It sounds like blood will be boiling over in Bon Temps when True Blood’s fourth season premieres this summer. Among the scoop let out of the casket at PaleyFest: Joe Manganiello used the word “sandwich” to describe a sexy scene involving his werewolf, Alcide, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Sookie (Anna Paquin). “Obviously when werewolves shift back they don’t have any clothes on,” teased Paquin. “And Eric’s in a somewhat compromising position.” Also watch for Eric to lose his memory, resulting in a new, more innocent personality, which Kristin Bauer (Pam) claims makes Skarsgård “even more adorable.” How’s that possible?
Source: True Blood News
With vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves, the seductive world of True Blood continues to grow each season, and the thrill ride continues when True Blood: The Complete Third Season comes out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from HBO Home Entertainment on May 31, 2011.
Streeting just weeks before the highly-anticipated fourth season premiere on HBO, True Blood: The Complete Third Season is packaged in five-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets that include all 12 episodes, along with extensive bonus materials for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and $79.98 respectively.
Full of enlightening background stories, striking character profiles and engaging themes, the third season’s bonus materials provide even more bite for fans and new viewers. The Blu-ray Disc is loaded with all the bonus features found on SD and is presented in HD 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio, allowing for a truly Enhanced Viewing experience on all 12 episodes. Enhanced Viewing provides an amplified picture-in-picture display with original, interactive content that extends the fiction of the series. With nearly double the bonus content found on the Season Two Blu-ray, Enhanced Viewing includes: Character Perspectives, straight from the mouths of Jessica, Andy, Tommy, and Alcide; Flashback/Flash Forward, a move through time allowing for ‘Flashbacks’ to relive pivotal moments in the series or ‘Flash Forwards’ to reveal the significance of a certain scene; Vampire Histories/Character Bios, background stories on favorite characters in the show; and Hints/FYIs, for more trivia facts, show hints and clues. Additionally, viewers are able to skip from bonus event to bonus event as they watch an episode. Blu-ray also includes True Blood Lines, and interactive on-screen guide that highlights the connections between the many worlds in the series.
HBO is about to unveil a new way for fans to keep up with True Blood.
The network will announce on Friday a production blog called “Inside True Blood” that will give fans behind-the-scenes details of production on season four. The idea was prompted by the success of the network’s production blog on Game of Thrones.
The blog will have real-time contributions from Gianna Sobol, assistant to series creator Alan Ball, straight from the set.
The first post goes live tomorrow at 9 a.m. at www.inside-true-blood-blog.com and all I know is it contains this sentence: “Today’s call sheet includes the words ‘hostage,’ ‘bites,’ ‘dinner’ and ‘Eric.’”
Source: Inside TV
Inside True Blood Blog: Q&A with Allan Ball
Now I don’t want to give away too many details, but today’s call sheet includes the words hostage, bites, dinner and Eric. There is also a General Safety Memo When Working with Exotic Animals attached to the front. This is one dangerous place to be, and things are as big and crazy as ever. But it’s a long road from now until the premiere of Season 4. There is a lot of work to be done and a lot of waiting to suffer through. But you needn’t do that alone, I am here to provide your weekly dose. So keep checking back for news on production, plus a little backdoor peek at how things work around here. And just to whet your appetites, here’s a quick Q&A with Alan:
Gianna: What are you most excited about this season?
Alan: I really love the Eric storyline.
Can you tell us anything about the fourth season yet?
Nope, and that’s not because I’m not allowed to but I honestly have no idea. They’re writing season four right now and I’m not going to see a script until maybe two weeks before we start shooting it. All I can do is basically what the fans can do. I can read the fourth book and it’s going to be loosely based on that.
It’s definitely not going to be exactly the way the book is…they do change it quite a bit.
What was the True Blood audition process like?
I met with Alan about a year before I got a phone call. I was at work on shooting Generation Kill in Africa. I was out there for seven months. Like I said I met with Alan ten months before and then he called my agent and asked if I was available. I wasn’t and I was in Maputo in Mozambique. We had two months to go on the show.
I talked to him on the phone and I was bummed. I was like “alright, this sucks”. I was a big fan of his and it sounded like a fun project but I realized that they’re starting now and I’m in the middle of Generation Kill and I can’t do it. But then the Writer’s Strike happened in L.A. so they pushed True Blood. Since we already had our scripts on Generation Kill, we were in production already. We weren’t affected by the strike so I was able to finish Generation Kill in Africa and then fly back to L.A. and start True Blood.
You also starred in HBO’s Generation Kill; What was it like filming alongside real life Marines?
Just an unforgettable experience. It was tough. We were out there in the Kalahari Desert for seven months. We shot six days a week. I think we shot for 145 days and I worked 142 out of those 145 days, so you basically lived on set. You were either on set or in your bed.
It’s a long time to be away from friends and family but that said, it was just an amazing, amazing experience. It was my first big international job. Just the quality of the writing was phenomenal and to be able to work with Ed Burns and David Simon who did The Wire…it’s a pretty good first job to get for me (laughs)…and also the importance of the story and to do this with three Reconnaissance Marines who were out there working Special Reconnaissance. One of them played himself. It was just an unforgettable experience. To this day, the most important job I’ve been part of.
You’ve worked on two huge HBO series; What do you associate with HBO?
I’ve never worked for another network or television channel. Generation Kill was my first television job and True Blood is also an HBO show obviously. It’s about creative freedom I think. They really trust the creators of their shows like David Simon and Ed Burns who did The Wire and Generation Kill and Alan Ball who did Six Feet Under and now True Blood. The amount of freedom they get…I don’t have that much experience in television but I think that’s quite rare that they kind of trust their show runners and just basically say, “We trust you. We love you. We love your work. Just create something amazing and have fun”. Then they kind of take a step back and let the show runners just go with it. They’re not micromanaging it and, of course, that’s wonderful to work in an environment like that where the show runner feels he’s got the support of the studio instead of having to fight the studio all the time.
Do you have a message for your UK fans?
Thank you, guys.
I got an email this morning from Alex which included a message and invitation from Alexander Skarsgård to you all…
“Just a heads up..
Bajen Aid is organizing a live auction in Stockholm on October 2nd in order to try to raise some money and hopefully save our beloved little football club Hammarby. I will be there in person with some memorabilia from True Blood, Straw Dogs etc.
To find out more about the event check out: bajenaid.se
And if anyone happens to be in Stockholm that day put on your Hammarby jersey (if you don’t already have one swing by the Hammarby Shop on Hornsgatan 98 or visit the online shop at hammarbyfotboll.se and come down to the auction!