“TRUE BLOOD” Season 2 Kicks Off on MAX

AWARD-WINNING HBO ORIGINAL SERIES TRUE BLOOD KICKS OFF ITS SECOND SEASON
SATURDAY 22 AUGUST AT 9PM ON MAX

The Golden Globe® acclaimed hit series TRUE BLOOD kicks off its much-awaited 12-episode second season in Asia on Saturday 22 August at 9pm on MAX. New episodes air weekly at the same time.

True Blood Season 2

In this new season, the mystery surrounding the serial killer has finally been solved, to the town’s infinite relief. Sookie is thrilled that her vampire soul mate, Bill, has escaped unscathed after coming to her daylight defense. On other fronts, Sookie’s friend, Tara, sets down new roots with an affluent benefactor, Maryann; Sam resolves to get in shape-shift shape after a forest foray; Sookie’s roguish brother, Jason, finds new purpose with an anti-vampire sect; and detective Andy Bellefleur licks his wounds after being proven wrong about Jason’s guilt. But just as things are settling down in the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps, deadly new twists threaten to ratchet up the saga of Sookie Stackhouse to bloody new heights!

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, TRUE BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future when vampires have come out of the coffin. Thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood, they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The sexy, funny and wildly entertaining series follows the romance between telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse (Golden-Globe® winner Anna Paquin), and her soul mate, the 173 year old vampire, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy® winning HBO series Six Feet Under) created and executive produces the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Other cast regulars on TRUE BLOOD include: Ryan Kwanten as Sookie’s brother Jason; Rutina Wesley as her best friend Tara Thornton; Sam Trammell as Sookie’s good-hearted boss Sam Merlotte; Carrie Preston as Sookie’s fellow waitress, Arlene Fowler; William Sanderson as Sheriff Bud Dearborne; Chris Bauer as Detective Andy Bellefleur; Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur; Michelle Forbes as Maryann Forrester; Alexander Skarsgård as Eric, a Nordic vampire; Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, a new vampire under Bill’s supervision; Mehcad Brooks as Eggs “Benedict” Talley; Michael McMillian as Rev. Steve Newlin; Mariana Kloveno as Lorena; Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin; and Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry.

The first season of TRUE BLOOD was an instant hit with viewers and critics, and its season two premiere in the United States on 14 June 2009 earned a series record-setting of 3.7 million viewers, making TRUE BLOOD the most-watched program on the HBO network since the finale of The Sopranos.

Now Asian viewers can catch up on the first season of TRUE BLOOD in anticipation to its season two premiere. From 11 July at 11pm on MAX, season one encores with two episodes back-to-back on Saturdays at 11pm. Season two premieres immediately after, on Saturday 22 August at 9pm. One new episode will air every Saturday at the same time, culminating with a finale of two episodes back-to-back on Halloween.

SYNOPSIS

EPISODE S201: NOTHING BUT THE BLODD

Written by: Alexander Woo
Directed by: Alan Ball

A shocking murder outside Merlotte’s has Bon Temps reeling. Meanwhile, Sookie’s relationship with Bill is tested when she learns about Jessica, and of his involvement in her uncle’s death. Sam recalls a shape-shifting encounter he had with Maryann as a 17 year old. Jason gets a sudden windfall that allows him to pay for a leadership retreat with the Fellowship of the Sun. Two adversaries find themselves sharing a mysterious dungeon and, possibly, the same fate.

EPISODE S202: KEEP THIS PARTY GOING

Written by: Brian Buckner
Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Sookie is forced to cope with Bill’s obligations to Jessica, as well as the romantic inconveniences the teen vampire’s presence creates. At the Light of Day leadership conference, Jason makes a favorable impression on its ambitious leaders, Steve and Sarah Newlin, though not on his jealous roommate Luke. Maryann casts her spell on Merlotte’s patrons, and Sam proves helpless to stop the revelry.

EPISODE S203: SCRATCHES

Written by: Raelle Tucker
Directed by: Scott Winant

When Sookie is attacked by a mysterious creature, Bill must enlist Eric’s help to save her. At the Light of Day retreat, Jason has second thoughts about the sect’s anti-vampire agenda, but Sarah and Steve counter his doubts with flattery and promises. After snapping at Tara and his new employee Daphne, Sam decides to cut and run. A bored Jessica heads over to Merlotte’s, where a smitten Hoyt falls under her spell. At another Maryann-hosted party, Tara finds her attraction to Eggs interrupted by a swirling, aphrodisiac fog.

EPISODE S204: SHAKE AND FINGERPOP

Written by: Alan Ball
Directed by: Michael Lehmann

With Jessica in tow, Bill and Sookie head to Dallas to carry out Eric’s vampire-reconnaissance mission – but a surprise awaits them at the airport. At the Light of Day Institute, Jason falls victim to a practical joke, but has the last laugh when the Newlins anoint him for a higher calling. Maryann throws Tara a birthday party at Sookie’s, attracting much of Bon Temps to its Bacchanalian revelry. Sam postpones his departure from town to attend the bash, connecting with Daphne in the process. Having barely escaped Fangtasia, Lafayette finds himself reluctantly pulled back into Eric’s orbit.

EPISODE S205: NEVER LET ME GO

Written by: Nancy Oliver
Directed by: John Dahl

In Dallas, Sookie connects with one of her own, then joins Bill and Eric for a strategic summit at the lair of the missing vampire, Godric, attended by his lieutenants, Stan and Isabel. Meanwhile, Jason shows his mettle at a Light of Day boot camp, and is rewarded for his hard work with a gift from Sarah. Rebuffed by Tara in her relocation efforts, Maryann decides to cast her spell on the Merlotte’s staff, softening Tara up towards her new “family.” Eric shares a little-known secret about his past with Bill, and Sookie makes a decision that might solve the Godric mystery – or get herself killed.

EPISODE S206: HARD-HEARTED HANNAH

Written by: Brian Buckner
Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Accompanied by Isabel’s human boyfriend Hugo, Sookie embarks on a dangerous mission to locate Godric. Meanwhile, Bill is shocked when a vampire from his distant, more violent past resurfaces in Dallas. In Bon Temps, Daphne presses Sam to get comfortable in his own skin(s); Hoyt continues his unlikely courtship of Jessica; Andy interrogates Lafayette about his disappearance; and Tara and Eggs take a detour while on a road trip for supplies. At the Light of Day camp, Jason finds himself faced with some difficult emotional and physical choices.

EPISODE S207: RELEASE ME

Written by: Raelle Tucker
Directed by: Michael Ruscio

Betrayed by Daphne, Sam finds himself in an unenviable predicament at the hands of Maryann and her zombie minions. Imprisoned with Hugo at the Light of Day camp, Sookie uses her telepathic powers to reach out to Bill, who’s being detained at the hotel by a stubbornly obsessive Lorena. After crossing a church line, a fearful Jason tries to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun, but gets plenty of resistance from Steve and his lackey, Gabe.

EPISODE S208: TIMEBOMB

Written by: Alexander Woo
Directed by: John Dahl

Sookie’s captivity takes an unexpected turn when Eric arrives to do his master’s bidding. In Bon Temps, Sam finds himself in hot water after making a gruesome discovery at Merlotte’s, but Andy proves no help in coming to his defense. Tara and Eggs get physical after partaking in a “Hunter soufflé” prepared by Maryann. After Jason pays off his debt to the vampires, Godric looks to enlighten his more single-minded followers.

EPISODE S209: I WILL RISE UP

Written by: Nancy Oliver
Directed by: Scott Winant

A wounded Eric plays Sookie for a sucker, to Bill’s dismay, and ends up getting inside her head. Later, Sookie and Jason reflect on their recent adventure, and end up bonding at the feuding Newlins’ expense. Blaming Eggs for Tara’s bruises and bizarre behavior, Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out a way to pry their kin from Maryann’s clutches. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica to Maxine over lunch, to no avail. Jailed by Bud along with a group of Bon Temps revelers, Sam finds a novel way to escape his cell – and avoid capture by an increasingly obsessed Maryann. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions to Nan Flanagan, and are shocked when Godric decides to take the fall for their PR disaster.

EPISODE S210: NEW WORLD IN MY VIEW

Written by: Kate Barnow & Elizabeth R. Finch
Directed by: Adam Davidson

Sookie, Bill and Jason return to a Bon Temps turned upside down by Maryann. Lured to Merlotte’s by Arlene, Sam and Andy find cold comfort in their refuge from a group of blood-thirsty revelers. Bill discovers that traditional vampire techniques don’t work on Maryann; Hoyt and Jessica try to keep a lid on Maxine’s madness; Sookie tries to push through the darkness consuming Tara. With all hell breaking loose, Jason takes the bull by the horns to rescue Sam, at least for the moment.

EPISODE S211: FRENZY

Written by: Alan Ball
Directed by: Dan Minahan

With the crisis in Bon Temps careening out of control, Bill seeks out the advice of the vampire queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Hoyt’s allegiance to Maxine is put to the test by Jessica.

EPISODE S212: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’

Written by: Alexander Woo
Directed by: Michael Cuesta

In this season finale, the mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be maid of honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill’s inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt has a hard time swallowing Maxine’s endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam is forced to put his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally.

True Blood Season 2 Schedule: Saturdays at 9pm on MAX

Date / TIME

EPISODES

Saturday 22 August 2009, 9pm Episode 201: NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD
Saturday 29 August 2009, 9pm Episode 202: KEEP THIS PARTY GOING
Saturday 5 September 2009, 9pm Episode 203: SCRATCH MY BACK
Saturday 12 September 2009, 9pm Episode 204: SHAKE AND FINGERPOP
Saturday 19 September 2009, 9pm Episode 205: NEVER LET ME GO
Saturday 26 September 2009, 9pm Episode 206: HARD-HEARTED HANNAH
Saturday 3 October 2009, 9pm Episode 207: RELEASE ME
Saturday 10 October 2009, 9pm Episode 208: TIME BOMB
Saturday 17 October 2009, 9pm Episode 209: I WILL RISE UP
Saturday 24 October 2009, 9pm Episode 210: NEW WORLD IN MY VIEW
Saturday 31 October 2009, 9pm Episode 211: FRENZY
Episode 212: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’

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