In the same week that the Supreme Court ruled to make same-sex marriage legal in California and to make federal benefits available to same-sex spouses and when both New York and San Francisco are celebrating Pride weekend, it seems appropriate to check in on the not-exactly-subtle symbolic journey of True Blood. From the very first episode, when vampires were encouraged to "come out of the coffin," the show hasn't made it a secret that it aims to tell a story about civil rights, specifically gay rights.
(Housekeeping note: I'm going to defiantly ignore the story lines of Sam and Alcide this week, because I just can't with those two anymore. Writers, help them out! Feel free to were-growl at me in the comments.)
So I know I'm not, like, translating the vampire Bible or anything, but to me, this week's episode of True Blood is about three men — Bill, Niall and Ben -- whose shadowy motives are perfect for a show that has never really delineated good and evil all that clearly. Our faithful friends in Bon Temps — and thus also the audience -- are asked to trust each of them, and for now, all looks well. I mean, of course it isn't, but we'll get to that.
Welcome back, fangbangers! Season 6 of True Blood has certainly taken a dark turn, huh? (And that's saying something about a show in which most of the protagonists never see daylight.) Luna is dead. Eric and Pam are in a fight. The smarmy governor of Louisiana has declared war on vampires. Tara's been shot. Jason ran his truck off the road. And Bill, well... we still don't know exactly what happened to him...
The Botwins — if we can still call them that — said farewell Sunday, with a Weeds series finale that a stoner might describe as... a total bummer, man.
For those who have stayed with Weeds over its eight ever-morphing seasons, it was a nice nugget of nostalgia to hear the original version of "Little Boxes" before the final hour. From there, we flashed eight-odd years into the future, as noted by Stevie's impending Bar Mitzvah. The finale featured several fun, but too-brief cameos from former cast members who breezed in and out as we stumbled toward the main question we hoped this finale might answer: Has Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) learned from her mistakes? And if so, where does she go from here?
Read on to find out where Nancy — and everyone else — ended up:
True confession: I'm not an avid watcher of The Voice. I usually watch the first few weeks and then once the chairs stop spinning, I move on to something else. But I am a fan of the show. I like its unabashed love of music and the sympathetic nurturing of the talent.
Nowhere is that more evident that in the coaches' free-wheeling, blissful group numbers. This season, judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera kick things off with an adrenalized version of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" that really sets the tone for another fun few weeks of rock and roll.
This season, there will be 16 artists per team and there's an added twist: Judges can steal artists from another coach! Let's take a look at the first contenders:
True Blood usually ends its seasons with a steep body count, pruning the narrative bonsai of extraneous characters for the next all-new adventure of Sookie Stackhouse & Co. But this year things went a little differently. Sure, there were some important deaths, a few hilarious births (yes, births plural), at least two rebirths and a bunch of tectonic shifts in allegiances that make me curious what the powers that be have in store for Season 6. Read on to find out how it all went down and my baseless predictions for Season 6.
Deborah Ann Woll
Hey, fangbangers! I've been a bad True Blood recapper of late. Last week I had to take the night off to cover the Olympics closing ceremonies. I hope that my colleague Natalie Abrams' insightful exclusive Q&A with Jim Parrack on his character's surprising exit from Bon Temps — and perhaps the series — tided you over. But meanwhile, we've got a vampire war going on here, people! If only we could separate the good guys from the bad guys...
Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu
Last fall, eight of the top 10 shows added to Watchlist were picked up for a full season. Coincidence -- or are TVGuide.com users just that savvy at picking winners? And will they have the same Midas touch this year?
What is a Watchlist? This video explains
We're going to find out. Since May, when the networks announced their fall lineups at the annual upfronts presentations, we've been tracking which shows users were most excited about, as evidenced by their addition to Watchlists. Three months later, we've got a lot of data from our 500,000+ Watchlist users. So far, for example, users are generally more interested in...
First up, sorry for missing last week's episode. As I mentioned, I was out in L.A. at the fall TV previews and watching it live was impossible. Glad to be back though!
On this week's episode of True Blood, the vampire war has begun, and it only took nine episodes to get there! Unfortunately, there are a few traitors in our midst, so when it's time to choose sides, there are a few surprises. In more promising news, the writers have obviously been reading my recaps, because they decided to streamline a whole bunch of plotlines into one this week. Loose ends were tied, and just a few cogent narrative threads remains. Well done, writers! I knew you could do it!
Ryan Kwanten and Anna Paquin
Hey guys, I'm out in Los Angeles at the fall TV previews, so I'm not going to be able to recap True Blood live this week. But I hear that while Sookie and Jason investigate their parents' death, we are going to learn a lot more about this new vampire order, specifically the surprising role that Rev. Steve Newlin will play. Wait until you see!
In the meantime, please use this space to comment on the episode and we'll catch up again next week. Happy hunting, fang-bangers!