Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, X-Files, The Unit) will resume his role as Jackson Herveaux, Alcide‘s (Joe Manganiello) surly father as a series regular in True Blood six season. Patrick’s expanded role was only possible due to the fact that ABC cancelled Last Resort, the submarine drama of Shawn Ryan, a show were Patrick was recently working on.
Alan Ball, the series creator and showrunner is taking a step back from the show this season, he does however remains on board as an executive producer and will consult on creative direction of the series. True Blood’s co-executive producer Mark Hudis is taking the lead as the new showrunner of the southern vampires universe. Filming is scheduled to begin in the summer of January 2013.
This season will be unlike the previous one, True Blood Season 6 will only contain ten episodes, unless plans change between now and the end of season shooting. During a recent interview, Alan Ball said, “We’re moving production to January to accommodate her. And there will only be 10 shows next season partly because of Anna [due to her recent pregnancy] and partly because of the economics.”
True Blood season 6 will also include several other new series regulars, including Rutger Hauer as the ominous vampire Warlow and British actor Rob Kazinsky who will play Ben, a faerie who, like all men, is drawn to Sookie (Anna Paquin).