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July 2, 2012 | By Scott Collins
This just in: HBO has renewed"The Newsroom"after just two airings. The new drama starring Jeff Daniels as the hard-bitten anchor of a struggling cable news network drew 2.1 million total viewers for its first airing at 10 p.m. Sunday night. That makes it among HBO's most-watched drama premieres in recent years. "Game of Thrones"-- the fantasy that has since become a big hit for HBO -- delivered 2.2 million for its series premiere in April 2010. And the vampire hit"True Blood"bit into just 1.4 million in 2008.
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September 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
HBO is finally putting a wooden stake in heart of its vampire show. "True Blood" is set to end in 2014 at the conclusion of its seventh season. The network made the announcement on Tuesday with a statement from HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo, who said, "Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show....
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June 18, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre
If there's a formula for the success of “True Blood,” it might lie in the alchemical properties of blood, sex and magic. But for his final turn as show runner, series creator Alan Ball has mentioned that he plans to emphasize religion and politics. Those subjects are hardly new to Bon Temps, but in Sunday's episode, “Authority Always Wins,” we begin to learn the details concerning the central conceit of the season. There is, it seems, a vampire bible, an original testament that describes how Lilith, Adam's “first wife,” was made in the image of God: a vampire.
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August 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Stephen Moyer will once again tap into his musical-theater roots. The "True Blood" star has been cast as Capt. Georg Von Trapp in NBC's live holiday production of "The Sound of Music,” alongside the previously announced Carrie Underwood as Maria. The three-hour production, set for Dec. 5, is based on the original 1959 Broadway production by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which won a Tony for best musical. The 1965 film version, starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the head of the Von Trapp family, won five Oscars, including best picture.
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June 8, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Given Broadway's penchant for turning just about anything into a musical, here's an idea: Take “The 66th Annual Tony Awards,” hosted once again by Neil Patrick Harris, and make it into an actual Broadway...
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August 21, 2011 | Chris Barton
UNDERRATED The Wood Brothers' 'Smoke Ring Halo': There's something about the dog days of summer that makes the intimate, rustic pace of roots music sound that much better. Co-led by vocalist Oliver Wood and brother Chris (of the jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood), this band's latest album is a lush trip away from the urban sprawl, with a casual drive mixed with taut musicianship. Start with the swerving jangle of "When I Was Young. " Fiona Shaw on 'True Blood': Gory, trashy and sometimes just goofy, "True Blood" is a show you can either accept on its campy terms or not. And while there isn't much room in Bon Temps for nuanced dialogue or Shakespearean acting, this Irish stage actress' turn as coven leader Marnie Stonebrook has been a pleasure.
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September 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
HBO is finally putting a wooden stake in heart of its vampire show. "True Blood" is set to end in 2014 at the conclusion of its seventh season. The network made the announcement on Tuesday with a statement from HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo, who said, "Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show....
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July 22, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Perhaps the saddest, most poignant sequence of "True Blood" Season 6 unfolds in the "Don't You Feel Me" episode when Todd Lowe's character -- war-scarred veteran Terry Bellefleur -- is shot by a sniper. He bleeds out in the arms of his loving wife, Arlene (Carrie Preston), as she comforts him by singing a lullaby. Since the critically acclaimed HBO drama launched in 2008, this is the first time an original, regular cast member has met the "true death," in "True Blood" speak. Making Terry's demise even more tragic is the fact that the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder crippling his gentle soul finally lifted when he's "glamored" into forgetfulness by a vampire.
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August 21, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
While James Franco gears up to enchant us in "Oz the Great and Powerful," his younger brother Dave continues to work his own magic on girlfriend Alison Brie.  The "Mad Men" actress has been seeing Dave since late May (after he ended this relationship), and clearly the pair has kept the heat throughout the summer. Spotted on Saturday at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, Alison and Dave -- whom everyone referred to as "Davey" (is that what we're doing now?) -- rolled together to the birthday party of actress Danielle Panabaker.
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June 12, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin have finally revealed the names of their twins. The stars of vampire fantasy "True Blood" welcomed their little boy and girl prematurely last September but have remained mum about their monikers. But now the husband-and-wife actors have spilled the beans. Their boy is named Charlie and their little girl is named Poppy, E! News reported . PHOTOS: 'True Blood' Season 6 premiere The couple shared the deets at the "True Blood" Season 6 premiere Tuesday night at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
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August 21, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Rutina Wesley of "True Blood" has filed for divorce from her husband of eight years. Wesley, 34, plays feisty vampire Tara Thornton in the campy HBO series, which wrapped its sixth season on Sunday. The actress filed for the split from actor Jacob Fishel on Aug. 16, according to court documents obtained by People and TMZ. In the document, Wesley cited irreconcilable differences and has requested that Fishel not receive any spousal support. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 Wesley and Fishel met while attending the Juilliard School and married when they graduated in June 2005.
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August 19, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Mysterious faerie/vampire Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) reveals his monstrous self -- and eventually gets staked in the heart -- on “Radioactive,” the sexy, gory, action-packed Season 6 finale of HBO's “True Blood.” Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) breaks the news to Warlow that she's not ready to go vampire and spend eternity together. Her vamp friends are safe, no longer needing Warlow's sun-resistant blood, so maybe dating is better than nuptials. As for her undead friends, they're dancing in the daylight, stripping off their Vamp Camp prison garb and engaging in orgiastic sex. They also want to play croquet and volleyball.
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August 12, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
With the “true death” about to strike down all the inmates at notorious Vamp Camp, rivals Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) come to the rescue in “Life Matters,” Episode 69 of HBO's “True Blood.” In the previous episode, Eric drained nearly all the blood from Warlow (Rob Kazinsky), an ancient faerie/vampire who can walk the earth day or night. Now vampire Bill wants what's left of that blood to save his imprisoned subjects. But that's a nonstarter for Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)
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August 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Superhumanoids have been booting-up in Los Angeles for the past half-decade, gradually earning a vocal, devoted fan base through gigs at the usual Silver Lake and Echo Park indie hangouts and prepping "Exhibitionists," its debut album. A warm album that draws heavily from the 1980s tones of Human League, the modern-day future disco of the "Drive" soundtrack and synthetic R&B, "Exhibitionists" at its best delivers memorable, singalong dance-pop that feels one placement in "Girls," "True Blood" or an Apple ad away from a breakout.
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August 5, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) wrestles with an incredibly huge decision in “Dead Meat,” Episode 68 of HBO's “True Blood.” If Sookie persuades faerie/vampire Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) to donate his sunlight-resistant blood, her imprisoned vamp friends will escape a fiery “true death.” But in exchange for Warlow's cooperation, Sookie must marry him and lose her mortal self. "If I do this, I want you to be mine -- forever,” insists Warlow, who's loved Sookie for nearly 6,000 years and understandably can't wait much longer to tie the knot.
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July 22, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Perhaps the saddest, most poignant sequence of "True Blood" Season 6 unfolds in the "Don't You Feel Me" episode when Todd Lowe's character -- war-scarred veteran Terry Bellefleur -- is shot by a sniper. He bleeds out in the arms of his loving wife, Arlene (Carrie Preston), as she comforts him by singing a lullaby. Since the critically acclaimed HBO drama launched in 2008, this is the first time an original, regular cast member has met the "true death," in "True Blood" speak. Making Terry's demise even more tragic is the fact that the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder crippling his gentle soul finally lifted when he's "glamored" into forgetfulness by a vampire.
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July 15, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The vampire craze may be cooling down, but ratings are still strong enough for "True Blood" to keep it going another season. HBO announced on Monday that it was renewing the series about vampires, witches, werewolves and everything else for a seventh season. Despite a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, including the departure of series creator Alan Ball at the end of Season 5 to focus on other projects, and the departure of his replacement showrunner, Mark Hurdis, midway through the sixth season to develop his own series for HBO, fans continue to watch the antics of Sookie, Vampire Bill and the rest of the supernatural residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
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May 31, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
A show like HBO's "True Blood" looks like a blast to put together, but there's plenty of sweat and tears to go along with all that dripping red.  In a word: "We shoot the [stuff] out of these episodes," cast member Kristin Bauer van Straten told the Ministry at the show's season five premiere after-party. At the newly redesigned Hollywood mega-club Lure, cast and crew toasted their efforts (with one episode left to complete), which can get extreme in the fictional land of always-naked vampires, werewolves, witches and such.
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July 15, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The vampire craze may be cooling down, but ratings are still strong enough for "True Blood" to keep it going another season. HBO announced on Monday that it was renewing the series about vampires, witches, werewolves and everything else for a seventh season. Despite a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, including the departure of series creator Alan Ball at the end of Season 5 to focus on other projects, and the departure of his replacement showrunner, Mark Hurdis, midway through the sixth season to develop his own series for HBO, fans continue to watch the antics of Sookie, Vampire Bill and the rest of the supernatural residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
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July 15, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Here's a burning question from HBO's “True Blood” Episode 65: Is ancient Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) essentially good or evil? Yes, he massacred his village in 3496 BC after being transformed into a faerie/vampire by the mother of all vamps, perpetually naked Lilith (Jessica Clark). But to his credit, Warlow regretted the slaughter and killed Lilith to ease his troubled soul. And, yes, he murdered the parents of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). But if you believe Warlow, he did it for love - and to save Sookie's life.
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