Writer Reveals Sookie Stackhouse Nearly Died in True Blood Season 5!

October 8, 2013

‘Nobody Should be Safe’ Says True Blood Writer Raelle Tucker:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True BloodFans of True Blood’s main character, Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), will be shocked to hear that the Bon Temps telepathic waitress nearly didn’t survive True Blood Season 5! If series writer, Raelle Tucker, had her way, she would have come to an untimely demise in order to shake things up for the vampire loving audience. Recently she told the audience at the Rio Film Festival:

In Season 5 I pitched to kill Sookie, I really did because I think nobody should be safe.

It’s always a fine line writers have to walk: that of keeping the audience happy, and shaking things up just enough so fans tune in for the next episode. Tucker went on explain that it is a writers job to kill of characters, yet, when asked how she feels when their intended audience is upset about character deaths, she had this to say:

It’s a good feeling if the audience is feeling upset when a character dies, that means we have done our job right.

Raelle was very thankful to be writing for television in a day and age such as this one. She was also very excited about the advent of viewing platforms such as NetFlix, Amazon and Hulu, but was most thankful to HBO, citing the studio and network for the long term success of True Blood. She summed up her thoughts on television in the digital age by saying:

It feels that the only limitation on television is what you can imagine, there is no boundaries of what you can say, what you can do.

Do you think Sookie should have died in Season 5? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Hollywood Reporter – Rio Film Festival: ‘True Blood’ Screenwriter Talks Killing Off Characters

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New Info on Alexander Skarsgård’s Upcoming Film

August 22, 2012

True Blood Star Returns to the Silver Screen in Disconnect

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Now that Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood is winding down, we’re all looking for new ways to see what our favorite stars are up to. Fortunately for fans ofAlexander Skarsgård, he has been keeping busy filming a couple of new movies.

In the upcoming film Disconnect, Skarsgård joins a star studded cast including Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, and Max Theriot. Details about Skarsgård’s character are unclear at this point, but it’s clear from one of the photos that he plays a married man. Hopefully we can expect many more promo shots from the film before its April 2013 release date. Here is the official synopsis of the film:

Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists that expose a shocking reality into our daily use of technology that mediates and defines our relationships and ultimately our lives.

Sounds very interesting. In addition to Disconnect, Skarsgård will also co-star in the upcoming What Maisie Knew, a film that centers on a little girl caught in a custody battle between her parents. Skarsgård will be very busy in the next few weeks and months doing promotional work for both films, which means more photos for us.

 

Sources: Wetpaint – Alexander Skarsgård Spotted Wearing a Wedding Ring! (PHOTO)

The Playlist – First Look: ‘Disconnect’ With Jason Bateman & Alexander Skarsgård; ‘What Maisie Knew’ Starring Julianne Moore

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Video: Carrie Preston ‘UInterview’ on True Blood Season 5

June 16, 2012

Arlene Fowler’s Character Has Evolved but Remains a Source of Comic Relief:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler in HBO's True BloodCarrie Preston, who plays quirky and prejudiced waitress Arlene Fowler, answered questions from fans about Season 5 of HBO’s series True Blood. Ms. Preston is a graduate of Julliard, is married to actor Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost), and is also a director and producer. In her interview, she answers questions about all of these topics, as well as Arlene’s role as a source of comic relief.

Season 5 has shown fans the evolution of Arlene’s character, according to Ms. Preston, giving her a deeper storyline and more emotional depth. She also says that she has faith in the show’s writers, and has no problem putting Arlene’s character in their hands.

“One can even say that she stands for a little bit of intolerance which we see a lot in society. But what has been fun for me is seeing how the writers are starting to trust me as the seasons have gone on, with more a dramatic story line, a deeper story line, more emotional accessibility to Arlene and from Arlene.”

Vampires and Werewolves Seem Real with the Context of Humans

Ms. Preston believes that what makes True Blood a believable show, despite the presence of supernatural beings, is that it is rooted in reality. Despite the fantasy aspect, True Blood explores the human experience, which gives fans a believable context.

When asked about Arlene’s relationship with Terry, Ms. Preston explains that she is happy with the consistency that relationship has provided the show. Still, she confirms that Arlene and Terry will have problems in Season 5, due to Terry’s past.

“Arlene is someone who wants to always have a man in her life and Terry is the best one yet. So she does everything she can to fight for it.”

While she has never considered the mash-up of True Blood and Lost that her marriage to Lost star Michael Emerson suggests, Ms. Preston does recognize the mash-up of fans of the two shows. She suspects the fantastical elements of both shows are what attract the same fans.

“I love it, I love doing it, I love being able to see something start from an embryonic stage and then just grow into a full grown being.”

Ms. Preston is a producer and director, in addition to being an actor. She loves all three jobs and never wants to have to choose between them. She counts herself lucky that being an actor has given her access to so many good directors. Ms. Preston is very proud of the film she directed last year. That’s What She Said has debuted at Sundance, as well as other film festivals.

You can watch the video below, or read the transcript by clicking on the source link.

Source: UInterview.com

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HBO a Two-Time Tease with True Blood Season 5 Trailer

June 2, 2012

More Revealed with Second Trailer for Season 5:

Bill, Eric, Nora season5A second trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 was released by HBO. This one runs a minute, twenty-two seconds and, where the first trailer focused on potential conflict with the Vampire Authority, this one sets the scene for the return of Russell Edgington.

Initial narration for the trailer is dialog from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) as he confronts Sookie (Anna Paquin) with the reality that death seems to follow her, despite her attempts to avoid it. Dialog voiceover accompanies subsequent scenes of newly-rescued Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) being hidden as he heals. Alcide (Joe Manganiello), still acting as Sookie’s protector, tells her of Eric and Bill’s deception.

If the Vampire Authority isn’t enough to reunite Sookie with her vampire suitors, Russell’s reappearance seems to be. With Russell apparently coming for her, Sookie is forced to team up with Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), apparently against her wishes.

Fans are still left wondering what has become of Tara. A second question this trailer leaves everyone asking; who freed Russell from the concrete? This very question seems to have created a rift between Eric and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten). Does Eric truly believe Pam would betray him?

There’s Something Going On With Jason, Andy and Reverend Steve

This second trailer makes it seem as though Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) have had all they can take of vampires. With Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) in the picture once again, will he keep the Bon Temps police occupied? Or will they set their sights on Bill and Eric? Or worse, yet — Jessica.

What questions does the trailer leave you asking? Is that possibly Jesus we see? What kind of trouble is Sam in, now? The white finger-light is back. Can Sookie control it now?

What do YOU think? Share your theories in the comments section below.

Sources: YouTube and HBO

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True Blood’s Alex Skarsgård Has Praise for Co-Stars

May 22, 2012

HBO’s Viking Vamp Dishes On Castmates:

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric NorthmanWith the return of True Blood for Season 5 on June 10, and the release of ‘Battleship’ into theaters on May 18, fans of Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman) will have much to enjoy this summer.

Skarsgård’s film, ‘Battleship’, also marks the acting debut of singer Rhianna. Skarsgård shares several scenes with her and says he was not at all surprised at how easily she took to acting.

“I was honestly not surprised. Just like, watching her on stage, or her videos, you can tell [from] her energy and her charisma and personality, you know that she’s gonna be great in that part. I knew that and she really is.”

New to the cast of True Blood for Season 5, but making his return to HBO, is Chris Meloni (Oz, Law & Order: SVU). Skarsgård regards Meloni, who plays Vampire Authority member Roman, as a great addition to the cast.

“It wasn’t easy. His first day was basically him coming in. It was five pages of dialogue. Half of it was in Aramaic. That was like, ‘Welcome to the show, Chris.’ But he’s a trooper, a really amazing actor – obviously — and a great guy. We’ve had a lot of fun together on the show.”

It’s no secret that Skarsgård and True Blood co-star, Kristin Bauer Van Straten (Pamela DeBeaufort) have always held one another in very high regard.  A recent teaser video, released by HBO, gives us a peek at a scene that might indicate a rift between the Viking Vampire Eric Northman and his progeny, Pam. Does Eric release his child? Do they find a way to ‘kiss and make up’? What do you think?

Sources: Access Hollywood & YouTube

Photo: HBO

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Video: HBO Teases Fans With Another True Blood Season 5 Clip

April 16, 2012

Waiting Still Sucks but a New Teaser Makes it a Little More Fun:

As fans eagerly await the June 10th premiere of HBO’s True Blood Season 5, another teaser clip has been released. This video, the fifth released so far, is 37 seconds long and features Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and Sookie (Anna Paquin).

The clip is a scene from an upcoming Season 5 episode of True Blood. It is set in Sookie’s kitchen and is a conversation between Alcide and Sookie. When questioned, Alcide says he’s come to warn Sookie that Russell Edgington is on the loose. Sookie is confused since she believes that Russell is dead. The video ends as Alcide says, “You mean they didn’t tell you?”

We can’t wait for Season 5! How about you?

The clip can be viewed at HBO and YouTube.

Source: HBO

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True Blood Season 5 Start Date Announced!

April 4, 2012

HBO True Blood Jessica Season 5 Spoiler

True Blood Season 5 Premiere Date

HBO just released the season 5 start date of our favorite southern vampire (shifter, were and fae) series True Blood! Waiting may suck but at least we now have an end to our misery in sight!

The 12-episode fifth season of TRUE BLOOD will kick off SUNDAY, JUNE 10 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy®-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy®-winning series “Six Feet Under.” The show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

And let’s not forget our other favorites that will be returning, Joe Manganiello as were Alcide, Sam Trammell as shifter/bartender Sam Merlotte, Kristin Bauer as vampire Pam, Nelsan Ellis as the loveable Lafayette, Carrie Preston as Arlene, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse. We’ll aslo get peeks at fan favorites Tanya Wright as Detective Kenya, Jim Parrack as Hoyt, Todd Lowe as Terry Bellfleur, Janina Gavankar as shifter Luna and Tara Buck as the loyal Ginger.

New this season will be Christopher Meloni as Roman, Camil Luddington as Claudette (Claudine‘s sister). Returning fan favorites are Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin and Denis O’Hare as vampire king Russell Edgington.

The big question is: will Rutina Wesley be back in season 5 to reprise her role as Tara Thornton!?!

The Newsroom

HBO would also like you to know:

THE NEWSROOM kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 24 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This new series centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal relationships. Aaron Sorkin created the series and executive produces along with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul.

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HBO Gives the First Taste of True Blood Season 5

March 31, 2012

New Promo for Season 5 of True Blood to Premiere Before Game of Thrones:

HBO True Blood LogoWhile the wait certainly isn’t over, HBO will at least be giving True Blood fans a “taste” of what’s in store for the popular show’s fifth season. A new promo is set to air Sunday, April 1, just prior to the season 2 debut of Game of Thrones.

The long and eagerly awaited first glimpse of True Blood’s fifth season follows the thirty-second teaser, tag line “Nothing Stays Buried Forever”. Earlier this week, fans were treated to three more teaser videos.

While the teasers showed only set interiors and featured voice over dialog from Season 4, the upcoming promo promises new characters and footage from the upcoming fifth season.

Don’t forget to tune in to HBO at 9 PM on Sunday, April 1, to catch the first glimpse at some of what’s in store for True Blood fans in Season 5!

After the broadcast debut on HBO, the promo will be available for viewing at HBO and YouTube.

Source: HBO

 

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Carrie Preston Interview with True Blood Season 5 Teaser

January 13, 2012

Arlene Fowler’s Drama on Top Network TV shows:

Carrie Preston as Arlene FowlerSince HBO’s True Blood has been on hiatus, Carrie Preston, who plays the fiery Arlene Fowler, has been quite busy booking a number of roles on top network shows such as Law and Order: SVU and The Good Wife. She guest-starred in the SVU episode: “Educated Guess”, playing the aunt of a woman facing multiple troubles. On what drew her to the role:

“The showrunner for ‘SVU’ now is Warren Leight, and Warren is a playwright first and foremost even though he’s been doing television for so long. I would say about 8 or 9 years ago I did a play of his at Baltimore Centerstage… I would do anything for him. This came along, it just worked out schedule-wise and I liked the role… Like I said, I’ll work for Warren — I’ll go anywhere for him.”

According to TVLine, Preston will be back on The Good Wife later this year. On True Blood Season 5:

“There are a lot of new characters, as is always the case with ‘True Blood.’ You will get some quick answers right off the bat. The show is not going to leave you wondering about some of the cliffhangers.”

Truebies, any guesses as to what crazy Arlene will be up to next season?

Credit: HuffPost TV

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Video: Stephen Moyer Spills on Season 5 — Spoilers!

September 13, 2011

Vampire Bill shares Spoilers for Season 5:

Stephen Moyer as True Blood’s Bill ComptonMTV recently interviewed Stephen Moyer (the handsome Brit who plays vampire Bill Compton on HBO’s True Blood) at the junket for his latest movie, The Caller. When asked for Bon Temps Spoilers Moyer said:

“I know there is going to be an omnipresent power in season five. I know what it is. I think we could be heading towards an even greater season.”

Sounds marvelous! What could this “omnipresent power” be? More witches? Fairies? Another Supe? Will Jesus fly down to Bon Temps and decide he can’t miss all the fun? Wait, Moyer has more to say about the coming season:

“If they go where they’re going, it will be amazing and upset a lot of people, which is what we like.”

Great! Nine months of these teasers! How are we going to cope? After Sunday’s incredible finale (with the most cliffhangers in True Blood finale history) we have plenty to ponder. Stephen Moyer’s statement just adds more questions to our ever-growing list. It’s going to be a long nine months.

Watch the video, and share your theories, questions, and ideas about season five in the comments section below. Who knows? Maybe Alan Ball will stumble across our page and get some ideas from us!

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Source – MTV: Stephen Moyer Teases ‘True Blood’ Season 5: It Could ‘Upset A Lot Of People’

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