True Blood among top scripted cable shows of 2009

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 30 - 20092 COMMENTS
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Stats Junkie has reported that True Blood, Burn Notice and Sons of Anarchy top scripted cable shows of 2009 with adults 18-49.

The first airing of new episodes of the second season of HBO’s True Blood topped all scripted cable shows for 2009 with adults 18-49 with an average 3.522 million (includes week’s worth of DVR viewing, and the rest of the numbers listed are Live+7, too).

True Blood was also the number one show with adults 18-34 with 2.013 million, followed by South Park’s 1.796 million and Sons of Anarchy with 1.655 million.

Among Men 18-49, Sons of Anarchy led with an average of 1.979 million followed by True Blood with 1.751 million and South Park with 1.742 million.

With Women 18-49, True Blood led the field with an average of 1.770 million, followed by Lifetime’s Army Wives with 1.655 million and Burn Notice with 1.606 million.

With Men 18-34 South Park led with an average of 1.292 million, followed by Sons of Anarchy with 1.058 million and Entourage with 1.007 million.

With Women 18-34, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager led with an average of 1.037 million, followed by True Blood with 1.035 million and Army Wives with 796,000.

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As promised, here’s part 2 of Michael Ausiello’s interview with Joan Manganiello, who is to play Alcide in Season 3 of True Blood.

alcide2Alcide is about to put a major kink in True Blood’s polarizing Eric/Sookie/Bill triangle. At least that’s the word from the werewolf’s portrayer, Joe Manganiello, who makes a strong case for an Alcide/Sookie pairing in Part 2 of our exclusive Q&A.  The 33-year-old actor also weighs in on the length of his commitment to the show and why he isn’t afraid of those crazy Team Bill and Team Eric fans.

Will your Alcide be different from the Alcide in the books?
JOE MANGANIELLO: Alan Ball and I had a conversation about that at one of my auditions. I think it’s up in the air. I know that, at least initially, fans of the book will be pleased with my character.

What’s your take on Alcide?
MANGANIELLO: He’s really big. He’s giant. When Sookie first meets him, she opens the door and looks up, and then has to look up some more. So there’s this giant presence standing in the doorway with dark hair and dark features. He’s strong and protective. He comes from a construction background; his father is in the construction business. He’s heroic and romantic. I don’t think it’s a secret that he has a broken heart when he shows up. He had a really rough go of this relationship with Debbie Pelt, so there’s a lot of friction there. Debbie’s doing a lot of things to get back at Alcide.

How long are you committed to the show for?
MANGANIELLO: Right now we’ve just talked about this season.

What can Alcide offer Sookie that Bill and Eric can’t?
MANGANIELLO: Warm flesh and blood. That’s the neat thing about my character: Although he’s not entirely human, he is flesh and blood. He has a lifespan. In the books he hugs Sookie and she feels his skin and it’s just radiating heat. So I think the fact that he has some kind of sun burnt heat-radiating skin is just completely different. It’s [similar to when] she met Bill and what a relief it was for her to not to be able to hear his thoughts.

Are you ready to be thrust into the Eric/Sookie/Bill fan frenzy?
MANGANIELLO: For me it’s fun. I could see how if I was a 100-pound Hollywood actress it would probably be pretty scary, but I’m a big guy, so people don’t necessarily scare me in that way. With that said, I’ve had to go to the police a couple of times for stalkers.

Really?
MANGANIELLO: They were really big… I don’t know how I want to describe it but they were guys. I’ve had two guy stalkers that I’ve had to go to the cops about. But other than that I think it’s a blast. It’s so fun to get caught up in that. It’s so fun to have fans care that much. It’s that whole Comic-Con, fanboy crowd. I love that. I started my career in Spider-Man, so I’m completely familiar with them and I love that kind of stuff. And you hear about love triangles all of the time, it’s going to be interesting to see how the love square works out.

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Here’s the first part of Michael Ausiello’s interview with Joe Manganiello, who has recently been chosen to play the part of Alcide in Season 3 of True Blood. In this portion of the interview, Joe talks about the phone call that changed his life, the childhood incident that foreshadowed his casting, and the punishing “werewolf workout” that will turn him into a half-human heartthrob.

Here’s Part 1 of this 2 part interview:

jmangielloHow did you find out that you won the role?
JOE MANGANIELLO: I had three meetings with Alan Ball. [After the last one], I got a call from my agent and manager. And whenever you get a call from your agent and manager, you have a pretty good idea that something good is about to happen.

What was your reaction when they told you?
MANGANIELLO: I’m not afraid to admit that I started crying. I was just so excited. It’s a dream come true. When I was a little kid, the nun at my elementary school said if you pray for something hard enough, it’ll happen. And I would pray every day with all of my heart that God would turn me into a werewolf. And when it didn’t happen, I kind of thought, “You know what? Maybe this stuff doesn’t work. Maybe I’m getting gypped.” So here it is 25 years later and my prayers got answered and I’m going to be a werewolf.

What was it about being a werewolf that appealed to you?
MANGANIELLO: I just loved Halloween. When I was 4, my mother dressed me up as a vampire and brought me to a haunted house. When I think about it now, bringing a 4-year-old kid to a haunted house is pretty intense. There was a vampire in the haunted house that jumped out of a coffin and I went up and tried to climb into the coffin with him. He wound up picking me up and putting me in the coffin with him and closing the lid. I [just] always liked monsters. There was something interesting about having this thing inside of you that you can’t control that comes out when you get angry. There’s something cathartic about the idea of having a beast inside you.

Are you a fan of the show?
MANGANIELLO: Huge fan. I’ve seen every episode.

Have you met Anna Paquin yet?
MANGANIELLO: Not yet. They wanted me to read with her. That was going to be my final audition, a chemistry read with Anna. But she wasn’t available so they had me come in by myself… I think it’s going to be great. I’ve seen a ton of her movies going all the way back to The Piano. I’m excited.

When do you start shooting?
MANGANIELLO: Late January, so I’ve got some time. Every day right now is all about the Werewolf Workout. It consists of Krav Maga, which is an Israeli fighting technique, and Cross Fit, which is kind of a gnarly crazy high-intensity workout. And I’m doing a little bit of weights in between.

Was this something Alan Ball asked you to do?
MANGANIELLO: No. This is something I wanted to do on my own. I’m a big guy to begin with; I work out a lot anyway. In my mind, I see the character as having a big chest, big arms — ripped the way an animal would be. Vampires have a supernatural strength to them, so you can have a vampire that is a little slighter. But a werewolf is this big, powerful, half man, half animal. I want to get as close to that as I possibly can.

The second part of the Q&A will be published tomorrow morning!

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Mark your calendars: Another True Blood convention has been announced for the weekend of August 6 through August 8, 2010. The True Blood convention called “Bitten” will be held in the UK in Northampton and the cast attending so far include Sam Trammell and Krisitin Bauer and more are to be announced.

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Bitten is a 3-day unofficial convention to celebrate the new HBO television series “True Blood” based on the best-selling novel series ‘The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ by Charlaine Harris. This event will be held from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th of August 2010. This unofficial convention aims to bring together fans of the series and books to enjoy various events over the weekend. There will be activities each day from the usual guest talks and photograph sessions to quizzes and late night parties – for more information on these, check out our events section. This event will take place in The Park Inn, Northampton for more information on this venue and room rates see our venue page. Registration will begin at 2pm and the Opening Ceremony will be at 7pm on the Friday evening!

If you do go, there’s plenty to do. We’re talking about opening and closing ceremonies, a wine reception, autograph sessions, and, of course, panel discussions.

Now get on your plane tickets, and see if you can get one of those fancy traveling coffins.

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FX UK True Blood Season 2 web site

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 28 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Season 2 is scheduled to be aired in the UK on the FX channel in February and now they have a web site dedicated to Season 2.  The UK audience will enjoy seeing all the new things to come in Season 2. And, for the US audience, who are all waiting in anticipation for Season 3, you might want to take a gander at this site, and I bet you find something you haven’t seen before.  Oh, and you can also see their site devoted to S1 at this address.

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True Blood is one to cheer in 2009

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 27 - 20093 COMMENTS
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It seemed to be a year of tawdry tabloid topics dominating the television landscape in 2009 like Tigergate, “Jon & Kate” and a “Late Show” confession by David Letterman.  Was there no place for challenging, compelling, sharp-witted, innovative viewing choices in 2009?  There was! It was a refuge called cable and there was plenty to cheer in 2009.

Cable channels continued to set the bar for quality television during the year. And that bar was set dazzlingly high.  On the list of those series on cable to cheer for is True Blood!

“True Blood” (HBO): It’s true. Executive producer Alan Ball’s vampire series became a richer, sharper, more intriguing metaphoric mix in its second season. The peripheral characters grew in number and complexity, but the heart of the story remained the romance between telepathic Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).

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True Blood: another TV’s best of 2009

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This TV Guide Best of 2009 video puts Bill/Sookie in 3rd place as Favorite Couple and lists Lafayette Reynolds as Best Drug Dealer:

Thanks to Billsbabe, LifeIsNotEasy for the video!

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True Blood worthy of attention, and attention spans

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 27 - 20092 COMMENTS
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In their Year In The Arts: Television section, The Boston Globe has come up with a year end recap of the TV season and they have singled out True Blood as worthy of our attention.  Here’s what they have to say:

“HBO’s “True Blood’’ was definitely not about creeping emotional impact. This blackly comic supernatural drama was fast and smart during its entertaining second season, with each episode building to a cliffhanging crescendo. Alexander Skarsgård as Eric, Michelle Forbes as Maryann, and the rest of the cast were extraordinarily vivid, and the writers beautifully balanced personal drama with supernatural metaphor. The season’s towering moment was when the ancient, peaceful vampire Godric slowly faded into the sunset while Anna Paquin’s Sookie stood watching in tears.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

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UK interview with Alexander Skarsgård

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alexskarsgard.net has posted an interview that was done recently in the UK with Alexander Skarsgård (SciFiNow) where he talks about playing a Sergeant in Generation Kill to Vampire Eric Northman in True Blood.

You can read the interview  by clicking here.

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HBO 2009 year ender and look ahead at 2010 video

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 25 - 20097 COMMENTS

Yesterday, we posted a three second clip from the new HBO promo that included shots from Season 3.  The full promo is now available from HBO and there’s a bit more True Blood action to see (mostly at the beginning). 2009 was a big year for HBO and for True Blood; I’m sure the same will be true when Season 3 premieres.  The song accompanying the video is “This Could Be The Year” by Ryan Star.

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