True Blood Receives Best of 2010 Accolades for Season 3

December 27, 2010 by  

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True Blood Season 3Every television show on air has high and low points throughout its season. However, True Blood has managed to have some of the best characters and moments of 2010 with only half the number of episodes that a regular network show produces. While our favorite show may not be recognized at the Golden Globes this year, it certainly has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the media, particularly online. Earlier this month I reported that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) made a top ten character of 2010 list.  Today I am proud to report even more accolades the show and its cast of characters have received this year.

Did that Really Just Happen?: Russell Edgington on the Evening News

If your lover of 700 years was staked by a vampire who claimed his loyalty to you, what would you do? The King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) found himself in this position after Eric Northman reduced his consort Talbot (Theo Alexander) to vampire pulp in episode nine, “Everything is Broken.” After seeing his raw grief over Talbot’s remains one could only wonder exactly what would happen to Eric. But no one could have imagined the scene that unfolded at the end of the episode. One minute, a news anchor is reporting on the VRA and the next, his spine is being ripped out before Russell goes on a diatribe about how inferior humans are. Insert expletives here.

This unexpected moment which rivals Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Lorena’s (Mariana Klaveno) head-twisting sex scene earned a Boxee award from Stuff.co.nz for Best Scene of 2010, a Best Performance of 2010 from TV Guide, and a Most Shocking Moment of 2010 from MSNBC and the Today show. Relive that moment by watching the clip below:

Most Under-Appreciated Character of 2010: Lafayette

In season three Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) was forced back into the V trade, had to deal with Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) grief over Eggs (Mehcad Brooks), not to mention his crazy mother Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard), a slowly blossoming relationship with her nurse Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), and surviving calling everyone’s favorite pink vampire Pam (Kristen Bauer Van Straten) a hooker. Through it all, Lafayette has managed to keep his unique sense of style and his job at Merlotte’s.Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette

Listandgrades.com ranked our favorite cook and entrepreneur number two on their list. The character of Lafayette was actually killed in the course of the first Sookie Stackhouse novel. But because of his personality and popularity, series creator Alan Ball couldn’t bear to do the same onscreen and we love him for it. True Blood would never be the same without you Lafayette and we can’t wait to see what trouble you get into in season 4.

Favorite Guest Star: James Frain

James Frain as Franklin MottPrior to meeting Franklin Mott (James Frain) the vampires of True Blood could be described as a fairly cool bunch, no pun intended. This new addition to the vampire ranks however made even Lorena look a little saner. The emotionally unhinged Franklin could have been a very dark character. But in the hands of James Frain, Franklin became a crazy, but love-sick vampire with a thing for Tara.

A vampire who operated between menacing and tearful was the last thing we expected from creatures that usually get a kick out of causing humans pain. Easily one of the best providers of comic relief this season, James earned Spoiler TV’s Favorite Guest Star Award for 2010. Though Franklin Mott may be gone forever, we’ll always have the memories. Who knows? Maybe he might come back in some form. We know James Frain is game.

Top Ten TV Show of 2010: True Blood

In just twelve episodes True Blood went from Bon Temps to Shreveport to Jackson and back again. We met a werewolf named Alcide (Joe Manganiello), saw Pam cry, watched Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) stand up for herself and kick both Bill and Eric to the curb and that’s just for starters!

There is no question that True Blood has been chalk full of goodness this year from watching sweet Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) descend slowly back into a dark past to watching Arlene (Carrie Preston) try to deal with carrying a murderer’s baby. Oh and who could forget Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) attempts to become a deputy sheriff in Bon Temps?

It was for these moments and many others that the Houston Chronicle named True Blood number six on its Top TV Shows of 2010. They also made mention of Russell Edgington’s appearance on the news bringing the count to four mentions. Season three was full of a lot of highs this year making us wonder how exactly Alan Ball and co will top it for season 4.  But one thing is for certain, it will be nothing short of fangtastic!

Sources: MSNBC– The 15 “Most Shocking Moments” of 2010
SpoilerTV.com– The SpoilerTV Awards
List and Grades.com– 10 Most Under-appreciated Characters
TV Guide.com– Best Performances of 2010
Stuff.co.nz– The First Annual Boxee Awards 2010
The Houston Chronicle.com– Tune In’s Ten Best TV shows of 2010

(Photo/Video Credits: HBO, Inc. Youtube)

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