Video: Season 1-3 Re-Cap of HBO’s True Blood

January 19, 2012

Take a Look Back at the First Three Seasons:

Looking Back at the First Three SeasonsBon Temps, Louisiana is just your typical small town right? WRONG! Filled with vampires, werewolves, werepanthers, witches, shapeshifters, and fairies, Bon Temps is anything but your typical town. HBO’s True Blood first created chaos when scientists discovered how to make synthetic blood that allowed vampires to live with humans peacefully…sort of.

Let’s take a look back at the first three seasons of mass chaos in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana.

 Season One Major Findings and Happenings:
Sookie Stackhouse can read minds but not those of vampires and starts dating vampire Bill Compton
Tara Thornton, Sookie’s best friend, has a crush on Sookie’s brother, Jason Stackhouse, and has been abused by her alcoholic mother
-Sookie’s grandma, Adele Stackhouse, is murdered in her own home
-We meet Vampire Sheriff of Area Five Eric Northman, his child Pam De Beaufort, who both run the vampire club Fangtasia
Rene Lenier was the serial killer of the Merlotte’s waitresses, not Jason Stackhouse

Season Two Major Findings and Happenings:
-Maenad Maryann Forrester comes to Bon Temps to stir things up, putting the entire town under a sexual euphoric spell
Arlene Fowler and Terry Bellefleur get engaged while Sookie rejects Bill’s proposal of marriage
– Tara falls in love with Eggs while Hoyt Fortenberry and Jessica Hamby fall in love
– Jason joined and left The Fellowship of the Sun
-With Bill’s help, Sam Merlotte kills Maryann

Season Three Major Findings and Happenings:
-Arlene is pregnant with Rene’s devil baby
-Bill is kidnapped by the Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington, who is on a quest for power
-With the help of Alcide Herveaux to protect her, thanks to Eric Northman, Sookie sets out to find her vampire lover
-Sam tracks down his real family and finds out he has a shapeshifter brother, Tommy Mickens, who is forced to particpate in dog fights by his family
-After finding out Russell killed his entire family, Eric kills his lover Talbot and enlists the help of Bill to bury Russell in cement

Check out the short video for the re-cap of seasons 1-3! Excited for season 5 Truebies?

Source: HBO on YouTube

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True Blood’s Godric to Participate in Spooky Empire Convention

September 29, 2010

True Blood's Godric, as portrayed by Allan HydeTrue Blood’s Godric (Allan Hyde) Will Appear on a Panel

Allan Hyde (Godric) will be participating in a Question & Answer Panel on October 10th, 2010.  This special event will be held at the Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend hosted by Wyndham Resort in Orlando, FL on October 8th through October 10th, 2010.

Mr. Hyde will be answering questions about True Blood outside the Siesta/Biscayne room in Salon B at 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 10th, 2010.

The doors to the Spooky Empires event will be open Friday the 8th at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday the 9th & the 10th at 11:00 a.m.

So for the True Blood fans who will be in the area attending this Ultimate event, enjoy!  You will be in for a special & handsome treat meeting and talking with Allan.  Can we say Trick or Treat!

Source: Spooky Empire

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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!

SOURCE: associatedcontent.com

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Vampire Boom Gives The Economy A Much Needed Boost

August 26, 2010

Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood, Eric NorthmanHollywood has always used aliens, zombies, viruses, and a dash of apocalypse scare to thrill movie goers in to paying big bucks, but who knew True Blood and the rest of the vampires were helping Hollywood pay the rent.

Recently the Twilight paraody Vampires Suck made $20 million, while 5 million viewers regularly watch True Blood on HBO. When it comes to books, Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Stephanie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn and Charlaine Harris’ Dead and Gone have all made it to the best seller list.

It seems that since the introduction of Twilight, the vampire genre has grossed an impressive $7 billion. From spooky and mythical tales, the genre has now become an inexhaustible and money making industry. The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the numbers:

  • Film: $3 billion
  • Publishing: $1.6 billion
  • Merchandising: $600 million
  • TV, DVDs: $1.2 billion
  • Other: $600 million

How exactly do these supernaturals do it? Simple. Vampires can easily be transported into any genre. It seems there versatility is endless. Julie Plec, writer and producer for Vampire Diaries notes,

“By starting with one simple mythological creature that’s been part of our literary universe for centuries, you can create a story that has it all: romance, horror, action, special effects, sex, epic love, wish fulfillment, romantic leading men, delicious bad-boy villains, female badasses, damsels in distress, death, monsters and, ultimately, the perfectly flawed hero who would give it all up if it meant they wouldn’t have to spend eternity alone… It doesn’t get more universal than that.”

With versatility comes money making. Movies bring in money right away; the Twilight saga has brought in $1.76 billion in box office sales alone. While television shows don’t tend to make money as upfront as movies, True Blood and Vampire Diaries bring a big fan base and have shown good sales in the aftermarket sales. Both shows are predicted to earn impressive figures in the coming years: $100 million-$125 million from “Vampire Diaries” and $50 million-$75 million from True Blood. And this isn’t including the DVD sales, which will produce high figures; already the Season 2 DVD of True Blood has sold a million copies.

With great stories also comes great music tie ins. Soundtracks are another crucial component to selling the vampire genre. The Twilight soundtrack and scores for the currents movies have easily brought in $50 million.

As for books, not only are Harris and Meyers seeing their stories fly off the shelves, but there are scores of vampire novels being consumed by readers, which makes about $1.6 billion.

Along with music and books, video games are also using the vampire theme to generate income. With so many poplar titles out at $40 each, the video game industry is easily raking in $200 million.

The vampire genre doesn’t seem to be dying out either; future projects are already in the works in every industry. So vampire fans open up another bottle of True Blood, pop in Season 1 of Vampire Diaries, download the score to Twilight and play some Legacy of Kain because vampires are doing their part to help the recession.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com — Vampires Bring $7 bil to Hollywood Economy

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True Blood Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray Top the Charts

June 4, 2010

Well True Blood has done it once again! “True Blood: The Complete Second Season” has grabbed the number one spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and the Nielsen Blu-Ray Disc sales chart in its first week on sale!

It beat out the romantic drama, “Dear John”, debuting in second place on the overall sales chart and “Avatar” came sliding in at third on the charts. Just goes to show that vampire mania is heating up! True Blood fans are in a frenzy for the premiere of True Blood season 3, airing on HBO in 9 days! The anticipation is intense!

SOURCE:  ABC News

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Special Features on True Blood Season 2 Blu-Ray Discs

May 27, 2010

As most True Blood fans know, the second season DVD set is now available! While some fans may re-watch their favorite episodes or have a viewing party with some friends, others will be able to live feed their viewing experience on Facebook and Twitter. The new Blu-Ray Disc addition of season two enables automatic updates to social networking sites, uploads scenes directly from the discs, transform normal photographs into True Blood-inspired user pictures, and receive virtual gifts, such as a vampire royalty crown.

After the discs are inserted into an internet-connected Blu-Ray player, fans can watch a video about the Live Feed and are able to choose one of the three factions to join: Vampire, the Fellowship of the Sun, or a Maenad. After, you can choose what photos you want to be transformed- for example, if you choose “Vampire” your user picture will grow pale and blood will begin to drizzle down your chin. Additionally, your Facebook and Twitter status’ will automatically be updated about your progress in the series, such as “(your name) just came out of the coffin to watch Episode 1.”

HBO‘s Sofia Chang notes that these “extras” were added to the discs because of fans unwavering love for the series:

“For True Blood, we have such engaged and passionate fans that we really wanted to provide them with a way to extend the fiction beyond what they see in the show and share that passion with their friends.

True Blood’s Season 2 Blu-Ray Facebook feature is said to be the most extensive social networking feature ever on Blu-Ray! As some of the most passionate fans out there, True Blood fans are definitely in for a treat with all the different DVD options out there!  Season 2 was released on May 25th and is available in both DVD and Blu-Ray. The DVD set is $32.99 and the Blu-Ray set is $39.99 (new on Amazon.com). True Blood: The Complete Second Season (HBO Series) [Blu-ray]

SOURCE: USA Today

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VIDEO: True Blood Resurrecting Season 2

May 23, 2010

HBO has released a video with the cast of True Blood looking back and discussing some of the most memorable scenes from season 2.  So sit back and relax as we re-visit season 2 with Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Ann Woll, Rutina Wesley, and Sam Trammell.

Resurrecting Season 2
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Win the True Blood Season 2 DVD and a Trip to New Orleans

May 20, 2010

One lucky True Blood fan has the chance to win two return flight tickets to New Orleans and a five night stay at the Saint Louis French Quarter Hotel along with the second season DVD of True Blood, all courtesy of HBO and the New Orleans Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

The UK publication, The Sun is holding the contest and all you have to do is answer one simple question to enter. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the state that True Blood takes place in and the city that inspired many vampire stories, along with winning the True Blood Season 2 DVD!

You have to first register to access The Sun’s interactive features.  To register click here.  Once you are registered you can enter the contest.  If you already have a MY SUN account then go directly to the link to enter the contest here.

Don’t delay the contest ends Monday, May 24, 2010 and since it is an UK publication it may be based on UK time which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

For more information about the Saint Louis French Quarter Hotel, please click here.

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True Blood Season 2 DVD Review

May 16, 2010

In advance of the release of True Blood, Season 2, on DVD May 25, the-trades.com reviewed the the series and the five disc set. I won’t recount the entire season here, as most of us have already seen it, but I will focus on the site’s review and the DVD set’s features.

The-Trades.com cites their highlights of the season, including:

1. Sookie‘s discovery of another telepath in Dallas

2. Eric‘s opinion of human children just before asking Sophie-Anne a favor

3. Bill‘s reunion with his maker, Lorena

While the site gave a very thorough and concise rundown of Season 2, I think it fell short when recounting Season 2 hits.

There were several well acted arcs and scenes beyond those noted above:

1. Jason‘s slow descent into the Fellowship of the Sun and his interactions with Steve, Sarah, and Luke (who could forget when Sarah tells him that God wants them to be together or when she tells him they must confess to Steve?)

2. Sam‘s shift in front of the deranged, brain-washed townsfolk (and Jason and Andy‘s reactions)

3. Sookie‘s blood bond with Eric, and the effect it has on her, in addition to her affinity to and compassion for Godric

There are too many more to recount! Luckily, the Season 2 disc set will let you relive your favorite scenes again and again. In addition to all 12 episdoes, the set also includes commentary on episodes 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 from all the major players including Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, and Alexander Skarsgard. Bonus features also include Fellowship of the Sun sermons designed to incite the vampire hate in you led by either Reverend Steve Newlin or his wife, Sarah; and, “The Vampire Report” news magazine covering all current events involving vampires with a commercial for the American Vampire League and public service announcements geared toward vampires (have you been tested for Hepatitis D?). All in all, a well conceived season with a series of bonus features designed to enhance the existing episode content and further your entrenchment into the supernatural world of Sookie Stackhouse.

Season 2 will be released on Standard DVD, Blu-Ray disc, and in digital download format on May 25 and will be available from the HBO Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

(Source: The-Trades.com)

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True Blood Cast on Resurrecting Season 2 of True Blood

May 9, 2010

HBO will be broadcasting a new program 12 minute long program entitled “Resurrecting Season 2 of True Blood” starting Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 7:45pm ET.  The show will be about Sookie Stackhouse and her True Blood co-stars recalling the fang-tastic events from Season 2 of the hit HBO series.  This is another way for HBO to help our craving while we wait for season 3 of True Blood to premiere.

SOURCE: HBO Inc.

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