Friday, June 25, 2010

Meet Talk Blood’s Panel of True Blood Experts.

If you’ve been following me then you know I co-host Talk Blood after True Blood on Blog Talk Radio with Loving True Blood in Dallas‘ @TrueBloodDallas.  It’s been part of my Sunday night routine since Season 2 which pretty much consists of livetweeting the East Coast airing, then settling in for Talk Blood at 9:30pm CT.
Talk Blood after True Blood isn’t your ordinary fan show. It’s the only live radio show that goes live right after a new episode airs.  And, in my humble opinion, we’ve got the best damn panel of experts that come on every week to give us their thoughts and insights on the night’s show. Each of the Talk Blood experts are active bloggers and diehard True Blood fans. But more importantly, they bring to the Talk Blood table a professional point of view that’s rooted in everything from pop culture to music to theater.
Let’s meet the Talk Blood after True Blood experts:
1.‘s Brian Juergens and Andy Swist: Brian Juergens is an entertainment writer, filmmaker and film critic, the former blog editor of and creator of, the first and most comprehensive website devoted to celebrating and studying horror movies from a gay perspective.
Andy Swist is an illustrator and graphic designer. He is the guiding visual force behind You can view his extensive portfolio at True Blood fans the world over know Andy for his True Blood paperdolls!
Every week, Brian and Andy produce Blood Work, their hilarious weekly vlog that brings to highlights from each epi in a way that only Brian and Andy can.  See for yourself:

2. Next on our list is Mark Blankenship, pop culture critic for The Huffington Post. He’s written for publications like The New York Times, Variety, and the Village Voice. Mark  runs the blog on pop culture criticism, The Critical Condition. Recently, he became the content editor for Theatre Development Fund, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the performing arts. Mark’s weekly column, True Blood “Sucker Punch” gives us his take on the one (and yes, he only chooses one) moment in the latest epi that socks you right between the eyes.
3. Meredith Woerner is the Senior Reporter at and the author of the book Vampire Taxonomy: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker. Her weekly True Blood recap on io9 lists the pros and cons of each episode.
4. Joining us this year is Becca Wilcott. The Toronto based publishing professional is the author of Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Unofficial True Blood Companion. can be found at and Likes include: popular culture, apps, books, readers, ideas, single file, coffee, wine, good hair days, a cat who shall remain unnamed (really, it has no name), dry humour. You can find her at and @BeccaWilcott on Twitter.
5. Last, but certainly not least, we’re joined this year by Jef with one F. Jef is a music blogger for The Houston Press. You can certainly feel music’s influence in his weekly True Blood columns which have titles like “Beck is Thicker than Water” and “Beautifully Broken with Shelby Lynne.” Jef is also the author of new book, The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact that You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I learned in the Black Math Experiment.
Hope you’ll join us every Sunday at 10:30pm ET / 9:30pm CT for Talk Blood after True Blood. Listen to us live and call in with your thoughts on the show!  If you’ve missed out, you can catch the Talk Blood podcast here.
** Talk Blood after True Blood was created by fans for fans of HBO’s True Blood Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. Endorsed by, but not affiliated with HBO or True Blood.

Rising Star: ‘True Blood’s’ Joe Manganiello

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --
For a man, it must be hard not to judge “True Blood’s” newest hunk, Joe Manganiello.
Towering 6’5” into the skies, he has the body of a Greek god, his torso a symmetrically perfect series of heavenly-blessed abs and pecs. He has the smooth, olive tan of a Portuguese soccer player and the square cut jaw line of an all-American hero. And then there are those eyes – a bewitching shade of brown that can flicker with hints of wonderment and magic or, in an instant, can turn steely, dark and brooding.
The “True Blood” newcomer — and’s newest Rising Star — looks like the kind of guy who every gent in the bar wants to be, and every girl wants to be with — but that would be too easy, and simple is everything Joe is not.
He’s the latest major casting choice in Season 3 of HBO’s “True Blood,” making his debut in the franchise this Sunday as Alcide Herveaux, a beloved character from Charlaine Harris’ “Sookie Stackhouse” novels, but had he been a little more average and a little less inspired, Joe would today most likely be nearing the end of a career in professional athletics

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A Taste of True Blood: Meet Peg Aloi

Since Peg Aloi recapped the latest episode of True Blood for us, I thought we should get to know her better. It’s also been a little while since we featured A Taste of True Blood contributor.
Peg’s A Taste of True Blood essay, “Night Is the Color of Blood,” is on the importance and meaning of color in True Blood, and it’s a fascinating read, full of things I had never considered about the show before.
Here’s her Q&A:
Who is your favorite True Blood character?
When a friend of mine in Florida found out I was watching True Blood, he texted me “Bill or Eric?” And I wrote back “Sam.” Then he texted back to say his wife also liked Sam, and then wrote “Moi: Lafayette.” I think he wanted to know who I thought was the hunkiest vampire — and I do think Sam is the hottest male character — but there are so many interesting characters in the show it’s hard to pick one. I enjoy Hoyt a lot, and also Jessica. Eric can be really funny, and I also love Lafayette. But if I had to pick one, yeah, Sam. Handsome, mysterious, troubled, and more than human.

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What Charlaine Harris Reminded Me About Fun

Great encouragement !!

Last summer I briefly met Charlaine Harris, creator of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (see also HBO series True Blood) at the Anhinga Writer's Conference in Florida, where she was the featured speaker. She was a delightful speaker and, while she signed a book of mine, asked me what I was working on. I mumbled something about this little mystery I was writing and she smiled and said, "Well, don't give up. Don't ever give up." It was a nice encouragement from a woman who had well over 100 people in the autograph line behind me.

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True Blood: Shapeshifter Plans To Wreak Havoc At The Zoo!

When it comes to shapeshifters, Marshall Allman is admittedly biased — after all, he plays Tommy Mickens, the magically transforming brother of Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) on "True Blood." Biased or not, it's hard to deny Marshall's enthusiasm for his character's power set.
"It's so much fun to take something supernatural and actually in my imagination accept that as something real for me," he told Hollywood Crush in an exclusive interview. "It gives me a secret, it gives me a mystery, it gives me this ace up my sleeve that other people might not know about. It drives my imagination wild. I love it! Any way that I get to explore that is so cool."
Marshall's imagination has gone so wild, in fact, that he's already thinking about ways to showcase Tommy's shape-shifting powers in an off-season series of viral videos. Read on to find out more!

"I was joking around with some of my team, and you know how they're doing minisodes between seasons? I was like, 'Man, next year, if they want to do a minisode for me, I've got the perfect idea,'" he said. "All they need to do is have me and Sam. Obviously with the way the season ends, they do this in a continuation of story lines. But I would love to do a viral video where me and Sam as shifters go to a zoo and have a day of it!"

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"True Blood” a true heartbreaker with Shannon "Mrs. Caroline Compton" Lucio

Ok,  do we know every single scene in Sunday nights episode yet ? drip--drip
This won't happen after this week because only the first three episodes were on the screener dvds. Whew!
From My San Antonio blog

Sunday night's “True Blood” (8 p.m., HBO) contains a true heartbreaker of a scene — and it involves an actress from San Antonio.

Shannon Lucio (“The O.C.”), who grew up here and graduated from John Marshall High, plays vampire Bill Compton's (Stephen Moyer) wife, Caroline, in a flashback to 1866. We initially see a young woman raising a shotgun toward a stranger approaching; it turns out to be her husband.
At first overjoyed to see Bill after a three-year absence, she soon recoils in horror upon discovering what he's become. The extreme sadness felt by Bill, who cries blood tears in the scene, is bound to move you as well.

Shun, Shag, Or Marry: The Men Of “True Blood”

This Sunday night brings us the third episode of THE third season of “True Blood.” And it looks like it’s going to be amazing. Sookie is trying to find Bill, Eric’s trying to get with Sookie, Sam has an angry little brother, Tara has a vampire love interest, werewolves are on the hunt, and Lafayette is ... well, awesome. And so, it’s time to Shun, Shag, or Marry the many men of “True Blood.” After the jump, I have conveniently divided them into two camps—the Loves of Sookie and the Loves of Tara.

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New True Blood poster at HBO

It's still not anywhere as cool as the first years fangy mouth poster but this is pretty neat !

Buy it from the HBO True Blood store HERE

True Blood's Grant Bowler: Sookie Is "More Special Than You Think"

True Blood is all about werewolves this season — and not the pretty-boy Twilight kind. We're talking vicious, neck-branded neo-Nazis who drink vampire blood to feed their addiction. caught up with Grant Bowler, who plays werewolf pack leader Cooter in seven episodes this season, to find out who Cooter really works for, how far is too far for executive producer Alan Ball, what it will mean for his relationship with Bill (Stephen Moyer) and what's down the road for Sookie (Anna Paquin).
True Blood's Denis O'Hare: The King will "rip your f---ing spine out" What can you tell us about Cooter and his pack?Grant Bowler: Cooter is a joy to play. I play him like a redneck Romeo. [Laughs] These werewolves have a very strong agenda; they're not just kicking around looking for someone to beat on. What can we expect between Cooter and Bill now that Bill seems to be cooperating with the King of Mississippi (Denis O'Hare)?Bowler: It starts off professional with them, but it gets personal very, very quickly. I love the relationship that develops between the two. They just hate each others' guts and need each other dead. It's a really strong, fun dynamic to play.

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True Blood still filming !

Alexander Skarsgard and co-star Stephen Moyer rehearse a scene for their hit vampire series, True Blood, on Friday in Los Angeles (June 25).
Show creator Alan Ball was on the scene, directing both Alex and Stephen.
SPOILERS: The scene goes on around a cement truck. Cement is poured over a shallow grave. Eric looks to be wearing handcuffs. And at one point, Bill shoves Eric out of the way. Can’t wait to see the actual scene!!!
A new episode of True Blood airs this Sunday (June 27) @ 9PM ET/PT on HBO!

‘True Blood’ spoilers from Boston Herald: “It Hurts Me Too”

Wanna know what’s coming up for Sookie and friends Sunday night on HBO’s smash vampire hit “True Blood”?
In “It Hurts Me Too,” Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) get a little closer. Facing off against a crazed werewolf will do that to people.
“I got your rug all wet,” Eric tells her after their bloody encounter.
You’ll learn why the hairy beasties are so eager to suckle on vampires. Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Sookie come to a new understanding, and Tara’s talent for picking the wrong men to get involved with is looking to become a killer streak.
Eric assigns a friendly werewolf named Alcide (Joe Manganiello, who is going to be a huge hit with fans) to accompany Sookie in her quest to find Bill (Stephen Moyer). He comes in handy when the two visit a “werebar.”
The hour ends with just possibly the most disturbing sexual act ever captured on this show, and that’s saying a lot. When Sookie ever catches up with Bill, she may find her vamp is not the undead hunk she thought he was.

Russell Edgington's house in Mississippi is the fabulous Longwood plantation

From Club Dead

"The only place I haven't checked is Russell Edgington's compound--his mansion, with its outbuildings. It would be amazing if Russell were rash enough to keep another vampire prisoner in his own home. But he's been king for a hundred years. It could be that he is that confident. Maybe I could sneak in over the wall, but I wouldn't come out again. The grounds are patrolled by Weres. It's very unlikely we'll get access to such a secure place, and he won't invite us in except in very unusual circumstances."......

Then we pulled up into a driveway and stopped at a gate. A bearded vampire came up and peered in the window, looking at all the occupants carefully. He was far more alert than the indifferent guard at Alcide's apartment building. I heard an electronic hum, and the gate opened. We went up a driveway (I could hear the gravel crunching) and then we swung around in front of a mansion. It was lit up like a birthday cake, and as Eric carefully extracted me from the limo, I could see we were under a porte cochere that was as fancy as all get-out. Even the carport had columns. I expected to see Vivian Leigh come down the steps.......
Behind the mansion, there was indeed a smallish swimming pool, covered for the winter by a huge blacktarp. It had weighted edges that extended far beyond the actual perimeter of the pool. The tiny poolhouse was completely dark. I moved silently down a pathway created with uneven flagstones, and after Ipassed through a gap in a dense hedge, I found myself in a paved area. With my enhanced vision, I wasable to see instantly that I had found the courtyard in front of the former stables. It was a large edificesided with white clapboards, and the second story (where Bubba had spotted apartments) hadgable-style windows. Though his was the fanciest garage I had ever seen, the bays for cars did not have doors, but open archways. I could count four vehicles parked inside, from the limo

Natchez Democrat article about the TB filming

National Historic Landmark, Longwood is the beneficiary of the 2010 Pilgrimage Garden Club Natchez Antiques Forum.Longwood (Natchez, Mississippi) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Mississippi Landmark Longwood in 2008

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The actor talks about playing the vampire King of Mississippi on the HBO hit

TRUE BLOOD, HBO’s hit series about vampires assimilating into mainstream human culture, adapted by Alan Ball from the novels by Charlaine Harris, is a never-ending source of revelations. Case in point: before this week, who would have imagined that the vampires in Mississippi were ruled by a 2,800-year-old king, Russell Edgington? Okay, the people who read Harris’ books already knew about this, but even they could not have envisioned Russell as portrayed by Denis O’Hare.O’Hare, a Tony Award winner for his featured role in TAKE ME OUT (film and television credits include MILK and a recurring role on BROTHERS & SISTERS), sits down on the set for Bill Compton’s front porch between lighting set-ups for a scene elsewhere on the soundstage to talk about playing his bloody Royal Majesty.

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Richelle Mead talks about Vampire Academy books

Richelle Mead's popular Vampire Academy series is taking a bite out of the publishing world.

The young adult books follow Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old half-vampire training to be a protector against evil vampires who are out for blood.

Of course, there's romance mixed in when Rose falls for one of her instructors.

"Spirit Bound," the fifth book in the series, hit the best-seller lists when it was released last month. The sixth and final book in Rose's story will be published in December. Mead will then begin writing another six Vampire Academy books about different characters.

The author talks about her protagonist, adult readers and whether Vampire Academy will appear on the big screen or television.

Q: Did you intend for the character of Rose to be so strong?

A: I'm not sure how I would write someone not strong. ... I wanted someone who has so much potential and isn't afraid to throw herself into danger ... but she's learning self-control.

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True Blood episode 3 will feature the most shocking sex scene ever seen on TV

“True Blood” is the most entertaining show this summer. But the HBO drama takes a startling turn at 9 p.m. Sunday that reminds everyone the vampires don’t play nice. The episode features a sex scene that I’d nominate as the most shocking I’ve ever seen. I think “True Blood” is becoming a show-biz institution.

HBO will use ”True Blood” to set up the season premieres of “Hung” and “Entourage,” starting at 10 p.m. Sunday.

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Blood 'N' Stuff

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