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Major True Blood Casting News: James Frain! Alfre Woodard!

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We know one person not taking the holidays off: the True Blood casting director.

Almost everyday, the HBO smash announces a new recurring character/actor for season three, which doesn't air until the summer of 2010. Earlier today, for example, J. Smith-Cameron was announced as Sam's downtrodden mother.

Now, we can add to more major names to the cast:

  1. Emmy-winner Alfre Woodard - who appeared for an extended run on Desperate Housewives during the 2005-06 season - has landed the role of Lafayette's mother. This also means she's Tara's aunt, of course.
  2. Speaking of Tara, her third season love interest has been cast: James Frain will portray the vampire Franklin Mott, a character from the book series that acted as Tara's sugar daddy. HBO casting notices describe Mott as "handsome" and as someone with an “immediate and torrid” connection to Tara.
  • Alfre Woodward
  • James Frain

Have no fear, fans: True Blood cast additions are arriving quickly and furiously, but TV Fanatic will remain on top of everything as news breaks!

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I would love to see Sarah Brown (from General Hospital) cast as Debbie Pelt. Come on people lets make that happen!!