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HBO Sets
TRUE BLOOD's Season 3 Debut...

Merrick here...
HBO has set a premiere date for TRUE BLOOD Season 3.
Pay net's vampire drama "True Blood" will begin the 12-episode run of its third season June 13. Season two, which ended Sept. 13, drew record ratings, making "True Blood" the cabler's most-watched contempo show.
So says Variety HERE. As I've previously indicated, TRUE BLOOD touches on some of the same material as the TWILIGHT stuff - but far more cleverly and less...abrasively. I'm not intricately familiar with the TWILIGHT books, so I may be wrong here, but the TRUE BLOOD universe appears to much more expansive than TWILIGHT - encompassing various fanciful creatures from mythology and lore, and a more complicated web of interconnections. You can find previous seasons of TRUE BLOOD HERE , and the Sookie Stackhouse books on which it's all based HERE. HBO was completely jerky (and more or less rude) when I was talking to them on the phone yesterday, but I still wish them all the best with both this show and THE PACIFIC. Interesting stuff.
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  • March 16, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    The Sookie books were written a few years before Twilight.

    by blackmantis

    Stephanie Meyer clearly stole a lot of her ideas from the Sookie Stackhouse novels, watered it down and filtered it through Mormon symbolism.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Pretty good, but...

    by newkie brown

    There was some great stuff in Season 2, like the vampire lord burning in the rooftop dawn, but it doesn't feel like there's much overall story in True Blood. Are they following the novels closely are they doing their own thing?

  • March 16, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by Salindil

    Oh, and True blood ain't bad.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    True Blood >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Twilight

    by skycrapper

    There's no comparision.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Stephanie Myers never reasearched hardly any Vampire stories

    by skycrapper

    before she wrote those books. So I don't think you can say she "stole" anything. She just wrote some god awful crap.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    I've read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books except the one still in hardcover (and watched both seasons of True Blood), and I've read all four Twilight books (don't ask). The only similarities between True Blood and Twilight are: 1) the lead female is human, the lead male is a vampire, and they are in a relationship and 2) there are werewolves in both (True Blood is filled with all sorts of supernatural creatures, though; Twilight only has vampires and werewolves). <p>Other than that, the two aren't even comparable.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Twilight couldn't hold a candle...

    by Scottadkinsfist

    I didn't have an interest in this show until my wife showed me season 1 and good golly enough skin and sex to make cinemax go "wha...". Just to see a naked Anna Paquin blasts this far past Twilight...

  • March 16, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Jerked around because your a punk writer for AICN....

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Seems about right.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    "I really like your Vampire show, it's cool, and awesome."

    by PeanutButterSlut

    "Uh, we gotta go."

  • March 16, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Newkie Brown

    by frozen01

    They are doing their own thing, though the plots are loosely based on the books. But seriously, the "vampire lord" subplot was only one small part of season 2. Did you miss the whole pagan god thing?

  • March 16, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut


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    by PeanutButterSlut


  • March 16, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    That's hardly researched....

    by skycrapper

    Man you guys need any edit feature to talk backs. Save us fools who can't type.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    For the record

    by frozen01

    the show is far better than the books. The characters are stronger and more interesting.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    "Hey, what about Pacific, I have some questi..."

    by PeanutButterSlut

    "Look, whoever you are, we're hanging up"

  • March 16, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Also, the vampires are actually vampires in True Blood. They're not reduced to one-dimensional stereotypes ("vegetarians" versus "overreaching badass wannabes").

  • March 16, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Dialtone. <p> 'Merrick Blogs'

  • March 16, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    newkie brown

    by Bouncy X

    according to my sis-in-law who's read the books, season 1 is pretty much the whole first book. so i'm guessing this may be a pattern and each season will reflect each book. i dont think there's an overall arc like Lost here, i've seen both seasons and i get the Buffy vibe from this. so it seems to be contained single season stories but with some elements spilling over, especially the cliffhangers. i just hope that teenage redhead vampire finally gets some nude scenes this season, she's fucking gorgeous and tasty.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    ...I like the show

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...But hate all the females on there, worst accents ever!

  • March 16, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    frozen, I agree.

    by Scottadkinsfist

    ..yes, you nailed it also. They are actually VAMPIRES, and dangerous ones at that, not the whiney vamps from twilight, who can't scare a damn thing. I feel like beating Edward with a copy of Commando. All of them need to MAN UP! lol

  • March 16, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    "The Further Advs. of Sookie the Vampire Fucker"

    by gruntybear

    If only this show was as transgressive, demented, provocative, nuanced and just plain, cooly atmospheric as its opening credits, it could potentially have been a cult classic. As it now sits, it's literally just a tarted up version of the most superficial aspects of the Whedon-o-verse.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Godric I miss you man!

    by Kenny_Fucking_Powers

    Can we resurrect his ashes? Dude was a fucking BOSS!

  • March 16, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Why were you "on the phone with HBO?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • March 16, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I would have brought up Real Sex...

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    You know, if I were on the phone with HBO. When is the next chapter coming up? I want to hear about Wiccan priestesses that do each other in a trailerpark with dudes who have pony tails and tuck their t-shirts into their jeans.

  • March 16, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by TinSpider

    I hear ya on the redheaded vamp. Fucking incredible looking girl. I would happily break that hymen again and again and again.

  • March 16, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Where is my Kenny Fucking Powers?!

    by Judge Briggs

    Why no news on a season 2 premiere yet?

  • March 16, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    ...So was vamps on Buffy vamps?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • March 16, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Vampire novels, whether it's Anne Rice, the TruBlood chick

    by V'Shael

    or Twilight, they are all written by grown up dried out versions of the tweeny girls who moisten up at the thought of 900 years of abusive boyfriends. <p> That said, at least the Tru Blood series has naked Rogue a lot, and apparently has deviated from the books into actual "plot" territory. <p> If only they could have convinced Michelle Forbes to take part in some of those nude orgy scenes.

  • March 16, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Merrick was probably just trying to pay his cable bill

    by newc0253

    Merrick should maybe stick to movie news and leave the TV stuff to Herc.

  • March 16, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Stephanie Myer said vampire movies/books are "icky"

    by IAmLegolas

    'nuff said.

  • March 16, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Judge r on 2 somethin

    by Acid_Frio

    ........wheres the news for season 2???? Eastbound & Down!

  • March 16, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    It's not 'Rude'

    by MichelleRodrijizz

  • March 16, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    It's a basic human right

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    When sonmeone asks how you got this number.

  • March 16, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    bring on season 3! and S2 of EAST BOUND & DOWN

    by turketron_2

    I WANT SOME KENNY FUCKING POWERS ON MY SCREEN, NOW! I'm gonna have to go back and rewatch all the first season again. <p> Ture Blood is pretty damn good though. Watch it with a lady friend and then let her live out her fang-banging fantasy with you. No teeth though, bitch.

  • March 16, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    it's not important what the TWILIGHT books say

    by frg10

    it's important what the Twilight movies say. And they say $20+ million budgeted SHIT of unheard unseen proportions!!!!! Why for the God sake anybody would mention twilight movies in the article about True blood?! The difference is like comparing Taxi Driver to Alone in the Dark!!!! The saddest part is that Pattison "I have no balls" dude doesn't know that his carrer started and will end with Twilight Shit. Plus, there are some rules in life: you don't fuck your sister, you always worship your parents and you NEVER EVER PAINT FAKE ABS ON SKINY DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I admit: I dig the Sookie Stackhouse books

    by David Cloverfield

    they're best in audiobook format - Sookie's narration with ridicolously thick southern accent is hillarious. In the books we've met all kinds of fucked up creatures, and - minor spoiler - they're hinting at a coming civil war thanks to the US policy of accepting supernatural refugees from all over the world, which doesn't sit well with extremists. I don't think they're anything like the Twighlight or Ann Rice books.

  • March 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    True Blood, Dexter , Californication

    by alan_poon

    can't wait for all of these to return.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    If Kristen Stewart showed her tits

    by StovetopStuffin'

    and shit got as freaky sexy as it does on True Blood, I might actually watch it. But it don't.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Pattison is a bottom twink so deep in the closet

    by V'Shael

    his ass is getting chills in Narnia.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by TampaBayLightning

    You need to check out 'Necroscope' by Brian Lumley. Next to Dracula, it's the best vampire novel ever written. It was printed back when publication houses still read the books before printing them.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Twilight Still Pwned the PRETEEN Harry Potter kid-fest..

    by blhotz

    Of course True Blood pwns them all as it's a show for 18+ and not preteens and teens...

  • March 16, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I don't blame HBO for being jerky...

    by Topher4801

    You keep comparing True Blood to Twilight, if I was HBO I would be jerky with you too. There's just no comparison what-so-ever.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Eastbound and DOWN!!

    by Kenny_Fucking_Powers

    Why have we heard absolutely nothing on Season 2? THE FUCK HBO. Get your shit together and get it on the air ASAP!! Season 1 is some of the best comedy EVER!@!!

  • March 16, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by alan_poon

    is the best vampire TV series ever.Anyone who's seen it know this to be true.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    The difference is

    by thedude2010

    Sookie is not a whiny self absorbed little emo bitch. I read one chapter of Twilight and wanted to fucking strangle her to get her to shut the fuck up.

  • March 16, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Stephanie Meyer won't allow herself to watch 'R' rated movies

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Nuff said

  • March 16, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    V'Shael - that makes no sense

    by frozen01

    All the vamps in Anne Rice's books are gay. Everyone knows that ;)

  • March 16, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    You think that's bad... you should read the book where she gets knocked up and goes on and on about her "little nudger"... who was a half-human, half-vampire monster killing her from the inside out. Ah, motherly love. *puke*

  • March 16, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    @Frozen01 : Actually, even the "straight" vampires

    by V'Shael

    in Anne Rice books tend to SO quick to turn gay at the drop of a hat, I'd say they were all as deep in the closet as Pattinson.

  • March 16, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    @alan_poon: Ultraviolet was amazing.

    by V'Shael

    But ever since Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone I've tried to show it to can't take it seriously. (Because a certain actor has been typecast.)

  • March 16, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Gay vs Christians.

    by SmokingRobot

    Bored yet? Yeah, me too.

  • March 16, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Newkie Brown

    by Auriellis

    They are following the books somewhat. The books are told first person narrative from Sookie's point of view. Essentially everything that happened following another character never happened in the books. Jason wasn't in Dallas, Maryanne never existed. Tara and Eggs were orgy people but that was a choice, not led on by the maened. The maened left the town alive. Etc.. <br> <br>But Godric existed by another name in the books and he did kill himself. Good stuff. There is a plot to the books although it's mostly about Sookie's revelation of her powers and her relationships. The over-arcing plots have to do with the werewolves, vampires, and other creatures and their politics. Frankly the second book/second season was one of the weakest plots so I'm looking forward to getting into the meat of Season 3, where it starts to take off.

  • March 16, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I hope Alexander Skarsgard gets freed from this

    by TheWaqman

    after watching Generation Kill I think he has potential. This will hold him back though I think.

  • March 16, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake, Twilight is not about vampires!

    by br1947

    It's not, it's about some sparkly pale fairy shit. Thats fine if it's your niche, but don't call it a vampire. Problem solved.

  • March 16, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by Spring Heel Jack

    Sorry, I thought it was ponderously dull. If it had gone any quicker it would have been backwards. Twilight is hilariously bad though, it's almost as if someone has brought a 15 year old girls mind to life. Abysmal.

  • March 16, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I can't wait until Variety finally goes under

    by Bass Ackwards

    God their writing is absolutely retarded. On a different note, very excited for season 3.

  • March 16, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    TWILIGHT cannot compare with Anna Paquin topless scenes

    by SpyGuy

    It's like comparing the 1966 Adam West BATMAN movie to THE DARK KNIGHT. Technically, they could be considered the same thing, but they're nowhere close to being in the same league.

  • March 16, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    True Blood > Mad Men

    by Sabretooth4President

    by lightyears! Mad Men is just fashionable tripe.

  • March 16, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    MADMEN >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TRUEBLOOD

    by RedJester

    You probably think that True Blood>The Wire as well. No accounting for taste I suppose...

  • March 16, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    uh, no. Mad Men > True Blood, anything else is just trolling

    by br1947

    However, that's not saying True Blood isn't good. Very enjoyable popcorn munching television.<br><br>In fact, I propose a crossover. I think we can all agree Christina Hendricks needs to be a vampire guest star on True Blood. A) Because she's awesome B) Pretty much everyone gets naked on True Blood. Who's with me?

  • March 17, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST


    by punto

    that's all

  • March 17, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Funny enough

    by alan_poon

    Stephen Mayer ( Bill Compton ) played another enigmatic vampire in Ultraviolet now that I come to think of it.

  • March 17, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Holy crap. Never realised....

    by V'Shael

    Since I don't pay much attention to the actors names, I never realised that "Bill" from True Blood was also the blonde doctors love interest from Ultraviolet. <p> Fair play to him, that accent was convincing.

  • March 17, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Yay ! Less than 3 months until more Anna Paquin's Tits !

    by Itchy

    And Lafeyette could kick the shit out of every sparkly Twilight pansy with one hand tied behind his back with a fabulous gold lame scarf.

  • March 17, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I was a late bloomer with True Blood and I see that Season 2 isn't available until late May?

  • March 17, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Book Vamps

    by PrivateIron

    There were several vampire series like Sookie/Twilight years before, for example, Tanya Huff's. Then Anita Blake became the template for 80% of the shelf space in the SF/Fantasy section of bookstores; so you could not swing a dead cat without imitating some or all of them if you work in that field. Hamilton's first four books or so were actually pretty good, but they brought a million bad imitators, plus her work has sucked, not in the good way, for well over a decade now.

  • March 17, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Additional Book Vamps

    by PrivateIron

    Plus, in a way, they all boil down to V.I. Warshawski/Sharon McCone with a magic wand.

  • March 17, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Private Iron

    by frozen01

    I didn't realize Tanya Huff's were that old. I really liked the one story of hers involving the werewolves... she did a fantastic job handling that particular mythology. <p>Meh, not much of a fan of the Anita Blake novels. I need strong, interesting characters, and Blake is very cookie-cutter. She's a bad-ass, and that's about as deep as she gets *yawn* Not saying the Sookie Stackhouse novels are fine art, but at least they keep your attention.

  • March 17, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    AMEN, brother :) Lafayette is my favorite character ever... so glad they didn't kill him off!

  • March 17, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I fuckin' hate this show.

    by kells

    Sorry. Just trollin'.

  • March 17, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    HBO's receptionist is a bitch

    by MattmanReturns

    I called and asked to talk to Anna Paquin and she laughed at me for some reason. I know your pain, Merrick.

  • March 17, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Tru Blood >>>> The Wire

    by RaRoMo

    The Wire was tired and unsophisticated. Like a dozen other cop shows, with a listless final season. Can you say embarrassingly bad? True Blood is lively,inventive. 'Nuff said.

  • March 18, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    That Twilight author is a twit

    by brainstormjmw

    I started reading the books after watching the show and I enjoy the show much more. I wasn't too crazy with the direction of the later books so Alan Ball and Co. can continue to tweek things as they see fit as far as I am concerned.

  • March 18, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    gruntybear....I agree ...but....

    by blackflowerX

    I love this show more than any other right now (apart from Nurse Jackie) but it so could cut deeper to the bone and take more risks, still , I'm beyond stoked for the next season ....