By Cindy Elavsky
Q: It seems like I’ve been waiting forever — when will “True Blood” be back? — Heidi T., via email
A: Your wait is almost over: “True Blood” returns to HBO for its seventh (and final) season June 22 at 9 p.m. I spoke with series star Amelia Rose Blaire, who plays newly turned vampire (who just happens to be the late-Gov. Truman Burrell’s daughter) Willa Burrell, and she gave me some scoops on the hit supernatural series’ final season:
“Generally, I think fans are going to be really happy. The writers and everyone are doing a wonderful job. Everyone wants to make this the best ending to ’True Blood’ that they can possibly make. Everyone is putting in 110 percent, and it is going to be epic.”
She also told me a bit about how the cast is holding up during these last few months of shooting, knowing that the series is coming to an end: “We’re going to be shooting until June, maybe even July, so right now I don’t have much of that ’it’s all going to be over soon’ feeling. But I’m positive that as it comes closer, that it’s going to affect everyone, because most of the cast and most of the crew have been here since season one. They’ve been working together seven years, which is an incredible amount of time to spend with someone.”
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Q: I read in “Billboard” last month that Journey and Steve Perry were not going to reunite, despite the rumors to the contrary. What can you tell me about that? — Peter F., Tempe, Ariz.
A: Neal Schon of Journey has indeed spoken out against the rumors of a Journey reunion with Steve Perry. In fact, the rock band is presently touring with current lead singer Arnel Pineda. However, last month, Steve Perry made a rare and unannounced appearance (he hasn’t sung publicly since 1995) with the indie band the Eels at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., singing an Eels song with the band, as well as Journey classics “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” He sounded absolutely fabulous, and I hope this is an indication that he is ready to step back into the spotlight, make a new album and go on tour.
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READERS: It’s time to announce the fate of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) ABC shows from the 2013-14 season. Good news first — the renewed shows are: “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Resurrection,” “Revenge,” “Scandal” and “Shark Tank.” Shows that won’t be returning for 20014-15 are: “The Assets,” “Back in the Game,” “Betrayal,” “Killer Women,” “Lucky 7,” “Mind Games,” “Mixology,” “The Neighbors,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Suburgatory,” “Super Fun Night” and “Trophy Wife.”
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