It must be reassuring for the producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead to see a headline about showrunner drama on a major cable series and realize that for once it’s not about their show.
But this is the case forTrue Blood, the popular HBO gothic soap about sexy vampires and their sexy adventures with sexy humans and other supernatural creatures. As you’ll call, show creator and executive producer Alan Ball stepped down at the end of last year, replaced by Mark Hudis. Well, The Hollywood Reporter tells us today that Hudis is stepping away from True Blood before his first season as showrunner, the series’ sixth, has even aired.
“Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network.” said an HBO spokesperson. Hudis will continue under his two-year development deal he signed with HBO last spring.
Brian Buckner, a writer/producer who’s been with True Blood since season one, will take over for Hudis.
So why is Hudis gone? No one – with surprise sarcasm – is talking. Perhaps he couldn’t cope with the horrible mess Ball left behind in the season five finale, and I don’t just mean the massacre at vampire HQ.
HBO has premiered the full trailer for True Blood Season Five. This NerdBastard hasn’t really watched much, but the addition of Christopher Meloni to the cast has gotten me interested. All you True Blood fans . . . is it worth a re-look?
The new season begins on June 10th.
“True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. Alan Ball created and executive produces the show, based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
Charlaine Harris, who wrote the book series that inspired HBO’s True Blood, will be stepping back from the world of vampires and werewolves to develop Grave Sight, a television adaptation of her Harper Connelly Mysteries, for Syfy.
Announced at Syfy’s 2012 upfronts on Tuesday evening, Grave Sight will follow Harper Connelly, who, after being struck by lightning, is able to sense the location and last memories of dead people. Teaming up with her stepbrother Tolliver Lang, the pair attempts to help find a missing teenage girl… only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks.
So, this is going to be AMC’s The Killing mixed with a little Medium and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Ghost Whisper? Wow that sounds pretty nifty… oh, but wait, it’s on SyFy? Fuck it, never mind.
Grave Sight would be best suited in the hands of AMC or FX, as they are stations that care about story and production value. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy many programs on SyFy, but the bulk of their programming is way too campy. Fun and cheesy is not the approach to take with a property like Grave Sight.
OK, so I am cursing SyFy for something they haven’t made yet. I should give them chance. However, it’s one of 27 additional scripted and reality projects, as well as 6 unscripted series orders in development. With so many projects on the docket, it’s likely Grave Sight will get lost in the shuffle of things.
Don’t know about you guys, but I’m a fiend for trailers. Sometimes I even like them more than the film! Today we’ve got three new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Sit back, grab some popcorn, maybe pick a DVD to follow these up with an pretend you’re at the movies. Unless you’re at work, in which case, I can sympathize.
First, it’s another trailer for Brave. It’s another in a long line of teases from Pixar. Seriously guys, can you just release it already! June 22nd feels too far away.
In addition to the new trailer there’s also another clip,
I’ve got real high hopes for Brave. Pixar’s track record is practically spotless so I hope for their first feature film with a female protagonist they deliver their best. I mean, it can’t be worse than Cars 2, can it?
Bon Temps is all shaken up! If you thought last seasons ending was a shocker, then think again. News has just hit the web that Alan Ball, the man who brought Charlaine Hariss’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels to the cable network HBO, will be stepping down from his position after True Blood Season 5. HBO gave Hollywood Reporter the following statement in response to the announcement:
When we extended our multiyear deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years. This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax. Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.
This of course sends me, and I’m sure other die-hard fans of True Blood, in a worm-hole of shock. Even though the show has had its ups and downs plot-wise, it tried to stay true to the essence of the story line. We’ve all grown to love and hate different characters that stay in our memories, especially those off the wall sex scenes. (yummy) Alan Ball was reported to being “drained of energy” for the show after this last season and had this to say about his decision to leave:
“True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life,” Ball said in a statement. “Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.”
Alan Ball is already getting ready to leave the sci-fi realm for a different project for both HBO and Cinemax, one of which is titled Banshee which he will be executive producer and the other being “Wichita, an hour-long medical drama in development at HBO about a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war surrounding late-term abortions.” While these new projects he plans to focus on are great, will his departure from the show ‘hurt it in the long run or is new blood needed to bring an invigorating spice and allure back to the show?
HBO has released the first teaser trailer for the fifth season of True Blood, with the tag line, “In Bon Temps, Nothing Stays Buried Forever.” There’s no actual footage from the season in the trailer, but it’s sure to amp up any fan of the vampire/werewolf/faerie/witch melodrama.
Season five of True Blood will bring some new faces to Bon Temps in the forms of Valentina Cervi (Miracle at St. Anna) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU). I really, really hope we are not exposed to naked Meloni. That would be unfortunate. Just sayin’.
Speaking of nude scenes, anybody know if there is a super cut of all the Anna Paquin sex scenes?
HBO has renewed the hit show, True Blood, for a fifth season. What this means, really, is another twelve episodes of Bill Compton saying “Sookie” in the way that he does, and more sex and blood. It’s like watching a train wreck: it’s morbid and strange, and yet you just can’t look away.
This is what Michael Lombardo, president of HBO had to say:
I am thrilled that ‘True Blood’ continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics. Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.
And Alan Ball:
I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can’t imagine having more fun than this.
True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, and is currently partway through its fourth season. The next season is set to air summer of 2012 and filming will start later this year in LA with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (who are both banging IRL and apparently hold nothing back while filming sex scenes), and the rest of their cast.
Super hero movies might be on they’re way out, but I feel if the genre is hoping to be reinvigorated they need more films like Griff the Invisible. Griff (Ryan Kwanton) is your average guy doing what he can to protect the innocent at night and trying his best to not explode at his mundane, office day job. All of this works quite well until he meets Melody. There’s always a girl, isn’t there? This quick summation might sound stale but give the trailer a watch, it’s surprisingly fresh and fun. Griff the Invisible looks to be a blend of the dark alley beat downs in Kick-Ass paired with the tender love story of Scott Pilgrim, will it succeed?
One things for sure, it’s a nice change of pace to see Kwanton as the awkward Griff after his turn as sex-panther Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood (a little nod for those of you current with the series). Watch the trailer below and let us know if you’ll check out Griff the Invisible when it releases in select theatres, August 19th.
Griff – office worker by day, superhero by night – has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.
By day Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is an everyday office worker, in an everyday town. He lives a secluded life, bullied by co-workers (Toby Schmitz) – his protective brother his only friend. By night Griff assumes his other identity, roaming the dark streets protecting the innocent and the vulnerable from the dangers that lurk in the shadows – he is the hero, GRIFF THE INVISIBLE.
Increasingly concerned by Griff’s eccentric behaviour, his brother (Patrick Brammall) attempts to draw him back into the ‘real world’. In doing so he introduces Griff to Melody (Maeve Dermody) an equally eccentric and charming girl.
Fascinated by Griff’s idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own, Melody begins to fall for Griff. As Griff is forced to face up to realities of a mundane world, it is up to Melody to rescue GRIFF THE INVISIBLE for the sake of herself, Griff and their love for each other.
Also, click the jump for a gallery of images from the film, including some great shots of Kwanton in costume.
With Game of Thrones ending what’s the next show to hook all of us and keep the cash flow steady for HBO? Their perennial hit, True Blood. Beginning it’s fourth season this Sunday, June 26th at 9pm the vampire series has a lot to answer for. After three, bloody seasons fans have been taken on a roller coaster of weird. It all started innocently enough, a not-so-lame version of girl meets vampire with lots of sex throw in. It is an HBO show after all, their allowed certain liberties and we’ve come to expect a certain amount of raunch from their shows. Then they went off introducing shape-shifters, were-panthers and fairies! Yeah, it may have gone a little off the deep end, but we fans only hungered for more.
I’m guessing though after three seasons some key details can become a little muddled. Who killed who? Whose fucking who? Who killed who then fucked who? Those kinds of questions. Well, we’ve got a series recap here for you that will have you up to speed before you can say, “Sookie.” You know, in that deep, guttural tone.
Watch HBO’s True Blood in Under 5 Minutes and then let us know what you’re most excited for this season? Eric and Sookie to finally get it on? More about Sookie’s fairy powers? Or do you just want more sex where people’s neck’s are twisted around backwards? I mean, that scene was like, the hit of season.
Squee! San Diego Comic Con, the media mecca for comics, movies, television, video games, toys and more, is a little over 4 weeks a way (July 21-24) . Good lord we can’t wait! Oh, FYI NerdBastards will be in attendance. Luke Gallagher and Mrs. NerdBastards (aka Luke’s mistress, life coach and supplier of NOMs) Crystal H. will be doing some field reporting, schmoozing with celebs, and procuring as much swag as we can. We’ll also be on hand to meet with any NB fans in attendance. Come say hi (Will be wearing NB t-shirts, as scene on splitreason.com). Tell us how much you love us, or how much you hate us. Either way, we’re happy to meet you. Though, if you say some shit, that nullifies your chances of getting any free fan appreciation swag from us. Also, warning to the busty nerdy girlies out there, Luke is a weak and very perverted man. Stay at-least 5 feet away.
Anyway, as the dates come closer and closer, news on guest appearances, panels and other festivities will be rolling out. At the moment, thanks to TV Line, we have a list of what TV shows and stars will be in attendance.
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