Friday, July 9, 2010
Such was the case when Joe Manganiello learned he'd been cast as Alcide, Sookie's werewolf bodyguard and potential bedmate in "True Blood's" third season. But the celebration was short-lived since Joe now had to made his body live up to author Charlaine Harris' novel image of Alcide. "Arms the size of boulders" is a daunting description.
With his biggest episode to date airing this Sunday, I caught up with Joe to find out what it felt like to go from "True Blood" fan to featured actor, why he felt such a personal connection with Alcide and what lies ahead in the Bill-Sookie-Alcide-Debbie-Coot love quadrangle.
July 9, 2010
Reporting from New York -- —
The 101 Emmy nominations HBO scooped up Thursday marked the 10th straight year that the premium cable channel has won the most nods from the television academy.
Network executives hope the impressive tally, HBO's third-highest ever, will finally put to rest any lingering questions about whether it lost its cultural footing after the conclusion of "The Sopranos."
"It's really, really a sweet morning," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group. "What's so satisfying and so exciting is the fact that all of the areas we program in were recognized. We can be jumping up and down across the board."
The big winner of the day was the 10-part World War II miniseries "The Pacific," which garnered 24 Emmy nominations, the most of any broadcast or cable program. Two HBO films — "Temple Grandin" and "You Don't Know Jack" — earned 15 nods apiece.
There wasn’t a new episode of True Blood last Sunday, but then again, you probably needed that downtime to decompress from the previous episode’s insane final scene. On a show that commingles sex and violence as a general rule, that last encounter between Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) may have shredded the envelope: testing the limits of vampire-on-vampire hate-sex, Bill twisted Lorena’s head completely around between thrusts — and true to Lorena’s malevolent nature, she loved it.
Did Klaveno feel the same way about having to shoot it, though? With True Blood resuming its run this weekend, she called up Movieline to discuss exactly how they made it work, why Lorena just can’t get over Bill, and how J.J. Abrams is inadvertently responsible.
So you had a very, shall we say, “head-turning” scene in episode three?
You could say that. You could say “twisted.”
I’m sure you’re going to hear all of those jokes.
We were making them on the day of filming, trust me.
If you’re HBO, and Alan Ball comes to you and says “I want to adapt this series of books into a series,” you say yes. Tue Blood — Ball’s adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries novels — has been an immense success for the pay network, even landing an Outstanding Drama Emmy nomination yesterday.
So naturally, HBO has ordered a pilot based on the 2009 Charlie Huston crime novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, which Ball will produce and direct. Huston scripted the adaptation himself, which centers on “an inveterate twenty-something slacker who stumbles into a career as a crime scene cleaner, only to find himself entangled with a murder mystery, a femme fatale, and the loose ends of his own past. Ball’s comments as to his approach.
Though the novel deals with very noirish themes, Ball will shy away from the traditional visual style of the genre:
Dead in the Family sits on The New York Times' best-seller list for fiction. Her coming title, a co-edited collection of stories by a company of authors and called Death's Excellent Vacation (Ace), is due the first week of August, and "she" is Charlaine Harris — Tunica native, Rhodes College alum, Magnolia, Arkansas, resident, and very prolific and very successful author of, among a long list of fantastic tales, the Sookie Stackhouse Southern vampire series, which happens to be the source material for True Blood, the very successful HBO series.
But who, in her own words, is Charlaine Harris?
"I was born in Tunica, and for many years my father was a planter," Harris said recently by phone from her home in Magnolia. "He got a job as a schoolteacher and then as a school principal. And my mother worked at the local library for many years."
Reading in your family must have been a given.
Oh yeah, we were all great readers, my dad and brother included. It was our family pastime
Even though there was no new True Blood this week, we promised in last week’s Blood Work! vlog that we’d post something special to tide y’all over.
Posted by " Dallas " at 8:06 AM
iF: You’ve done a lot of theatre in New York …
O’HARE: Yeah. I went to school in Chicago and I did all my early theatre work in Chicago, kind of where I learned to act, and then I moved to New York in the early Nineties and that’s what I did. I’ve been a stage actor, I’ve done a lot of Broadway, I’ve done four Broadway musicals, a lot of Broadway straight plays. That’s kind of my thing, that’s what I did, was Broadway. And then I’ve always done TV here and there because of LAW AND ORDER in New York, but then this [TRUE BLOOD, which films primarily in Los Angeles]came along last fall and I was thrilled, because I love it.
O’HARE: I hadn’t.
Thursday – July 22
1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Charlaine Harris — Author and Comic-Con special guest Charlaine Harris gathered a huge fanbase with her novels and stories featuring her characters mystery-solving librarian Aurora Teagarden; Shakespeare, Arkansas resident Lily Bard; and the telepathic barmaid who befriends vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, Sookie Stackhouse. Once Sookie and company moved to the small screen with HBO's True Blood, Harris entered the superstar realm. Be a part of the very first Spotlight panel devoted to Charlaine and hear what she has to say about what comes next for Sookie and everyone else! Room 6BCF
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"True Blood" is done with Season Three, so when the news came down that the HBO vampire drama had earned its first nomination for outstanding drama, the writers were all alone.
"We're breaking Season 4, so I'm with the writers and we had a celebratory round of Starbucks," said creator and executive producer Alan Ball. "It's such a great time for television right now. There are so many great, amazing television series on. To be considered part of that by your peers is really gratifying."
Ball said he didn't even know the nominations were being announced Thursday, so he wasn't prepared for the onslaught of good wishes.
"I have such a tunnel-vision life," he said. "If I'm not working on the show, I'm home reading or walking my dogs in the canyon. I did not even know it was happening today, and it's a good thing because I probably would have been all nervous. When I woke up and there were a gazillion messages, it was a fantastic surprise."