TVLine Items: True Blood's (Kind of) New Stud, Mad Men's Season 5 Premiere Title and More!

Sexy Brit Giles Matthey has booked a mysterious recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of True Blood.

The newcomer, whose sole acting credit is an episode of The Good Wife, will portray Claude, a fairy who in the Sookie Stackhouse novels is a distant cousin of the leading lady’s father. In the HBO adaptation, however, Claude will quickly set his sights on young vamp Jessica, E! Online reports.

The role of Claude was played last season, albeit briefly, by Lost‘s Neil Hopkins.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• And the title of Mad Men‘s much-anticipated Season 5 premiere is…. “A Little Kiss.” “I like the title to have some kind of synergy with the show so it will pique your interest,” showrunner Matt Weiner tells TV Guide Magazine. Mission accomplished, sir. Mad Men returns to AMC with new episodes on Sunday, March 25.

• Food Network’s Food Network Star will undergo some changes in its upcoming eighth season (premiering May 13), per Variety. Winners will now be chosen by the fans instead of a panel of professionals, with current judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, as well as host Alton Brown, shifting duties to mentor a team of finalists.

• Eve Best has landed a guest spot on Up All Night, TV Guide Magazine reports. The Nurse Jackie vet will play a bigwig who takes ownership of Ava. Also dropping by NBC’s freshman comedy are Nat Faxton (The Cleveland Show) and Ben Falcone (Joey), playing the Brinkley’s gay neighbors.

• SOAPnet will air a four-hour, Robin/Patrick-centric marathon of General Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 12 beginning at 3/2c. And just like that, we’re more worried than ever about Robin and her seemingly doomed fate on ABC’s sole-surviving sudser.

• FOX will re-air last Sunday’s episode of American Idol this Tuesday at 8 pm.

• Bravo’s new Hills-esque docu-series, The Shahs of Sunset, is set to premiere Sunday, March 11.

• Starz’s upcoming series Da Vinci’s Demons, which reimagines the Renaissance era artist as a superhero, has cast British actor Tom Riley (Monroe) in the lead role, per Deadline.

• ABC has given the green light to 666 Park Ave, a supernatural drama pilot from Fringe writer David Wilcox. Based on the novels by the same name, the potential series centers on a haunted New York City apartment complex.

• CMT has renewed The Singing Bee for a fourth season, a fifth overall as the musical competition began its run on NBC.

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13 Comments
  1. Jen says:

    Orlando Bloom’s stunt double?

  2. Shona says:

    Isn’t Claude supposed to be gay? Unless they mean set his sights in a more dangerous way. Who am I kidding, they killed Claudia already, why am I even pretending they follow the books anymore?

    • Tommy says:

      Yes Claude was gay in the novels – but they have changed the continuity so much in the series I don’t even consider the stories to be part of the same universe. As previously mentioned Claudine is MAJOR character in the second half of the novels, probably third of fourth billing at a few points) – but Claude is just as heavily involved, they probably just wanted another hot guy running around instead of Claudine (this is Alan Ball afterall).

    • Russ says:

      I couldn’t really care if they make Claude gay or not. Just as long as Jessica + Jason is still happening, they are perfect for each other!

      • Geo says:

        Jessica has enough romantic entanglement with the whole Jason/Hoyt triangle; why on earth would they take the great “arrogant gay stripper” idea of Claude from the books and shove him into an already over-crowded storyline? Alan Ball of all people should be aware of Hollywood’s too-long history of de-gaying characters for movies and t.v.– why do it here? As someone says above, Lafayette’s available; if they’re gonna bring Claude into this at all, why can’t we get Lafayette a good storyline with a still-gay Claude?

  3. Anthony Newhall says:

    Now that Jesus is dead, Lafayette needs a man. Claude would have been perfect. But okay, whatever. I trust Alan Ball with this. Also, while I welcome 666 Park Place, I’m kind of hating the whole trend stealing. It’s like True Blood brought back vampires and then vampires were big. Then True Blood did werewolves and then they were big. Then witches and that got big. Add to it that AMC did Zombies and that spawned interest. Now American Horror Story has brought ghosts into it. I love a good haunting, but I hope that a trillion ghost shows don’t pop up.

  4. Anthony Newhall says:

    I mean 666 Park Ave. It should be 666 Park Place. It’s catchier.

    • d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

      Yeah if it were a Monopoly themed ghost series. All joking aside I agree with you completely agree with you.

  5. Tay says:

    Glad that American idol is going to rebroadcast the sunday episode. That stupid football game ruined everything.

  6. Danielle H says:

    What a cutie! Although all these castings seriously worry me that the show is going to stay watered down, taking away focus from the main characters.

  7. sunny says:

    I don’t understand why people are assuming Claude has his sights on Jessica for sexual or romantic reasons. Her daddy apparently spent some years procuring Fairies for the queen. I’d say the Fairies are after Bill and they’re going through his daughter.

  8. vicki says:

    are they kidding… in the books Claude was this overwhelming sexy man that men and women couldn’t resist – this guy is not him!

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