All Sorts Of Pre-Premiere True Blood Stuff… Gamera Reports! (SPOILERS!)

The ‘Tastic’s official True Blood correspondent and featured mythical creature set to be featured in True Blood‘s fifth season, Gamera, has a whole bunch of pre-premiere information about the upcoming fourth season.

First, Gamera reports via THR that HBO will have the second epsiode of the season available immediately following the premiere on Sunday Night via the HBO Go App  for iPad and iPhone and via HBO go on your PC.  The downside to this is that the HBO Go App doesn’t support Vidoe-Out so if you have an iPad or iPhone you’re stuck watching it on your particular device or on your PC.  Keeo in mind that in order to watch full episodes through HBO Go, you must be a current subscriber of HBO and you must be registered with your cable provider’s website and be the primary account holder.  We found this last detail out the hard way. Go to HBOGo.com to register.

Next, Scott Foley (Grey’s Anatomy, The Unit) has been cast in a major role for the fourth season finale.  No word on what the role is (obviously, not this soon) but if HBO picks up TB for a fifth season (starring Gamera) as it is expected to, Foley’s role will be recurring.

Taking this a step further, we’ve also learned that Alan Ball is currently in negotiations for the aforementioned season five (starring Gamera), which Ball suggests may be the last for him, however he envisions the show proceeding without him for several seasons.

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“Right now I’m in the middle of negotiating for a fifth season,” Ball told The Hollywood Reporter at Tuesday’s Season 4 premiere in Hollywood. “I don’t know if I have any left in me after that. We’ll see…”

“Ball first hinted at the series continuing on without him earlier this month in an interview with Rolling Stone in which he said, “I don’t believe True Blood is 100 percent dependent on my participation. It has a strong following and a really strong cast, and there could be a future where I step back and the show would continue.”

Also appearing for two episodes this season is Catherine Helmond, our beloved Mona from the 80’s sitcom, Who’s The Boss.  Helmond will play BonTemps Sheriff Andy Bellefleur’s grandmother.

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THR has come out with a great list of 14 things you should know about season four. There’s a lot to it and it’s very spoiler-heavy so we’re not going to post it here, but check it out directly from the source right here.

Finally, HBO just can’t seem to keep things to themselves either, apparently, having released episode descriptions for the first five episodes of the season.  Though definitely spoiler-ish, they’re pretty generic so this time we will post them here.

Via Press release:

TRUE BLOOD

JULY EPISODES

Episode #37 “She’s Not There,” Sunday, June 26

Sookie (Anna Paquin) journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) try to win back the human public; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds refuge in close quarters; Sam (Sam Trammell) bonds with his own; Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) debate the dinner menu; Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) urges Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to join a coven; and Terry (Todd Lowe) tries to alleviate Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) fears about the baby.

Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Episode #38:  “You Smell Like Dinner”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JULY 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates:  July 3 (11:30 p.m.), 5 (11:30 p.m.), 6 (10:00 p.m.), 9 (12:15 a.m.) and 14 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  July 4 (9:00 p.m.), 7 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (12:30 a.m.) and 10 (2:00 p.m.)

Sookie (Anna Paquin) adjusts to Bon Temps’ new realities; Bill (Stephen Moyer) reveals pieces of his past; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) crashes a witches’ meeting; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) gets his wounds licked; Andy (Chris Bauer) struggles with his addiction; Sam (Sam Trammell) learns of Luna’s (Janina Gavankar) special talents; Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) satisfies her blood cravings; and Arlene (Carrie Preston) witnesses strange behavior from her family.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

Episode #39:  “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JULY 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  July 10 (11:05 p.m.), 12 (11:00 p.m.), 13 (10:30 p.m.), 14 (10:00 p.m.) and 16 (10:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  July 11 (9:00 p.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m.) and 17 (4:00 p.m.)

Sookie makes a deal with Eric, and reconnects with Alcide (Joe Manganiello); Bill punishes an errant vampire and counsels a guilt-ridden Jessica; Jason is cast as a reluctant savior; Tommy (Marshall Allman) eyes a scam and alienates Sam; Marnie (Fiona Shaw) flexes her newfound powers; Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) delivers an ultimatum to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Jesus (Kevin Alejandro); Eric spoils Sookie’s faerie reunion.

Written by Alan Ball; directed by David Petrarca.

Episode #40:  “I’m Alive and on Fire”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JULY 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  July 17 (11:05 p.m.), 19 (11:00 p.m.), 20 (10:00 p.m.) and 23 (11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT), and Aug. 3 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  July 18 (9:00 p.m.), 21 (10:00 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.), and 24 (4:00 p.m.)

Alcide helps Sookie hunt for Eric; Marnie searches for guidance to break a spell; Bill discovers a common bond with the Bellefleurs; Jason begs for liberation from Hotshot; Sam penetrates Luna’s inner circle; Arlene sees the writing on the wall; Tommy returns to his roots.

Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Episode #41:  “I Hate You, I Love You”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JULY 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

HBO playdates:  July 24 (11:05 p.m.), 26 (11:35 p.m.), 27 (10:00 p.m.) and 30 (10:15 p.m.), and Aug. 3 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  July 25 (9:00 p.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.), 29 (11:00 p.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m.)

Sookie nurtures Eric; Bill gets involved personally in the necromancy crisis; Pam takes the veil; Sam becomes Tommy’s accomplice; Arlene and Terry look to religion to solve their problem; Jesus and Lafayette head to Mexico to harness a shaman’s power; Jason convalesces.

Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Daniel Minahan.

Episode #42:  “I Wish I Was the Moon”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JULY 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  July 31 (11:00 p.m.) and Aug. 2 (11:30 p.m.), 3 (10:00 p.m.) and 6 (12:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Aug. 1 (9:00 p.m.), 4 (10:00 p.m.), 5 (12:05 a.m.) and 7 (6:00 p.m.)

Sookie searches for Jason under a full moon; Marnie connects with spirits of the past; Arlene and Terry cope with a suspicious inferno; Debbie (Brit Morgan) urges Alcide to join a new werewolf community; Tommy trades places with Sam; Lafayette feels the spirit in Mexico; Eric surrenders to his King’s will.

Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

HBO: True Blood Seasons 1 – 3… In Under Five Minutes (VIDEO)

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For this generation of television audiences with short attention spans, HBO has made catching up on True Blood ahead of the season four premiere this Sunday, June 26th easy by releasing the cool little video below that provides a synopsis of the important stuff that’s been going on over the last three seasons.  This has been approved by our, True Blood corespondent, Gamera who as we noted, will be featured prominently in season five.

Geek Alert! Torchwood: Miracle Day Official Trailer Released

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever. – Starz

Starz has released an official trailer for the upcoming series Torchwood: Miracle Day that actually contains footage from the new series as opposed to every other trailer out there. Now, when we say ‘new series,’ we use the phrase loosely as the series is only new to the U.S. in first-run.  It’s actually the fourth season of the BBC SciFi hit, Torchwood, which is a spinoff of the BBC SciFi hit Dr. Who. As an aside, here’s the thing we don’t get:  they call a season a ‘series’ in th U.K. So, this begs the question,  if they call a season a series what do the call a series?  Did we mention that their food is awful as well.

Anyway, we started watching Torchwood a few months ago on Netflix streaming and we love it and one of the things that’s so great about it is that the U.K., ironically, does not have the same kind of puritanical standards for broadcast television that we have here in the U.S.  Unlike Dr. Who, this show simply is not appropriate family viewing in the U.S. without serious editing (which is exactly what we assume they did when they aired the first three seasons on BBC America).  Honestly, this show can’t even be aired on F/X, and is the domain of premium cable exclusively and that’s why we’re thrilled that Starz picked this up instead of FOX, which was the original intention.  It would have been a watered-down mess if it had been on a Big-5 network.

Just by watching this trailer, it’s obvious that the U.S. treatment of this show is going to provide a much-deserved blockbuster film-feel upgrade, and look… Bill Pullman’s working again!  Now, we need to make clear that fans who have never watched the series shouldn’t be scared off by jumping into the fourth seasons.  First the show has been like The X-Files in both substance and style and even though there is a continuing story-arc, the episodes have stood on their own.  Now, this new season, as to be expected from any premium cable drama will obviously feature a self-contained story-arc over the course of the ten-episode season and even though you may have not watched it before, rest assured that the producers will fill you in on the pertinent details that you’ll need.  But, don’t forget, you can always get yourself acquainted by checking out the series on Netflix.  I mean, seriously… we’re only talking about 31 episodes and you have over a month to do it and there’s not that much else on TV, right now.

Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres on Starz on Friday July 8th at 10:00 p.m.  and we highly recommend it.  You’re going to have a blast.  By the way, if you’re one of the few people who have an Internet connection and don’t have Netflix, you can still watch full episodes of seasons one through three right on YouTube as apparently no one’s caught up to the fact that users have uploaded it.  Check it out here.

HBO: New True Blood Season Four Trailer Released

Although we feel this series jumped the shark last season, we are compelled to present the latest trailer for the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s vampire sex and gore-fest, True Blood because despite our misgivings, you know we’ll be sucked into it again as we are invested now.  Looks like they are adding witches and zombies this season.  When pressed by The ‘Tastic as to who they will be adding as an adversary for the vampires of Bon Temps for season five, Alan Ball replied that they are seriously considering Godzilla arch-rival, Gamera, and casting Russell Brand as the witty, local giant turtle expert.  Ball stated that if the audience will buy fairies as an integral part of a plot on a show revolving around vampires, there’s not a whole lot they won’t buy so they’ll just continue to do what’s worked in the past for them as far as the writing is concerned: smoke a lot of pot and go with the idea of the guy in the room who is the most wasted.  Season four of TB premieres on HBO on June 26th.  The top one is of better quality however, the bottom one is longer.

TV SCOOP! FOX Renews Family Guy & The Cleveland Show Through 2013

We just got word that FOX has renewed both Family Guy and The Cleveland Show for a tenth and fourth season, respectively, entrenching them long-term into FOX’s Sunday Animation Domination block.  FOX had already renewed both of these MacFarlane shows for a ninth and third season, respectively,  along with American Dad, for a seventh season (as well as Bob’s Burgers) for Fall 2011.  Recently, we speculated  that FOX has ZERO faith in the success of their two new mid-season 2011 -2012 animated shows, Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory and this move by the network only goes to reinforce that opinion.  We don’t blame them because we don’t either.

Press release forthcoming.

ALERT! J.J. Abrams Can Drink Less: FOX Renews Fringe For A Fourth Season!

To our absolute and utter amazement, FOX announced on March 24th that they would not only be renewing the fan-favorite Sci Fi series, Fringe but that they had also ordered a complete 22 episode season.  All we can say is, “Holy crap!”

Via Press Release From FOX:

FOX RENEWS “FRINGE” FOR FOURTH SEASON – IN BOTH UNIVERSES

FOX has renewed critically acclaimed thrilling drama FRINGE for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

“FRINGE has truly hit a creative stride and has distinguished itself as one of television’s most original programs. The series’ ingenious producers, amazingly talented cast and crew, as well as some of the most passionate and loyal fans on the planet, made this fourth-season pickup possible,” said Reilly. “When we moved the show to Fridays, we asked the fans to follow and they did. We’re thrilled to bring it back for another full season and keep it part of the FOX family.”

FRINGE co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said, “We could not be happier that the fans of FRINGE (and our most excellent partners at FOX) have allowed us to continue telling stories from the fringe for another season!”

“This early pickup comes at a perfect time as we start production on the Season Three finale,” added FRINGE showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman. “We join the cast and crew in thanking our loyal fans and FOX for allowing us to have this much fun telling stories we love.”

Since moving to Fridays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) in January, FRINGE is averaging a 2.2/7 among Adults 18-49 and has established itself as Friday’s No. 1 series in the core adult demographic.

The compelling third season continues tonight, Friday, March 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. In the “Bloodline” episode, the intensity of life “over there” accelerates as a pregnant OLIVIA (Anna Torv) is kidnapped and finds herself in mortal danger. As the Fringe Division races against time to find her, agent LINCOLN LEE (guest star Seth Gabel) receives some heartbreaking news as WALTER (John Noble) stops at nothing to preserve the new branch of the Bishop family tree.

Created by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers, while Kurtzman and Orci are consulting producers. Additionally, Pinkner and Wyman serve as the series’ showrunners. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fringe and follow the series on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fringeonfox (@fringeonfox).

J.J. Abrams... He can cut back on the drinking.

Now, before you go and start referring to the two commentaries we did on both the viral video campaign by FOX regarding the move to Friday night and the piece that we did in response to the criticism we received, and how these two pieces are evidence of our lack of insight or credibility, we would like to state for the record that we stand by everything that we claimed in both of those pieces.  Those two pieces are accurate analyses of FOX’s history over the last 20 years and what a move to Friday normally means with this network.  There’s not a whole lot of room for debate as the track record is not in dispute and J.J. Abrams agreed with us.

That being said, we would like to refer you back to that first piece and how we opened the door for FOX to prove us wrong (scroll to the last paragraph):

Do not trust FOX and their claims of unmitigated support for Fringe or any other show they move to Friday until they can be proven to be trustworthy.  The first step in doing that would be for them to order the remaining episodes for this season and order an entire fourth season and promise to air all of the episodes.  At this point, that would be the only way we would ever trust them and that’s not going to happen…

So, there it is. FOX accepted the challenge and achieved 2 out of the three conditions and the third condition, which was probably unrealistic to begin with, may have happened without FOX officially saying it. The thing is, no one expected FOX to renew Fringe for a fourth season, but the fact that they not only renewed it, but they renewed it in March AND ordered a complete season can only lead us to believe that FOX is indeed in it for the long haul and yes, we admit it, committed to Fringe‘s success.  Like we said, it’s going to be a long road to recovery for us with FOX but this surprise scheduling move along with their decision to renew American Dad for a seventh season (and also order a complete season of 22 episodes for that show in March as well) is very promising indeed.

Terra Nova: Allegedly to debut in Fall 2011

That being said, as much as we hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, the question that will inevitably be asked is: why? Is FOX that concerned about the state of its pilots for Fall 2011 that they would rather play it safe by keeping Fringe around? Do they have no faith in Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova NOT being delayed yet again?  Or, is it perhaps, FOX execs have decided to take a new approach and change some of the old practices that have earned them the reputation of being a show-killer?  Or is it just the fact that maybe they just really like Fringe and see that it can be successful on Friday night?  Or, since they now have a Fall version of the American Idol juggernaut, Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor, are they going to do what we suggested in our first piece and that was to let the big money-makers support the quality scripted programming?    We don’t know and we don’t really care. We’re just glad to get another season out of one of our favorite shows.