Exclusive: Royal Pains Sinks Its Teeth Into True Blood Vet Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston Royal PainsCarrie Preston is turning a new page in her career: The True Blood actress is set to play a celebrated author on Royal Pains, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Preston — who last week was robbed of an Emmy nomination for her career-high work on The Good Wife — has signed on to guest star during the USA Network hit’s current fourth season as Jackie Van Ark, a successful romance novelist who brings her college-bound daughter to HankMed to treat her for mysterious symptoms.

The twist? While easygoing Jackie couldn’t seem more different from her high-strung spawn, it turns out they have more in common than they thought.

Preston recently wrapped production on Season 5 of True Blood. Her Royal Pains episode is slated to air on Sept. 5.

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  1. mia says:

    Fantastic! I love her, glad to see her branching out to other roles. Her work on The Good Wife was superb

  2. Behzad says:

    After seeing her in many other places now (including The Good Wife of course ! ), I now feel that the True Blood gig really doesn’t do her any justice ! She’s so sidelined all the time ! It’s good that they let her do these other roles on the side !

  3. Jesse says:

    I thought Carrie Preston was pretty amazing in the Julia Roberts / Clive Owen movie Duplicity, but I could not agree more about her performance in The Good Wife…every single time she shows up. Seriously, she’s stunning. Of every guest performance on every show I saw this season, male/female, comedy/drama, her performance as Elsbeth Tascioni would have been my # 1 pick for an Emmy. (Bob Balaban’s performance on The Good Wife and Ben Feldman’s performance on Mad Men would have been my others.)

  4. jared says:

    Carrie is so under used on True Blood..but the Good Wife makes up for it. Glad to see her branching out to other quality shows.

  5. Fan says:

    she was sooooo effin awesome on the good wife! loved her character!

  6. Leslie says:

    Stunningly detailed work on Good Wife — she & John Noble deserve Emmys. And I had no idea she played Arlene on Trublood — wow, she is purty aweschome…

  7. tvdiva says:

    Carrie Preston is wasted on True Blood I hope she gets a recurring role on the Good Wife, Person of Interest and other shows.