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Don't Be a Grouch: Watch This Sesame Street Parody of True Blood

Originally posted 06/23/2014 01:00PM

In honor of True Blood's final-season premiere Sunday night, Sesame Street brought back its "True Mud" parody, which replaces all the HBO series's sex and violence with adorable lessons about rhyming.

The plot is simple enough for a 4-year-old to follow: A puppet version of Bill Compton appears at Merlotte's Bar and Grill, in desperate need of some "true mud." Unfortunately for him, the patrons only want to give him things that sound like mud – from cud, to a spud, to some guy named Bud.

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True Blood's Final Season Claims Its First Victim ... and It's a Shocker

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True Blood's Final Season Claims Its First Victim ... and It's a Shocker

Originally posted 06/23/2014 11:20AM

One episode into its brand-new season, and True Blood is already making a killing.

HBO's hit vampire series returned for its seventh and final season Sunday night and began mid-bloodbath, as a group of disease-infected vampires attacked a peaceful barbecue in the Louisiana town of Bon Temps, where humans and human-friendly vamps had gathered to break bread.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Plot developments to be revealed ...

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True Blood's Chris Bauer Reveals His Drug and Alcohol Past

True Blood's Chris Bauer Reveals His Drug and Alcohol Past

Originally posted 06/22/2014 06:05PM

His TV alter ego, Sheriff Andy Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood, has seen his share of mysterious pasts. But in real life, Chris Bauer has been harboring a dark secret of his own.

The actor, 47, has been sober for seven years, following a decades-long battle with drugs and alcohol.

"It was a slow-motion catastrophe," Bauer tells PEOPLE. "I wasn't just out of control, I was 100 percent off my path."

Finally choosing to reveal his story is "intuitive and spontaneous," Bauer says. "I got sober right after I shot the pilot for True Blood. Now that it's winding down, I'm in touch with how much my life has changed from getting my act together."

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Tears as True Blood Stars Say Emotional Goodbye to the Show

True Blood: Tears as Stars Say Emotional Goodbye to the Show

Originally posted 06/22/2014 11:15AM

True Blood vampires may cry tears of blood, but cast members on HBO's long-running horror hit wept the real salty thing as they read the script for the show's final episode.

"It kind of snuck up on me," Anna Paquin told PEOPLE at Tuesday's premiere of the show's seventh and final season at Hollywood's Chinese Theater.

Paquin, 31, admitted she was one of several cast members who found themselves overcome by emotions during the final script run-through, but because the show is still shooting, she had more pressing matters on her mind.

"We're still working 15 hours a day, so there's not been a lot of reflection yet," she admitted. "I'm just more worried about whether or not I will know my lines tomorrow!"

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PEOPLE Picks: Don't Miss the Return of True Blood and More

PEOPLE Picks: Don't Miss the Return of True Blood and More

Originally posted 06/21/2014 12:20PM

A dozen cool things to see, hear, read and download this week

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Anna Paquin Talks Shooting Love Scene – Directed by Hubby Stephen Moyer

Anna Paquin Talks Shooting True Blood Love Scene – Directed by Husband Stephen Moyer

Originally posted 06/18/2014 12:30PM

Anna Paquin isn't afraid to get nude in front of her husband, even when it's with another man, Entertainment Weekly reports.

In the premiere of the HBO show's final season, the True Blood star is directed by husband Stephen Moyer. The episode features a love scene between Paquin and hunky Joe Manganiello, who plays Alcide – and both Paquin and Moyer are okay with that.

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Anna Paquin: I'm 'Proud to Be a Happily Married Bisexual Mother' | Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

Anna Paquin: I'm 'Proud to Be a Happily Married Bisexual Mother'

Originally posted 06/10/2014 09:25AM

Anna Paquin celebrated her own bisexuality and called for equal marriage rights for all on Monday – in a single Tweet!

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Sam Trammell: How My Twins React to a Pretty Blonde Girl

Sam Trammell: How My Twins React to a Pretty Blonde Girl

Originally posted 06/09/2014 12:15PM

"They're very, very, very different from each other – one is a little more outgoing then the other," The Fault in Our Stars star tells PEOPLE

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Marshall and Jamie Anne Allman Expecting Third Child

Marshall and Jamie Anne Allman Expecting Third Child

Originally posted 05/14/2014 11:00AM

The former True Blood and Killing stars are expecting a daughter in June, their rep confirms to PEOPLE

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True Blood: A First Look at Season Seven

True Blood: A First Look at Season Seven

Originally posted 05/05/2014 06:00AM

There's less than 50 days to go before True Blood's seventh and final season starts and fans are licking their lips with anticipation over what happens to Sookie, Bill and the rest of Bon Temps's residents.

Season 6 left off with the the Louisiana town fighting off an invasion of crazed vampires infected with Hep V, and while it's a pretty safe bet that there will be blood in the final 10 episodes of the hit show, these first-look pics show the cast (including Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten and Joe Manganiello) looking surprisingly splatter-free.

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