Alexander Skarsgard lovers, your prayers have been answered: HBO has picked up a fifth season of True Blood.
The pay cabler has ordered 12 more episodes of the drama from Alan Ball that’s based on Charlaine Harris’ mega-popular Sookie Stackhouse novels. The fifth season will bow next summer.
“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” said Ball in a statement. “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”
The fourth season premiere of True Blood on June 26 matched its series high performance of 5.4 million viewers. It also improved upon its season 3 debut by 6 percent. The current season ends Sept. 11.
In an interview with EW earlier this year, Ball said the show has “a lot of life in it.” “I love doing it and I don’t really have any plans of doing anything else right now,” Ball said. He also has plenty of material to cull from Harris’ book series. “She said there will be a total of 13 novels, and she’s publishing 10 or 11. If we did do 13 seasons I believe we would have to address why are the vampires aging.”
Congratulations to Sam Trammell and Missy Yager on their twins arrival, double feedings, double diaper changes, have fun! The confused look in this photo seems perfect for a new dad.
Some interesting bits from Fiona Shaw's latest interview with NY Mag's Vulture Blog, read it all at the link.
Were you a fan of the books or the show before you signed on for this?
Alan Ball discouraged me from reading the books, which I don’t regret; I don’t want to hanker for material I don’t have. But when I started reading the scripts, and the first lot of Latin came my way, I knew there were challenges ahead! [Laughs.] And when we had the first read-through, and suddenly seeing all these vampires in person, that was very stunning. I had to adjust and remind myself that they’re all just actors. Nan and Pam, they’re my favorites. Both vampires, both very sour.
Were you disappointed they didn’t offer you a vampire role?
I’m glad I’m not a vampire, but I never thought about it beyond that! And you know, I’ve never seen a vampire show before this one. Can you believe it? [Laughs.] So I was very excited to play a witch. It puts the vocabulary of witches back on the imaginative scale, and it gives you a new eye for them. I’ve been playing at casting them when I’m looking at people at bus stops, on the subway: Who’s a vampire, and who’s a witch? That’s one of the delightful things about the series. Everyone looks normal in Sam’s bar, and then you look again, and you find they have more gifts, and more drawbacks. True Blood celebrates the fact that we should never underestimate anyone.
Did you talk to any Wiccans or attend any coven meetings to prepare for the role?
I did, a lot. I actually spent weeks going to meetings and visiting witches. I liked the idea that with some covens, if it gets too big, the members can move on and form a new coven and be like bees, swarm elsewhere. Rituals can be self made. You can make up a ritual. I watched them conjure the dead, and it’s very moving. It’s all to do with their beliefs, and how they call upon a family member, and you see the comfort they give to people.
Did you participate in any of those rituals?
I’m too busy trying to contact the living to try to contact the dead! [Laughs.] I’m happy not to do that.
Even though Marnie is the villain of the season, she considers her actions justified.
Oh, they’re very justified! She’s just getting on, practicing her little religion, and in comes this big thug who says she can’t practice it. What happened to democracy?
Although, if you’re going to have a big thug come after you, who better than Alexander Skarsgard? Are you Team Eric?
I’ll take him any day! [Laughs.] He’s a very nice young man. How is Sookie supposed to choose between her two vampires? It’s fantastically complicated.
Antonia has increased Marnie's powers exponentially: She's levitating! What else are we going to see your character do?
Well, the question would be, is Antonia running Marnie, or is Marnie running Antonia?
Do you mean this isn’t all the work of Antonia Gavilán de Logroño?
What happens in True Blood is they put two ideas together, and a baby is born in the third idea. Antonia has a particular ax to grind, because of her own rape and murder [in the seventeenth century]. But Antonia’s the most unlikely person to make non-vampires do something against their will, or hold hostages; she seeks only the willing. She only entered Marnie because Marnie begged her to. But Marnie has a deep desire to make her mark on the world, because she’s been overlooked. When Antonia infused Marnie, it brought out Marnie’s latent powers. And being empowered has had a huge effect on her ego. Her entire deportment changes, because how you carry yourself is all about how you feel about yourself.
A lot of the women who were executed in Antonia’s time weren’t actually witches at all.
This show takes it to the extreme, but the history of witchcraft is absolutely the history of the scapegoat. It’s a forgotten bit of history, but millions of women were killed during the Inquisition, and it became a hysteria. The game of True Blood isn’t nonsense. Sometimes we call these powers by different names, but it is exciting to place our fears into shapes. It’s such an innocent idea to want to jump out of your skin and gallop along! The idea that you could behave temporarily as a horse, that’s fantastic. That’s the magic of television.
Joe Manganiello explains wolfie attraction. From Digitalspy
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True Blood star Joe Manganiello has explained the romance between Alcide and Debbie.
"I did a lot of research on wolves and things and there's a chemical wolves secrete," he said. "It's the mate for life chemical and it's in wolves and not dogs.
"So I thought about that, and I thought about how difficult it must be for them to separate. And also growing up as a werewolf and living hidden from society, you can't open up to normal people. You couldn't just go out on a date with a human girl and tell her who you were unless you were really sure."
Manganiello continued: "It would probably make the dating pool a lot smaller. And as you found out in season three, the werewolves are a bit of a rough bunch. So it's probably slim pickings in the dating pool as far as werewolves go!"
However, Manganiello hinted that viewers should stay tuned to True Blood to see whether the relationship will continue to survive.
"Debbie's obviously tried to make amends for her past transgressions and done so in such a convincing manner that Alcide would give her another shot," he said. "So obviously only time will tell how good of a job she does, or how consistent of a job she does."