Christopher Meloni has traded in his badge and gun for a set of fangs and one scary-looking stake.
The Law & Order: SVU alum makes his True Blood debut Sunday as the stoic, yet vicious Vampire Authority guardian Roman. The Authority already has its hands full with the threat of a civil war, so the betrayal of one of their own — Nora (Lucy Griffiths) had unsuccessfully tried to help Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) escape the council's clutches — will not make Roman a pleasant vampire to be around. Still, there may be a way for Eric and Bill to survive... but what Roman wants from them in return won't be easy.
Sookie's future, new romance and 11 more True Blood spoilers
To get the scoop, TVGuide.com turned to Meloni to find out what kind of vampire Roman is, why Meloni choose True Blood as his follow-up to his years on the cop beat over on NBC and what's next for him. (Hint: Could there be a Wet Hot American Summer sequel coming? Please?)
If you thought Roger Sterling's LSD trip on Mad Man was psychedelic, just imagine True Blood's take on the experience.
Very likely coming soon to a T-shirt near you: "Bless the Blood." This new catchphrase is a favorite of True Blood's new vamp in town: Roman, the 500-year-old Guardian of the Vampire Authority, a zealot who's about to complicate the already messy lives of the bloodsuckers who live among the shape-shifters, territorial werewolves, telepathic fairy hybrids, assorted bigots and bumpkins of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
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True Blood had quite an action-packed Season 4 finale: Sookie renounced Bill and Eric. They killed a Vampire Authority member. Tara took a bullet for Sookie, who shot Debbie Pelt in the head. Alcide murdered the packmaster. Lafayette killed Jesus. Jason revealed to Hoyt that he slept with Jessica. Steve Newlin showed up as a vampire. And Russell Edgington escaped. All caught up?
True Blood Scoop: What is Tara's fate?
If your head is still spinning from all that, then Sunday's fifth season premiere (10/9c, HBO) won't make it slow down anytime soon. We're sworn to secrecy from revealing just about anything from Season 5... but the cast isn't! Creator Alan Ball, stars Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello and more open up about what's in store, including new romance, Tara's fate and the return of the most dangerous vampire on earth: Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare). Get the scoop:
1. Sookie's future: As if the Stackhouse home hasn't seen enough damage...
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How soon will we meet Kalinda's husband next season on The Good Wife? — Beth
ADAM: We're hearing that he will be in the season premiere and at least five additional episodes next season. But he won't be the only new face. Look for a calculating, self-righteous bankruptcy trustee who's brought in to fix the firm's financial woes. We hear he butts heads with just about everyone. Perhaps that's because he's cutting costs...and — gulp! — slashing jobs?
I can't wait to see Russell Edgington again on True Blood. Got any scoop on his return? — Mark
NATALIE: The former King of Mississippi will...
The trail of bodies is getting longer on the new season of True Blood — and Russell Edgington's return probably won't help. The question remains: Who dug up the HBO drama's most dastardly villain ever from his concrete grave?
True Blood Season 5 Sneak Peek: Chris Meloni is undead! Eric has a sister!
Christopher Meloni's face is splattered with blood. He's just shot his first staking scene for HBO's megahit True Blood — and he's seriously amped up.
"When that blood...
True Blood poster
A new teaser for the upcoming fifth season of True Blood brings tears to our eyes.
In the poster HBO released Wednesday, we see a close-up of an eye crying blood, which is how our undead vampire friends express sorrow or pain. It's not a pretty sight.
It's official: When True Blood returns in June, so will the show's thought-to-be dead villain Russell Edgington!
"He's on the loose," Alcide (Joe Manganiello) tells Sookie (Anna Paquin) in this newly released teaser. "On the loose? Russell Edgington is dead!" she reponds.
VIDEO: Check out True Blood's Season 5 teaser trailer!
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Where would TV be without The Simpsons? Thankfully, it will still be a while before we'll ever have to find out. With no end in sight, Fox's landmark animated hit celebrates "the most meaningless milestone of all!" — their words — with Sunday's 500th episode (8/7c), a remarkable run by anyone's measure. Even if you've been taking this show for granted the last few years, or possibly decade, you don't want to miss — though you might want to record — the dazzling opening sequence, a kaleidoscopic montage showing the Simpsons' evolution from no-def to Hi-Def, with more couch gags than the eye and brain can process.