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(2008–2014)

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True Blood (2008) is broadcast in over 40 countries.
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Alexander Skarsgård originally auditioned for the role of Bill.
Ian Somerhalder auditioned for the role of Jason Stackhouse.
The American Southern accent sounding main cast includes Anna Paquin who grew up in New Zealand, British Stephen Moyer, Australian Ryan Kwanten and Swedish Alexander Skarsgård.
To shoot the title sequence, the production crew took a 4 day trip to Louisiana, Chicago (where the church was filmed), and Seattle (for the bar scenes and writhing bodies). They would jump out of their cars as soon as they saw something they liked, or got permission to shoot people's homes, like the man in the rocking chair. He later had a few beers with them. Executive producer Mark Bayshore is the man dancing with the girl, her arm around him, and his sons are the boys with berry juice over their faces.
Photos of the cast and crew are seen behind the bar at Merlotte's.
The title sequence avoids using any of the actors because Alan Ball dislikes other TV shows that do that. Since we're watching these people for the next hour anyway he doesn't see the point in it.
Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels makes a cameo in the Season 2 finale at Merlotte's. Also in the same episode, Bill Compton has a reservation at a French restaurant, and where he's written Mr, the r is superscripted, just like it was in the olden days; a reflection of his age.
Fangtasia is filmed at Alex's Bar in Long Beach, California.
Kristin Bauer van Straten always panics when she has to say things in Swedish.
The part of Tara Thornton was originally given to Brook Kerr. Rutina Wesley replaced her after two episodes were filmed. All of Kerr's scenes were re-shot.
Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) originally auditioned for the role of Cooter.
The name of the fictional northern Louisiana town, Bon Temps, means "good times" in French, and is a nod to the Cajun expression, "Laissez les bon temps roulez!" ("Let the good times roll!")
In the novels, Tara doesn't appear until Book 2, Living Dead In Dallas. She's only a minor character and not Sookie's best friend like she is in the series.
Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin) previously auditioned for the role of Sookie Stackhouse.
The books are told from Sookie's perspective, but the series breaks away from this approach.
The name of the werewolf bar, "Lou Pine's," is a play on the word "lupine," an adjective that means "having to do with wolves" (from the Latin "lupus," for wolf).
Stellan Skarsgård was offered a role but had to turn it down as he was unavailable.
Michael Raymond-James hired a dialect coach to pull off a Cajun accent. The two worked closely on the script, inserting French into Rene's dialogue for effect. Some people found it hard to understand this, because his accent was that authentic. The dialect coach did the same work with Michael Jeter on The Green Mile (1999).
Sam Trammell is the only cast member who is actually from Louisiana, the setting of the show.
Each episode title is also the title of a song from popular or Christian music.
Alexander Skarsgård, who plays Eric, is from Sweden and the language spoken by him and his subjects is Swedish.
Currently the show with the largest cable audience, a record previously held by The Sopranos (1999).
Godric's name in the book series is Godfrey, a 1000 year old vampire.
Each episode title is a song that always plays out over the end credits. One of the songs from Season 2, Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus had to have a line changed. It went from "white as snow" to "black as snow" to remove any connection of race and sin, and the suggestion that white is pure while black is not.
Maryann is supposedly a Maenad. In Greek, this is a female follower of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine. To illustrate that point, Maryann is often seen drinking a glass of wine.
The Bon Temps police station is an actual jail in Hawthorne, California.
The exteriors for the mansion home of Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi, and his husband, Talbot, were filmed on location at Longwood, a mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. Longwood is unusual in several respects: it is an octagonal structure, an architectural style that was otherwise unknown at the time in the region; the tower has a large, onion-shaped dome on its top; and because the Civil War interrupted its construction, it has never been completed - the family that commissioned it was never able to live in the main part of the house and instead furnished the basement. Longwood is a registered National Historic Landmark
Nearly every episode of True Blood (2008) ends on a cliffhanger. The following episode picks up right where the last one left off.
The Dallas hotel Sookie and Bill Compton check into in Season 2 is the hotel Carmilla, a reference to the vampire novel of the same name from 1872. The scenes at Carmilla were shot in 2 days, 18 hours for the first and 24 hours the following week. The guests brushed shoulders with Anna Paquin as well as the employees.
Humans marrying vampires is illegal in the book series.
The first season is based mostly on 'Dead Until Dark,' the first book of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series.
In the book and TV series, you can rescind a vampire's invite, which goes against most vampiric lore.
Russell Edgington favors Waterford crystal. His mansion is filled with pieces, and the urn containing Talbot's remains his also by Waterford. According to production designer Suzuki Ingerslev, the pieces were lent to the production by the owners of the famous Irish crystal manufacturers because they are fans of the show.
Godric is a teenager in the novels. When his lair was blown up it was actually destroyed. It was toughest on the crew because they built it from scratch.
While shooting some of Season 2, Ashley Jones was concurrently appearing in The Bold and the Beautiful (1987). She often went without sleep between shifts. She also has a no-nudity clause written into her contract, even when the casting call insisted on it. So whenever Daphne's character involves anything like seduction, its done in silhouette instead.
Vampires cry tears of blood in the series; this may have been inspired by the works of Anne Rice, where vampires do the same.
The bird lady sculpture that Sam Merlotte stole from Maryann was made in 3 days. 2 other copies were made and kept on standby. Cindy Jackson didn't mind because she was used to tight deadlines after designing toys for Happy Meals. She did it in her kitchen after her studio was demolished by a wayward driver. The sculpture was a bird lady because it best reflected Maryann's nature, which is why Michelle Forbes performed many scenes with her arms up in the air; she's supposed to be communing with her god.
The Fellowship of the Sun church is the Sky Rose chapel at Rose Hills memorial park in Whittier, California. Its 15 miles East of downtown LA. Its the largest cemetery in the US with over 600 employees. It was one of the first to offer all services of memorialization.
Because vampires are scarred by silver, they cannot use traditional silverware; Russell Edgington's table is set with gold flatware.
Stephen Moyer performs "Hard Hearted Hannah" at the piano in Season 2.
The environment of Bon Temps, hot and humid, is meant to be like a character in the series; to set the scene for passion and horror.
At Maryann's mansion, there is a mural of Pan beside the pool. The female figure in the mural was altered to look like Maryann.
During Season 1, we see the coffins of the three members of Malcolm's nest. One of the coffins in the nest (specifically the green marble one) has "Gott ist tot" written repeatedly around it's side. "Gott ist tot" is German for "God is dead".
In season 4 the name of the Shreveport Werewolf pack leader is Marcus Bozeman. In Dutch "Bozeman" means 'angry man'.
Queen Sophie-Anne's house doesn't have an ocean view really; the windows each had a custom made diorama to give the illusion of a view; its meant to show what she might like to gaze upon in daylight.
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten and Nelsan Ellis are the only actors to appear in every episode of the series. Scott Winant is the only director who worked on every season.
The stones in Miss Jeanette's exorcism belong to one of the show's writers, Chris Offutt. He has a whole collection of them since childhood.
Anna Paquin married Stephen Moyer on August 21st 2010.
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Russell Edgington is a Viking in the book series.
Bill Compton was born on April 9, 1840, and died (made into a vampire) on November 25, 1868, according to the novels. Although he has the appearance of a 28 year old man, he is 168 years old in the pilot episode.
Stephen Moyer is the only cast member who directed episodes. He directed 3 episodes between 2012 - 2014.
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Each season is loosely based on the corresponding novel in the book series.
Katee Sackhoff was offered the role of Debbie Pelt but turned it down to appear in the pilot Boston's Finest (2010).
Sarah Palin was offered a cameo as herself in the final season.
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Joe Manganiello revealed in an interview that there were plans for a emotional storyline with Robert Patrick (Alcide's father) and another with him teaching Luna's daughter what it meant to be a werewolf, but the change of showrunners in the middle of season six ditched all those ideas.
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James Marsters auditioned for the role of Eric Northman but producers felt he was too short for the part.
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In the book series, True Blood is called Life Flow (O Negative) most of the time.
Maryann's mansion was filmed close to the Huntington Library and gardens, the Santa Anita racecourse and the LA arboretum; all popular filming destinations.
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Season 2 corresponds loosely to Living Dead in Dallas, the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Season 3 corresponds loosely to Club Dead, the third book in the series.
Michelle Forbes watched the films of Ken Russell, as well as channeled 80s artist Lydia Lunch to get her portrayal of Maryann.
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Paola Turbay (Antonia Gavilán) previously auditioned for an unnamed vampire role.
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Stephen Moyer starred in the 2011 post-apocalyptic vampire flick "Priest" between seasons of "True Blood".
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After Alan Ball left the showrunner position after season 5, Mark Hudis took over. But after a few episodes of season 6 had been shot, Hudis was replaced with Brian Buckner, who ran the show until the end.
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Courtney Ford (Portia Bellefleur) previously auditioned for the roles of Daphne Landry and Debbie Pelt.
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The main note creator Alan Ball gave Michelle Forbes to portray Maryann was to play "pure bliss".
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In Season 4, the bird that Marnie brings back to life is named Minerva. Fiona Shaw plays Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter series, which contains a witch named Minerva McGonagall.
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