Season 5 Spoilers via

True Blood is still months away from its return to HBO in Tempe with season five, but the information about the upcoming season is starting to come out now as the series prepares to start production.Spoiler TV and E! Online have both reported spoilers recently.

What is out for season five? Witches are out (Thank Goodness!). In fact, E! Online reported that Alan Ball had the set for the Moon Goddess, which was the hub for all the witchy activity in season four, torn down recently. No more witches to deal with in season five.

However, werewolves look ready to return as a focus for the series in a big way. Werewolves were a big part of the action in season three, and they stuck around in season four, even if they were in the background some. However, the series is now casting for at least three new werewolves. One is closely connected to Alcide, and it is said to be his father.

Two female wolves will also arrive, and this includes Marcus’ mother, Annie. A second she-wolf named Rikki will also look into Marcus’ death.

I don’t know about you…but I’m sooooo freaking glad to see that the upcoming season will not focus on witches…I’m so tired of them that it isn’t even funny!  And I’m always game for more sexy werewolves!!

Kristin Bauer gets Passionate about Animal Rights via Huffington Post

Watching Kristin Bauer play Pam, the icy vampire on “True Blood,” reveals very little about her real, warm-blooded heart.

Bauer is a passionate activist for animal rights issues — the kind you can get down and dirty supporting. Her most recent campaign is with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which urges the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to protect captive chimpanzees.

Bauer’s campaign asks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the endangered species protections currently given to wild chimpanzees to captive chimpanzees used in experiments and the entertainment industry, as well as those kept as pets in U.S.

But that’s not all she’s got on her plate. This on-screen vamp has a serious penchant for protecting the planet’s wildlife. The Huffington Post chatted with Bauer about a few of the causes she is championing, why she blames Jay Leno and other celebrities for pet overpopulation and the lovefest between her “True Blood” castmates.

How did you get involved with PCRM?

These things all happen because you get knowledge of all of this stuff that shouldn’t be going on. I feel like what a celebrity can do it is pull the curtain back and “reveal the wizard,” so I contacted them, and I have to say I am a little drunk with power because I have seen so much change with PCRM. NASA was going to nuke a bunch of spring monkeys and we got that to stop. More than 300 old and ill primates were going to be put back into basic research and we have stopped that. Now we need to close this loophole that allows chimpanzees to be used in research.

But why this cause?

Once I learned what PCRM worked on, it felt the same way to me if I saw a puppy being kicked across the street. You have to run across the street and help the puppy.

You’ve also been really outspoken about the ban in Ohio on exotic pets after the recent tragedy. Who do you think is to blame for things like that?

I think animals used in entertainment is a big problem. People see these animals on “Jay Leno” and they want them. Paris Hilton carries a Chihuahua in her purse and then everyone buys them, and I see an overpopulation of them in the shelters I work in. I don’t think we should promote breaking down the barriers between animals and human beings.

Do your “True Blood” castmates share your passions?

Every single thing I have gotten involved with I have gotten help from the cast. I bring things to them and they sign them. I did a sketch of Alexander [Skarsgard] that we sold for the Amanda Foundation which is a shelter I volunteer at. And they all have their own amazing charities too. Anna [Paquin] and Stephen [Moyer] are tireless with their charity work. It’s a great group and a great network. The synergy is astounding

Alan Ball Developing New Drama for HBO via

You didn’t think TV could get any darker after shows like Dexter, True Blood and American Horror Story? Think again!

Alan Ball, creator of one of the most beloved vampire dramas on TV, is set on a new team on a new project for HBO, marking his third collaboration with the network. However, this show will take Alan to depths he hasn’t gone before as the project deals with the moral, religious, political and ethical dilemmas facing an abortion doctor.

Wichita will be an hourlong drama that follows the career of the late Dr. George Tiller of Kansas, one of the few doctors who provided late-term abortions in the field and in his time. The doc came under fire for his practices – literally – narrowly escaping one assassination attempt in 1993, but then later meeting his end by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in 2009 who shot him in the eye.

Yeesh! A brutal end to a brutal situation.

We’ll admit though, the synopsis has piqued our interest. It’s definitely going to be one of those shows that has people talking.

The more I hear about Ball taking on new projects, the more I wonder just what kind of future (if any) True Blood is going to have…