Monday, September 14, 2009


Garners Over 2.4 Millions Votes, Up An Unprecedented 1042% Versus 2008 Awards

NEW YORK – September 14, 2009 – This summer, Bravo’s, the popular website for TV junkies, brought TV fans the annual Tubey Awards, a unique opportunity for TV junkies to choose the best, worst, most improved and just plain craziest characters, series, moments and more from the 2008-2009 television season. The response was a record-breaking 2.4 million votes cast in 80 fun and quirky categories, up a jaw-dropping 1042 percent in voter participation versus the 2008 Tubey Awards.

This year, partnered with TV Guide Magazine, Mediaweek and to bring the Tubey Awards to larger and more diverse audiences. Each partner featured their own exclusive Tubey Award polls tailored towards their respective readers and cross-promoted with The winners of 15 additional Tubey categories, including Character Most Deserving of a Spin-Off, Best TV Programming Trend and Sexiest Over-40 Female on TV, can be found at, and

Winners were announced today and include:
· Best New Show: “True Blood” (HBO)
· Best Drama: “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (Fox)
· Best Comedy: “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)
· New Series with the Most Wasted Potential: “Dollhouse” (Fox)
· Most Anticipated New Series of 2009-2010: “Glee” (Fox)
· Most Underrated Show: “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (Fox)
· Best Competitive Reality Show: “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
· Guiltiest Pleasure Show: “True Blood” (HBO)

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Although author Charlaine Harris created a set of indelible characters in her Sookie Stackhouse books, one of the most striking denizens of TRUE BLOOD,Alan Ball’s HBO series adaptation of the novels (which wrapped up its second season run last night), doesn’t appear in the print version at all. Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, the bratty yet vulnerable teen turned into a vampire by Stephen Moyer’s reluctant Bill last season, continues to be a riveting original. Jessica is Woll’s first role as a series regular, and by her own account, she’s having the time of her life in Part 2 of iF's exclusive interview.
iF: Do you have any specific epiphanies about Jessica that you can point to and say, ‘I suddenly realized …’?

WOLL: Hmm. There was one quite early on. Loneliness was one of the things that hit on me right away [about Jessica]. When I shot the first season, it had been clear to me that this was a very repressed young girl who was now freeing herself and trying to be an individual in a way she hadn’t been allowed to before. But then when they started writing the stuff with Hoyt, I started exploring this relationship with a boy and that love feeling, it occurred to me that this is the first time any man, or woman, or human being, had ever said something to her like, "You, by yourself, are great." Or "I think your smile is beautiful." These words are the first time I was ever being complimented in my life or anyone was accepting me and realizing actually what an incredibly lonely life that must be, so Jessica began for me as sort of this strike for freedom, then became this kind of desire and need for a companion, for love and a relationship, and now – I can’t reveal too much – it’s starting to pick up another little thing for me.

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Stephen Moyer to be a presenter at the Emmy Awards

Stephen Moyer to be a presenter at the Emmy Awards

Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS

STEPHEN MOYER stars in Alan Ball’s Golden Globe nominated series “True Blood” on HBO as “Bill Compton.” Other US television credits include leading roles in “Princess of Thieves,” NBC’s mini-series “Uprising” and USA Network’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated “The Starter Wife.”

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Vampires: How they've changed over the years

Look at ol' Christopher Lee, dressed up like the stereotypical vampire - black cape, white collar, hair all slicked back and teeth bared as he rasps at his victim. Oh, get back in your dingy coffin, you outdated has-been!

Vampires have come a long way since those old Hammer Horror movies, haven't they? I don't quite recall when the change took place, but I suspect it might have been Buffy and Angel who introduced a more glamorous version of vampire relations to our generation.

OK, there were movie adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire, but Buffy suddenly brought vampires to a whole new audience - lovestruck teenagers. Sure, vampires have been charming humans for years, with a view to emptying their veins. Actually, wasn't it Interview With The Vampire that gave us a first-hand look into the lifestyles of vampires?

Vegetarian vampires...

Back in the Hammer Horror days, Vlad the Impaler was the sinister aggressor. He'd keep entire Transylvanian villages in mortal terror, but you never knew what motivated him beyond blood lust. Anne Rice's vampires had more depth - Louis de Pointe du Lac establishing a vampire character who was horrified by his compulsion to drink blood - the first of the vegetarian vampires?

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'True Blood' scoop: Denis O'Hare crowned King!

Insert your own fresh meat joke here: Off my just-completed one-on-one with Alan Ball, I’ve learned that True Blood has cast Tony winner Denis O’Hare (Take Me Out) as the king of Mississippi.

The veteran actor’s name may not be a household one, but you’ve for sure seen him. He’s appeared in roughly a million movies (Milk, Duplicity, Quarantine) and pretty much that many TV series, too (most notably a 10-episode run on Brothers & Sisters).

O’Hare joins True Blood as a series regular. He’ll debut early into the show’s third season, slated to air next summer.

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Exclusive: 'True Blood' finale postmortem with Alan Bal

Though last night’s True Blood finale tied up a bunch of loose ends, it also untied a bunch more! For instance (spoiler alert): Who kidnapped Bill? Why was Eric mostly MIA? Will the Queen return? Are Jessica and Hoyt over? What is Sookie? And that’s for starters. Luckily, series creator Alan Ball agreed to a little post-episode Q&A to finish us off.

Some folks were surprised by the structure of the finale and your decision to wrap up the Maryann story in the first 30 minutes.
I try to look at the show as basically almost like it’s a novel, and each episode is a chapter. I guess I’m influenced by the fact that when I watch TV shows, I watch the [DVD] boxed sets. Ultimately, it’s just organically the way it worked out. And the season finale last year was very similar.

Why wasn’t there more Eric in the finale?
There is a reason for not seeing Eric in the last part of the episode, but if I explain it, I’ll be [giving away] too much.

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Life after ‘True Blood'

Good ideas from Fearnet

With the season finale of True Blood looming, and another season not expected for a full year, what is a fang-banger to do? We've got your guide to some great vampire projects to keep your bloodlust up until season three.

For Your Sookie Fix: A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

October 6th will see the release of the newest Sookie Stackhouse book, A Touch of Dead. Unfortunately, it is not a new novel, but a collection of previously published Sookie short stories. But hey, it will be nice to have them all in one place, right? The next original Sookie Stackhouse novel won't see the light of day until May 2010. There are nine previous Sookie Stackhouse novels out there, so now might be a good time to catch up.

To Fill the Bill Vs. Eric Void: The Vampire Diaries

Kind of like Twilight's little sister, the new CW series focuses on recently-orphaned teen Elena, and the two vampire brothers vying for her attention when she returns to school. It is good vs. evil incarnate, as Stefan wants to live alongside humans as equals, but Damon embraces his undead heritage. Imagine Elena as Sookie, Stefan as Bill, and Damon as Eric – but with less sex and nudity. Hey, this is network TV!

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True Blood wins an Emmy for Outstanding Casting

It has yet to be seen what else horror programming might be honored for when the Emmy awards are handed out next weekend, but "True Blood" got things rolling in the right direction with what the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences felt was the industry's best casting.

Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein were honored for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series for the HBO program. The two beat out the casting teams from "The Tudors" on Showtime, "Mad Men" on AMC, "Damages" on FX and "Friday Night Lights" on NBC.

A Few Nagging Questions From Last Night's 'True Blood' Finale

From Newsweek Vox Pop

Last night's sophomore year finale of HBO's True Blood, the summer's most talked about show, did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made me want Season 3 to start next Sunday night. But, it's going to be nine whole months until my beloved vampires, shifters and Bon Temp townies get together for some beer or blood down at Merlotte's, which has to be the coolest bar. Ever. As far as finale's go, Beyond Here Lies Nothin'' did wrap up the season's major story arc in typical gory, campy True Blood fashion. (Bye MaryAnn. It was fun.) But like all good serials, it left me with a few nagging questions, all of which are making my head hurt and my eyes go all crazy black like I'm one of MaryAnn's minions. (Spoilers ahead!)

First, if Sookie is immune to the thrall of MaryAnn, why did Jason's eyes go all black? I mean he and Sookie are brother and sister. Right?

Is Andy going to be able to stay off the sauce? Let's get real. Remembering that you saw your friends and colleagues naked and sex-crazed can be stressful. So is providing a cover story for Jason, who shot Eggs, who I think really wanted to commit suicide-by-cop.

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Go Ask Dallas: What does the note say that Sam's adopted father gave him?

Here it is:

Melinda and Joe Lee Mickens last know in Magnolia, Ark.

I'm sorry

Any other questions about last night episode?

This location is a nod to Charlaine as according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas :

Jean Charlaine Harris Schulz is a horror and mystery writer whose novels have a distinctive Southern setting and are often full of dark humor. Several of her “Southern Vampire” books have served as the basis for the HBO television series True Blood, which debuted in 2008. Her twenty-sixth novel, Dead and Gone, made its debut at the number one position of the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list on May 21, 2009....She currently lives in Magnolia (Columbia County).

MaryAnn and Sam

I think this is really hauntingly beautiful scene

True Blood Season Finale: Eat Your Heart Out

from NY Magazine

A plot-packed finale wraps up the season, but leaves us in suspense. Things with Maryann come to a dark climax; Sam, Eggs, and Hoyt each have to face their pasts; Jason and Andy’s vigilante act turns deadly; and Sookie looks again at herself — and at her relationship with Bill.

Gospel or Gorilla Shit
The Philosopher Queen rambles on about how Yahtzee is the perfect antidote to a meritocratic culture; the undead have plenty of time, so they’ll be playing to 5 million. She offers some not-very-convincing sympathy to Eric over the death of his maker, and brings up that maenad. She gave Bill some “hand-me-down folklore” but advises Eric not to get involved — and then gossips disapprovingly about Bill’s monogamy with his human. Sookie’s cousin is pleased to hear he’s in love — and the Queen ventures that Eric must be, too. “Have you tasted her? She’s not human,” notes the Queen (But when did she taste Sookie? How much do the vampires know about her?). She’s more interested in how Bill knows she has humans selling vampire blood. Eric rightly says Bill doesn’t know she’s behind his commercial venture — and he promises he’ll take care of Bill Compton. Happily, she drove Eric to that agreement by pouncing and kissing and threatening him. He’s not her type, and she was just trying to get a rise out of him; once his fangs come out, she’s back to Yahtzee.
Bite Count: Nearly one. Tease!

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Terry's tshirt 'beaucoup dien cai dau'= crazy in the head

Speaking of t-shirts we also had found Terry last night wearing a t-shirt that reads 'beaucoup dien cai dau' it goes on to read:

I suffer from occasional loss of mental stability, and become very violent with only slight provocation. The Veterans Administration has determined that both mental and physical harassment of my person may be hazardous to your health and well being. So stay out of my face.

I can only find mention of this phrase at on right wing gun sites.
I'm sure there will be zazzle / cafe press version today!

** NOTE Terry wears the same shirt ealrier in the series - here is is wearing in S2 Ep 4

According to the Urban Dictionary:


"boocoo" is the illiterate Americanized version of the French adverb "beaucoup" meaning much or many, that was used in Vietnam.

An expression commonly used in Vietnam was, "boocoo dinky dow", spelled correctly would be "beaucoup dien cai dau" meaning much crazy in the head or perhaps as the Vietnamese may have said, crazy as a kicking rooster, much like the American expression, "mad as a wet hen".
dien = crazy dau = head and captalized Dau = rooster

Also remember in the books Terry is a veteran of the Viet Nam War.

** Terry is also seen wearing this same tshirt earlier in the season here he is in Episode 4.

Appearance on HBO's ‘True Blood' sparks run on Mullet Festival T-shirts

All it takes is one celebrity wearing a piece of clothing to make it cool.

Fish and festivals aren’t the reason people are clamoring to purchase replica Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival T-shirts online. A faded, vintage T-shirt that appeared on HBO’s "True Blood" series has sparked a new trend.

In the third episode of the hit show’s second season, shape-shifter and bar owner Sam Merlotte sported a faded "Third Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival" shirt.

While many CafePress and other design-your-own clothing sites sell the shirts for more than $20, locals have been able to buy the now-hot commodity for 33 years this October.

"I look back now at all those shirts I had and wish I had kept every one of them," said Niceville City Manager Lanny Corbin.

Corbin said he got phone calls and e-mails from friends as soon as they saw the shirt on HBO. A Mullet Festival T-shirt also has appeared on the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother."

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True Blood watching party menu

Another True Blood watching party menu - I love the idea of the meatloaf, I would make my in the shape of a heart ..Ha ! Thanks VikingVamp

“Bloody” Meat Tree (meatloaf, filled with ketchup for the bleeding effect an covered with Lafayette sauce! To make sure we had enough, a big ole’ pot of Laf SauceDessert you ask? Why Hunter’s Soufle, of course!! We even topped it with our “tribute” to the rascally Maenad Maryanne! To drink? TRUE BLOOD of course!!

True Blood Inspired Wedding

As mentioned in yesterdays post, a few of us Wedding bloggers were asked by Jaime of Its a Jaime Thing to create some True Blood inspired wedding ideas, whether it be the characters of the show getting married, the actors themselves, or anyone wanting a wedding inspired by the vibe of the HBO show True Blood.

I wanted to create a wedding bouquet that a bride marrying a vampire would carry. Since I always design my bouquets for the bride, I started creating the bride in my mind as well, and that started a whole process of imagining the bride, the setting for the ceremony, etc. I love putting together things that aren't normally seen together, so I loved the idea of a human bride marrying her vampire love (as corny as that sounds) and what she would look like just before the ceremony. I imagined this "girl next door," with long blond curls, waiting for her dark (yet pale!) handsome vampire to start their life together, her last evening in the truly human world of daylight, as she enters into a life spent mostly in the evening time.

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Nelsan Ellis talks about 'True Blood's' finale and what's next for Lafayette

As the wild and largely enjoyable second season of HBO's "True Blood" came to a close on Sunday, most of the residents of Bon Temps, La., wanted to put the insanity that had gripped the town behind them.

No one was more interested in sweeping things under the rug than Lafayette Reynolds, the cook at Merlotte's, Bon Temps' favorite watering hole.

Like most of the people in Bon Temps, Lafayette had fallen under the sway of the charismatic Maryann (Michelle Forbes), who was actually a creature known as a maenad.

Over a period of weeks, Maryann had turned more and more townsfolk into her unhinged acolytes, and though Lafayette had held out longer than most, he eventually succumbed.

[Events from "True Blood's" Season 2 finale will be discussed below. If you haven't seen the episode, be forewarned.]

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True Blood Sucker Punch: Episode 12

From Mark Blankenship

Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that Miss Jeanette was lying dead in the back seat of Andy Bellefleur's car, and now Eggs is lying dead next to Andy Bellefleur's car.

But hey... seasons can't go on forever, and "Beyond Here Lies' Nothin'" sends True Blood out in style.

First, I tip my hat to Alexander Woo for writing such satisfying scenes for Queen Sophie-Anne. After her first appearance, I figured I'd be sending her No Thank You cards, but Woo really turned it around.

In this episode, Sophie-Anne is actually invested in what's happening. She's commanding Eric to sell her blood to humans, and she's making a big show of her power over him. Combine that with her casual references to her disdain for every living thing, and she suddenly seems like someone whose immortality has made her a cruel and disinterested god. She's bored by her existence---hence all the board games---so she amuses herself by making the world her plaything.

More to the point, Sophie-Anne is exactly what Godric chastised Lorena for being---a creature who has gotten more petulant with age. But since Sophie-Anne is so powerful, her childishness makes her dangerous, like a howler monkey with a handgun.

I also appreciate that this week's episode suggests last week's Sophie-Anne was a put-on... that all the stuff she told Bill about Maryann was intentionally confusing. If that scene was convoluted on purpose, then it's a lot more interesting.

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Just In Time For Tonight's True Blood Season Finale

Freddy in Space reviews Tru Blood

Tru Blood has arrived! My dad ordered a four pack of the synthetic blood replica from the HBO store a couple weeks back and while HBO was initially unsure of whether or not the bottles would arrive in homes in time to be consumed along with the season 2 finale, i'm happy to report they have. The bottles are an exact replica of the ones seen on the show - the only difference is that instead of blood, they contain blood orange soda. Close enough!

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Chat with Sam Trammell


If you’re going to play Sam Merlotte, the resident shapeshifter of Bon Temps, Louisiana, then you’ve quickly got to get over any issues of modesty that you may have. Fortunately, when it comes to getting naked, Sam Trammell is a professional: before getting his gig on “True Blood,” Trammell’s work as a stage actor had already found him undressing in front of an audience. Whether or not he’ll be back in his birthday suit for the second-season finale of “True Blood” remains to be seen, however, as Trammell was understandably hesitant to divulge any spoilers, but we did discuss quite a few other things about his time on the HBO series, as well as several other items on his resume, including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem,” and his surprising connection to alligators in his various projects. First, though, we had to chat about the last time we saw each other…and what the topic of conversation had been.

Bullz-Eye: Hey, man, how are you doing?

Sam Trammell: I’m good! How are you doing?

BE: I’m good. So, did you just want to talk about the Psychedelic Furs for half an hour or so? Because when we were talking after the TCA Awards, I think we spent more time talking about the Furs than we did “True Blood.”

ST: (Laughs) Yeah, absolutely! I’m always ready to talk about the Furs! So how have you been, man?

BE: I’ve been good.

ST: Good! Yeah, that was a fun night, a pretty cool time.

BE: It absolutely was. My wife says to say, “Hi,” and that we’re both psyched for the season finale come Sunday night.

ST: Good! It’s gonna be…well, you know, it’s gonna be intense, as you can imagine. Very, very intense.

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Alexander Skarsgård: “Where I am now, I am by my own force.”

Alexander Skarsgård has gotten his final breakthrough in the States by playing a Viking vampire in the TV-series “True blood” DNs Erik Ohlsson has met the new born Hollywood star that is still picking up his own laundry.

There are 600 churches here,” Alexander Skarsgård informs us, while folding his long body into a purple-red Toyota Prius and taking us sightseeing in the town that will be his home for the next seven weeks.

Shreveport’s central parts are strange. The town, which is situated in northern Louisiana and is the size of Malmö, has a central core where decayed store houses are mixed with shiny polished sky scrapers. In addition the town consists mainly of churches and casinos. A merciless sun is burning the dusty roads. We see some occasional cars but not one single pedestrian.

This part of Louisiana is heavily struck by unemployment. To improve the economy, the state rulers have decided to give movie companies big reductions in taxes if they record in Louisiana.

Alexander Skarsgård has one of the leading roles in a new version of Sam Peckinpahs drama “Straw Dogs,” that right now is being recorded in and outside of Shreveport. The original movie came out in 1971 and was heavily debated due to its content of heavy violence. The new version of “Straw Dogs” will also turn bloody, Alexander lets us know.

Alex, as everyone calls him, wants to eat lunch and we drive towards the town’s house blocks where green gardens mix with strip malls.

On the radio, tuned into the local country station KXKS, Justin Moore sings about the benefits of living in an American small town, “Smalltown USA.”

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HBO could be sharpening fangs for True Blood game

Those who can’t get enough of the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse might be in for a digital treat, as HBO has recently filed for the trademark of "True Blood" for use in videogames.

What this means is anyone’s guess. Could be anything from a full-on console title to a Flash game embedded into the show’s official Web site. My wildest dreams have an entire Fangtasia space being made available for PlayStation Home. I mean, I hope I didn’t make my Home avatar look exactly like actor Alexander Skarsgård (who plays 1000-year-old vampire Eric on the show) for no reason.


True Blood Music Video of the Day: Black Black Heart by David Usher

Black Black Heart by David Usher
Thanks kellygirl2002