From The Advocate
With True Blood a bone-fide cultural phenomenon, producer Alan Ball offers tantalizing hints about what to expect on season 3.
Out writer-director Alan Ball continues to win over the hearts of LGBT audiences, first with his Academy Award–winning screenplay for American Beauty, then with HBO's critically acclaimed and Emmy-winning drama Six Feet Under. Now, with two seasons of his intoxicating vampire drama True Blood under his belt, the writer and executive producer of the HBO fanger, based on Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, paused ahead of the October 28 Paley Center for Media writers roundtable to discuss staying true to the source material, why gay audiences love their vampires, and the slate of gay characters set to join the drama's third season next year.
Monday, October 26, 2009
From The Advocate
Posted by " Dallas " at 8:32 PM
A West Virginia native says he is no overnight star.
"I've been kicking around," Actor Sam Trammell said on Monday's MetroNews Talkline. "I've been paying my dues for many years."
Those dues have paid off for Trammell who grew up in Charleston.
Trammell now plays Sam Merlotte on HBO's True Blood, a popular show about vampires based on Charlaine Harris' novels. "A lot of people look at these vampires in our show as metaphors for any sort of downtrodden group that wants to assimilate and have equal opportunities," he says.
True Blood is just the latest television series for Trammell who got his start in theater in New York City. He has performed on and off Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1998. Since then, he has made appearances on shows like Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, House, Bones and Judging Amy.
He has also worked on several independent films.
Maybe it's a 21st century anomaly, but for some reason, we can't stop sinking our teeth into vampires. Vampire shows, vampire films -- they're all around. The nation loves them and the love affair doesn't show any signs of fading. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, just opened, generating more buzz. But take note of 10 other things that keep our fascination with the big V very O-positive.
10. True Blood
It sucks--in the best way. And we like that. A ratings and critical hit for HBO, it came off of a wildly fascinating if not thoroughly engaging sophomore season. Beyond the delicious creativity here in this well-produced, well-acted and well-written series, the show managed to reboot the culture's vampire cravings. But will season three, premiering in 2010, still keep us interested? Chances are ... we'll bite.
9. The Vampire Diaries
It's not quite as deep, desirable or sexy as HBO's hit, but what the heck, the CW show is worth a look, especially for the teen set. Speaking of ...
Kristie may have been down with the flu but she came through with a great new crossword puzzle !
Thanks Kristie and get well soon!
I will rise up
Posted by " Dallas " at 1:56 PM
When Stephen Moyer proposed marriage to his True Blood costar Anna Paquin, he looked to his onscreen vampire character, Bill Compton, for a little inspiration.
"There's a song Bill listens to in the car about a white sandy beach," Moyer tells British Glamour magazine in its November issue. "So we decided to go away for a break – to a white sandy beach – and that's where it happened."
Moyer, 39, and Paquin, 27, managed to keep their off-screen romance a secret on the set until an awkward love scene forced the actor to do the honorable thing and 'fess up.
"One of the cast had to do an intimate scene with Anna," says the Brit actor. "I felt it would be so wrong for him to do it, then find out down the line that we were together."
Like many of the couple's fellow costars on the hit HBO series, the cast member's reaction was one of utter shock. "So after 10 months, we had to tell him," said Moyer. "He couldn't believe it!"
In March, Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, will release the first issue of “American Vampire.” The new series, illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, will open with a five-issue arc that contains two 16-page stories: one by Scott Snyder and one by a rather more well-known name, Stephen King.
The series will focus on a new breed of vampire through the lens of different eras in American history, above. Mr. Snyder will tell the story of Pearl, who is seeking fame in the jazz age, while Mr. King will focus on Skinner Sweet, the first American vampire who does not fear the sun. Mr. King’s involvement began when Mr. Snyder sent him the series pitch in the hopes of getting a blurb. “He wrote back saying he really liked it and would do a couple of issues if anyone would let him,” Mr. Snyder said
I promise this won't turn into a Vampire Diaries blog but it is a way to keep sane while we wait for Book 10 and Season 3.
I'm posting this because the discussion between Stephen and Damon in this clip reminds me of talking to Meredith Woerner last night on our Blogtalk Radio special about her new book Vampire Taxonomy.
You can listen to the great show -podcast link on the right.
In the book, she classifies the diffident types of vampires and you can see how the Salvatore brothers are different types in this clip..
"OK....Count Deepak" Haha this show will remain and grow as a hit TV show if they continue the great writing ! Buy her great book for $10 (scroll down for the link) she said if we got together a book club group and wanted to get with her for a chat, she'd be happy to do it. Let me know and we can set up a special blogtalk show.
“Vampire Diaries” episode 7 of season 1 airs Thursday October 29 at 7pm central time on the CW.
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