May 31, 2012 |
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.
June 11, 2012 |
We shed a lot of ink here at the Ministry over the supernatural hotties of "True Blood," but as the fifth season of Alan Ball's hypersexual vampire series dawns, we're taking a look at one of the more regular folks: Todd Lowe, who plays Terry Bellefleur. Yes, we're using "regular" pretty freely. Lowe has been a subtle hit as the scattered Iraq war veteran Bellefleur, a short-order cook at fictional greasy spoon Merlotte's, romancing redhead Carrie Preston and surviving each season in Bon Temps, La., with redneck charm.
July 18, 2010 |
Stephen Moyer is baring his fangs like he means it. Over and over and over again. In character as the 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton, the star of HBO's campy drama "True Blood" is hovering midair, poised for a real throw-down. Fans won't see this scene for several more weeks, so revealing the bizarre and complex events that have led to it would only spoil the fun. In this densely plotted series, which recently garnered its first Emmy nomination in the drama series category, each episode is so revelatory that HBO has built its own wiki to help fans keep up. So far, 11.7 million of them are up to the task, tuning in each week for what show creator Alan Ball calls the " 'I can't believe I'm watching this' moments."
July 1, 2013 |
Louisiana's violent crackdown on vampires grows nastier in “True Blood” Episode 63, “You're No Good.” The state has plenty of resources - including lethal new weapons - but the undead are fighting back. To that end, vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) interrogates the Governor's daughter Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) and learns about “the camp,” a secret prison/research facility where “sick, sick, sick” experiments are performed on supernaturals. Willa also reveals her mother had an affair with a vampire, partially explaining the Governor's vendetta.
August 23, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
Sookie Stackhouse's powers might be even more limited than she thought: HBO's "True Blood" saw a big ratings dip in its sixth-season premiere Sunday. An average of 4.5 million viewers tuned in at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen. That was a 13% decline compared with last season's rollout. However, otherworldly waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her vampire pals squared off against tough competition Sunday, with the NBA Finals drawing a huge crowd on ABC (total-viewer numbers will come out Tuesday)
June 17, 2009 |
HBO's sultry vampire drama "True Blood" has become a surprise hit for the pay cable network and has almost single-handedly taken the network back to the top of the cultural zeitgeist. The show, whose second season premiered Sunday to numbers the network hasn't seen since the last days of its mob drama "The Sopranos," is also on track to become HBO's next cash cow. For Time Warner Inc.'s HBO, it couldn't come at a more opportune time.
June 10, 2013 |
The fifth season of HBO's vampire series "True Blood" maintained its spot atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the action crime film "Gangster Squad" knocked off Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" to take the top spot in rentals. Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 1 for sales and June 2 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD & Blu-ray sales 1. "True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season" | Warner Bros. | Week 2 2. "The Last Stand" | Lionsgate | Week 2 3. "Dark Skies" | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 1 4. "Parker" | Sony | Week 2 5. "Beautiful Creatures" | Warner Bros.
January 12, 2009 |
Yay, "True Blood." HBO's vampire drama was, believe it or not, the only new series from last fall honored at Sunday's Golden Globes. Of course, a show has to be nominated to win, and on that score, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. pretty much ignored the networks' latest offerings in this strike-impacted season. Not even ABC's "Life on Mars," based on the type of bracing BBC series Globe voters usually adore, could catch a break.