VIDEO: True Blood Season 3 Finale Party in Greensboro, NC Recap

September 15, 2010

As we know, HBO and Time Warner Cable hosted a special viewing party for the Season 3 finale of True Blood in Greensboro, NC (because Greensboro is the #1 viewing market for True Blood). The party was invitation only, and featured Kristin Bauer van Straten, Kevin Alejandro, and Todd Lowe as celebrity guests. See what the stars and the fans had to say in this video recap of the event. Watch and enjoy!

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True Blood’s Season 3 is More Popular Than Ever

September 15, 2010

True Blood Cast, True Blood, HBOMany different media sources rate shows currently on tv, and with some shows, each new season means that more people are introduced to the show and get more ratings from bigger and bigger pieces of media.

True Blood is a show that has garnered better and better ratings as each new season airs. One website in particular, Metacritic, has given True Blood a higher ranking with each new season as new reviews of the show continue to come in.

In the first season, Metacritic gave True Blood a rating of  64 based upon show reviews. After season 2 aired, Metacritic upped that rating to a much more favorable score of 74. Based on the reviews of season 3, Metacritic upped True Blood’s score again. Currently, True Blood has been given a rating of 79.

Congratulations to Alan Ball and the cast and crew of True Blood! Hopefully we’ll continue to see a rise in ratings with each new season of True Blood!

SOURCE: Entertainment and Show Biz — True Blood Season 3: Latest Metacritic Rating Suggests Popular Than Ever

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HBO and Time Warner Reward No. #1 True Blood Fans

September 13, 2010

HBO and Time Warner Cable Reward True Blood Viewers

A Party That Fangbangers Would Envy:

If you weren’t one of the 1,100 people who watched the season three finale of True Blood along with the largest viewing audience and several cast members of the show, then blame your neighbors.  That’s right, Greensboro, N.C. was rewarded by HBO and Time Warner Cable Company last night.  Greensboro ranks number one in ratings for the HBO hit series, True Blood, more than anywhere else in the nation.

On hand to help Truebies celebrate in style were Kristin Bauer van Straten, who stars as the seductively lethal vampire, Pam. Todd Lowe, who portrays a gentle-giant, Iraqi war veteran suffering from PSTD, Terry Bellefleur. And season three newcomer, Kevin Alejandro. Kevin plays Jesus Velasquez, who we just learned in last night’s finale, is a male witch, also known as a Brujo.

The three cast members took pictures and signed autographs with costumed fans that had waited for hours to get a fix of their greatest addiction. Later they participated in a question and answer session. All three celebrities said it felt great to be able to give back to the fans that have helped to make True Blood the success that it is today.  Todd Lowe joked that he knew why more people watch the show in Greensboro than any other place, “It’s because sexy, intelligent people tend to congregate in central North Carolina,” he laughingly teased a reporter.

So, the gauntlet’s been thrown down. Will you let Greensboro be number one again next year? Get out there and show your neighbors just what they’ve been missing and maybe next season you’ll be the one claiming the number one viewer’s bragging rights.

Follow this LINK to watch a video of some of the fun!

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Lauren Bowles of True Blood on Wiccans and Witches and Weres

September 13, 2010

When Lauren Bowles found out about the audition for the role of Holly Cleary on the Emmy Award winning HBO series, True Blood, she was “over the moon”. Lauren reveals in her latest interview with thetvchick that since she never really thought she’d actually get the role of Holly, why not just go enjoy meeting everyone and do her best?”When I got the call,” Lauren says,” I can’t even tell you, it’s like I spontaneously combusted. I was so excited.” She was also a big fan of Alan Ball long before True Blood and considered American Beauty one of her all time favorite movies. Lauren believes Alan Ball is brilliant says, “I think becoming a part of something that he’s at the helm of, was really just an absolute dream come true.”

What Makes the Show and The Role of Holly So Special?

I’ve done guest spots on a gazillion different shows. And when you just come in to do the one show for a week and then you’re gone, you’re really more of a literary device than you are a real person or character. It’s hard to develop something quickly, and so that’s what great fun about her. I really think they’ve got a good vision of her and where they want her to go and so that’s been great fun to just sort of play a more fleshed out character. And then on top of it, I know this is a boring sound byte and you’ll think it’s just bullshit, but it’s the coolest set and I’m not just saying that. It truly is. Because trust me, I’ve been on plenty of sets that just are like “Oh God, get me out of here.” This is just the opposite of that. It really is. Everyone from wardrobe to makeup to hair to the cast to the writers and producers, everyone just seems really happy to be here. That’s rare.


Black Cat Got Your Tongue?

Lauren mentioned that the only information about her character, or the show, that she can discuss is what has already been revealed.  But she admits, “I’m not really being coy either, I have really no idea where they plan to go with her.  Lauren believes Holly is intuitive,  grounded and that her character has a huge heart and relates to people. She believes Holly and Arlene share common experiences such as being working moms and that’s what brought them together. She also noted that she’d love to see the relationship between Holly and Arlene expand and a friendship with Sookie would be wonderful. Finally it’d just be wonderful to be integrated into the town in general.

What Has Been the Most Difficult Part So Far?

Probably just learning to honor the tone in the world that I’m entering, and wanting to feel like “Okay, I’m here and I fit and it looks like I should be here.” Just because when you’re new to the party, there’s always that wallflower in all of us that’s sort of like “Oh wait, how’d I get here? Wait, I want to do good.” And so I’d probably say that element. Because just like I said, I’m such a fan, so I really wanted to make sure that I honored the world.

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

When it comes to fangs versus fur Lauren believes Holly is very open minded. She doesn’t think her character would judge a person, or animal for that matter, by their gene pool.  She thinks that Holly depends more on her powers of intuition to help her sense who is good or who is up to no good.
And if you’re wondering if there are any fellas in Bon Temps that Lauren thinks Holly would like to hang out with,  the answer is, YES!  Hoyt and Jason.  She says she’s a huge fan of both of these gentlemen as well as all the vampires.  She admitted it doesn’t hurt in the least that all of the guys are pretty easy on the eyes.
As for whom Lauren hangs out with in her personal life? Well, that would be her husband, fellow actor, Patrick Fischler.  The two love nothing better than sitting around and watching television together. Something tells me we aren’t the only fans who’ll be impatiently waiting for the next season of True Blood to air.

Source: thetvchick. – Exclusive Interview – Lauren Bowles (Holly Cleary) from True Blood

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True Blood Season 4 Spoilers and Speculations

September 13, 2010

Where True Blood Left Off:

As we know from the True Blood Season 3 finale, lots has happened in Bon Temps. Tara left town for a new start, Sam went after Tommy and may or may not have shot him, Sookie has rescinded the invitations of all vampires to her house, Eric was saved from being trapped within concrete, and Bill‘s secrets have been revealed. Of course, that’s only part of what we saw.

When we left off, Bill was fighting Sophie-Anne to the death at his home, Eric was gloating to Pam about having forced Bill to reveal the truth to Sookie, and Sookie went to another realm with Claudine.

Where Season 4 Can Go

In the ‘Thank You, Fans’ video that played after the season finale ended, Alan Ball said that we’ll have new supernatural beings to deal with besides the vampires, shifters, werewolves, and witches. It sounds like Season 4 will be filled to the brim with new plot lines as well as continued ones from Season 3. In addition, we already know that the role of Hallow is being cast, so there will definitely be something wicked coming our way.

Something else we’ll be seeing is a shift in vampire politics. While we don’t quite know what that means, it’s probably going to be a bit messy for our favorite characters.

As for other news about True Blood’s upcoming fourth season? Well, as always, TrueBloodNet.com will post the info as we get it. The end of the season of True Blood doesn’t mean our work is done. After all, now that we have Season 4 to look forward to, there will be information about new characters, casting, etc. that will be released in the not-too-distant future.

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VIDEO: True Blood’s Vampire Jessica with Hoyt

September 13, 2010

HBO has released another of True Blood‘s vampire Jessica‘s video blog where she shares her blog with the love of her life, Hoyt.  Well watch the video and you will enjoy this wonderful couple.

Jessica’s Blog: Signing Off For A While
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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes to Episode 12 “Evil Is Going On”

September 13, 2010

HBO has released a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Episode 12 entitled “Evil Is Going Onof True Blood featuring Alan Ball discussing the season finale and some of the intense scenes from the episode.

Ep. 36: Inside the Episode
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VIDEO: True Blood Season Finale Episode 12 “Evil is Going On” Recap

September 13, 2010

In HBO‘s newly released recap of True Blood Season Finale, Episode 12 “Evil is Going On”, as we saw Eric seeking his vengeance, Lafayette his facing demons, and secrets being revealed.  It will be a long nine months till we find what will be happening with our characters of Bon Temps, in the meantime let enjoy our look back.

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True Blood 3.12 “Evil Is Going On” Review

September 13, 2010

Anna Paquin, True Blood, Sookie StackhouseAnother thrilling finale, another frustratingly long wait for our next fix of True Blood! “Evil Is Going On” saw characters seeking vengeance, facing demons, and searching for direction. We got our first tease of the witches to come, the supernatural element that’s going to be thrown into the melting pot in Season 4 to stir up trouble. We also watched our protagonist disappear right before our eyes. As always, executive producer Alan Ball shook things up in typical style and left us wanting more!

The Coup d’Etat of Russell Edgington

Burning in the sun awaiting death, Russell tries to convince Eric how foolish it is to die over a stupid grudge–it’s not like Eric’s father was a great man or king. Godric appears to Eric as a spirit, urging him to find forgiveness, but Eric resists the words of his beloved Maker. Sookie‘s blood loss sends her on a brief run through fairy land while she’s unconscious. She awakens to Bill‘s face hovering over her and is NOT pleased to see him. She slaps him for betraying her again. “No, I only pretended to betray you to save your life, again.” True enough, but unfortunately Sookie has reached the limits of her tolerance for vampire nonsense. She hears that Eric has gone outside to kill himself and Russell, and pushes past Bill to go save him. With the help of Russell’s taunting words, she gets fired up enough to shoot energy from her hands to break the handcuffs and send Russell flying across the parking lot. She then drags Eric inside and, much to Bill’s dismay, gives him her blood to heal him.

Eric drinks from her wrist and then wipes the blood from his mouth in a way that is charmingly arrogant, before changing his mind about Russell. He wants to bring him inside, not out of forgiveness as Godric wanted, but so that Russell wouldn’t be able to find some sense of peace in the true death. Eric has other plans for the once fearsome vampire. Sookie takes a silver chain to get Russell, now blackened and extra crispy but grateful for her assistance. Eric, Pam, and Bill go to sleep for the day while Sookie watches over Russell. At first she protests, “I’m not babysitting this psycho while you guys take a nap.” But she agrees and even seems to enjoy her power over the fallen king. She toys with him about what it would take for her to make a deal–$5 million dollars, his mansion, etc.–but then she takes the jar of Talbot and pours the last remains of Russell’s lover down the garbage disposal. She laughs almost maniacally as he screams in grief.

Alcide arrives, summoned by Eric for the use of his truck to clear his father’s debt once and for all, and he and Sookie catch up over a beer. He admits that he’s been thinking about her, while Russell plays the part of the peanut gallery:

“I can’t help it that I’m a good guy.”

“Yet every full moon he turns into a wolf and eats his prey.”

“Rabbits and squirrels, not human beings!”

“Details…”

When the vampires wake up, Alcide smiles to hear Sookie’s attitude towards them so altered. She rescinds all their invitations as they leave to do whatever it is they’re going to do to Russell.

The Dark Side of Bill

At a construction site, Eric has devised a cruel punishment for Russell–wrapping him in silver and encasing him in concrete. It won’t kill him, and it won’t hold him forever, but he’ll probably be trapped for a hundred years or so to live in agony. Eric envisions Godric once again, who’s disappointed that his progeny is so full of hatred and unable to make peace. Eric snaps back at the empty air, “This is who I am, Godric. This is what you made!” Up until the end, Russell is making threats at Eric and Bill, swearing that they’ll regret this, although they’re both very happy about it in the moment. Once he disappears under the cement, Bill turns to Eric and offers his hand, seemingly in friendship, but then in a flash snaps the silver handcuff back on Eric’s wrist, tosses him in another pit, and pours concrete on him: “When fate presents one with such a grand opportunity, what else is one to do?” His dark turn doesn’t end there, as he immediately calls up a hit man on Eric’s cell phone and orders the murder of Pam.

Jason: Do the Right Thing

Jason goes to the police station and finds a team from the DEA preparing to raid Hot Shot. Despite Andy‘s warnings, Jason takes Crystal to help her family. Grumpy ol’ Calvin isn’t glad to see them, but at least he listens when Jason says he’s only trying to help these people who are dirty, hungry, and have “obviously got dental problems.” Calvin is in the process of destroying all the V when Felton drops in, clearly high. He shoots a cousin and his father without even blinking, before turning the gun on Jason. He’s going to take the V and Crystal, and ride off in Jason’s truck. With no other options, Jason kisses Crystal and promises to find her, and to take care of her family.

Andy sits in his office, feeling worthless because of the macho DEA leader and curiously examining the V that’s supposed to be in evidence, but thankfully he’s interrupted by Jason being hauled in for impeding the drug bust. Andy scolds him for this, as well as for spilling the truth to Tara, and says he’s wasted any shot he had at becoming something. On the contrary, Jason might finally be turning into a guy worth knowing. Then again, he might be up to his dumb antics soon enough, or he could surprise us and really grow up now that he’s got people depending on him. At the very least, he wisely tells Andy that this is bigger than the two of them, and that “sometimes the right thing to do is the wrong thing.”

Tara’s Ch-ch-changes

After their night together, Sam (who looks mighty cute in the morning, by the way) cooks breakfast for Tara. Casual conversation turns serious when Sam opens up about the secret he’s been hiding for a long time–he’s a shapeshifter. Tara sees this as just another freaky supernatural thing in a long list of them, and while she doesn’t seem to reject Sam’s true identity, she talks about how much she’d like to start her life over. Speaking as someone who’s done it, Sam says she could do that if she wanted to. There’s so much she wants to forget–Maryann, Eggs, Franklin–and the first person she turns to is her mother. She catches Lettie Mae and Reverend Daniels with their pants down. She doesn’t judge her mom but recognizes how deluded she is into thinking that this affair is a good thing and will make everything better in her life: “I’m finally gonna be happy.” Tara just smiles and says she hopes that’s true. I think the encounter makes her see that other people are messed up, too, and if she wants to change, she’ll have to do it herself. The first step: a haircut. She symbolically cuts away all her burdens (and it’s a very nice look for Rutina Wesley). Sookie arrives home and the two best friends share a quiet scene together before hugging and parting for what will probably be longer than either one expects. Tara says she’s just going to see Lafayette, but when she pulls up to Merlotte’s and takes in the familiar sight, she smiles and keeps on driving. Who knows where she’s going, but it’s clear that she needs a fresh start.

Lafayette: See No Evil

Lafayette’s post-V delusions continue. He sees Sam and imagines him, with hands bloody, saying, “Cross me, you’re a dead man.” Then in the kitchen talking to Arlene, Lafayette pictures Rene holding her throat, saying he’s inside her. He calls Jesus in a panic, who comes to Merlotte’s right away to comfort him. His reassurance turns out to be more shocking than Lafayette anticipated: Jesus recalls the first time magic was unleashed in him and he started seeing things before he could control it. He tells Lafayette that he’s a “brujo”–a witch. “You’re a witch who’s a nurse who’s a dude,” Lafayette says in astonishment. Surprisingly, though, he seems to be fine with the news about his boyfriend. It will be interesting to see what role Lafayette has to play in the story of the witches next season.

Jessica & Hoyt: Happily Ever After?

Hoyt drives to work and finds himself on the receiving end of an intervention. Maxine, Summer, and his high school guidance counselor sit him down to discuss what they perceive as his mistakes. Summer reads a note about how sad she is that he chose darkness over life, and Maxine threatens to kick him out of the house and take away his inheritance. Well, Hoyt has already moved out, and she has no money, so she really has no leverage. He’s in love with Jessica, and he’s finally in control of his own life. That night, he surprises Jessica with a house he bought for them, and a marriage proposal. They are really the brightest part of the entire show right now. Jessica says, “I don’t know what I’d do without you.” “Lucky for you,” he replies, “you’ll never have to find out.” As Hoyt picks her up to kiss her, it’s a picture perfect moment of young love, as the camera pans out of the doorway…until it falls on the doll lying in the dark, a reminder of those who would break them apart. I’m not sure what doll-fanatic Summer is capable of, but Maxine showed the lengths to which she would go when she bought a gun with wooden bullets.

No More Mr. Nice Sam

Sam goes to apologize to Terry and Tommy for what he said in anger the previous day. Terry cries with happiness because of all the good things in his life, and the fact that he’s got his friend back. Sam seems a little uncomfortable at the display of emotion (Terry is quirky, but I think we could all stand to view life more from his perspective). Tommy’s house has been cleared out, and so has Sam’s safe full of money. He freaks out again, grabs his gun, and hunts his little brother down. When Sam catches up to him, Tommy cries about how Sam changed his whole life and is throwing him away now. When he finds no sympathy, he picks up the bag of money and stalks off, calling his brother’s bluff on the threatening gun. Sam lifts it and fires with a steady hand. Did he kill Tommy? Probably not, but the point is that he’s not taking people’s crap anymore.

Sookie’s Disillusionment

Bill shows up at Sookie’s to talk. He tells her about Russell and Eric, and how he’s going to kill any other vampire that finds out about what she truly is. They pose too great a danger to her–Russell was proof enough of that when he said her blood was heavenly delicious and that others wouldn’t be able to stop themselves from draining her. Bill explains that even if she doesn’t want to be with him anymore, he’ll always protect her, and will always love her. She almost stops him from leaving, but then Eric busts open the door, covered in concrete (Pam came to the rescue, yay!) and spills the dark secrets Bill has been hiding. He was sent to Bon Temps by Queen Sophie-Anne to find out more about her, and he allowed the Rattrays to beat her so that she would need to drink his blood to heal. Sookie is furious and devastated.  Bill tries to explain that he loves her for who she is NOT what she is and he was not going to “give her up” to Sophie-Anne. He tries to make her understand that although he was sent there by the Queen he DID fall in love with her. She feels like she was manipulated into loving him, and despite the words he has said and continues to say, so she kicks him out of her house and wants nothing more to do with him. It’s not like she runs into Eric’s arms–she screams at him to leave her alone, as well. “I’m sorry to see you suffer like this. I thought you had a right to know.” Eric return back to Fangtasia where Pam has tried to wash the cement out of her hair as she askes Eric if he killed Bill.  Eric simply responds that he created a fate far worst then the true death for him and this punishment will hurt him more.

Back at his own house, Bill opens the door to Sophie-Anne. She can barely contain her excitement about tasting fairy blood and walking in the sun. Bill dashes her hopes, saying he lured her there to kill her. She may be older, “but I have nothing left to lose.” They both rise up into the air, fangs drawn, and fly at each other across the room. Meanwhile, Sookie takes off running into the woods, echoing her first night with Bill, after Gran died. This time, however, she goes to Gran to mourn the loss of Bill. Kneeling in the cemetery by her grandmother’s headstone, she cries over how lost she feels. Claudine appears: “You are not alone. Come with us.” Encircled by faeries, her kind about whom she knows so little, Sookie takes Claudine’s hand, and they all vanish in a burst of light.

It was a well-written episode, to be sure–Alan Ball always delivers great dialogue and a compelling story. The general reaction, however, seems to be somewhat negative, at least from what I’ve seen on Twitter. I think people enjoyed it and got emotional over key moments, but if we’re comparing this finale to the previous 2 years, I think what may have been lacking was the element of excitement and tension to carry us into next year. Especially with the Season 2 finale, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” the characters took down Maryann in grand fashion, after which new, surprising storylines began. Exactly as a good finale should, there was resolution to the season-long journey, as well as a cliffhanger to leave us craving answers.

“Evil Is Going On” seemed to have the resolution part down with very little in the way of shocking twists and new doors being opened. We already knew Sookie was a fairy, so her disappearing with Claudine was more like a continuation of her quest for identity. It will lead to more revelations in Season 4, certainly, but it wasn’t quite on par with “Oh my, someone’s been murdered in the back seat of this car/someone’s taken Bill!” Both of those things seemed to come out of nowhere and leave us awe-struck with disbelief, in a good way.

Come next summer, I’m sure we’ll all be hyped up with anticipation as always. This episode hasn’t lessened my feelings for the show, by any means. As someone who loves True Blood but still wants to examine it critically, I’m just facing this hiatus not quite as full of burning questions as usual. Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get the 9 month-long discussion started!

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What TVDoneWright Expects of True Blood’s Season Finale

September 12, 2010

True Blood Cast, True Blood, HBOAdam Wright of TVDoneWright has written an article in anticipation of tonight’s True Blood Season 3 Finale. The article labels what he found to be the strongest and weakest points of this season to date, and how he thinks this season will close. Without further ado, here’s Adam, in his own words.

It’s been an interesting season of True Blood. Season three started off with the kidnapping of Bill by werewolves and from there went out of control. Some for the good, some for the bad, and some for the “what the F were they thinking?”

It’s quite remarkable when you think about it, season three has been the best season of the series, and yet at the same time it was the worst.

First let’s talk about the good. We’ve seen significant development involving Sookie Stackhouse this season. She began the season with her search for Bill, which is where she met Alcide the werewolf among others. We then learned that Bill might not be who we think he is, causing Sookie and Bill to break-up a bit. I have to admit, the time they were apart is when Sookie was the most interesting. Anna Paquin really shined this season with lots of good material to work with.

Most of what was happening with Sookie, Bill, Eric, and Russell made this season the best of the series. However, the roller-coaster ride had some lows.

The biggest problem this season was the introduction of too many characters in an already busy series. Last season they sort of made it work with most characters tying into the Maryann storyline. However this year, not every story is connected so nicely.

First there’s the Sam storyline. Ooops, I mean storylines. He started the season with the search for his family, who turned out to be shape-shifters also. Papa Merlotte used Sam’s brother to win dog-fighting matches. Of course, big brother steps in, saves little bro, and scares mean ol’ Papa away.

Of course, Adam had much more to say than just what’s shared above. To read the rest of his article, just click here and enjoy!

Do you agree or disagree with Adam’s opinions? Let us know here in the comments.

SOURCE: TVDoneWright.com — Preview: True Blood Season Three Finale, Like Runaway Freight Train

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