from Chicago Tribune blog
I'm trying to finish up a couple of features today, so I hadn't planned on posting much, until the HBO press release on Season 2 of "True Blood" hit my e-mail in-box.
I wasn't terribly keen on "True Blood" when it debuted, but thought it improved to the point where it had become an escapist sort-of-not-that-guilty pleasure by the end of Season 1. The draw, for me anyway, wasn't really the lead couple of Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her vampire lover Bill (Stephen Moyer), but the show's varied and excellent supporting cast.
So I was glad to see that most of the supporting cast from last season, including Rutina Wesley as Tara and William Sanderson as the local sheriff, will be back for Season 2.
Even better news: Guest stars Alexander Skarsgard and Michelle Forbes will be back as regular cast members when the show returns June 14. (For full cast information and for summaries of the first few episodes of Season 2, look below.)
But here's the question that leaped out at me when I scanned the press release from HBO: Where's Nelsan Ellis?
Ellis' character, the fierce and funny Lafayette, was the best thing about Season 1 of "True Blood," but the character was last seen apparently being abducted outside the restaurant where he worked. And Ellis' name is nowhere in the Season 2 press release.
I immediately called HBO to ask about the lack of Lafayette, but a rep for the network wouldn't say whether or not Lafayette will be back at any point in Season 2. Hmmm... I sure hope he is. A "True Blood" without Lafayette is potentially a "True Blood" I'm less interested in.
Concluding its 2008 run last November, the first season of TRUE BLOOD was a hit with subscribers and critics. USA Today called it "wildly imaginative," with "one of the best ensembles of the new series," while TV Guide hailed the show as "graphically sexy and scary, and often wildly funny," and "a broadly entertaining, deliciously twisted slice of modern Southern Gothic."
Before the new season of TRUE BLOOD kicks off, viewers will have a chance to catch up on season one. HBO2 will present three episodes per night back-to-back at 8:00 p.m., June 4-6, while HBO will present the first season's final three episodes back-to-back at 8:00 p.m. on June 7.
"True Blood: The Complete First Season" will be released by HBO Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray May 19; "True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series" will be released by Elektra Records the same day.
TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball and Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner and Nancy Oliver; supervising producer, Alexander Woo; producers, Mark McNair and Raelle Tucker.
Chicago tribune http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/05/true-blood-new-season.html