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The debate was fierce in TV Overmind back offices but I managed to come out with a list of the Top 5 Writers/Creators Currently On Television. The stringent criteria were three-fold and eliminated several contenders.
Qualification #2 – The shows must be original entities and not spin-offs. Sorry Shonda Rhimes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice", and Russell T. Davies of "Doctor Who", "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures".
Qualification #3 – They must currently have a series on the air. David E. Kelley's "Boston Legal" ended in 2008, so his vast legacy, which includes "Picket Fences", "Ally McBeal", and "The Practice", doesn't get a shot. And Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night", "The West Wing", and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is also between projects. »
Fear not. Though there are many and myriad reasons to get HBO, in Canada it just became available and I subscribed (along with the other mandatory bundlings) for the primary purposes of being able to see True Blood, which is along with the Daily Show, my favorite program. The producer and creator of True Blood, Alan Ball, has decided to drop a boatload of new cast members on us when the next season arrives in the hot, hot summertime. The fine folks at Scifiwire have taken the time to do what I should have done myself, compiled a list of pics and bios for all the new vamps, werewolves and general hotties about to further spice up what was already pretty spicy. Season 3 of True Blood starts in June. Reruns will have to do til then. »
Alcide is about to put a major kink in True Blood's polarizing Eric/Sookie/Bill triangle. At least that's the word from the werewolf's portrayer, Joe Manganiello, who makes a strong case for an Alcide/Sookie pairing in Part 2 of our exclusive Q&A. (You can read Part 1 here.) The 33-year-old actor also weighs in on the length of his commitment to the show and why he isn't afraid of those crazy Team Bill and Team Eric fans. Will your Alcide be different from the Alcide in the books? Joe Manganiello: Alan Ball and I had a conversation »
- Michael Ausiello
Lindsay Pulsipher joins True Blood. Lindsay Pulsipher (A&E's The Beast) has booked a recurring role on HBO's third season of True Blood, according to Variety. She joins How I Met Your Mother star Joe Manganiello, who has recently joined Alan Ball's vampire series. Other recently-cast members of the series include Cooper Huckabee, J. Smith-Cameron, Alfre Woodard, Denis O'Hare, Marshall Allman, Theo Alexander, Grant Bowler, Shannon Wells, C.C. Sheffield and Natasha Alam. »
Prayer works according to Joe Manganiello, Alan Ball's latest werewolf, who credits his True Blood casting with the hours of spiritual pleading he clocked 25 years ago: "When I was a little kid, the nun at my elementary school said if you pray for something hard enough, it'll happen. And I would pray every day with all of my heart that God would turn me into a werewolf." Over two decades later, Manganiello's pleas were answered with an invitation to Bon Temps, which crumbled Sookie's future wereman-meat into fitful sobs: "I'm not afraid to admit that I started crying." Now that his tears have dried, Manganiello is subjecting himself to daily "Werewolf Workouts" to get that Lautner 16-pack. [EW] »
Now that you've had time to adjust to the idea of Joe Manganiello in the role of Alcide on True Blood, it's time to get to know the man behind the monster. In Part 1 of an exclusive two-part Q&A, the One Tree Hill hunk opens up about the phone call that changed his life, the childhood incident that foreshadowed his casting, and the punishing "werewolf workout" that will turn him into a half-human heartthrob. How did you find out that you won the role? Joe Manganiello: I had three meetings with Alan Ball. , I got a call from my agent and manager. »
- Michael Ausiello
To mark the end of the Aughts, we gave readers the chance to name those they felt who had the biggest impact over the past ten years in a variety of pop culture areas. Over the next week we are going to be announcing the winners starting with the movie director, television writer and author. Up first, our only straight winner!
Film Director: Ang Lee
Having made Brokeback Mountain (#1 in our 2009 poll of the greatest gay movies) alone likely would have been enough to earn Ang Lee this award, but the gay-friendly director also made Taking Woodstock, another gay-themed flick, just this year, as well as The Wedding Banquet back in 1993. Clearly, he loves telling our stories and we love him for doing so!
TV Writer: Alan Ball
Production on HBO's hit vampire series, True Blood, resumed early this month for its third season, which is set to air in summer 2010. Based on all the casting news that has been released for just the first few episodes, it looks like there will be plenty of newcomers. (Minor spoilers ahead)
Fans of Charlaine Harris' books will be familiar with the werewolf Alcide Heveraux, another love interest for Anna Paquin's Sookie. He will be played by actor Joe Manganiello, who has had recurring roles on One Tree Hill and How I Met Your Mother. Alcide's casting information calls him articulate and heroic, but a little rough around the edges. He helps Sookie in her search for Bill, but he has a psycho girlfriend named Debbie Pelt, who is a fascinating but much hated character in the books. Executive producer Alan Ball said at the Paley Center writers event »
- Janie Logan
You can scarcely swing a dead cat lately without hitting some kind of best-of-the-decade list (even though, technically, the first decade of the 21st century doesn't end till next year).
Well, here comes another one. Rather than try to construct another best-shows-of-the-'00s list, though -- something that's already been done here, there and everywhere -- I decided to focus on individual episodes from 2000-09. Are these the flat-out "best" episodes of television over the past 10 years? Probably not. But these are the ones that stick with me, that I can still remember not just for brilliant lines or beautifully constructed plots, but for how I actually felt while watching them. They are, simply, my favorites.
Here's my list, in no particular order. What's yours?
"Final Grades" ("The Wire")
HBO sent critics the entire run of season four of "The Wire" before it premiered in 2006. I had watched the first »
It's about time Lafayette settled down.
The sassy short-order cook on True Blood, who has exchanged sexual favors for V in the past, will find a man that appreciates him for his personality (and smokin body, of course) on season three of the HBO hit.
Michael Ausiello reports that the character is getting a boyfriend! True Blood creator Alan Ball - who said this summer viewers would see a more “vulnerable” Lafayette - is searching for a sexy Latino actor in his 30s to fill the role.
Any suggestions on who this should be? Share them now in our True Blood forum! »
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Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org Question: Thanks for all the True Blood casting news! Do you have any other scoop on season 3? -Jkh Ausiello: It's happening: Lafayette is getting a boyfriend! A True insider tells me that Alan Ball is quietly searching for a sexy Latino actor in his 30s to play a lust interest for everyone's favorite same-gender-lovin' blood dealer. (Over the summer, Ball confirmed that viewers would see a more "vulnerable" Lafayette in season 3.) Got casting tips? »
- Michael Ausiello
Fans of "True Blood" can definitely expect a hook-up between Eric and Sookie, Alexander Skarsgard affirmed. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the HBO drama series star assured that his character and Anna Paquin's will eventually fall into each other arms. "It's bound to happen at some point," he said. "There is definitely something between Sookie and Eric."
Although he confidently said the hooking-up will take place, the 33-year-old actor admitted that he didn't know whether it will be seen in season 3. "I'm not sure if it's going to happen now or anytime soon or in season three, but eventually," he said. "It's a big part of the book, so I think something will happen at some point. I'll do my best to mess things up between Sookie and Bill. We'll see how well I do!"
Speaking up more about his character, he expressed his wish for the new season. »
And the powers-that-be behind HBO's popular series True Blood still aren't done filling out the character roster for Season Three. Today another new female was added, one named Crystal Norris, who shares an "electric connection" with Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten).
According to The Hollywood Reporter Crystal, a beautiful "barefoot, sundress-wearing woman", will be portrayed by Lindsay Pulsipher, whom genre buffs will likely recognize from the Masters of Horror episode "The Fair Haired Child". Most recently she's been in A&E's The Beast.
In the Charlaine Harris books on which True Blood is based, Crystal is a full-blooded werepanther who is first introduced in the fourth novel and reappears throughout the storyline up until the ninth book, Dead and Gone. We'll see how much showrunner Alan Ball deviates from that formula come June, 2010, when the third season premieres.
And there are still several additional characters yet to be cast so stay »
- Uncle Creepy
18 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cast as a new regular on Alan Ball’s vampire drama, she will play Crystal Norris, a barefoot, sundress-wearing woman who shares an electric connection with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) before vanishing into the forest.
She joins a slew of new players on “True Blood” for the upcoming third season, including regulars Denis O’Hare and Joe Manganiello, Theo Alexander, Grant Bowler, Cooper Huckabee, J. Smith-Cameron and Alfre Woodard.
Pulsipher is repped by ProTalent and manager Marie Mathews. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Joe Manganiello has been cast as burly werewolf Alcide in the upcoming third season of "True Blood," a role HBO assures us will be crucial. In Charlaine Harris' "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" series, Alcide Herveaux, a full-blooded werewolf, first comes into play in the third book, "Club Dead." In that novel, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård in the HBO series) enlists Alcide to help Sookie (Anna Paquin) track down the kidnapped Bill (Stephen Moyer). Alcide had been considered one of the key new parts of the third season since creator Alan Ball mentioned his involvement in the fall. Still yet-to-be »
- HitFix Staff
True Blood already has a ridiculously sprawling cast filled with vampires, shapeshifters, were-vampires, shape-wolves, and drunken hayseeds (the most dangerous of all!), but it seems like every day brings with it a new casting notice for Season 3. Who are all these new people? Who will they be playing? And most importantly, how naked will Alan Ball make them get? Here's Movieline's handy-dandy guide to help you make sense of it all: »
Joe Manganiello ("How You Met Your Mother," "One Tree Hill") has been cast as Alcide, an alpha male werewolf, in HBO's "True Blood." Also joining Alan Ball's vampire drama is Cooper Huckabee, who will play Sam's (Sam Trammell) dad Joe Lee Mickens. This follows the Monday castings of J. Smith-Cameron as Sam's estranged mother Melinda Mickens and of Alfre Woodard as Lafayette's (Nelsan Ellis) mom. Major new cast additions to "True Blood" for season three include Denis O'Hare, Marshall Allman, Theo Alexander and Grant Bowler. Shannon Wells, C.C. Sheffield, Gregg Daniel and Natasha Alam have all landed roles as well. »
And a final (at least for today) bit of casting has come down for the hit HBO television series known as "True Blood". That's right, ladies ... another new addition to the cast of crazies has been announced, and we're guessing that you would be more than happy to put the old bite on this one!
According to The Hollywood Reporter "How I Met Your Mother" star Joe Manganiello has been tapped to play the recurring role of Alcide, a "hot and sexy" alpha male werewolf in Alan Ball's vampire driven opus.
Manganiello will be joining the previously announced Cooper Huckabee who will play Sam's dad Joe Lee Mickens, J. Smith-Cameron as Sam's estranged mother Melinda Mickens, and Alfre Woodard as Lafayette's mom.
"True Blood" resumes its steamy bouts of bloodsucking goodness this June. Stay tuned for more as it comes.
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- Uncle Creepy
When "True Blood" returns to small screen in 2010 with season three, Anna Paquin could be seen having a fling with Joe Manganiello. HBO has recently confirmed that the actor who stars as Owen the Bartender on "One Tree Hill" has landed the recurring part of werewolf Alcide Herveaux.
Series creator Alan Ball has discussed about the possible romance between Sookie and Alcide in early 2009. "I believe [Alcide] appears first in the third episode," he detailed. "Alcide is already in love with someone, a very bad woman named Debbie Pelt. But will he fall in love with some else? It's too soon to say."
Although mentioning that it was too soon to talk about the fling, he did mentioned that the two characters will get along. "This good-looking, rough-looking, but articulate and basically decent man is not what he seems," he said. "He is a heroic type and he and Sookie get along really well, »
Anna Paquin's Sookie Stackhouse is just about the luckiest girl in the world. Not only does the True Blood lead get to canoodle with the likes of Alex Skarsgård's vampire Eric and Stephen Moyer's vampire Bill, but now she gets a sexy werewolf, too? HBO confirms that True Blood producers have cast Joe Manganiello as sexy werewolf Alcide Herveaux for season three of the cult-hit supernatural series. Here's what we can tell you about this character, and the actor who's just won the part: True Blood boss Alan Ball told us earlier this year, "I believe [Alcide] appears first in the third episode. Alcide is already in love with someone, a very bad woman named Debbie Pelt. »
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