Hot Sheet: Well Strung

The top 10 entertainment highlights on our gaydar this week: from a festival of Fresh Meat to a Batt on a Hot Tin Roof.

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 14 2013 7:49 PM ET



TV: True Blood
There is no event more worthy of your attention this week than the return of True Blood. This season 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, and Sookie and Jason must steel themselves for an encounter with their parents’ killer, the mysterious and ancient Warlow. True Blood still has all the mystery, suspense, sex, and carnage of the best shows on TV and the hottest cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Rutina Wesley, Joe Manganiello, and so many more. And this season one of them dies. Yes, one of the main cast members. We're not saying who, so don't miss a minute of it. If you missed last season, your'e in luck: you can catch the recently released True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season was released on DVD and Blu-ray. A great DVD set, it has tons of exclusive special features, including Authority Confessionals, interviews with the cast, and interactive guides.

Wait, it gets even better. After you've mixed up your red velvet cupcakes and True Blood cocktails for the screening party, Truebies will want to get their blood pumping by logging on to Twitter, where 13 cast members from the hit series will kick off the new season with HBO’s first-ever live broadcast from the set of Fangtasia. The two-part social media event begins on June 16, 9:00 a.m. ET, when HBO will reveal exclusive #secretsfromtheset via the True Blood profiles on Facebook (Facebook.com/Trueblood), Twitter (Twitter.com/TruebloodHBO), Instagram (Instagram.com/TruebloodHBO), and Vine. This all leads up to a fan-fueled interactive pre-show, #TrueBlood: Live From Set, airing on HBO Sunday at 8:45 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and hosted by comedian and Parks and Recreation actress Retta.

#TrueBlood: Live From Set will provide a rare opportunity for fans to engage in a live social media experience with the show’s cast, who will answer questions from fans and share details of the new season.  Cast members who are scheduled to appear include Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston, Todd Lowe, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Joe Manganiello. Fans can submit questions now at TrueBloodLive.com. Michael McMillian will also host a special segment giving fans an inside look at the True Blood sets.

Additionally, HBO says the top True Blood fans will be featured in the broadcast through a never-before-done execution with Twitter and Mass Relevance. All you need to do is follow @TrueBloodHBO on Twitter for info on how to prove you are a #TopTruebie.

True Blood season 6 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, immediately following the live show, on HBO.

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