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‘True Blood’s’ Farflung Fandom

April 14, 2009 2:43 PM

With some fans flying in from as far away as the Midwest, a sold-out crowd voiced their support for HBO’s “True Blood” during Monday’s PaleyFest presentation.

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Cast members Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston, Alexander Skarsgard and creator/executive producer Alan Ball fielded questions from enthusiastic fans regarding nudity in the show, “Blood’s” connection to the Sookie Stackhouse book series and the threat of cancellation.

Multiple fans expressed concern about losing the show, including one guy who didn’t even ask a question, but just simply said he didn’t want to see “Blood” fall by the wayside after its second season, like HBO’s “Carnivale” or “Deadwood.” (“Deadwood” actually lasted three seasons).

The show appears to have a very large Internet presence, with several audience questions referring to fan sites for the show or what the online community can do to ensure multiple seasons of “Blood.”

“You want to know how to make this show last forever?” Mr. Ball said. “Buy the DVDs.”

When asked who flew out for the panel, several hands in the audience went up, with attendees shouting out the states they came from, including Texas and Iowa.

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A sneak preview of “Blood’s” second season was screened before the panel. The scene consisted of Ms. Paquin’s character, Sookie, getting into an argument with Mr. Moyer’s character, Bill, while driving. Sookie leaves the car and is attacked by a large creature with claws and horns.

Mr. Ball was tight-lipped about the second season so as not to spoil anything. He did say some book fans will be disappointed that certain scenes didn’t make the jump to the screen, but that the show has new material in order to maintain some surprises.

“Lost” fans were given a thrill at the event, too, as Ms. Preston’s husband, Michael Emerson, aka Ben Linus, was also in attendance. Mr. Emerson posed for pictures with several fans after the “True Blood” panel.

—Andrew Krukowski

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Comments (5)

Melinda Miller:

There were many people who came from places farther away than the midwest. I personally came from North Carolina and my friend came from Philadelphia. So, we traveled over 2500 miles to see the True Blood Paleyfest event. We love our TRUE BLOOD!!!!

Al Swearengen:

Never, ever trust HBO to bring you something over a few shows.

You may get one or two seasons, and they'll rip it out from under you, promise a movie, and back out on that deal. Sometimes they shoot a great show and it never gets aired! They have the worst management of any broadcast company ever. Their time has passed.

Forget HBO. My money goes to Showtime now.

I would love to watch True Blood but don't trust HBO to finish the story. HBO sucks.

Mary Jo:

My friend and I traveled from Long Island, New York for the PaleyFest!!!!!

lynnpd99:

Yes, I came from Philadelphia and spent a lot of money to do so. However, it was well worth the trip!

Debbie Riszo:

I agree! The Paley Fest was well worth the trip my sister and I made from Long Island and NYC. We had a blast there, meeting the cast and feeling the energy. Made some great friends too.
Although HBO does have a history of pulling shows, let's just hope with the huge fan base of True Blood and Charlaine Harris' books, we'll get to see many seasons and an ending we'll never forget!

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