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Luke Grimes Did Not Want to Play Gay on True Blood?

SPOILER ALERT!

(just fair warning to everyone who isn’t caught up on the current season and storyline of True Blood.)

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If you’re a watcher of HBO’s True Blood, you may have noticed the sudden departure of Luke Grimes in December. It’s the final season and with so much happening in an effort to wrap that mess up, one day James (Luke Grimes) was a hunky vampire returning from Season 6 and the next thing you know, poof! He’s gone.

At the time, HBO said that it was because of a creative decision on the part of the director. Fair enough. You want to make sure things end perfectly, we get it.

Except now that Season 7 is developing and we’re beginning to see how things are going to possibly play out, that reason for leaving is becoming suspect. Sure, it’s not confirmed that James’ character is gay, but it’s looking like it enough for a source to reveal the real reason Luke Grimes left.

Why?

Luke Grimes did not want to play gay, y’all. It made him uncomfy.

Buzzfeed has the scoop on all the details, but HBO has confirmed that they stand by their original statement. And, I suppose if you look closely at the details you can easily see that the statement would still technically apply. The director took one direction with the character and that creative direction was not appealing to the actor because playing a gay vampire somehow crosses his comfort threshold. Vampire? Sure! Hunky, vampire on a show with LGBT undertones and lots of sex? Of course! Gay vampire! Nope, too much.

The source also related that cast members were confused, angry, and upset. And I get it, because I’m confused. I’m not quite sure if I’m “Kirk Cameron gets a stand in so he doesn’t ever kiss another woman other than his wife kind of confused”, but pretty close.

As Luke, his publicist says it’s all a matter of scheduling and Fifty Shades of Grey and whatnots. What do you think?

 

HBO Announces “Beyoncé: X10” Concert Series

Good news BeyHive! After airing her documentary, Life Is But A Dream, in February 2013, Beyoncé is heading back to HBO, this time showing off some of her most recent performances!

The network announced that it will air a 10-episode miniseries of four-minute Beyoncé concert performances starting June 29 (Think live music videos of some of Queen Bey’s most recent songs!). Titled “Beyoncé: X10,” the performances will air every Sunday night at 8:55 p.m. ET, right before True Blood, which airs its seventh and final season on June 22.

All of the clips will be from Bey’s most recent tour, the Mrs. Carter Show Would Tour. Taped performances include “Blow/Cherry,” “Drunk in Love,” “Ghost/Haunted,” “Flawless/Yonce,” “Get Me Bodied/Baby Boy/Diva,” “Girls,” “Heaven,” “Partition,” “Why Don’t You Love Me?” and “XO.”

It’s awesome, because it will be high quality instead of the YouTube videos we fans tend to record on our iPhones and low quality cameras! And, personally, since I didn’t see any of the performances from Bey’s new album live (I went to MCWT before the album was released), I’m definitely excited! Plus, it’s just a good way to keep your name out there, and keep good connections with the network. You never know what else she might do with HBO in the future!

Image via The Hollywood Reporter

True Blood To End in 2014

Say it ain’t so! HBO’s hit series True Blood is saying goodbye in 2014, with the upcoming seventh season being the show’s last. The network made the announcement just yesterday.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement. “Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

The season finale was INTENSE, showing Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) almost forced to become a faerie-vampire bride to her crazy love interest vampire Warlow (Rob Kazinsky), but she was saved by her brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). We also see Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) being burned by the sun over in Europe as he sat reading a book butt naked after he thought he was free to walk around in the light, as well as a bunch of Hepititis V-infected vampires heading straight for Bon Temps! No one knows what’s going to happen next summer!

Brian Buckner, the series’ showrunner in recent years, said that the show won’t disappoint for the final season. “As we take a final walk through Bon Temps together, we will do our very best to bring Sookie’s story to a close with heart, imagination and, of course, fun,” he said.

I’m not too too surprised. I heard the rumors floating around earlier on in the summer that True Blood might go off the air, but still! That show makes my Sunday nights during the summer! Ehh all good things must eventually come to an end, I guess. I’m just hoping that the show really goes out with a bang, but still has a great resolution, not leaving viewers in the dark. We’ll see what happens!

What do you think of True Blood going off the air?

Image via John P. Johnson/HBO

The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini Dead at 51

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James Gandolfini, the actor best known for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos, has died following a massive heart attack at the age of 51.

At the time of his death, the actor was visiting Italy, and was scheduled to make an appearance at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily this week.

James won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony on the show, which aired from 1999 to 2007. “Jimmy was the spiritual core of our Sopranos family, and I am stunned at this devastating loss,” said Chris Albrecht, the former president of HBO who gave the green light to “The Sopranos.” “He was a great talent, but an even better man. My thoughts are with his family.”

“He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that,” David Chase, who developed “The Sopranos,” said in a statement. “…A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.”

James married his wife, former model Deborah Lin, and they had a baby girl this past October. The couple were married in Hawaii in 2008. He also had a son with ex-wife Marcy Wudarski.

So sad to hear! It’s definitely a huge shock, because he was only in his his early 50s. We’re losing more and more celebs these days it seems. Keeping his family and friends in my thoughts and prayers!

Image via Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Beyoncé Will Be Interviewed for Oprah’s Next Chapter

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Beyoncé is the next celeb in line to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an intimate conversation on Oprah’s Next Chapter! The one-on-one interview will air the same night as Bey’s long-awaited HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream. The Oprah interview will premiere at 8 p.m. EST Saturday February 12, and the documentary will air directly after at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Don’t worry: There won’t be a conflict. The OWN interview will air at 8 p.m. this Saturday, and the HBO documentary airs at 9. 

This is honestly something that I’m extremely excited about, yet very surprised by. Beyoncé is a notoriously private person, and admittedly struggles with how much to reveal about herself. So to have an interview with Oprah, and a revealing documentary is really special! I’m praying that she actually gets personal with this interview and documentary! A few things I’m hoping for on what I’ve deemed “Bey Night?” Beyoncé to possibly discuss some well-kept family secrets with Oprah like her devastating miscarriage and her father, Mathew Knowles, having a son with another woman. Oh, and to see Blue Ivy without a blanket over her face! She’s a cute little baby…Bey and Jay need to show her off more!

Image via Gossip Center

Sookie Is a Mama!

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The star of HBO’s True Blood has finally released her own babything into the world. In fact, she has released two into the world, since she popped twins out of her hole recently. And speaking of twins, this seems to be the way to go in Hollywood these days. Because I am absolutely certain that twins have never been as popular as they are these days. It’s almost like you can place orders for your uterus these days.

Anyway…the first-time mother had this to say about their birth, via her spokestrick….

“Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer recently welcomed their twins into the world. The babies were born a few weeks early, but are in good health and both Mom and Dad are overjoyed.”
Although these are the first children for Paquin, 30, they are are children #3 and #4 for her husband, who has a daughter and son from previous relationships.

How will this affect their working relationship? Well, it hasn’t seemed to affect it in the past, since the two have been married since 2010 and have recently finished up their fifth season.

The season finale of True Blood arrives on August 26th, for those fangbangers out there. So tune in!

GAME OF THRONES Creators Apologize For George W. Bush’s Head On A Stick

I have watched every episode of Game Of Thrones and never noticed this.

In a scene in which sneery teen King Joffrey is proudly showing his captive wife-to-be Sansa Stark a row of traitors’ heads on spikes, even eagle-eyed viewers may not have seen that one of those craniums belonged to former President George W. Bush.

In the DVD commentary for the first season, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed, “People may not have noticed this but back up … the last head on the left is George Bush … George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes.”

The creative pair have since issued an apology, explaining how the Bush head ended up in the show. “We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”

 

HBO’s Luck Cancelled Due to Controversy

After the recent controversy surrounding a death of one of the horses being used for the television show Luck, executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann will be canceling the series starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. The statement released regarding the cancellation says that safety is their primary concern and that despite their “safety standards” that “accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.” As a result, they “reached this difficult decision.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was glad about the shows cancellation, especially knowing that “old, unfit, and drugged horses were forced to race for the series.” So far three horses have died on the set, yet the network denies allegations that the fatalities were the result of the show.

Despite the announcement and the tragic deaths of the animals, one can only wonder if HBO might have worked harder to keep the show if the ratings had been better, as the show has barely reached about 500,000 since the start of the season. As one reporter puts it, “HBO ‘Luck’ was canceled for the same reason real horse racing is fading away: nobody watches, and the modern American public won’t stand for the death of animals in a spectacle.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Ben Stiller’s New Comedy Show Airing This Fall

Alright, TV Watchers, raise your hand if you remember Ben Stiller’s last show, The Ben Stiller Show.

 I didn’t think so.

 But, lucky for us, Ben Stiller will be returning to the small screen with his new show this fall called, All Talk about the rises and pitfalls of a Jewish family living in Washington,D.C.I’m sure it will be all sorts of awesome.

Why will it be awesome?

First of all, the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who wrote the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, will be writing the script and he’s already written the pilot of the script as well.

With that in mind, it makes the news about this show being, “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually, and sexually irreverent” sound that much cooler, doesn’t it?

Second awesome point is that Alan Alda, who hasn’t been in very much since M*A*S*H, but he’s still an awesomely funny guy and somehow I can totally see him with Ben Stiller (who will not only be staring in the show, but working as an Executive Producer beside Jon Foer).

Two of the other Executive Producers include, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. Rudin and Stiller had their little duet prior to this with Zoolander. And I don’t know about you, but I totally thought Zoolander was funny. I mean, a little bit, right? It had its moments.

And speaking of HBO, the new show, Luck will be airing Sunday at 9 PM on HBO. Starring Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina as the awesome stellar cast and it will take place in a horse race track, and if you enjoy your share of characters who have dark pasts, a ton of problems and like to gamble, than this show is for you.

Not to mention, you might want to catch Kiefer Sutherland, who stars in a new show called Touch, airing tonight on Fox at, about a single father who discovers his son can predict the future. I know what you’re thinking, though – those predict the future shows are bound to crash into a bed of awfulness right? Maybe, or maybe not. It has been compared to Sutherland’s last television show 24 but with a bit more importance being set on the relationship between the father and his son.

You can catch Touch tonight on Fox 9/8 C and Luck this Sunday, January 29th on HBO at 9 Pm.

Shows to Catch in the 2012 Winter Mid-Season TV Schedule

We aren’t through the holidays yet (don’t forget New Years!) But, trust me, I’m already getting set for the upcoming 2012 TV Schedule…and I don’t know about you, but while we are all recovering from the holidays and the lack of three (or four) day weekends until Memorial Day, a healthy dose of some new shows always does me good.

So, what should you be watching this season?

Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN Network; Premieres January 1st, New Years Day)

Hmmmm…anyone else beginning to wonder about that whole, you know, Oprah farewell deal? Yah, me too. I was really beginning to wonder if Oprah could stay off television for…well, ever. And you know what? She can’t! And her new show, Oprah’s Next Chapter premieres on New Year’s Day where she interviews Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

Anyone else winning a bet among friends on whether Oprah would actually return back to television? Yup, me too.

Oprah’s new show will feature her traveling around the country to interview public figures and celebrities…and you know what? I wish her the best on the new show, and I am sooo planning on watching this.

Luck (HBO, Premieres January 29th)

Okay, really, I’ve never been that much into horse tv shows or movies. Really. I didn’t even buy “My Little Pony” as a little girl.

BUT, with that said, I’m really looking forward to HBO’s newest show, Luck. Why? The top notch cast of course – Dustin Hoffman, Richard Kind, Nick Nolte…wow, right? It follows along the lives of people who are going to the same horse racing track…and really, anything that features Dustin Hoffman will have me interested.

The Firm (NBC, Premieres January 8th)

I loved the book. I loved the movie (featuring one of my many celebrity crushes, Tom Cruise). And I’m planning on lovin’ the new show.

And apparently this isn’t just a recreation of the movie (which…I really hated the idea of), but it’s catching up with the character Mitchell McDeere ten years after the setting of the film (remember TV Watchers, that ending seen where he drives back home to go with a firm that is small, but with a “lot of potential?”

Now, they are emerging from the witness protection program, and ah, I just can’t wait. And you know who plays Mitchell McDeere? Josh Lucus. And he’s so, soo hot.

House of Lies (Showtime, Premieres January 8th)

I will be very busy this January premiere season making sure that I’m not missing a beat when it comes to the new shows. House of Lies features a consulting firm, where Don Cheadle is a consultant who will do anything to get his way (and his clients’ way). And you know? I think Showtime is really pulling out all the stops for the show…not only do they have a website for the consulting firm, but they also have an app almost ready to go.

Freakin’ show hasn’t even premiered yet. Although, you can catch the first episode on Showtime’s website, and maybe you can decide if all this effort will be worth it. It will definitely be a show that I will catch this upcoming season.

Smash (NBC, Premieres February 6th)

Did you love the movie Chicago? Do you love Glee? If you answered yes to both of those questions…than the show Smash is for you. This show takes you behind the scenes of a musical and two hopefuls wanting the lead of Marilyn. It features that charming acting of Katharine McPhee, the great hair of Debra Messing (sorry, I do love her hair), and aggresive character of Megan Hilty. I’m pumped for it already, tv watchers!

It premieres after some football game that’s supposed to be a big deal. Oh, the superbowl I think (I kid, I kid…don’t freak out).

Alright TV Watchers, these are the few new shows I will be catching this season. What other shows are you looking forward too?

Tis the season…for TV Show Cancellations

Okay television watchers, we all know what season it is…(no not Christmas, close though)…it’s fall season cancellations! A lot of announcements have been going around about what will be continued and what won’t…and today I will be listed the top ten shows I’m glad to see leave!

Because I mean really…some shows aren’t worthy of my television cancellation mourning.

Hung (HBO)

HBO just released the news that their show, Hung, will not be returning next season.

Wow. what a shocker. You mean a show named after a guy’s………………………………………………………………………………was not a big hit among TV watchers? Hmmm…I could have called that one from the start.

The Playboy Club (NBC)

This one had me nearly screaming inside. How could any show revolving around a men’s club be successful? (Okay, don’t answer that.) Do we really want to glorify that anymore than we already do? (Okay, don’t answer that one either).

Either way, with this show’s cancellation after just three episodes, I would say that vast majority of people would have to agree with my overall feeling of yuck when it comes to this show airing on primetime television.

Chuck (NBC)

To be honest, I’m a little surprised that this show lasted as long as it has. Revolving around a guy who becomes part of the government after a spy database is embedded into his brain. And although I’m certain that there are many people out there wiping away the tears as they wave so long to one of their favorite shows, I’m certainly not going to be one of them.

Show finale airs on 1/27/2012.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

Okay, I was a little shocked at this one. One of my guilty tv pleasures…are makeover shows. And I’m amazed to see this one go…and now who will I get to makeover my home?

But, in reality, how often can you remake the wheel? We’re all a little tired of that theme anyways, aren’t we?

Onto the next, I say!

Pan Am (ABC)

Okay, somewhere along the way, when this show first aired…I got the impression that this was a sad…sad…sad attempt for the airline industry to sort of…perk up their image, so to speak? I mean, with the holiday season coming around and ongoing frustration with passengers at having to face airport security…we’re not exactly patient passengers when we have to go to the airport.

So, this may be my own little conspiracy theory, but given the fact that this show also got the boot, I”m guessing that this attempt didn’t rest well with tv watchers.

But, side note folks, apparently ABC insists that it isn’t cancelling the show. Apparently there are five more episodes to air…but I have my doubts on this being a recurring show.

Prime Suspect (NBC)

I’m sorry to admit, but I literally had to google this tv show when I read that this one was cancelled too.  Who can forget the never ending commercials advertising a rough and tumble cop who gets beat up and enjoys dinner with the ladies all at the same time?

Yup, I forgot too. And now, we won’t have to struggle to remember that any show any longer.

Alright TV watchers…that’s my list! What show are you glad to see take a dive?

Christopher Meloni wants to suck Sookie’s blood?

Sookie & Chris Meloni?

It probably isn’t fair to the rest of us mere mortals, but it looks like Sookie Stackhouse is about to spread her legs fairy dust on a new cast member.

Chris Meloni, fresh from his last gig of heating up Law & Order: SVU with Marishka Hargitay, is joining the cast of True Blood as an ancient powerful vampire.

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