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Amelia Rose Blaire, Jurnee Smollett Join ‘True Blood’

Amelia Blaire and Jurnee Smollett join True Blood

True Blood will be adding to its cast for its upcoming sixth season.

90210‘s Amelia Rose Blaire and Friday Night Lights‘ Jurnee Smollett will be joining the HBO vampire series. Blaire will play Willa Burrell, daughter of Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard). Willa and her father often clash over vampire rights. Smollett will play Nicole Wright, whom Deadline describes as someone “who is not concerned with money and more concerned with the common good and doing what’s right.”

Smollett will be a series regular, while Blaire’s role is recurring. She may, however, become a series regular later on.

Howard was cast as the Louisiana governor in December. According to TV Fanatic, his dislike for vampires stems from the fact that his wife ran off with one. Howard most recently appeared in 2011′s Moneyball and the TV series Rubicon. He also appeared in The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Also ahead for season 6, Robert Patrick, who plays Jackson Herveaux, has been promoted to series regular. Patrick has also recently appeared in Gangster Squad, Lovelace, and Last Resort, which was recently canceled by ABC.

Season 6 was shortened from 12 episodes to 10, partly because Anna Paquin was due to give birth to twins with on-screen love interest and real-life husband Stephen Moyer in November. The season was also cut for “economic” reasons. Moyer said the sixth season is going to be “pretty wild” and that there will be a lot of things that the show has held back on in the past.

Season 6 of True Blood will premiere over the summer.

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2 Responses to “Amelia Rose Blaire, Jurnee Smollett Join ‘True Blood’”

  1. Anonymous

    All of these castings make the new season even more intriguing, I can’t wait to learn more about this Governor and his family. A coworker at DISH and I have been discussing how Willa could be in a Romeo and Juliet type romance with a vampire. It will be interesting to see where they go with the characters, and to prepare for the new season, I have been watching all of the previous seasons using Blockbuster @Home from DISH. With my busy schedule, I always make sure my cue is up to date and love how quick my movies are delivered. It also helps for days that I am forgetful and forget to send back my movies, that I have the option to exchange movies in a Blockbuster store. So much has happened in True Blood, that watching the seasons really is a great way to prepare for what’s to come in season six.