Video: HBO’s True Blood Trailer Sets Stage For Season 5

May 29, 2012

Favorite Characters Are Back and New Ones Are Arriving:

Eric Season 5 PosterHBO has released a full minute and a half long trailer for Season 5 of its series, True Blood. Through a combination of scenes from upcoming episodes and character voice over, it provides the major story arc fans will be following this year, and still manages to ask more compelling questions about what is to come.

For better or worse, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) have joined forces, but remain on bad terms with Sookie (Anna Paquin). The two vampires find themselves in the middle of a battle between the newly freed Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare), and the previously unseen Vampire Authority, fronted by Roman (Chris Meloni). Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) is back, and appears to be advocating for the cultivation of humans for vampire consumption. It looks like Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) will have something to say about that.

Vampires, Werewolves, Old Acquaintances and Flashbacks

The HBO trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 contains brief scenes of Eric Northman in period clothing. That means fans will be getting flashbacks and back story! Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) is back, once again looking out for Sookie. There is a brief scene of Eric and his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) in bed together. Is it a current scene or a flashback to the time of her turning?

Still, the biggest question that needs to be answered is asked in the very first scene of the trailer: What becomes of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)?

Take a look for yourself! What do you think is in store for Season 5? What burning question do you want to have answered?

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VIDEOS: True Blood Season 2 Blu-ray Special Bonus Features

April 6, 2010

HBO has released on their website a sneak peek at four of the Blu-ray special bonus features that will be in the True Blood Season 2 Blu-ray box set that will be out May 25, 2010. The videos that HBO is presenting on their website are the character perspectives of what is happening in and around Bon Temps as heard from vampire Pam (Kristin Bauer), Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), Rev. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and Karl (Adam Leadbeater).  Enjoy the video!

Season 2 Blu-Ray Character Perspective: Pam

Season 2 Blu-Ray Character Perspective: Hoyt

Season 2 Blu-Ray Character Perspective: Steve Newlin

Season 2 Blu-Ray Character Perspective: Karl



Wishing Michael McMillian A Happy Birthday!

October 21, 2009

We here at want to wish Michael McMillian aka Rev. Steve Newlin a very Happy 31th Birthday today!!! We are all looking forward to seeing his return for Season 3 of True Blood and finding out what he has planned.


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Anna Camp Discusses Her Role as Sarah Newlin

August 25, 2009

the-beautiful-sarah-newlinForever ingrained in our memories seductively dancing to “Louisiana Hot Sauce,” will be Anna Camp who has been an interesting, and often amusing, addition to True Blood this season. Playing the wife of Michael McMillian’s Rev. Steve Newlin, she became a significant character in the Fellowship of the Sun storyline, especially for Jason Stackhouse.

Televisionary had an opportunity to speak with Anna about her role on True Blood, her possible future on the show, and acting in general.

Having auditioned originally for the part of Sookie, Anna was delighted when Alan Ball called her later and offered her the Sarah Newlin character:

“I just fell in love with the storyline and, being from the South originally, I had to be on this show at some point. It’s just so creative and not like anything else on TV right now and I was really glad that he gave me that call.”

When asked how she would describe her character, who seems to be full of contradictions, Anna responded:

“I think that she is discovering who she is all the time, too. She comes in very strong and knowing who she is and believing in God and following her husband. Then she faces all of these situations that he’s putting her through and surprising her. She’s definitely taken a journey that she didn’t expect to go down. She meets Jason Stackhouse and is thrown off guard by that relationship when she’s already doubting her husband and her faith. She’s faced with something that’s completely the opposite of what she was brought up to believe and seeing how her husband treated Sookie and seeing he wants to cross the line into killing the vampire sympathizers, that’s not something that Sarah wants to do. She’s lost and she’s confused.”

She also discussed the chemistry that developed between her, Ryan Kwanten, and Michael McMillian as they were working. They all had a lot of fun and were committed to playing their characters, so that translated into a great dynamic on screen. And even though what Steve and Sarah were doing was a little scary, they got to provide some comic relief because of how extreme they were. Anna said she enjoyed the comedy aspect of her role:

“I grew up acting since second grade and always watched these old movies and these dramatic scenes and wanted to be a very dramatic actor. But it’s just so refreshing to have fun, to truthfully have fun and play with the other actors in a really safe, fun environment where you all want the same goal and trust each other so that it’s really easy to be funny… I love to make people laugh and it’s also fun to balance that line because Sarah has some great scenes where she wasn’t funny and was incredibly distraught. To be able to go from scene to scene believably, hopefully, is great and it’s great that the writers gave me such diverse scenes to play.”

Anna became pretty tight-lipped when the questions turned to what the last three episodes and beyond hold for the Newlins. Not wanting to give anything away, all that she would say was that things go to a surprising place and that Sarah and Steve are left open-ended. She has heard rumors that she and Michael will return to the show in some capacity:

“I am hoping that they let us come back in and cause some more trouble or do something fun and exciting. We’ll see.”

Having grown up in South Carolina, Anna finds True Blood to be a pretty accurate depiction of Southern culture and relationships. In particular, she likes Bill Compton as “a very gentlemanly vampire and I think it’s just mysterious and sexy.”

The conversation turned to her stage experience, having appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe last year in Equus:

“On stage you can be incredibly free because you can do so much physically and with your voice, because you’re trying to reach over 1000 people in a room … But theatre is hard work; there are weeks where you can’t sleep, you can’t eat, you walk into the same theatre every day.”

Working in television and film has provided Anna with a very different acting experience:

“When I got [in front of] the camera, I became a little more constrained because I was worried about not being too big or not being over the top. But then you realize it’s very freeing as well because you can say something just with a glint of your eye that you could never do in the theatre because the person in the back row could never see it. So it’s really rewarding how focused and how small you can be.”

Whatever happens, Anna just wants to continue doing roles that are challenging and  allow her to grow as an actor.

We last saw her True Blood character arguing with her husband on the news, so it will be interesting to see how Sarah and Steve come into play in the rest of Season 2. I’ve been enjoying Anna‘s portrayal of Sarah, but most of all, I’m glad that her story arc provided one of the best lines in True Blood history: “I reckon I’ve already been to Heaven. It was inside your wife.” *punch*


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