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Broadcaster: M-Net DStv 
Show Genre: Horror
Season Premiere: Friday, September 09, 2011
Season Finale: Friday, November 25, 2011
Time: 22h30 - 23h30

Show Summary

True Blood is an American supernatural horror drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball and based on the Sookie Stackhouse series of novels by Charlaine Harris, which details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town.

The series centres on Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton.

The series premiered in the USA on HBO on 7 September, 2008.

True Blood premiered in South Africa on M-Net and DStv's M-Net HD channel on Tuesday 10 February 2009, at 21h30. It was moved to DStv's M-Net Action channel for the third season, to DStv's M-Net Series channel for Seasons 4 and 5 and to M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD) for Season 6. It also later aired on TopTV's Top One channel and DStv's M-Net Series Zone (from Season 6).

See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 4 originally aired on M-Net Series from 9 September to 25 November, 2011, on Fridays at 22h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.

Season 4 later aired on M-Net and M-Net HD from 6 November, 2011 to 22 January, 2012, on Sundays at 00h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 12 episodes in the fourth season.

M-Net Series Repeats

Saturdays: 04h30, 10h30, 16h30

Season 4

At the conclusion of Season 3, vampire king Russell Edgington was buried alive in a pit of concrete, apparently ending his plans for world domination.

But what happened to Sookie, who disappeared into a flash of light? Will Bill be able to make things right after breaking Sookie's heart? And what awaits Eric, who nearly joined Russell in limbo?

As the season begins, Sookie journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric and Bill try to win back the human public; Jason learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara finds refuge in close quarters; Sam bonds with his own; Hoyt and Jessica debate the dinner menu; Jesus urges Lafayette to join a coven; and Terry tries to alleviate Arlene's fears about the baby.

The series follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).

Other returning cast regulars this season include Ryan Kwanten as Sookie's trouble-prone brother Jason Stackhouse; Rutina Wesley as her best friend Tara Thornton; Sam Trammell as Sookie's shape-shifting boss Sam Merlotte; Nelsan Ellis as Tara's sharp-tongued cousin Lafayette Reynolds; and Chris Bauer as detective Andy Bellefleur.

They are joined by Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler, a Merlotte's waitress; Todd Lowe as Andy's cousin Terry Bellefleur; Jim Parrack as Jason's friend Hoyt Fortenberry; Alexander Skarsgård as vampire sheriff Eric Northman; Deborah Ann Woll as teen vamp Jessica Hamby; and Kristin Bauer van Straten as Eric's vampire sidekick Pam.

There's also Marshall Allman as Sam's brother Tommy Mickens; Joe Manganiello as werewolf Alcide; Lauren Bowles as Holly, a Merlotte's waitress; Kevin Alejandro as Lafayette's boyfriend Jesus; and Jessica Tuck as vampire spokesperson Nan Flanagan.

Other returning cast members include Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana; Lindsay Pulsipher as Crystal, a werepanther with ties to Jason; Dale Raoul as Maxine Fortenberry, Hoyt's mother; and Adina Porter as Lettie Mae Thornton, Tara's mother.

New cast regulars in Season 4 include Janina Gavankar as Luna, a shape-shifter who catches Sam's eye, and Fiona Shaw as Marnie, a witch whose agenda threatens the vampire establishment.

Other new cast members include Courtney Ford as lawyer Portia Bellefleur, Andy's sister; Vedette Lim as Tara's new friend Naomi; Alexandra Breckenridge as Katerina, one of Marnie's followers; and Gary Cole as Earl Stackhouse.

True Blood was created by Alan Ball and is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The executive producers are Alan Ball and Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers are Brian Buckner, Mark Hudis, Raelle Tucker, Nancy Oliver and Alexander Woo; and the associate producer is Christina Jokanovich.

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Note: the first two seasons were simulcast on M-Net HD but not the third, although it was aired in HD on DStv on Demand. The fourth season simulcast on M-Net HD once again but Season 5 aired exclusively on M-Net Series, an SD channel. When the show moved to M-Net Series Showcase for Season 6, it was once again simulcast in HD.

Season 1 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 10 Feb 2009 | Finale: 28 Apr 2009 | Tue, 21h30
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 24 Oct 2010 | Finale: 9 Jan 2011 | Sun, 21h00

Season 2 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 27 Oct 2009 | Finale: 16 Feb 2010 | Tue, 22h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 10 Apr 2011 | Finale: 26 Jun 2011 | Sun, 21h00

Season 3 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 22 Oct 2010 | Finale: 7 Jan 2011 | Fri, 22h00
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Jan 2011 | Finale: 26 Mar 2011 | Sat, 23h25
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 17 Jun 2012 | Finale: 2 Sep 2012 | Sun, 21h30

Season 4 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 9 Sep 2011 | Finale: 25 Nov 2011 | Fri, 22h30
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 6 Nov 2011 | Finale: 22 Jan 2012 | Sun, 00h30

Season 5 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 11 Jan 2013 | Finale: 29 Mar 2013 | Fri, 22h30

Season 6 (10 episodes)

Channel: MS Showcase | Premiere: 15 Jul 2013 | Finale: 16 Sep 2013 | Mon, 21h30
Channel: MS Zone | Premiere: 21 Oct 2013 | Finale: 5 Nov 2013 | Mon-Thu, 22h30

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Sookie Stackhouse Anna Paquin
Bill Compton Stephen Moyer
Sam Merlotte Sam Trammell
Jason Stackhouse Ryan Kwanten
Tara Thornton Rutina Wesley
Eric Northman Alexander Skarsgård
Jesus Velasquez Kevin Alejandro
Tommy Mickens Marshall Allman
Andy Bellefleur Chris Bauer
Pam Kristin Bauer van Straten
Holly Cleary Lauren Bowles
Lafayette Reynolds Nelsan Ellis
Luna Garza Janina Gavankar
Terry Bellefleur Todd Lowe
Hoyt Fortenberry Jim Parrack
Arlene Fowler Carrie Preston
Marnie Stonebrook Fiona Shaw
Nan Flanagan Jessica Tuck
Jessica Hamby Deborah Ann Woll
Alcide Herveaux Joe Manganiello
Debbie Pelt Brit Morgan
Antonia Paola Turbay
Portia Bellefleur Courtney Ford
Roy Dean Chekvala
Casey Fiona Dourif
Crystal Norris Lindsay Pulsipher
Maxine Fortenberry Dale Raoul
Marcus Bozeman Daniel Buran
Claudine Crane Lara Pulver
Melinda Mickens J. Smith-Cameron
Joe Lee Mickens Cooper Huckabee
Naomi Vedette Lim
Beverleen Dendrie Taylor
Kirsch Annie Fitzgerald
Blackburn Aaron Perilo
Luellen Stephanie Erb
Trevor Chad Todhunter
Nate Brendan McCarthy
Katerina Pelham Alexandra Breckenridge
Mavis Nondumiso Tembe
Felton Norris James Harvey Ward
Becky Blaine Saunders
Timbo Dane DeHaan
Suzanne McKittrick Christina Moore
Matt Randy Wayne
La Donna Lauren Weedman
Lettie Mae Daniels Adina Porter
Adele Stackhouse Lois Smith
Sophie-Anne Leclerq Evan Rachel Wood
Godric Allan Hyde
Earl Stackhouse Gary Cole
Caroline Bellefleur Katherine Helmond
Rene Lenier Michael Raymond-James
Steve Newlin Michael McMillian
Patrick Devins Scott Foley
Vonetta Missy Doty
Ginger Tara Buck
Deputy Kevin Ellis John Rezig
Queen Mab Rebecca Wisocky
Emory Broome Chris Butler

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