #1506.

Let us know if you are attending Comic-Con this year and whether you got to meet the awesome Michael McMillian by commenting below.

Source: HBO.com – Official HBO Comic-Con 2013 Merchandise

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True Blood Season 6 – Anna Camp Set to Debut in Episode 3

June 29, 2013

Sarah Newlin Returns to True Blood:

Anna Camp stars as Sarah Newlin in HBO's True Blood Season 6So now that Rev. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) is a proud gay vampire and no longer the bigoted religious leader of the Fellowship of the Sun, is anyone wondering what his estranged wife, Sarah Newlin (Anna camp) has to say about all this?

Yeah, me too.

Well, the wait appears to be over! According to TVLine.com, Michael Ausiello has recently announced that Sarah Newlin will return in Episode 3 of True Blood’s Season 6. This reunion will be apparently tense – which is only to be expected, I would imagine. Actor Michael Mc Millian had the following to say:

[Viewers] will get some insight into what happened in their marriage during Seasons 3 and 4…

I wonder if Sarah will pay a visit to Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) at some stage? Only time will tell…

Who else can’t wait for Sarah Newlin’s return? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: TVLine.com – Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on HIMYM, Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Dexter, Psych, True Blood and More!

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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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Video: True Blood Cast Dishes Spoilers at Season 5 Premiere

June 7, 2012

New Couples, Old Adversaries, a Long Awaited Backstory:

Alexander Skarsgård, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer at True Blood Season 5 PremiereWhen the cast of HBO’s True Blood turned out for the Season 5 premiere, they were interviewed on the red carpet. Everyone was happy to share information and insights into their characters and the events of the show itself.

*Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!

Alan Ball said that Season 5 is the season of church and state. It’s the season of politics and religion from the vampire perspective. When asked about Scott Foley’s character, Patrick, Mr. Ball explained that he made a bad decision in the heat of battle and it has far reaching consequences. Finally, Mr. Ball alluded to the introduction of some new romantic couples. He couldn’t elaborate because it would give too many story details away.

Jacob Hopkins (Alexander) described his character as feisty and strong minded. He says Alexander grew more obnoxious with each episode.

Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) said that vampire politics are the focus of Season 5. Mr. O’Hare explained that when people are brought back to life, they have to lose something. With Russell’s resurrection, he has lost his vicious ambition. In its place are a playfulness, ease, and humor. But make no mistake, Russell is still really dangerous. He still kills a lot of people, and kills them with glee. When asked, Mr. O’Hare said it took Russell about 4-5 episodes to heal. Most intriguingly of all, Russell unexpectedly falls in love again.

“Something happens from across the room. Something happens while sharing a body. Someone you know. You’ll be very surprised  by it.”

Lucy Griffiths (Nora) explained that Nora and her ‘brother’ Eric love each other very much but haven’t seen one another in a long time. Their relationship can be very fraternal, in that they can be very aggressive toward each other. They make a great team when they work together but otherwise they just mess each other up.

Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) talked of the close relationship that developed between his character and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

“We’re good friends and it’s been a lot of fun. And we sort of love each other.”

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) shared that Nora’s appearance caused a little bit of trouble for Pam. Ms. Bauer van Straten explained that she and Alex have been asking for Pam’s backstory for years and were thrilled to finally see it played out. She says the story explains the Pam we know.

Kelly Overton plays a new werewolf character named Rikki. She describes her character as a strong, resourceful werewolf, the opposite of the damsel in distress. She’s determined to find out what happened to the Pack Master and is not loving Alcide at the moment.

Rutina Wesley said that, despite people’s doubts, Tara is coming back.

Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) said that becoming a vampire might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Steve. At first, he wondered if Steve would be self-loathing but the reality is, he’s very attracted to power. Jason is the guy Steve always wanted to be and he’s coming after Jason. But, Jason has a new vampire friend in Jessica.

“If you mess with Jason, you mess with Jessica.”

Apparently, the first four episodes are a Pam tour de force, and the origin story between Pam and Eric is fantastic. Fans don’t have long to wait now. Season 5 of True Blood premieres on HBO June 10th.

Check out the video below, if you’d prefer to skip to the good stuff (strictly True Blood related), it starts right before the 3-minute mark. Enjoy!

Source: TVLine

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Steve Newlin Is Back for Season 5!

January 25, 2012

The Rev. Returns To Visit Jason Stackhouse:SteveNewlin

Season 4 left us with a ton of changes and questions at its end. We shouldn’t expect any less from Alan Ball. Tara‘s fate is in the air, Jessica and Hoyt are finished, and Sookie has no man! Perhaps one of the most surprising things to happen was Steve Newlin showing up on Jason‘s doorstep. This was hands down the most surprising moment of that episode for me. Newlin was the best part about Season 2 and now he’s back and with fangs? It can’t get much better than that in my opinion. From what I’ve read people seem to be divided on the meaning of that look Newlin gives Jason when he opens the door. Actor Michael McMillian gave his take on the whole thing saying:

“It seems really clear to me that Steve was always just as attracted to Jason as his wife was… In his eyes, Jason Stackhouse is the guy that Steve really wanted to be. I think he had a really heavy man-crush on him… that might have gone a bit deeper. And I think Steve is more heartbroken that Jason slept with Sarah than he is that Sarah slept with Jason, if you know what I mean.”

I can’t wait to see what Steve Newlin brings to the table in Season 5. I think this is a surprise that not a lot of us were expecting and I’m sure Alan Ball will deliver in ways that will definitely please the fans.

Source: Inside True Blood – Michael McMillian Comes Back with Fangs as Rev. Steve Newlin

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Counting Down True Blood’s Vilest Villains

March 23, 2011

The Top Six Most Evil:

We all know Bon Temps is a mecca for supernatural activity, and with that comes more than their fair share of villains. Taken from True Blood Seasons 1 through 3, Wetpaint.com recently listed their top six picks for the vilest villains. Check out the list below!

 

6. Franklin Mott (portrayed by James Frain)

James Frain as Franklin Mott True Blood

5. Maryanne Forrester (portrayed by Michelle Forbes)

Michelle Forbes as Maryanne Forrester True Blood

4. Steve Newlin (portrayed by Michael McMillian)

Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin True Blood

3.Lorena Krasiki (portrayed by Mariana Klaveno)

Mariana Klaveno as Lorena Krasiki True Blood

2. Russell Edgington (portrayed by Denis O’Hare)

Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington True Blood

1. Rene Lenier aka Drew Marshall (portrayed by Micheal Raymond-James)

Micheal Raymond-James as Rene Lenier  Drew Marshall True Blood

Be sure to check out the wet pain article for some sassy dish on each of the characters. Well worth the read. Who are your picks for Top Villain? Anyone positively EVIL you’d love to see in Season 4? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Source: Wetpaint.com – True Blood’s Most Evil Villains

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True Blood Comic Collection Debuts on New York Times Bestsellers List

March 11, 2011

‘All Together Now’ Captures Number 6 Spot

All Together Now CoverDie hard fans of HBO‘s True Blood helped our favorite show score another triumph by landing ‘All Together Now’ on the New York Times Best Sellers List in its first week!  The hardcover collection of the first True Blood comic series arc contains all six issues of the comic and bonus content including a cover gallery.

The first storyline was developed by show creator Alan Ball along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow and provides a different look at life in Bon Temps.

Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte’s, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past – those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted.

True Blood: Tainted Love

Tainted Love 1 CoverThe True Blood comic book saga will continue with True Blood: Tainted Love, the first issue of which is already in stores.  The second arc will be six issues like the first and begins with baby vampire Jessica being exposed to a tainted bottle of Tru Blood causing her to go berserk.

What is different about the Tainted Love series is that it is being co-written by Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian who plays Reverend Steve Newlin on the hit show.  The authors sat down with Comicbookresources.com to talk about the series and their vision for it.

While the two have never worked together before they have been friends for a long time and even live in the same building.  When the True Blood comic was announced Andreyko approached McMillian about pitching possible stories to IDW, the company that is publishing the comics and McMillian agreed.  Clearly HBO liked what the two had to offer and they were lucky enough to get the job.

Plan of Attack

The duo revealed the secrets behind their collaboration, saying that they sat down and plotted the six issue series together and then divided up the first drafts with McMillian taking odd numbered issues and Andreyko tackling the even numbered issues.  Once they completed a first draft they passed it off to the other who would review it and pass it back.  They then handed it into IDW and HBO for their review.

In talking about what it was like to write for the comic book series after having starred in the show McMillian had this to say:

“It’s a bit like writing about a fictional world that I’ve actually visited before. As Steve Newlin, I got to walk around the ‘True Blood’ universe as one of its denizens.  I know how it feels, how it sounds. At the very least, it makes writing dialogue for Bill and Sookie and Jason much easier having actually interacted with those characters in the flesh.  I think it’s one of the reasons I wanted to write this comic so badly — it’s a fictional world I have tangible access to. That’s an awesome gift for a writer.”

The Story Behind The Story

Tainted Love 2 CoverDuring the interview Andreyko revealed that the inspiration behind the storyline was the Tylenol poisonings that took place in and around Chicago in 1982.  He says:

“Michael and I were coming up with stories to pitch, and the concept of someone poisoning Tru Blood was something that really intrigued us.  I mean, who would do that? Angry vampires? Vampire haters? Was it personal? Like any good mystery, there are dozens of feasible suspects.”

The two also tapped into the way that Season 3 of True Blood ended off with the tense human/vampire relations with McMillian saying:

“I think the comic can play a role in exploring areas of the ‘True Blood’ world that the show may not be able to get to.  Marc came up with the wonderful idea of Tru Blood bottles getting contaminated with an element that causes vampires to go crazy. Since the bottled blood is the link between vampire/human relations, it’s such a great device to mess with. Tainting that symbolic connection seemed like an apt reflection of where vampire/human relations were left off in Season 3.”

The Plot

So what exactly happens to our favorite vampires when they drink this tainted blood?  Well according to McMillian it causes them to go into a bloodlust state where their moral center has completely vanished and they just go crazy.

The Tainted Love series focuses primarily on Jessica, our favorite baby vampire.  When asked what it is that makes Jessica appealing as a main character Andreyko responded:

“She’s a teenager, she was home-schooled, and now she’s a vampire whose every time having sex is, literally, the ‘first’ time. That pretty much screams ‘interesting’ to me.”

Sex and Comic Books

We all know that sex is a huge part of the True Blood appeal and to a large extent it is also a big part of the Sookie Stackhouse novels written by Charlaine Harris.  But how do you address that element of the show in a comic book format where there are graphic pictures to accompany the words?  According to the two they just went with the flow of the storyline.  They used the show as a guiding post and they made sure the sex and coarse language were appropriate to the storyline and not just dropped in for shock value.  Andreyko says:

“Sex is a huge part of True Blood, both from a narrative standpoint and metaphorically, so eliminating it from the comics would be a conspicuous absence. That being said, we are not doing ‘adult’ comics here, so the choreography and what isn’t shown become important in the storytelling. And I’m also a firm believer that, except for specific moments of impact, less is much more when it comes to moments of graphic sex or violence.”

To order your copy of the first issue of Tainted Love click here.  The second issue will be released on March 31, 2011 but you can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

All Together Now with tshirtBe sure to pick up your copy of ‘All Together Now’ today.  You can order them directly from HBO along with a t-shirt by clicking
here
.  If you just want to order the book itself click
here
.

So fellow Truebies do you plan to check out the True Blood comic series?  If you already own it let us know what you think in the comment section!

Sources:  Kineticnews.com – Hardcover ‘True Blood’ Comic Debuts On Best Seller List

Comicbookresources.com – McMillian & Andreyko Spill ‘True Blood’

Photo Credits – HBO Inc. and IDW Publishing

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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?

Source: planetcomicon.com

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Edited by: Diana Edwards

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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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