Premiere Dates Set for HBO’s New Series THE LEFTOVERS and the Final Season of TRUE BLOOD; Teaser Trailer for TRUE BLOOD Released

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HBO’s much-anticipated drama series The Leftovers, from Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perotta, has finally been given a premiere date.  The series, which deals with The Rapture, will straddle the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of True Blood‘s final season on the schedule.  Hit the jump for the exact dates, and more on both series (including a True Blood teaser).

Joe Manganiello Talks SABOTAGE, Working With Arnold Schwarzenegger, the End of TRUE BLOOD, MAGIC MIKE 2, and More

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In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels.  But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.  The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.

At the film’s press day, actor Joe Manganiello spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to be a part of this film, what he liked about his character, how nice it was to do a scene in a strip club where he wasn’t one of the performers on stage, and the pressure of making an action movie with an action icon like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He also talked about what it’s like to be shooting the final season of HBO’s True Blood, that his directorial debut, the real-life male stripper documentary Le Bare, will be in theaters in June, shooting the comedy Tumbledown with Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall in April, getting permission to use the catalogue of The Smiths music for a film he’s producing called Shoplifters of the World, and that Magic Mike 2 will shoot this fall.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Other TV Bests of 2013

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When it comes to TV bests in 2013, it’s hard to be restrictive.  Even splitting up new shows and returning shows leaves so much unexplored.  What about miniseries, for instance?  There were so many greats.  And what about all of those amazing season finales, not to mention all of the full series we also said goodbye to?  And still, there’s more.  To finish up my list of worthwhile television of the year, here’s a list (in no particular order) of 10 programs, episodes, dearly departed series and sundries – leftovers, in the best sense, and with a few overlaps — that deserve a mention.  If 2014 does half this well, things should look pretty good.

Jill Scott Talks BAGGAGE CLAIM, Working with Paula Patton and Adam Brody, Her Desire to Be on TRUE BLOOD, and More

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The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.

At the film’s press day, singer/actress Jill Scott spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this film, how much fun she had working with Paula Patton and Adam Brody, that she tends to use her spirit and intellect to get things, unlike the assets her character uses, which man she would have liked to have seen Gail end up with, and how she would love to make a guest appearance on True Blood.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

The Seventh Season of TRUE BLOOD Will Be Its Last

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True Blood has had an interesting year.  Before this last summer’s season (the show’s sixth), it shed creator and showrunner Alan Ball and took on a new direction with Brian Buckner at the helm.  Though many fans found the season polarizing, the show made it clear that it was washing away many sins of the past, culling its overstocked cast, and making a commitment to grounding the story back where it all began — Bon Temps — and focusing on humans versus supernaturals.  Whatever people thought of the season, the bottom line is that they still showed up.  True Blood remains a big draw for HBO, yet they announced today that the series’ upcoming seventh season will be its last.  Hit the jump for more.

TRUE BLOOD Season Finale Recap: “Radioactive”

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It took an entire season, but True Blood was finally able to shake off the sins of the last two seasons and wipe the slate clean.  Was this the greatest True Blood season finale ever?  Not that it didn’t have it’s kinks — this is a show about vampires, after all — but in terms of the doors it closed and the things it set up for next year, “Radioactive” felt a lot like an early season episode, especially in the epilogue.  It turned its back on plot points and actually returned to character development, focusing on Bon Temps and giving time to the humans.  Hit the just for why we gotta go in heavy, because there ain’t no other way.

Joe Manganiello Talks TRUE BLOOD Season 6, MAGIC MIKE Sequel and Documentary, His Fitness Book, and Yale Rep’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Production

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After the Vampire Authority being wiped out, TruBlood no longer existing, the mysterious and ancient Warlow showing up in town to claim Sookie (Anna Paquin), and sick and hungry vampires on the loose, there’s no telling what’s going to go down in the Season 6 finale of HBO’s True Blood on August 18th.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Joe Manganiello (who plays werewolf pack master Alcide Herveaux) talked about how crazy the finale is, how the pluses of being pack master definitely don’t outweigh the minuses, just how much things will heat up for the werewolves, what a smooth transition it’s been for Brian Buckner to take over as showrunner, and how comfortable he is, at this point, with stripping down on camera.  He also talked about how he’d love to reunite with his Magic Mike co-stars for a sequel, that they started talking about doing another film while they were still shooting the first, his Magic Mike-related documentary, what made now the right time to do a health and fitness book (Joe Manganiello’s Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted, out on December 3rd), and taking on the role of Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire (from September 20th through October 12th in New Haven, Connecticut).  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Life Matters”

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After a chaotic and largely irritating hour last week, this week True Blood produced what might be one of the show’s finest episodes.  “Life Matters” kept things simple.  Less Warlow, no shifting or were-things, and the first true funeral the show has really taken the time to have — and one, it should be mentioned, that was not interrupted by anything supernatural (like, say, an “oops! I’m not actually dead!” moment, which at several points I feared).  It was the yearly “kill the establishment” carnage episode on the vampire side, but for once, the show juxtaposed that with a healthy dose of humanity.  Hit the jump for why “I know that scream.”

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Dead Meat”

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“Dead Meat” may go down in True Blood history as “the episode when Sookie finally lost her mind.”  Next week, it looks like Eric loses his, but for now, the show had Sookie running around making amends, saying good-bye, weighing eternity, telling off her exes and her parents, and putting her bobby pins in place all for naught.  Sookie has forever, unfortunately, been the weak link on the show — her story has failed to resonate as she has bounced from one supernatural to another in ill-fated love plots.  Meanwhile though, this season has excelled in moving forward some of the plots of the secondary characters, and, in particular has given us some nice character groupings we don’t often see.  Now, it seems Sookie doesn’t know where she fits in.  Hit the jump for more on why “death ain’t the end anymore.”

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “In the Evening”

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“In the Evening” might not be one of True Blood‘s best episodes, but it was an important transition away from the insanity of the last two years and towards a new vision for the series.  At San Diego Comic Con, fans were promised a return to the soul of Bon Temps next year, without so much of a focus entirely on the supernatural.  “In the Evening” was exactly the kind of character building hour that the show needed to have to start achieving that, after cleaning up the mess of last season.  Hit the jump for more, I just hope you don’t have “stock holder’s syndrome …”

HBO Executives Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo Talk GAME OF THRONES, James Gandolfini’s CRIMINAL JUSTICE, THE NEWSROOM Season 3, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, what they have currently in development with both David Chase (The Sopranos) and David Milch (Deadwood), the status of the Criminal Justice pilot and why they think it’s best to recast the role James Gandolfini played, the possibility of a second season for Family Tree and a third season for The Newsroom, the half-hour series about high school life that they’re developing with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and that they are no longer moving ahead with a Transporter series at Cinemax.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: TRUE BLOOD Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Preview Intense Second Half of Season 6; Watch the New Trailer

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Even with a recent string of shuffling showrunners, the cast and current True Blood showrunner and executive producer Brian Buckner promised a thrilling second half of an already pretty intense season six.  As has been shared before, this season has been about bringing the focus back to the people of Bon Temps and the characters that the show has been following for so long.  Not much was said or shared about what remains of season six, but a trailer for the remaining episodes of the season was shown, and one memorable quote to sum it all up would be, “Death ain’t the end anymore.”

Moderated by TV Guide’s Kate Hahn, the panel included Buckner, Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Anna Camp, Michael McMillian, and Rob Kazinsky.  Hit the jump for my recap of the panel and to watch the trailer for the second half of season six.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Don’t You Feel Me?”

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Inspired by Game of Thrones, apparently, True Blood decided to have its own Red Wedding of sorts in “Don’t You Feel Me?”  There had been rumors that a major character would not make it through the season, and that it would change the course of the show.  I can’t say that that was really the case, but I can say that objectively speaking, culling down some of the cast is not a bad idea.  The issue is who they are choosing the cut.  If the show is going to get back to its roots next season (as was mentioned at SDCC), then there is a whole lotta crazy that needs to be tamed or eliminated in the remaining episodes.  Unfortunately, those who lost their lives in “Don’t You Feel Me?” didn’t really contribute to that.  Hit the jump for more on why “there goes the damn neighborhood.”

TRUE BLOOD Renewed for Season 7

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HBO has renewed the soapy vampire drama series True Blood for a seventh season.  The show is currently halfway through its 10-episode sixth season, and while ratings have been slightly down compared to years past, the show remains as nutty (and uneven) as ever.  The series went through a bit of a change this year as creator Alan Ball stepped down as showrunner following season five, handing the reins over to new showrunner Mark Hudis—who himself was replaced halfway through production by current showrunner Brian Buckner, who will remain onboard for season seven.  Nevertheless, Vampire Bill and the gang will return for another season next summer.  To catch up on our recaps of season six thus far, click here.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Fuck the Pain Away”

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Hey there, Trubies!  Your regularly-scheduled reviewer of True Blood couldn’t be here tonight as she has been snatched up by the LAVTF.  Rest assured, I’m all caught up on this season and ready to review tonight’s episode, “Fuck the Pain Away.”  With a name like that, you’d probably expect there to be a lot of fucking and a lessening of pain.  What we got was the inverse of that assumption (though the end-credits song does a better job at explaining the reason behind the title).  Tonight’s episode featured a few surprising twists in the season’s major plot arcs so far, while the subplots continue to meander through the woods or just veer off into altogether strange territory.  Hit the jump for my recap where I will attempt to explain the scientific value of Vamp Camp.

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