HBO Canada sinks its teeth into a second season of HBO's hit series True Blood

    - Anna Paquin returns in her Golden Globe(R)-winning role as Sookie

    - Season two premieres Sunday, June 14 on HBO Canada, day-and-date with
      HBO in the U.S.

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - A perky telepathic waitress and her 173-year-old
vampire soul mate, born-again brother, shape-shifting boss and foul-tempered
pal are back for a new season of the acclaimed HBO drama series True Blood.
HBO Canada, a multiplex channel from Corus Entertainment's Movie Central
(Western Canada) and Astral Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), bites
into season two of True Blood on Sunday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET/MT.

    The critically-acclaimed, sexy, intense and wildly entertaining series
from Oscar(R)- and Emmy(R)-winning creator and executive producer Alan Ball
(Six Feet Under) is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by
Charlaine Harris and tells the tale of a small Louisiana town where vampires
live openly amongst their human counterparts, thanks to the invention of
mass-produced synthetic blood. The series follows the unconventional romance
between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her relationship with
Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), the town's first vampire.

    Season two picks up with the discovery of a dead body outside Merlotte's
and Sookie's reunion with Bill after a daylight rescue that almost turned him
to dust. Throughout the season, Sookie and Bill's relationship is tested as
they face a new litany of adventures and must deal with Jessica (Deborah Ann
Woll), the rebellious teen-vampire who Bill was forced to sire as punishment
for killing a fellow bloodsucker. Sookie's pal Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)
sets down new roots with the mysterious Maryann (Michelle Forbes) while Sam
Merlotte (Sam Trammell) resolves to get into shape-shift shape after a forest
foray. Finally, Sookie's brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) finds new purpose with
an anti-vampire sect. Joining the cast for a two-episode guest-starring role
is Evan Rachel Wood as the 500-year-old Vampire Queen of Louisiana.

    Viewers will have the chance to catch up on the first season of True
Blood with a marathon on HBO Canada. From June 6 to June 9, three episodes
will air nightly back-to-back beginning at 8 p.m. ET/MT.

    All 12 new episodes of True Blood will be offered in High Definition on
HBO Canada HD and will be available on demand following the network premieres.

    HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral Media'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 where
available by service provider. For more information, please visit

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a
Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in
specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and
children's animation.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media
(ACM.A/ACM.B) is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay
television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia.

    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit or

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (Eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638,; Movie Central
(Western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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