Friday, September 10, 2010
This does not make this Dallas very happy.....True Blood, HBO's contribution to vampire-mania, introduced werewolves to the bloodsucking mix this season. With shape-shifters like Sam and now the revelation of Sookie's true identity as a fairy (or faerie), it's quite a hodgepodge of supernatural creatures. Perhaps a mummy riding a unicorn can trot through the show.
Neither the writing nor the acting on True Blood is very good. It's an after-dark soap opera with nudity and gore. (The CW's Vampire Diaries is proving you don't need either to make a great vampire-centric TV show.) In tonight's "Evil Is Going On," Sookie "contemplates a life free of vampires," but at this point, I'm just considering TV viewing free of True Blood.
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Most actors prefer to play complex characters, but relatively few are given the opportunity to play a character that embodies two different species. Actor Joe Manganiello (pronounced MAN-ga with a hard g nel-lo) has given a lot of thought to playing construction worker/werewolf/potential Sookie Stackhouse suitor on the third season of the Emmy-nominated HBO series TRUE BLOOD, created and produced by Alan Ball from the Southern vampire books by Charlaine Harris. “I think it makes things a little bit more complex, and I think with the fact it is a shapeshifter and the fact that they only shift into one animal, there are a lot of those traits that at any point in time are present. I think there’s kind of a sliding rule between human and wolf. At any point in time, they can exhibit qualities of both.”
That said, on the TRUE BLOOD series, Manganiello shares the role of Alcide with a real live wolf who plays the character when he’s in animal form. “His name’s Thunder – he’s a big gold timber wolf,” Manganiello says of his canine counterpart. “They let me meet him and put my hand out and he licked my hand and then he started staring at me with his yellow eyes.”
There's no best way describe this wildly weird season of "True Blood." There have been witches, dogfighting, kidnapping, werewolves and Alfre Woodard. So in preparation for the Season 3 finale (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO), we've pinpointed the best and worst of the year. Think of it as the Emmys meets the Razzies (the "Bloodies"?). And the awards for "True Blood" Season 3 go to.
Best New Character
Russell Edgington. All hail the King of Mississippi! "True Blood's" villains make the most compelling characters (we even warmed to Season 2's Maryann eventually), and Russell didn't disappoint. Alternately ruthless and witty, the power-hungry vamp (Denis O'Hare) stole every scene he was in. He's the most vicious vampire we aren't ashamed to love.
Hosting the live chat during the finale: Bauer (Pam) at 10 ET and Manganiello (Alcide) at 10 PT at HBO's bloodcopy.com.
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Posted by " Dallas " at 9:17 AM