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What to Watch on Sunday: Louisiana vampires return

Million Dollar Password (8pm, CBS) - Chelsea Handler and Jeff Garlin are the celebrity contestants in the updated "Password" game show, hosted by Regis Philbin.

True Blood (9pm, HBO) - In the season 2 premiere, a dead body
is discovered and the residents of Bon Temps worry that another
murderer could be on the loose. Golden Globe (and Oscar) winner Anna Paquin stars. 

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9pm, USA) - It's a Jeff Goldblum episode! Wheeler and Nichols investigate the Olympic Site Selection Committee. Don't worry, Goldblum will make that interesting.

In Plain Sight (10pm, USA) - Yet another solid USA show. Mary and Marshall (right), Federal agents who work with the Witness Relocation Program, suspect that a new witness could be involved in a string of murders. Laura Prepon guest stars.

Hammertime (10pm, A&E) - The new reality series following the mundane life of Stanley Burrell, also known as MC Hammer. Back-to-back episodes tonight.

Evan Rachel Wood takes a sip of "True Blood"


Entertainment Weekly is reporting (through 'sources') that Raleigh's own Evan Rachel Wood is joining the cast of HBO's "True Blood."

She will apparently play Sophie-Anne, the vampire Queen of
Louisiana, a 500-year-old vampire from France, who is described as charming, wily, ruthless and wise. She's also a diplomat who has/had history's most famous people at her beck and call.

EW's source says that Wood will be in two episodes toward the end of the show's upcoming second season.

HBO premieres 'Grey Gardens' movie tonight

Grey Gardens, HBO, 8pm 

The 1975 cult hit documentary, "Grey Gardens," really has to be seen to be believed.

In fact, it would probably help to see at least a bit of it before you watch HBO's movie version starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. Otherwise, you'll likely think HBO has cartoonishly exaggerated the lives of eccentric East Hamptonites Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie.

Joe the Boxer Gets Redemption


I'm a huge Muhammad Ali fan.

I once stood in the rain for hours outside a store in Pasadena, CA, waiting for a chance for him to sign a book. After he did, I practically floated away.

As a child, I remember playing Ali and Frazier with my friends; we all wanted to be Ali. He was pretty and poetic.

HBO Renews "Eastbound & Down"


The show that gave us former WRAL traffic guy Mark Robert's comedy series debut, and was created and populated by the NC School of the Arts mafia is getting a second season from HBO, it was announced today.

The new episodes will begin filming later this year and debut in 2010.

That's not only good news for the actors involved, but for North Carolina's film and TV industry. The show is filmed in Wilmington.

Alabama Chanin teams up with HBO on new T-shirts

N.C. State grad Natalie Chanin has taken an interesting and somewhat surprising step for her fashion design company.


She's teamed up with the HBO Shop in New York with a special collection of Alabama Chanin for HBO limited-edition, embellished T-shirts. Each design will be one-of-a-kind, handmade and recycled from previous HBO collections. That means each shirt will have logos or key themes from hit shows such as "Entourage," "True Blood," "Flight of the Conchords," "Sex & the City," and "The Sopranos."

The collection will include men's and women's shirts and each will have Natalie's signature hand-stitching, embroidery and applique details.

Look for the collection in April at the HBO Shop in New York City (1100 6th Ave. at 42nd St.) and at www.HBO.com/store. The t-shirts will cost between $65 and $85.

Chanin,who gradated from State in 1987, has made a name for herself in the slow craft movement with her Alabama Chanin brand. She's known for turning old T-shirts into couture garments and selling them in stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. People know her work by her exaggerated quilting and stitching techniques from the Depression-era South. All of the clothes are handmade by Alabama artisans.

Jill Scott's On the Case in Africa


"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" premieres on HBO Sunday night at 8.

It stars singer Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe, a full-figured, sensible and smart woman who sells off the 180 cows she inherits and uses the money to open the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana.

Former WRAL Traffic Guy Goes Hollywood

By way of Wilmington.

That's where Mark Roberts earned his SAG card for a scene in episode 5 of HBO's "Eastbound & Down" the show created and written by former NC School of the Arts students.

It's a small role (but are there any small roles?) yet Roberts was good enough, he says, to beat a guy with an ascot for the part. Roberts plays a starter at a triathalon (he gets to shoot a starter pistol), he has a bright blue megaphone and he bellows "Contestants, it's time to take your starting positions. On your mark, get set ...."

Roberts recreated this scene for me and trust me, he's brilliant.

HBO re-airs the episode tonight at 9.

A Seinfeld reunion on HBO

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the cast of Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards) will appear together on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm this fall.

Curb Your Enthusiasm was created by and stars Larry David, who was also the co-creator of the Seinfeld show. Curb Your Enthusiasm is loosely based on Larry David's life.

The cast will appear in several episodes and the storyline will be about Larry's involvement with the Seinfeld show. This will be the first time the group has appeared together in a project since the end of Seinfeld.

The Many Shades of Black. Again.

"The Black List: Vol. 2" is the follow-up, duh, to Vol. 1, which was on HBO last year. It comes on tonight at 8.

If you're not familiar, the documentary features notable African-Americans being interviewed -- although you don't hear the questions by journalist Elvis Mitchell -- and revealing their stories of black life. It's a very simple approach to showing that there is no black monolith, no one black experience, and the Obamas aren't some freakish aberration.

Vol. 1, among others, featured Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Serena Williams, Faye Wattleton, Slash, Billl T. Jones and Vernon Jordan.

But I think Vol. 2 is stronger. Maybe it's because I'm less familiar with the stories of this group or maybe they are just more interesting. Whatever the reason, I found myself surprised more often.

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