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HSN, Also Known As The Human Shopping Network, Hosts ‘True Blood’ Party

July 30, 2012

We guess this is another invitation that got lost in the mail.

Last Thursday HSN held a party at Aire in TriBeCa, with the swank shindig celebrating the “True Blood” collection that the home shopping network launches next month. The Wall Street Journal wrote about the event this weekend.

We’ve written about this new line already. It is vampire-inspired, and includes the perfume Forsaken, nail polish, candles and reed diffusers.

At the feedbag, you could not only swill free alcohol but also get a manicure and rub shoulders with models wearing vampire makeup.

To top it off, The Journal ran a photo of HSN marketing honcho Bill Brand, who we thought was our buddy.

By the way, Brand was asked whether HSN would be doing a “Fifty Shades of Grey” collection.

“Mr. Brand laughed nervously,” The Journal wrote. “‘At some point, but not directly,'” the company might consider it, he said.”

Please don’t. That book is the most boring, poorly written piece of crap we’ve ever attempted to read.

Racy? Really? Tying your partner up is so 1990s.

HSN has juat posted a video promoting Forsaken, which parodies itself. The network is HSN, but in the video it stands for the Human Shopping Network.

‘True Blood’-Inspired Fragrance, ‘Bite Me’ Lipstick Coming To HSN

July 3, 2012

HSN apparently wants to do bad things with you.

Yes, talk about an odd couple, HSN and HBO. Really?

HSN and “True Blood”? Holy cow!

What would Sookie say? Well, she’s got a nail polish named after her now.

Here’s the deal: HBO Global Licensing is launching Forsaken, a fragrance inspired By the award-winning sexy vampire soap opera on HSN on Aug. 9.

This Forsaken Collection will include not only the fragrance developed by Givaudan, but also home goods from D.L. & Co. and the first-ever lip color with coordinating nail shade from Deborah Lippmann

Not for nuthin’, as we say in Jersey, but when we were covering cable we were mad about “True Blood,” and blogged about it, during its first season, before it became a big hit.

HBO has partnered with Forsaken LLC, a specialty licensing partnership created by Multi Media Exposure and Virtue Development, to create a one-of-a-kind luxury collection which includes: the Forsaken signature fragrance created by Givaudan; beauty products from Deborah Lippmann and home fragrance products from D.L. & Co.

A first for HBO, the line will launch exclusively on HSN in conjunction with the show’s fifth season. The collection will be available at the HBO Shop in September and will follow with worldwide distribution at specialty retailers late this year.

The Forsaken collection will be spotlighted on HSN with four one-hour segments running throughout the day on Aug. 9, starting at 12:01 a.m.

“We were thrilled to have met HSN through our existing relationship with Givaudan,” James Costos, vice president of HBO Global Licensing, said in a canned statement. “Mindy Grossman at HSN introduced us to amazing partners who made the Forsaken line a reality by developing and executing fabulous products. We are excited to provide HSN with the exclusive launch as it introduces the ‘True Blood’ brand to a whole new audience.”

HSN chimed in.

“HSN is proud to be the first to offer HBO’s Forsaken collection,” said Betsy Olum, general manager of beauty and merchandising strategy. “It’s one of a kind, sensual collection of products that taps into the essence of the show, and will excite both the HSN customer and the ‘True Blood’ fan.”

Forsaken will be available to consumers in an Eau de Parfum, a body cream and shimmering body veil powder.

Here’s the hype from the press release:

The fragrance is evocative of the dark and seductive world of ‘True Blood,’ capturing the soul of the show and combining it with trendsetting, iconic products.

Prominent fragrance house Givaudan developed Forsaken with an addictive blend of light and dark notes. Pulpy fruits paired with crisp pear notes are followed by mid notes of night blooming jasmine, also fittingly known as Queen of the Night. The scent closes with the dark muskiness of amber and patchouli. Ultra feminine, yet sultry, the fragrance will cast a spell on everyone.

The Forsaken fragrance will be incorporated into a nail lacquer developed by world-renowned celebrity manicurist, Deborah Lippmann, who began crafting her own nail colors over 15 years ago. The lacquer that carries the fragrance is entitled ‘Let It Bleed’ and is part of a combination set with a coordinating lipstick — Lippmann’s first ever — called ‘Bite Me.’

Lippmann also created two additional sets for the collection: ‘Sookie Sookie’ featuring full-size ‘Human Nature,’ ‘Fairydust’ and ‘Bad Things’; and a trio of minis including ‘Strange Love,’ ‘New Flesh’ and ‘Bad Blood.’

Rounding out the collection is a specialty line of home products from D. L. & Co., which includes luxury candles and diffusers with the Forsaken scent developed by Givaudan.

Here’s the press release’s boilerplate on “True Blood.” We don’t know why it doesn’t mention all the naked bodies and kinky sex in the show.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, ‘True Blood’ takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source.

The show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and her soul mate, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series ‘Six Feet Under’) created and executive produces the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

‘True Blood’ Will Be Back Doing Bad Things To You June 13 For Its Third Season

May 18, 2010

The Homeshoppingista’s passions include not only home shopping but also New Jersey and great TV programming. And we just got a press release from HBO on the return of one of our favorite shows, “True Blood.”

Oh, how we have missed Bill and Eric, and the phenomenal intro to the show.

Here are the fang-tastic details:

For Immediate Release


With Bon Temps still reeling from the Maenads’ reign of terror, Sookie Stackhouse begins her desperate quest for the whereabouts of Bill Compton, while her fellow townspeople face new threats that make their previous problems seem tame by comparison.

TRUE BLOOD kicks off its 12-episode third season SUNDAY, JUNE 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other new episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the show takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source.

The show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and her boyfriend, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who went missing at the end of season two last year, and is now the object of a frantic search. Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) created and executive produces the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Other returning cast regulars on TRUE BLOOD include: Ryan Kwanten as Sookie’s trouble-prone brother Jason Stackhouse; Rutina Wesley as her in-mourning best friend Tara Thornton; Sam Trammell as Sookie’s shape-shifting boss Sam Merlotte; Nelsan Ellis as Tara’s sharp-tongued cousin Lafayette Reynolds; Chris Bauer as on-the-wagon detective Andy Bellefleur; Carrie Preston as Sookie’s fellow waitress Arlene Fowler; Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur; Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry; Alexander Skarsgård as vampire sheriff Eric Northman; Deborah Ann Woll as teen vamp Jessica Hamby; William Sanderson as Sheriff Bud Dearborne; Mariana Klaveno as Lorena Krasiki; and Kristin Bauer van Straten as Eric’s vampire sidekick Pam.

Joining the cast in season three are: Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi; Joe Manganiello as Alcide, a benevolent werewolf assigned to help Sookie; Brit Morgan as Debbie Pelt, Alcide’s werewolf ex-girlfriend; Theo Alexander as Russell Edgington’s royal consort Talbot; Grant Bowler as Coot, a werewolf; Lauren Bowles as Holly, a new Merlotte’s waitress; Marshall Allman as Sam’s long-lost brother Tommy Mickens; J. Smith Cameron as Sam’s mother Melinda Mickens; Cooper Huckabee as Sam’s father Joe Lee Mickens; Alfre Woodard as Ruby Jean Reynolds, Lafayette’s mom; James Frain as Franklin Mott, a vampire with a hidden agenda; Kevin Alejandro as Jesus Velasquez, an orderly who connects with Lafayette; and Lindsay Pulsipher as Crystal Norris, a mysterious girl from out of town who shares an instant connection with Jason.

Returning this season is Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana.

June’s episodes:

Episode #25: “Pack of Wolves”

Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: June 13 (11:00 p.m.), 15 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (10:00 p.m.), 19 (10:35 p.m.) and 30 (8:00 p.m.), and July 4 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 14 (8:00 p.m.), 17 (10:00 p.m.), 18 (11:00 p.m.) and 20 (4:00 p.m.)

Sookie (Anna Paquin) turns to Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) for help in finding Bill (Stephen Moyer); Andy (Chris Bauer) urges Jason (Ryan Kwanten) to stay the course; Sam (Sam Trammell) reconnects with his past; Tara (Rutina Wesley) seeks refuge from her grief.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Daniel Minahan.

Episode #26: “Beautifully Broken”

Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: June 20 (11:00 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.), 23 (10:00 p.m.), 26 (10:30 p.m.) and 30 (9:00 p.m.), and July 4 (10:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 21 (8:00 p.m.), 24 (10:00 p.m.), 25 (11:00 p.m.) and 27 (3:00 p.m.)

Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare), the Vampire King of Mississippi, concocts a plan to consolidate his power; Eric remembers his past; Sam tests the strength of his family bonds; Tara finds an ally in shady vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain).

Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Scott Winant.

Episode #27: “It Hurts Me Too”

Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: June 27 (11:30 p.m.), 29 (11:30 p.m.) and 30 (10:00 p.m.), and July 3 (4:40 a.m.), 4 (11:00 p.m.), 6 (11:30 p.m.), 7 (10:00 p.m.) and 10 (10:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: June 28 (8:00 p.m.)

In search of Bill, Sookie heads to Jackson, Miss. in the company of Alcide (Joe Manganiello), a werewolf bodyguard assigned by Eric to protect her. Jason is distracted from his police exams; Bud (William Sanderson) reaches the end of his rope; Arlene (Carrie Preston) copes with unexpected news; Franklin charms Tara, and gets Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) out of a jam; Eric bequeaths a gift to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). Haunted by visions from his past, Bill (Stephen Moyer) makes a surprising pledge of allegiance.

Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Concluding its 2009 run last September, the second season of TRUE BLOOD was a hit with critics as well as subscribers. The Boston Globe called the show “pure perfection,” while the San Francisco Chronicle termed it “bloody good,” and New York’s Daily News hailed the “exceptionally good ensemble cast.”

“True Blood: The Complete Second Season” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray May 25. Bonus features include “Character Perspectives,” “Vampire News,” trivia and in-depth audio commentary.

TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball and Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Nancy Oliver and Alexander Woo; supervising producer, Raelle Tucker; producer, Mark McNair; associate producer, Christina Jokanovich.