TORONTO, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), presents the ten-episode, sixth season of hit series True Blood, premiering Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, exclusively on HBO Canada.
The Authority is in flames. TruBlood is in short supply. As Bill comes
to terms with his newfound powers after emerging reincarnated from a
pool of blood, humans are in open conflict with vampires like never
before. Meanwhile, Sookie and Jason must steel themselves for an
encounter with their parents' killer: the mysterious and ancient
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humour, the show takes place in a
world where vampires and humans coexist, after 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.
The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna
Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen
Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Alan Ball
(creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) created the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse
novels by Charlaine Harris.
Other returning cast members on True Blood include: Ryan Kwanten as Sookie's trouble-prone brother, Jason
Stackhouse; Rutina Wesley as Pam's newly-turned progeny, Tara Thornton;
Sam Trammell as Sookie's shape-shifting boss, Sam Merlotte; Nelsan
Ellis as Tara's clairvoyant sharp-tongued cousin, Lafayette Reynolds;
Carrie Preston as Arlene Bellefleur, a Merlotte's waitress; Todd Lowe
as Terry Bellefleur; Chris Bauer as Terry's cousin, sheriff Andy
Bellefleur; Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Bill's vampire progeny;
Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Eric's vampire progeny and business
partner; Lauren Bowles as Holly, a Merlotte's waitress; Joe Manganiello
as werewolf Alcide; Michael McMillian as vampire Steve Newlin; Lucy
Griffiths as Nora, a former chancellor of the Vampire Authority; Kelly
Overton as werewolf Rikki; and Anna Camp as anti-vampire crusader Sarah
New cast members for season six include: Arliss Howard as La. Governor
Truman Burrell; Rob Kazinsky as Ben, a stranger with faerie ties;
Rutger Hauer as Niall, a faerie grandfather; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as
Nicole, a pro-vampire activist; and Amelia Rose-Blaire as Truman
Burrell's daughter, Willa.
Episode #61:Who Are You, Really? premieres Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
In the wake of Bill's (Stephen Moyer) blood-soaked reincarnation, Sookie
(Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Jason (Ryan Kwanten),
Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Tara (Rutina Wesley), Pam (Kristin Bauer
van Straten) and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) flee the Authority compound as
Sam (Sam Trammell), Luna (Janina Gavankar) and Emma (Chloe Noelle)
dodge swarming guards. Now packmaster, Alcide (Joe Manganiello)
discovers that the job comes with unsavory side dishes, but other major
perks. In Bon Temps, Andy (Chris Bauer) deals with parenting four
newborn human-faerie hybrids. Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Truman
Burrell (Arliss Howard) vows open season on vampires. Jessica returns
to Compton Place as Jason hitches a ride with an eerie stranger.
Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Stephen Moyer.
Episode #62: The Sun premieres Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
A long-lost relative reveals himself to Jason and Sookie. After Tara is
victimized by a new government weapon, Eric takes matters into his own
hands in an effort to thwart Burrell's anti-vampire initiatives. On the
road to work, Sookie is drawn to a handsome stranger who shares her
faerie abilities. Sam is unnerved by supernatural-rights zealot Nicole
(Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and is confronted by Alcide and Martha (Dale
Dickey) about Emma's future. Bill contemplates the scope of his
heightened powers. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Dan Attias.
Episode #63: You're No Good premieres Sunday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Irate over Burrell's blatant aggression towards vampires, Eric takes
matters into his own hands. After dangerously testing the limits of his
powers, Bill enlists a TruBlood innovator to synthesize a new type of
blood - but has difficulty finding the right donor. Sookie begins to
learn why Warlow is after her. Sam receives unexpected help from Nicole
and her Vampire Unity Society (V.U.S.) associates. Steve Newlin
(Michael McMillian) finds his past ideals turning into a current
nightmare. Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Howard Deutch.
True Blood was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by
Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg
Fienberg, Mark Hudis,Alexander Woo and Raelle Tucker; co-executive
producers, Angela Robinson and Rob DesHotel; supervising producer,
Robin Veith; co-producer, Christina Jokanovich.
In Eastern Canada, the episodes will be available in High Definition, on
demand, on TMN GO and on HBO Canada OnLine.
In Western Canada, the episodes will be available in High Definition on
HBO Canada HD; on demand, via mobile and online with participating
HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO
Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic
programs for which HBO is known, together with new and
never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials,
sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's
extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment.
HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and
programming is accessible on demand and online where available by
service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's
largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most
popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising
and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and
advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a
market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets
in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing,
children's animation and animation software. Experience Corus on the
web at www.corusent.com.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
SOURCE: Movie Central
For further information:
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
HBO Canada (Western Canada)