Season 4 of "True Blood," premieres soon but it is not here just yet. It has been over nine months since Season 3's finale and some hardcore fans are suffering withdrawal, especially with small Season 4 teasers and previews. Good news, HBO has created three ways for fans to get some "True Blood" to hold them over until the popular blood-sucking series, based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, returns.
First off, we have PSAs (Pubic Service Announcements) done by several cast members which provide a fun taste of the fictional world in which humans and vampires coexist with the invention of the blood substitute drink, Tru Blood. Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, returning wolf Joe Manganiello, Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis and Rutina Wesley offer fun PSAs to promote HBO's new website, TBWithdrawal.com ("True Blood" withdrawal). View the full cast PSA on Access Hollywood.
Secondly, HBO has created HBO Connect, a new social media site nexus for "True Blood" and other HBO shows that allows fans to share their opinions and interact with cast members and behind-the-scene talent. It allows fans to chat in a water cooler-like setting for conversations with fellow fans. Fans can access HBO Connect by logging in with their Facebook and Twitter accounts. "True Blood" is one of the first shows to utilize HBO Connect with a special section on the site called TBwithdrawal.com, which is devoted to the Season 4 tease campaign to feed fans' addiction and withdrawal until the show returns. It is comprised of several parts as listed below.
This section allows users to see how the popular HBO series is shared on the Internet in real-time via bit.ly (a link-shortening site).
This is a show-specific feed that allows fans to connect through social media content collected in one place through Twitter and other sites.
This section allows fans to connect with HBO stars and behind-the-scenes talent through Live Q&A's and Live Twitter Commentaries.
This is an interactive Twitter feature that displays what fans are tweeting about the show.
This is a directory of the ways users can connect to official show Facebook pages, Twitter profiles, YouTube channels, and blogs.
Finally, HBO has also created a service for paid subscribers called HBO GO where users can get a sneak peek at the first several minutes of the Season 4 premiere of "True Blood," entitled "She's Not There." It is accessible at hbogo.com or the HBO GO app that is available for download on Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and many smartphones using Google Android.
Sources: thefutoncritic, Access Hollywood, HBO
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