When this word came forth, the environs of CoL were shaking in joyous anticipation. We took it upon ourselves to steal the complete article below. No secret that Chris is very special to us. Bernice's skirt found a place where it had not been in a while, i.e. over her head. That's another story, or TMI as the case may be. How ultimately grand it is that Mr. Meloni made the career decision to leave Law & Order: SVU only to find himself working on the new Superman. Now this! Hurray for our team!
If you've been wanting to see more of Christopher Meloni on your television screens, congratulations: You could soon be seeing a lot more of him. According to TVLine, Meloni's eying a major role in the upcoming fifth season of HBO's True Blood. How great is that?!
If Meloni does join True Blood it would the first foray into television work for the Oz veteran since he abruptly quit Law & Order: SVU earlier this year. He's reportedly currently filming his role as Colonel Hardy in the Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan Superman movie reboot, Man of Steel.
It's thought that Meloni is pondering a role as an "incredibly powerful vampire." But who? The True Blood fan sites and Twitter have exploded with speculation, so check out some theories:
Maybe the vampire thing is some misdirection. TVLine previously reported that True Blood casting directors were looking for "a hard-bodied fiftysomething" to play a new alpha werewolf -- possibly Alcide's dad -- "who isn't likely to share a water bowl with the new pack leader anytime soon." Could that be the role that Meloni's looking at? He did turn 50 this year, and the famously buff actor is no stranger to getting naked on screen.
The casting call for the season-opener is looking for this: "J.D., 50s, a particularly large Marine-type werewolf, he refuses to bow down before the new pack leader..." Remind you of anyone?
Or how about this? TrueBlood.net has lined up Dieter Braun, a "mature and self-possessed" vampire who'll make his debut appearance in the second episode of Season 5, "Authority Always Wins." Described in the casting call as "a vampire of average build who is nevertheless extremely intimidating," Det. Eliot Stabler, er, Dieter "uses innovative methods to torture a prisoner during an interrogation."
Neither Meloni nor HBO have commented yet on the reports linking him to Bon Temps, so stay tuned for updates.
AOLTV by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 30th 2011 7:30AM