'True Blood' news bites: Episodes 7-11 revealed, HBO peddles reruns and more

true-blood-hbo-news-bites-eric-northman.jpgAre you starting to salivate for the next episode of " True Blood" on Sunday? So are we and waiting sucks! Here are few stories that are helping us get over hump day!

  • HBO is shopping around reruns to commercial cable networks. That would be an easy sell for the network, but a few previously sold HBO shows didn't do very well in repeats at their new homes: "True Blood" creator Alan Ball's "Six Feet Under" for Bravo, "Entourage" for Spike,  and "The Sopranos" for A&E. [Los Angeles Times]

  • The fact that "True Blood" broke the Emmy vampire curse and got nominated for outstanding drama series was good news for fans and HBO. The bad news is that one of its competitors is Showtime's "Dexter." Of course, we're rabid fans of both shows. Well, our pals at FEARnet did an "Emmy Death Match" pitting the two shows against each other. We won't ruin the ending for you, so you'll just have to check it out.

Warning: Spoiler Alert!


  • HBO released the episode descriptions for August. Check them out below.

Episode #7:  "Hitting the Ground"
Debut:  SUNDAY, AUG. 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Imperiled by Lorena (Mariana Klaveno), Sookie (Anna Paquin) goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill (Stephen Moyer) - with unforeseen consequences.  Sam (Sam Trammell) infiltrates a dogfighting ring to extricate Tommy (Marshall Allman) from his parents' (J. Smith Cameron, Cooper Huckabee) greedy influence.  Jason (Ryan Kwanten) heads to jail to uncover the truth about Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher); Summer (Melissa Rauch) makes a home-cooked play for Hoyt's (Jim Parrack) affections; Debbie (Brit Morgan) vows revenge on Alcide (Joe Manganiello); Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) uses Hadley (Lindsey Haun) as bait to get information from Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood); Russell (Denis O'Hare) turns his back on the Authority, and on the Magister (Zeljko Ivanek).
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by John Dahl.

Episode #8:  "Night on the Sun"
Debut:  SUNDAY, AUG. 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Shaken and disillusioned, Sookie rethinks her relationship with Bill.  Sophie-Anne takes up a new residence as Russell plots his next move.  Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Bill reconcile; Jason throws down the gauntlet in hopes of saving Crystal; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets a surprise visit from his mom, Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard); Sam tries to keep Tommy in check; Merlotte's gets a new waitress; Eric proves the depth of his allegiance to Russell.  Sookie finds herself in a vulnerable position when Alcide needs to deal with a family emergency.
Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.

Episode #9:  "Everything Is Broken"
Debut:  SUNDAY, AUG. 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
With the ratification of the Vampire Rights Amendment at hand, Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) detours to Fangtasia to confront Eric about the Magister's disappearance.  A grief-stricken Russell vows revenge against his foes, vampire and human.  Awaking from a slumber, Bill uncovers the truth about Sookie's true identity.  Jason gets unexpected help as he goes up against Felton (James Harvey Ward) and Calvin (Gregory Sporleder).  Sam is distressed by Tommy's attitude; Tara (Rutina Wesley) encounters a new ally and an old tormentor; Hadley introduces Sookie to a new family member; Arlene (Carrie Preston) despairs about her future; Hoyt confronts his true feelings.
Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Scott Winant.

Episode #10:  "I Smell a Rat"
Debut:  SUNDAY, AUG. 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
A reluctant Bill warns Sookie about the dangers she will face.  Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) is intrigued by the mysterious qualities of V.  Sam's recent fit of rage triggers dark memories.  Eric takes precautions and fulfills a wish; Arlene turns to Holly (Lauren Bowles) for help with a pressing problem; Jason deals with the unexpected, both with Tara and Crystal; Jessica is torn between Tommy and Hoyt.  After communing with Talbot (Theo Alexander), Russell promises to extract vengeance on his enemies.
Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Episode #11:  "Fresh Blood"
Debut:  SUNDAY, AUG. 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Bill tries to earn back Sookie's trust, but ends up bringing her face-to-face with fresh dangers.  Knowing he's no physical match for the King, Eric tempts Russell with the "ultimate vampire dream."  Jason tries to wrap his head around Crystal's revelation.  Sam embraces his dark side, alienating everyone except Tara.  Hoyt and Jessica take their romance to the next level; with Holly's help, Arlene puts her future in the hands of a goddess; post V-trip, Lafayette struggles with new demons
Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Daniel Minahan.

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