Alexander Skarsgard said today that he hasn’t been offered a role in the film adaption of E.L. James’ best selling Fifty Shades of Grey. “I haven’t read the book and I haven’t seen a script,” said the True Blood actor on the HBO show’s Comic-Con panel this afternoon. Skarsgard might not be playing Christian Grey right now but today’s panel did let out some other information. We’re going to learn more about Sookie Stackhouse’s parents in the just started fifth season of True Blood, show creator Alan Ball reveled today. Overall, Ball, who is stepping back as showrunner for the series next season, and everyone else on the HBO show’s panel at Comic-Con this afternoon kept their lips pretty tightly closed. It was all tidbits. Another small detail from Ball was that there were going to be three new romantic relationships on the series during season five. Actor Joe Manganiello let out that his werewolf Alcide Herveaux character “will sexually eviscerate someone this season.” Deborah Ann Woll let slip that this season’s episode 10 is a big one for her character. Fellow cast member Stephen Moyer, who had just flown in from Georgia where he is shooting the Atom Eyogen-directed Devil’s Knot, wouldn’t say anything about the upcoming episode of True Blood that he directed except to praise Sam Trammell’s performance. Moyer also joked how hard it was for him to convince Ball to let him direct an episode of the series. The panel today included Ball, Ryan Kwanten, Trammell. Rutina Wesley, Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Manganiello, Chris Meloni, Skarsgard, Moyer and a very pregnant Anna Paquin. The panel started off with a five-minute season five preview. Some of the footage has already aired since the season began on June 10 but there were some indications of things to come. There was a resurrection to health of the Russell Edgington character, another appearance by the Obama mask-wearing gang, the Tera Thornton character takes up stripping and the Bill Compton character seemed to let loose his fangs and feed on the Sookie Stackhouse. The footage went over well but the screams and cheers from the fans during the introduction of the panel today got close to Beatlemania levels of volume. Later the crowd got even wilder when Manganiello, who appears in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, and Ball separately did some mock stripper moves. A walking handstand later by Kwanten drew almost equal screams. The panel ended with the cast and the entire ballroom giving Ball a standing ovation, as requested by Moyer, for his creation and work on True Blood. The HBO show was recently renewed for a sixth season.
Ryan Kwanten will take a temporary detour from the sex and fangs of HBO’s True Bloodto star in the indie feature Sex And Sunsets. Jeremiah Chechick will direct from the screenplay adaptation by Megan Martin based on the novel by Tim Sandlin. Principal photography will begin on August 20th on locations in Banff and Los Angeles. Robert Lantos is producing the Serendipity Point Films production with Ari Lantos, and Mark Musselman is exec producer. Read More »
Does the HBO prop department do all its shopping on Pennsylvania Avenue? Just a few weeks after controversy erupted over the head of President George W Bush appearing atop a pike on the network’s Games Of Thrones,Barack Obama showed up on True Blood last night. Actually it was several Obamas: On the episode, a truck full of gun-toting thugs in Obama masks pulled up firing at characters Sam Merlotte, Luna Garza and her daughter Emma. “True Blood’s production team purchased several Obama masks from us earlier this year, and we’ve been waiting in suspense for them to appear,” mask provider Costume Craze wrote today on its blog about the “pretty scary scene”.
Though the gang’s appearance was more like 1991′s Point Break – where bank robbers wore presidential masks in pulling their heists — than Games’ depiction of Bush, it was still an odd occurrence considering the timing of the Thrones controversy. “It’s a complete and utter coincidence and one show has nothing to do with the other,” an HBO spokesperson said today. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Stephen Moyer has joined the cast of Devil’s Knot in a lead role. The True Blood star will play prosecutor John Fogelman in the film about the wrongfully convicted and imprisoned West Memphis 3. … Read More »
HBO‘s series premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom starring Jeff Daniels drew 2.1 million viewers at 10 PM last night. That was an OK performance for the show set at a cable news network, which ranks as one … Read More »
The Season 5 finale of AMC’s Mad Men drew 2.7 million viewers last night, making it the most-watched season ender ever for the Emmy-winning drama. The total was up 11% compared with the fourth season’s final episode. Sunday’s numbers included … Read More »
EXCLUISVE: True Blood co-executive producer Mark Hudis will take the reins of the hit HBO vampire drama if it gets renewed for a sixth season. With True Blood creator/executive producer Alan Ball stepping down … Read More »
HBO today officially announced the premiere dates for Aaron Sorkin’s new drama series The Newsroom, which will debut on Sunday, June 24 and will air at 10 PM following the new season of Alan Ball’s True Blood, which starts on June 10. Here are the trailers for both series.
HBO has received first trailers for Aaron Sorkin’s new drama series The Newsroom and for the upcoming fifth season of Alan Ball’s True Blood. The Newsroom stars Jeff Daniels as the anchor of a primetime program on a cable news network whom the trailer portrays as outspoken, controversial and volatile. Great timing on the heels of the public firing by Current TV of Keith Olbermann who reportedly was one of the anchors Sorkin shadowed in his research for the show. The trailer also gives a glimpse at Newsroom‘s supporting cast, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Thomas Sadoski, as well as Sam Waterston as the network’s president and Jane Fonda in the guest-starring role of the CEO of the network’s parent company. As for True Blood, this is a first look at what will be the last season of the vampire drama shepherded by its creator Ball who is stepping down as showrunner.
EXCLUSIVE: Camilla Luddington, who portrayed Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie William and Kate, has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, which will have a special focus on fairies. Luddington will play … Read More »
If HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood goes to a sixth season, it will be without its mastermind Alan Ball at the helm. HBO and Ball just confirmed ongoing speculation that Ball would leave the series full-time after the upcoming … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Mensah will join True Blood in a recurring role as Kibwe, Chancellor for the Authority. Originally from Africa, Kibwe works toward mainstreaming under Roman’s tenure. In addition to previous and current incarnations of Spartacus on Starz, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays an ancient vampire in the Twilight Saga movies, will now play one in another screen adaptation of a popular book series — this time on TV. Heyerdahl is joining HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood … Read More »
Former Law & Order: SVU star Chris Meloni has lined up his next series gig, a regular role on the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s drama True Blood. Series creator/executive producer Alan Ball told TVLine.com, which broke the news, … Read More »
British actress Lucy Griffiths has landed her first American series. The 25-year-old will join the upcoming season of HBO’s hit True Blood as a new regular. On Alan Ball’s vampire drama, she will play Nora, the centuries-old vampire “sister” of … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Three True Blood veterans, co-executive producers Alexander Woo, Raelle Tucker and Brian Buckner, have signed separate 2-year overall deals with HBO. Under the 2-year pacts, the three will continue as co-executive producers on the vampire drama for the upcoming fifth season. Additionally, the deals call for UTA-repped Woo and … Read More »
September 28, 2011, Los Angeles, CA – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released the 16th annual Where We Are On TV report, a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2011-2012 television season. After a significant increase last year, the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks experienced a decrease while the overall LGBT character count remains steady on cable television.
Complete results and report are available here: www.glaad.org/tvreport11. GLAAD uses these results with networks and industry leaders to discuss the state of LGBT images and discuss ways to include more diverse LGBT images.
“While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers, such as Glee, True Blood and The Good Wife, weave storylines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show,” said GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. “Whether it’s the growing household of Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family or the recent wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy, Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented in their favorite programs and that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”