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Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux, has been promoted to be a series regular for Season 4, a show rep confirms to

The One Tree Hill alum was originally brought on to appear in few episodes, but has impressed producers with his performance during Season 3. Manganiello's character plays a substantial role in The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels, on which True Blood is based.

The news was first reported by Deadline.