HBO: ‘True Blood’ Season Six Premiere Date Announced

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Via Press Release:

hbo_logoblueThe debut date for the sixth season of the hit HBO series True Blood has been confirmed.

The ten-episode season of True Blood kicks off SUNDAY, JUNE 16 at (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).  Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy®-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy®-winning series “Six Feet Under.”  The show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

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True Blood Withdrawal? SyFy’s Got You Covered With A Labor Day Marathon Of Vampires…

Yeah, we know it’s hard but the gang in Bon Temps is gone and won’t be back until next summer and since we could give a nut about Twilight we couldn’t tell you when that abortion of a franchise is returning to the big screen.  But don’t worry folks, SyFy feels your pain which is why they are bringing you a vampire movie marathon from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.  The highlight of this marathon is the film Daybreakers which is actually a pretty good flick and we reviewed it, here.

Via Press Release:

SYFY WILL SUCK THE BLOOD OUT OF LABOR DAY WITH VAMPIRE MOVIE MARATHON ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 

NEW YORK – August 14, 2012 – Syfy will take a bite out of the Labor Day holiday with a special vampire-themed movie marathon on Monday, September 3 from 8:30AM-3AM (ET/PT), highlighted by Stake Land (4:30PM), Blade II (6:30PM) and Daybreakers (9PM).

The three-day movie celebration kicks off on Saturday, September 1 at 9:30AM with movies such as Outlander (6:30PM) and Predator 2 (9PM).

The Sunday, September 2 film festival will be highlighted by Chronicles of Narnia: The Prince Caspian (8PM).

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

CONFIRMED – HBO: Premiere Dates For True Blood Season Five And New Series The Newsroom

Via Press Note:

The debut dates for the new seasons of the HBO series True Blood and THE NEWSROOM have been confirmed.

The 12-episode fifth season of True Blood will kick off SUNDAY, JUNE 10 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy®-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy®-winning series “Six Feet Under.” The show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

THE NEWSROOM kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 24 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This new series centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal relationships. Aaron Sorkin created the series and executive produces along with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul.

SCOOP! Gamera Reports: Christopher Meloni Joins Cast of True Blood For Season Five

True Blood correspondent Gamera, via THR, is reporting that long-time Law & Order: SVU detective and former Oz inmate, Christopher Meloni will be joining the cast of HBO’s vampire hit gore-fest, True Blood for its fifth season.  According to show creator, Alan Ball, Meloni will play  “an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands.”  Meloni, of course, recently left SVU after twelve seasons over a contract dispute and it’s been unclear until now what his plans were.

Now, don’t forget that in June, it was announced that Scott Foley would appear in the final episode of season four and would continue into season five as a recurring character, presumably with a major story arc.  At the time we had no idea of his role, but now we know that Foley plays Lt. Patrick Nevins, Terry Bellefleur’s, commanding officer when he served in Iraq. So, we actually have a little sneak peek already of what lies head of us for season five, and it’s gotten a huge boost in the credibility department with the addition of Foley and Meloni to the regular cast.

Yes, we freely admit that we have been very critical of True Blood in the past due to its “kitchen-sink” mentality, especially when it comes to supernatural adversaries (this is, if you recall, how Gamera got his job with The ‘Tastic as the True Blood correspondent as he was promised the role of the main adversary in season five), but we have to admit, season four was fantastic and the end was so brutally shocking that it left us speechless.  So needless to say, all of us (including Gamera, who still claims to be part of the fifth season cast) are really looking forward to season five.

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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.