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TV Thursday: True Blood, Hung, Entourage

June 23, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode

  Let’s begin this TV blog by announcing that we’ve turned our TV on exactly five times since the “Lost” finale on May 28, so what do we know:
  > Two of those times have been for new episodes of “True Blood,” which has been its usual guilty pleasure self so far with one caveat: too many new characters and plotlines too fast. Nazi vampires? Secret werewolf sects? The Vampire King of Mississippi and his bloody gourmet feasts? Tara’s vampire private eye boyfriend? Whoa. Part of the beauty of Alan Ball’s last HBO project – “Six Feet Under” – was the show’s funeral parlor setting allowed for a very natural feeling infusion of new characters. The new blood on “True Blood” so far this season seems a tad unnatural. But that’s apparently not going to stop the freak parade as another new character (and another Sookie love interest) will be added this week in the form of Alcide, a werewolf played by Carnegie Mellon grad Joe Mangianello (“How I Met Your Mother”).

  > We’ll be leaving the TV on a little later this Sunday as both “Hung” and “Entourage” begin their 10-episode summer runs at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively.
  We’ll be anxious to see if “Hung” can build on its Season 1 momentum, where it developed from a cheeky curiosity piece to a dark and intriguing character study. One thing is for certain, the economy in Ray Drekker’s hometown of Detroit hasn’t gotten any better since last season and a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do to survive. As an aside, the Season 1 soundtrack it out and it's killer.
  You know our feelings on “Entourage,” it ceased being anything but eye candy at least three seasons ago, but it’s top-notch eye candy.

  > Finally, we're going to hold our final "Lost" column for August when the Season 6 DVD is released. In case you missed it, it was leaked this week that the Hurley-Ben epilogue scene for that DVD will be 11, count 'em, 11 minutes long and titled, "The New Man In Charge."

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