From hollywoodreporter.com: 'True Blood's' Seventh Season Will Be Its Last
HBO made the announcement Tuesday, with the final 10 episodes slated to air in
True Blood Season 6 Finale
HBO is ending True Blood.
The premium cable network announced Tuesday that the vampire drama based on
Charlaine Harris' books will concluded with its 10-episode seventh season.
"True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," said HBO
president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. "Alan Ball took the
books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent
Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken
its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to
Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular
sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this
amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye
to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a
fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."
Added Ball, who stepped down as showrunner ahead of the drama's recently
concluded sixth season: "From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought
there was potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast
and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest
expectations. I'm deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and
collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights
in Bon Temps with us."
Said Buckner, who will steer the series to its conclusion: "I feel enormously
proud to have been a part of the True Blood family since the very beginning. I
guarantee that there's not a more talented or harder-working cast and crew out
there, and I'd like to extend a personal heartfelt thanks to them for their
dedication and tenacity over the years, especially this past year, as I stepped
into a larger role. Thank you also to HBO for their unwavering support and of
course to Alan Ball, whose genius enabled all of us to share in this incredible
journey. Finally, a huge thank you to the most passionate fans in television. As
we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to
bring Sookie's story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun."
HBO renewed True Blood for its seventh season in July after its sixth season
opened to 4.5 million total viewers in June -- down about 700,000
year-over-year. The vampire drama ranks as HBO's third-most-watched original
scripted series ever, trailing only The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.
Following the conclusion of its sixth season -- which ended with a new alliance
between humans and vampires, Buckner told The Hollywood Reporter that he thought
the series had "one or two more great years.
"It's going to be an HBO call," he continued. "I don't have the answer yet. I'm
requesting it. I want to know if I'm breaking the final season or not. I do hope
to get that answer. The show is viable as long as the audience still cares. They
might be mad right now, but they care," he said, with a nod to Alexander
Skarsgard's then-uncertain future with the series.
Beyond True Blood, HBO has dramas Boardwalk Empire returning for its fourth
season and the fourth season of Game of Thrones set for spring 2014. The future
for cable news drama The Newsroom remains unclear as HBO has said it would like
to see it return for a third season, but the fate of the series rests on
showrunner Aaron Sorkin and his busy schedule.
On the pilot side, the cabler is developing Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers, a
rock-and-roll drama from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger with Bobby Cannavale
attached, and Cold War drama The Missionary.
The final season of True Blood returns next summer. A formal premiere date has
not yet been announced.
Carrie Preston (Arlene) is nominated for her role in "The Good Wife". The Emmys
air September 22 2013 at 5:00pm on CBS.
True Blood" is nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series,
and Rutina Wesley is also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Series. The awards show airs Friday, February 1 on NBC.
Vote for your
favorites in the People's Choice awards, including "True Blood"! You can
vote as often as you'd like until December 13th. The show airs January 9th on
Just Plain Hot: True Blood’s Sookie and Alcide
were chosen for The 2011 TV Guide Magazine Hot
List in this week's issue!
‘TRUE BLOOD’ STAR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT CAPTIVE CHIMPANZEES
Kristin Bauer and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine launch
campaign on Change.org asking U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend
endangered species protections to captive chimpanzees.
WASHINGTON, DC – Actress Kristin Bauer, who plays Pam on HBO's True Blood,
has launched a campaign on
Change.org with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect captive
campaign asks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the
endangered species protections currently given to wild chimpanzees to
captive chimpanzees used in experiments and the entertainment industry and
kept as pets in United States.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the incredible intelligence and rich,
complex social lives of chimpanzees,” said Bauer. “It would be shameful to
see them go extinct in the wild as we continue to exploit them here in the
U.S. in invasive experiments, entertainment and as pets.”
Bauer cites studies demonstrating that when people see chimpanzees used in
commercials and interacting with humans in the media, they are more likely
to believe that chimpanzees not only make good pets, but that they are not
endangered in the wild.
“The Endangered Species Act should protect all chimpanzees, including
those being used in laboratory experiments,” said John Pippin, M.D.,
F.A.C.C., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “No other
developed countries allow invasive research on chimpanzees because of
ethical and scientific problems with such experiments. The U.S. must do
more to protect humankind’s closest genetic relatives.”
campaign is likely to draw national attention to the lack of
protections for captive chimpanzees. The actress is encouraging True Blood
fans to sign her online petition
campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for
“It’s really impressive to see Kristin Bauer rally her
fans around giving chimpanzees a voice,” said Change.org Director
of Organizing Stephanie Feldstein. “Through her
campaign n Change.org, Kristin’s fans can take action on a cause
that’s important to them. Change.org empowers anyone, anywhere to start a
campaign on issues that matter to them, and it’s been incredible to watch
campaign take off.”
A proposal to extend protections to captive chimpanzees is currently under
consideration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The public comment
period for the proposal ends October 31.
Live signature totals from Kristin Bauer’s campaign:
For more information on Kristin Bauer’s group, please visit:
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a
nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts
clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and
effectiveness in research.
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True Blood boss Alan Ball will
executive-produce a new Cinemax series, titled
Los Angeles Times reports. Unlike his
HBO hit, this dark comedy will have no
supernatural elements. --from tvline.com
Alfre Woodard (Ruby Jean) is nominated
for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Vote in this poll! Michelle Forbes (Maryann)
is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress
for her role in "The Killing".
According to TVline's Ausiello, "True Blood
bounced back from the previous week’s July 4th
holiday-impacted lows with 5 million viewers."
FIRST WAVE OF “TEEN CHOICE 2011” NOMINEES
ANNOUNCED “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and GLEE Lead Film
and TV Categories with Most Nominations; Taylor
Swift and Selena Gomez Lead Top Artist
Categories Special Airs Sunday, August 7, LIVE on FOX TEEN CHOICE 2011 will celebrate the hottest teen
icons in film, television, music, sports and
fashion in the choicest, star-studded two-hour
event airing live Sunday, Aug. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM
ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. “The Twilight
Saga: Eclipse” leads the TEEN CHOICE 2011
nominees with 12 nominations, and GLEE has nine
nominations. In addition, “The Vampire Diaries”
has seven nominations, while “The Hangover Part
II,” Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez each earned
six nominations. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per
category for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2011
Performers, presenters and additional nominees
will be announced soon. Anna Paquin is nominated for Choice TV Actress:
The fourth season of TRUE BLOOD returns THIS Sunday, June 26 at 9/8c, only
on HBO! True Blood Facebook apps...
IMMORTALIZE YOURSELF Launched June 7, the Immortalize Yourself Facebook application allows fans
to make an exclusive interactive Season 4 video starring themselves, their
friends, and their favorite True Blood characters. Since launch, over
90,000 videos have been created and shared by Truebies. http://itsh.bo/immortalizeTB BLOOD LINE Fans sign up to receive a weekly call from a different True Blood cast
member all season long. The app allows fans to opt-in to the calls, as
well as RSVP for Sunday’s premiere.
http://itsh.bo/TBbloodline PROFILE LAYOUT Fans are invited to “show their true colors” by applying a Season 4
banner across their profile pages with the official Profile Layout app.
http://itsh.bo/TBprofile The True Blood Facebook page can be found at
http://facebook.com/trueblood . Fans of the series also engage with the
official True Blood Twitter profile 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at
TRUE BLOOD® – MUSIC FROM THE HBO® ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3 TO BE
RELEASED THIS FALL
UNIQUE DUET OF NEKO CASE & NICK CAVE TO BE RELEASED DIGITALLY ON JUNE 26
AFTER THE SERIES PREMIERE EPISODE WaterTower Music has announced the upcoming release of
“TRUE BLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES –
VOLUME 3” due in stores and online this fall. The follow
up to the first two Grammy® nominated soundtracks will
consist of new songs from the upcoming forth season of the
acclaimed HBO drama as well as music from the show’s
wildly successful 3rd season. Music is an essential element in developing the tone and atmosphere on the
hit television series. The sexy, supernatural world of Bon Temps comes to
pulsating life through the edgy songs and season three is no exception.
An exceptional duet recorded by Neko Case and Nick Cave will be the first
track from the collection to make its debut. Case and Cave have recorded a
new version of The Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” which will
be available at all digital retailers on June 26, after the premiere
episode. "I am so excited about Neko and Nick's cover of ‘She's Not There,’"
says True Blood music supervisor and soundtrack producer Gary Calamar.
“I would have been thrilled to have either Neko Case or Nick Cave
individually work with us this season, but to have a collaboration like
this blows me away. Two of my favorite artists whose music is perfect a
fit with the atmospheric and soulful Louisiana settings of True Blood.
This is a fantastic way to musically kick off the new season!” Washington-bred Neko Case’s mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and
her five full-length solo albums have won her much critical acclaim,
countless devotees and two Grammy nominations. Internationally renowned as
a singer, songwriter, performer, script writer and novelist, Nick Cave’s
career spans from the 80s Australian post-punk group The Birthday Party,
to legendary band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to the irrepressible raucous
and raw Grinderman. Information on the additional tracks included in “TRUE BLOOD – MUSIC
FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3” will be released later this
Centered in the fictional town of Bon Temps, the Emmy® and Golden
Globe®-winning True Blood series follows the romance between waitress
Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and
173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball
(creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) is creator and
executive producer the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie
Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Gary Calamar serves as music supervisor and soundtrack producer for of
“TRUE BLOOD – MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES – VOLUME 3” For
additional information, please visit www.hbo.com/trueblood .
Michelle Forbes is nominated for a
Critics' Choice Television Award. Watch it
Monday, June, 20 on VH1.
The highly anticipated season premiere of TRUE BLOOD is right
around the corner! Starting now, Truebies can visit
http://www.TBwithdrawal.com to feed their True Blood addiction with show
content. Tweets expressing their #tbwithdrawal are featured front-and-center,
while those suffering from withdrawal can talk about it with other fans directly
on the site. There are also links to full episodes on HBO GO. PosterSeason 4 Trailer
Hollywood actor Stephen Moyer may play a
vampire on HBO's True Blood, but he sure didn't
bare his fangs this past weekend at Universal
Studios Hollywood! Instead, he was all smiles
when he read How the Grinch Stole Christmas to
crowds, kicking off the celebrity reading series
at the theme park's Grinchmas celebration.
Jimmy Fallon has a parody for "True
Blood" called "Suckers".
Will Rolling Stone's Controversial True Blood Cast Cover Be Pulled From
The cast HBO's "True Blood" took their drama to the newsstands this week
with the release of the provocative cover of Rolling Stone featuring
members fittingly dressed in well, only blood. Stirring up controversy
over its nude nature, many wonder whether the magazine retailers may
boycott putting them on newsstands.
Jay Leno - Part 1: Betty White talks about her Emmy
nomination for SNL and getting flowers from Tina
VIDEO Part 2: Betty White talks new clothing line,
turning down Today Show job and Hot In
VIDEO Part 1: True Blood's Sam Trammell talks about
his nude scenes.
VIDEO Part 2: Sam Trammell talks theater kissing scene
and his show True Blood.
VIDEO Naked Sam - Betty White reacts to True Blood's
naked Sam Trammell.
True Blood Season 2 is now available on Blu-ray
and DVD TODAY. Visit Best Buy to grab bottles of
Tru Blood, t-shirts and bottle openers while
supplies last. This morning, be one of the first
10 Ultimate Truebies to pick up your copy at a
participating Best Buy* and you just might snag
two passes to THIS: HBO True Blood Fan
We have THREE preview clips available for this
Sunday's episode of TRUE BLOOD! Videos #1Video #2Video #3 Plus: True Apology Video Clip
Video #4 And don't forget - True Blood airs Sundays at
9pm on HBO! Check out this season's
cast photos as well
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