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Though I've been off the the trail of True Blood news this week past, it seems I have not missed a whole heckuva lot--which I suppose, is both good and bad.
If I can be super-honest, I believe HBO's publicity machine toned things down a bit this last week or so in conjunction with the release of Charlaine Harris's 11th edition of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Gothic Mysteries from which Alan Ball's True Blood premium cable TV show sprang.
We are so often reminded how the two are separate by fans of True Blood, fans of the Sookie books and by the creators of both, but the reality is that the two are inexorably intertwined. 'Sookie #11' was released today, May 3, so with that I'm hoping that we can get back the show.
Updated Casting Call May 21:
Deadline has recently published a new casting release for True Blood Season 4. According to them a new sheriff will be in town this year. Actor Peter Macdissi will be playing the part. As it turns out this won’t be his first time in an Alan Ball project. His IMDB resume revealed that he starred in Alan’s Six Feet Under and movie Towelhead. Of Macdissi’s role, Deadline says:
“ He will play Luis Patiño, a vampire sheriff in Louisiana, who harbors a troubled past with ties to the Spanish Inquisition, torture, and the witches that are settling in Bon Temps.”
Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega, PR Photos/Exposay.com
True Blood Casting Call News May 2:
Here’s the latest casting call for True Blood and the first one for Episode 10 (two versions of the news blurb).
[LITTLE GIRL] 6 to 8 years old to play younger. This terrified and lost little girl who is covered with blood cries out for her mother…1 line, 2 scenes
Source: Bookies ♥ True Blood
Producers are looking for a young girl, aged six to eight, to wander around covered in blood while screaming piteously for her mother.
Bon Temps will continue to burnish it's reputation as Louisiana's most supernatural town when True Blood 's fourth season premieres June 26 on HBO.
"There's going to be a lot of people not getting along," says Joe Manganiello, who plays Sookie bf-wannabe-hunky werewolf, Alcide Herveaux.
"The witches are starting trouble with the vampires, and the werewolves, of course, don't like the vampires, either. And the fairies don't like the vampires." "Alcide doesn't like vampires at all, so you'll definitely see that conflict," Joe Manganiello says. "But he doesn't like werewolves (his own kind) [either]. He does like Sookie, (however)."
How's that going to sit with Bill and Eric?
"His situation gets very complicated very fast," he says.
Mmmm...What's For Breakfast!?!:
Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) and his shaman boyfriend Jesus Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro) will face a culinary challenge straight out of reality show Survivor.
"Lafayette and I go on a huge adventure where some unfortunate things happen," Kevin reports. "We end up having a very creepy breakfast with some really interesting people, and Lafayette has a real hard time with it."
So what's on the menu? Cagey Kevin tells me the Bayou boys will chow down on one of these three delicacies: a) a cow face, b) a goat tongue or c) poisonous snake venom.
Sam and Tommy's Season 4 Story-Arc is Shaping Up!:
Shape-shifting brothers Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) will be taking to the skies in a owl vs. hawk mid-air chase. The scene required both men to strip down in the middle of the woods on a cold winter night in Los Angeles.*
"At one point, I had to match the trajectory of a hawk flying up to a trainer on a crane by jumping high and spreading out my arms to fly off," recalls Marshall.
He adds that this is only the beginning of the menagerie madness as...
"Tommy takes shape-shifting to a whole other level with a unique wild-card creature that will prove to be a game-changer in Bon Temps' supernatural power play."
(There is no way Marshall Allman spoke that tongue-twisting sentence without a script. No. Way.)
*I'm sorry, "cold winter night in Los Angeles?" Too funny! I mean, was there snow n' stuff? I'm assuming the writer (Keck) is based in L.A. If so, he knows that there is only two seasons in SoCal: summer and the rainy season.
Source 1: Keck's Exclusives: 'True Blood Ups the Insanity'
Source 2: Mega Buzz - True Blood - 27th April 2011: