Lynn Whitfield is an American actress and producer. She began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO biographical drama film The Josephine Baker Story. Whitfield spent her career after breakthrough performance as Josephine Baker playing the leading roles in a number of made for television movies in the 1990s, had several starring roles in films, include performances in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Gone Fishin', Eve's Bayou, Head of State, Madea's Family Reunion and The Women. Whitfield starred in a number of smaller movies in the 2000s and 2010s. In 2016, she began starring as villainous Lady Mae Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Whitfield has won five NAACP Image Awards. Whitfield was born in Baton Rouge, the daughter of Jean, African-American, an officer of a finance agency, Valerian Smith -who is Creole, a dentist.
She is a third-generation BFA graduate from Howard University. Her dentist father was instrumental in developing Lynn's initial interest in acting as he was a prime figure in forming community theater in her native Baton Rouge. First garnering attention on the stage by studying and performing with the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D. C, she married one of the company's co-founders and pioneers of black theatre, playwright/director/actor Vantile Whitfield in 1974, she moved to New York and appeared off-Broadway in such shows as The Great Macdaddy and Showdown before earning acclaim in the 1977 Los Angeles production of the landmark play'for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf' co-starring alongside Alfre Woodard. Whitfield made her professional screen debut in the NBC critically acclaimed serial drama, Hill Street Blues, as Jill Thomas in 1981. In 1983, she appeared in the comedy film Doctor Detroit, playing the supporting role of Thelma Cleland, she co-starred in films The Slugger's Wife and Jaws: The Revenge.
She starred in the television films The George McKenna Story opposite Denzel Washington, Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI as a title character, in the ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place alongside Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson. She was regular cast member in the short-lived 1988 ABC female-driven medical drama series, HeartBeat, alongside Kate Mulgrew, Laura Johnson, Gail Strickland. Whitfield achieved wide recognition in the title role of The Josephine Baker Story, portraying the American who became a Folies Bergère star, a French Resistance fighter during World War II, a civil rights activist; the HBO biopic required her to age from 18 to 68. In a publicized casting call, Whitfield was chosen over hundreds of women. In the movie, she appeared nude on-screen. In his review, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly said: "Whitfield is exceptionally good as the legendary singer-dancer who came to prominence in the ’20s for her throaty singing and her notorious "banana dance" – a wiggly little number executed while wearing nothing except a skirt of real bananas."
Whitfield won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role, said this gave her "the greatest sense of accomplishment and realization of my vision. It called upon everything I thought I could do at that point." She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film nomination and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. After her breakthrough as Josephine Baker, Whitfield had the recurring role in the ABC legal drama Equal Justice, appearing opposite Joe Morton, she continued her career, starring in the made for television movies, include A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story. She had the series regular role on the short-lived NBC detective series The Cosby Mysteries from 1994 to 1995, guest starred on Martin and Touched by an Angel. In 1996, Whitfield was cast as a female lead opposite Martin Lawrence in the dark romantic comedy film, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.
At the time of filming, Lawrence was 12 years younger than Whitfield, 42. The film grossed over $35 million against a budget of $8 million. In 1997, she co-starred opposite Danny Glover and Rosanna Arquette in the comedy film Gone Fishin', appeared in the supporting role in the Canadian drama The Planet of Junior Brown, played the mother of Jurnee Smollett's title character in the critically acclaimed independent drama Eve's Bayou. In 1998, Whitfield had supporting role of an oncologist in Stepmom. In the 2000s, Whitfield had many supporting roles on film, she co-starred in the Chris Rock's comedy film, Head of State, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion. Whitfield appeared in The Women, The Rebound and Mama, I Want to Sing, had many roles in a low-profile B-Movies, she starred as Dorothea Garibaldi in both Disney Channel films The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2. On television, Whitfield had recurring roles on Boston Public and Without a Tra
Weeds (TV series)
Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan for Showtime. Its central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family. Over the course of the series and her family become entangled in illegal activity; the first three seasons are set in the fictional town of Agrestic, California. During seasons four and five, the Botwins reside in the fictional town of Ren Mar in San Diego. In the sixth season, the family relocates to Seattle and Dearborn, Michigan. In between seasons six and seven, Nancy serves a prison sentence in Connecticut while her sons and brother-in-law live in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the beginning of season seven, Nancy moves into a halfway house in New York City where she reunites with her family, they live in Manhattan for the duration of the season, but relocate to Connecticut in the season seven finale and throughout season eight. The show debuted on the Showtime cable network on August 7, 2005, earning the channel's highest ratings.
The series ended with the eighth and final season on September 16, 2012. In 2012, TV Guide Network bought the airing rights, providing an edited version of the show free of charge; the show has received numerous awards, including two Satellite Awards, one Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, a Young Artist Award, two Emmy Awards. The show is inspired by crime series such as The Shield and The Sopranos, in the sense of an antihero serving as the protagonist while retaining an individual moral code, which goes against the norms of society; the title, according to Kohan, refers "including marijuana and widow's weeds. The basic premise, as illustrated by the lyrics of the opening song from the first three seasons as well its eighth, satirizes off-color characters struggling with faux suburban reality, in which everything is "all style, no substance". According to Kohan, she first pitched the series to HBO. Robert Greenblatt invested in the show and Showtime commissioned it. Weeds was produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television.
Showrunner and head writer Jenji Kohan, whose credits include Tracey Takes On... Mad About You, Sex and the City, is the executive producer of the series, alongside Roberto Benabib, of Little City fame; when asked who "...runs the writer's room?", Kohan responded by explaining how she and Benabib "tag team". The writer Matthew Salsberg and director Craig Zisk joined as executive producers in seasons. Following Zisk's departure from the series after five seasons, Mark Burley, director Scott Ellis, Lisa Vinnecour were added as executive producers. By season eight, writers Victoria Morrow and Stephen Falk became executive producers. Exterior scenes for the first two seasons were shot exclusively in Stevenson Ranch, a suburban area of Santa Clarita Valley, California; the large fountain and Agrestic sign in the opening credits of the first three seasons was shot at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Holmes Place. The name "Stevenson Ranch" was digitally replaced with "Agrestic"; the overhead satellite view in the beginning of the credits in the first three seasons is of Calabasas Hills, a gated community in Calabasas, California.
The shot of the It's A Grind coffee shop in the introduction is of an It's A Grind in Castaic, California. The show was filmed at Red Studios known as Ren-Mar studios; the show moved to Universal Studios in Los Angeles for season 7, where it is noted on the studio tour. A version of this Wikipedia page served as the introduction for the season 5 episode titled "Where the Sidewalk Ends". For the seasonal plots, see Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8. Nancy Botwin is a single mother who lives in Agrestic—a fictional suburb of Los Angeles with her two children and Shane, aged 15 and 10, when the series begins; the pilot opens a few weeks after the untimely death of Nancy's husband Judah, who died of a heart attack while jogging with their younger son. Nancy starts to sell marijuana to maintain her upper middle-class lifestyle provided by her late husband's salary; the series follows Nancy's life as she gets drawn into the criminal system, develops a client base, starts a front to hide her selling, creates her own strain of weed called MILF, relocates her family to stay out of jail and protect her children.
Featured in the ensemble cast are her lazy, wisecracking brother-in-law Andy Botwin. The principal character is Nancy Price Botwin, a housewife from southern California who becomes a pot dealer after her husband Judah dies. Although her drug-dealing career achieves mixed success, she rises to the highest levels of an international drug-smuggling cartel. Nancy remarries three times during the series. First, she has an under-the-radar wedding with Peter Scottson, a DEA agent, killed. In season five, she marries Esteban Reyes, the fictional mayor of Tijuana and leader of a cartel, murdered by the seventh season. While in prison, Nancy establishes a long-term relationship with Zoya, a woman convicted of murdering her own boyfriend. In the series finale, which leaps forward seven years, viewers come to know that Nancy marries Rabbi David Bloom, who dies in a car accident. Throughout most of the show, Nancy shares her house with her brother-in-law Andy Botwin; when Andy arr
XIII: The Series
XIII: The Series is an English-language Franco-Canadian TV series that premiered in April 2011 in France and Canada. Loosely based on the Belgian graphic novel series created by Jean Van Hamme and William Vance debuting in 1984, about an amnesiac protagonist who seeks to discover his concealed past; the TV series follows the events of the 2008 TV film XIII: The Conspiracy, produced by Prodigy Pictures and Cipango. The first season follows the plot in parallel with the existing volumes in the comic series, while the second season diverts into an all-new original story arc. Shaw Media announced on 9 July 2010 the new dramas Blackstone, King, XIII would be produced for the 2010-11 season and that Combat Hospital would be produced for the 2011-12 season in addition to the announced series Shattered and Lost Girl. Along with four comedies and three pilot movies it made for the largest order for scripted original programming that Canwest had done. Production on XIII began on 13 September 2010 with filming in and around Toronto, including Barber Mill, Ontario.
Portions of XIII were filmed in Paris. Stephen Dorff and Stuart Townsend as Ryan Flay/"XIII": A covert CIA operative and former secret agent who doesn't remember who he is, or his own name, but retains his sophisticated combat and infiltration skills from his government training, his exploration of his past is the focus of the series - XIII was sent on secret missions so dark that no one in Washington knew their actual purpose: the most recent was the Sally Sheridan assassination, where an elaborate cover-up changed his face. While successful, XIII's memory was erased, he was betrayed by the government and locked away deep inside an Eastern European prison. At the start of the series he escaped, now he's searching for answers, uncovering his shadowy past and the international conspiracies that threatens his present. Powerful figures threaten and manipulate him as he gets closer to the mysterious center of a deadly puzzle - where the key to all the intrigue is XIII. Other names he has been referred to include "Seamus O'Neill", "El Cascador", "Jason Peter Mullway" and "Victor Gong".
As of the Season 2 finale, he is in hiding with Betty, his lover, pregnant with his child, Barnabis, a loyal ally, in South America. Greg Bryk as DNI Samuel Amos: The Director of National Intelligence under President Ben Carrington and former US Army Colonel - a title the President still uses with him, Amos believes that his job is to protect the United States government at any cost if that means taking the law into his own hands. A intelligent ex-military man, he spent his time in the service behind the lines, planning strategies and developing innovative tactics – skills that he carried with him into his current office. While he requires rules and order, he doesn't hesitate to get his hands dirty when necessary, he has deep mistrust and suspicion of XIII and his mysterious past, has attempted to have him removed or killed for national security - Amos sees him as dangerous and uncontrollable, his links to black operations are too dangerous to remain free. In Season 2, Amos has been removed from his position after killing Sheridan, is now CEO of Synequanon.
After Victor bombs Synequanon headquarters, killing Amos's wife and daughter, Amos thirsts for vengeance against XIII. After a massive manhunt, he learns the truth, teams up with him to defeat Victor and destroy HEARPE. Amos forms a relationship with President-elect Harriet Traymore and works with her to oust Carrington from power in exchange for his restoration as DNI, he is now leading the government on a manhunt for XIII - the only thing. Stephen McHattie as President Ben Carrington: A former US Army four-star General and President of the United States, Carrington understands that, in protecting the government, operating within the gray areas gets results – hence he respects Jones, who will bend the rules for the betterment of the whole, XIII most of all. While Carrington is willing to stretch the limits of his position, he disdains dirty politics and backroom deal making, he is forthright, while at the same time, thick-skinned and relentlessly tough. A good man to have as a friend, a terrible man to have as an enemy.
Carrington, during the events of the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, was Deputy Director of the NSA and worked with XIII to expose the conspiracy, during which his daughter, Kim Rowland, is killed. At the start of the series, Carrington had left the military and went into politics as a Democrat, becoming Vice President to Republican President Wally Sheridan. After using evidence of the conspiracy to blackmail Sheridan into resigning, Carrington becomes President to finish out Sheridan's term; when XIII resurfaces, he forms a workable arrangement with Carrington to track down the Renelco weapon and retrieve it. Carrington makes it clear that he both trusts and respects XIII after his efforts to expose the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, grants him all the access and resources he can to aid in his quest. Carrington had faced a difficult re-election against Wally Sheridan. In the Season 1 finale, Carrington orders Jones to turn on XIII and shoot him with a sniper rifle, with XIII remembering Carrington was behind the Renelco missio
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more than any other newspaper; the Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U. S; the paper is owned by The New York Times Company, publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896. G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher, his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the company's chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to helm the paper. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady", the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record"; the paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials and features.
Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York, Sports of The Times, Science, Home and other features. On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; the Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography on the front page. The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, Edward B. Wesley. Sold for a penny, the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release: We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or wrong. In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed. On September 14, 1857, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War. One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone; the main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On "Newspaper Row", across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself; the mob diverted, instead attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.
In 1869, Henry Raymond died, George Jones took over as publisher. The newspaper's influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" —that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall. Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story. In the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials to becoming more politically independent and analytical. In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland in his first presidential campaign. While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper regained most of its lost ground within a few years. After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.
However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000, was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000. Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper's slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print"; the slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896, has been printed in a box in the upper left hand corner of the front page since early 1897. The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, which were known for a lurid and inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as "yellow journalism". Under Ochs' guidance, aided by Carr
Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010, ran for five seasons. It follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her superhuman abilities, help those in need, discover the truth about her origins; the series was created by Michelle Lovretta and produced by Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures Inc. with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, in association with Shaw Media. Following good ratings and positive reviews, it was renewed for a second season on November 12, 2010, with the episodes order afterwards increased to 22 episodes. On August 25, 2014, Showcase announced that the fifth season would be the last, with the original 13-episode order increased to 16 final episodes; the series' finale episode aired on October 25, 2015. In Australia, Lost Girl premiered on Sci Fi Australia on July 14, 2011. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it premiered on Syfy on September 1, 2011.
In the United States, it premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2012. Episodes begin with a cold open; the show title and credits are accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song. Over the top of the sequence and theme song is the voice-over monologue by the protagonist, Bo, summarizing her story: Life is hard when you don't know who you are. It's harder. My love carries a death sentence. I was lost for years. I won't hide anymore. I will live the life; the Lost Girl Theme song was composed by Marco DiFelice and Benjamin Pinkerton. Total episode running time is 44:00 minutes, including opening title sequence and closing credits roll. Episodes on Syfy in the United States are 90 seconds shorter to allow for more commercial advertisement time. Starting with Season 3, 30 seconds that would have otherwise been cut from the episodes for Syfy were preserved by substituting the original opening title sequence with opening credits superimposed over the first scene of each episode. Bo is a Succubus who grew up in an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world she descended from.
She began to feel "different" when she entered puberty and didn't know she was not normal until she accidentally killed her high school boyfriend by draining his life energy during her first sexual encounter. When she told her parents what had happened, they broke the news to Bo. Not knowing what she was and what she had done, Bo hated herself and ran away from home, exchanging her previous life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place and assuming a false identity whenever she killed again. In the first episode, Bo saves a young human woman, from a rapist who had surreptitiously drugged her with a "roofie" in her drink; the two become friends and Kenzi decides they should team up to create a Fae/Human detective agency. Confronted by the Fae leaders of the local territory with a demand for her to choose a side – either "Light" or "Dark" – Bo declares herself neutral, deciding instead to side with humans after Kenzi risks her life to find out where Bo had been taken by force and what they were doing to her.
Most of the Fae considered Bo an unknown entity that should either be eliminated as a risk to their secret existence or exploited for their benefit. Throughout the season, Bo learns more about the Fae world and herself while she searches for information about her origins. Along the way, Bo develops romantic relationships with both Dyson, a Light Fae wolf shapeshifter and police detective. Bo faces personal challenges with Dyson after she finds out The Norn took his ability to feel passion for her in exchange for giving her the strength to defeat Aife in the season one finale. At the same time that she is coping with these turmoils, a villainous and evil ancient enemy of the Fae, the Garuda, is awakened and reappears with the intent to destroy the truce between Light and Dark Fae, reignite the Great War between them; the new Ash, recruits Bo to be his champion in the battle against the Garuda and she agrees on the condition that he regard her as a partner, not as his servant. During this hectic time, Bo develops a no-strings-attached lustful relationship with Ryan Lambert, a Dark Fae Loki playboy that in "Fae-nted Love" became unwittingly thralled by her when, during energy-drawing healing sex, her blood came into contact with deep scratches she made on his back.
Bo learns in "Into the Dark" that she is not only Trick's maternal granddaughter, but deduces that she has inherited some of his Blood Sage powers: if her blood comes into contact with someone's open wound, it can enslave and bind the recipient to her will. She uses her blood power to unite her team of Dark in the final battle against the Garuda. With Fae society in upheaval, Bo finds herself facing further changes and challenges as former ally Hale becomes the acting Ash – trying to forge a new balance between Light and Dark by appointing a Valkyrie aligned with the Dark Fae, Tamsin, as Dyson's new detective partner. Meantime, Tamsin is a secret agent working for two separate clients: The Morrigan, who wants to build a case agai
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight is an American dramatic television series that premiered on the USA Network on June 1, 2008. The series revolves around Mary Shannon, a Deputy United States Marshal attached to the Albuquerque, NM, office of the Federal Witness Security Program, more known as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Shannon must find ways to balance her professional life of protecting witnesses, her professional relationship with her work partner, US Marshal Marshall Mann, her problematic personal life; the show was filmed on location in New Mexico. On May 4, 2012, In Plain Sight concluded with its fifth season. In Plain Sight was scheduled to premiere on Thursday, April 24, 2008, but USA Network held the series back when the WGA strike delayed production of the summer series Burn Notice, it instead made its debut on Sunday, June 1, 2008. It was renewed on July 21, 2008, for a second season with a 16-episode run, which began April 19, 2009. Following creative differences with Executive Producer David Maples, USA Network made the decision to use the season's 15th episode, the first part of a planned two-part season-ender, as the show's season finale.
Series creator David Maples and co-producer Paul Stupin subsequently stepped down as executive producers at the end of season 2, although they remained as consulting producers, were replaced by John McNamara. Todd Williams’s and Lesley Ann Warren's roles were changed to guest stars, a retooling of scriptwriting was designed to place greater emphasis on Mary's cases and less on her personal life, while retaining its character-driven storytelling. According to USA executive Jeff Wachtel, the shift in producers reflects the network's desire that the show remain upbeat rather than overly dark. In Plain Sight was renewed for a third season of 16 episodes on August 2, 2009. Although the planned 16th episode of season 2 was set to be the opening episode of season 3, the episode was shelved and replaced by a new opening episode, written by new showrunner, John McNamara; the season was reduced to 13 episodes when McNamara took a leave of absence for medical reasons. In a statement released to The Futon Critic, the producer of Universal Cable Productions said, "John Romano assumed executive producer responsibilities for the remaining episodes.
Given the unexpected change, we decided to end the season at a natural spot—with the surprising cliffhanger of episode 13."After the conclusion of season 3, USA Network ordered two more seasons of In Plain Sight The fourth season premiered on May 1, 2011, in its original time slot. The fifth and final season began on March 16, 2012, consisted of eight episodes; the series finale aired on May 4, 2012. Jeff Beal composed the theme song for the series. W. G. Snuffy Walden composed the music for the first season, followed by Tree Adams for the second season. Evan Frankfort, Liz Phair, Marc Dauer composed the music for the remainder of the series. Mary Shannon: Mary is a capable officer, a nonconformist and uninterested in typical feminine wiles. To her witnesses, she is known as Mary Shepard. Mary has trust and abandonment issues that lead her to have difficulties with relationships due to a difficult childhood resulting from her father's abandonment and her mother's alcoholism. During the first two seasons, Mary dates Raphael Ramirez, a minor league baseball player, they become engaged.
During the fourth season, she has a one-night stand with her ex-husband and becomes pregnant. Throughout her pregnancy, Mary is convinced that she wants to give the baby up for adoption, becomes agitated whenever everyone around her starts treating her differently. In the season four finale, "Something Borrowed, Something Blew Up", she goes into premature labor. In the season five premiere, "The Anti-Social Network", it is revealed that after Mary gave birth to a daughter, she changed her mind about giving her up and decided to keep her because she felt that no one could protect her baby better than she could, she names her daughter Norah Shannon, shares custody with Mark. During the final season, she begins a relationship with Kenny, a single dad. Marshall Mann: A fifth-generation Deputy U. S. Marshal, to his witnesses, he is known as Marshall Miller. Marshal Mann is Mary's partner, as well as her best friend, appeared to desire more than her friendship as the series progressed, he seems to know a little about everything, what Mary calls "useless information", is ever speechless.
The only time this has happened was in the season-three episode "Whistle Stop", when he discovered Raphael and Mary had broken up, leading her to declare him "verbally impotent". Friction between Marshall and Mary occurs at times due to Marshall's cerebral approach and Mary's gut instinct, though both are protective of witnesses and each other. Though Mary and Marshall have disagreed about the proper course of action regarding policies, Marshall has backed down after taking time to get a perspective and will adopt Mary's position if her cause is right—even when her attitude is not. In seasons, Marshall begins a relationship with Detective Abigail Chaffee of the Albuquerque police force, he and Abigail move in together and become engaged. Stan McQueen: As chief inspector for WITSEC's Southwest region, Stan is Marshall and Mary's boss, he is a flexible boss and stand-up guy backing up both Marshall and Mary when they hit trouble. Stan likes to stick to official WITSEC doc
True Blood is an American dark fantasy horror television series produced and created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The series revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress living in the rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Two years after the invention of a synthetic blood branded “Tru Blood,” vampires are able to "come out of the coffin" and allow their presence to be known to mankind. Now they are struggling for equal rights and assimilation, while anti-vampire organizations begin to gain power. Sookie's world is turned upside down when she falls in love with 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton and for the first time must navigate the trials and terrors of intimacy and relationships; the show was broadcast on the premium cable network HBO, in the United States, was produced by HBO in association with Ball's production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. The series premiered on September 7, 2008 and concluded on August 24, 2014, comprising seven seasons and 80 episodes.
The first five seasons received positive reviews, both nominations and wins for several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy. The fictional universe depicted in the series is premised on the notion that vampires exist, unbeknownst to the majority of humans until two years before the series premiere, when the creation of synthetic blood by Japanese scientists, which eliminated vampires' need for human blood to survive, allowed vampires to "come out of the coffin" and reveal their existence to the world. E-1 This so-called "Great Revelation" has split vampires into two camps: those who wish to integrate into human society by campaigning for citizenship and equal rights,E-1 and those who think human-vampire co-existence is impossible, because it conflicts with the inherently predatory and violent nature of vampires, it has caused similar divisions amongst non-vampires. Throughout the series, other supernatural creatures are introduced, among them shapeshifters, faeries, a maenad; the series revolves around a telepathic human-faerie hybrid known as a halfling.
Sookie is a waitress at Merlotte's Bar and Grill, owned by Sam Merlotte in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Sam is a shapeshifter. Other characters include Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps to take up residence in his former home following the death of his last remaining relative; the show explores several contemporary issues such as the struggle for equal rights and violence against minorities and homosexuals, the problems of drug addiction, the power of faith and religion, the control/influence of the media, the quest for identity, the importance of family. Series creator Alan Ball had worked with the cable channel HBO on Six Feet Under, which ran for five seasons. In October 2005, after Six Feet Under wrapped, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network. True Blood became the first project under the deal after Ball became acquainted with Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mystery books. One day, while early for a dental appointment, Ball was browsing through a Barnes & Noble bookshop and came across Dead Until Dark, the first installment in Harris' series.
He read the entries that followed and became interested in "bringing vision to television". However, Harris had two other adaptation options for the books, she said she chose to work with him, because " really'got' me. That's. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books." The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal, was written and produced by Ball. Cast members Paquin and Trammell were announced in February 2007 and Moyer on in April; the pilot was shot in the early summer of 2007 and was ordered to series in August, at which point Ball had written several more episodes. Production on the series began that fall, with Brook Kerr, who portrayed Tara Thornton in the original pilot, replaced by Rutina Wesley. Two more episodes of the series had been filmed before the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike shut down production of the 12-episode first season until February 2008; that September, after only the first two episodes of the series had aired, HBO placed an order for a second season of 12 episodes, with production scheduled to commence in January 2009 for a summer premiere.
True Blood's Emmy-nominated title sequence is composed of portrayals of the show's Deep South setting, runs to "Bad Things" by Jace Everett, although the original featurette was created around the Jennifer Herrema song "RadTimesXpress". Conceptually, the sequence was constructed around the idea of "the whore in the house of prayer" by intermingling contradictory images of sex and religion and displaying them from the point of view of "a supernatural, predatory creature observing human beings from the shadows..." Ideas o