'True Blood': Season 3's New Blood

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Anna Paquin and Joe Manganiello as Sookie Stackhouse and Alcide on True Blood
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Five days and counting till the Season 3 premiere of True Blood. And this season, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) has her hands full with vampires and werewolves, too! You'll be seeing a lot of new faces in Bon Temps, so we thought we'd round them up and give you a head start.

Jesus Velasquez: Kevin Alejandro -- you know him best as Hilda's high school sweetheart on Ugly Betty, and perhaps from TNT's Southland --- clocks in as Jesus Velasquez, a Latino orderly charged with caring for Lafayette's mom, whom we first meet in the hospital.

Ruby Jean Reynolds: Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets a lot of company this season. We finally see his mom, played by veteran actress Alfre Woodard -- the Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominated actress was most recently seen on Desperate Housewives and Three Rivers -- in a major casting coup for the show.

Alcide Herveaux: On her hunt for lost vampire love Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) gets some help from werewolf Alcide, played by Joe Manganiello, who's best known for his work as bartender Owen on the CW staple One Tree Hill and Marshall's barrister buddy Brad on How I Met Your Mother. As the story goes, Sookie and Alcide generate some heat of their own.

Tommy Mickens: Marshall Allman, who played Dominic Purcell's son on Prison Break, is cast as shape-shifter Sam's long-lost baby bro, Tommy, who apparently has some issues of his own -- including a scary scar running across his face. No word yet on whether he'll also have a puppy penchant.

Russell Edgington: The vampire king of Mississippi -- who's out to get Sookie and the gang for causing a ruckus in his region -- will be played by Denis O'Hare, whom you may remember from stints on Brothers & Sisters, CSI: Miami, The Good Wife, and Law & Order. 

Talbot: The one you've been waiting for, Theo Alexander plays the vampire king of Mississippi's boy toy (though they've actually been together some 700 years), who, if the rumors are to be believed, catches the attention of a particularly hot vampire, leading to some sizzling romps, no doubt.

Will you be tuning in Sunday night?


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