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News Roundup: Comic-Con Panels; Forsaken; Lopez Buzz & TREME Drummer

By Jef Dinsmore on Jul 10, 2012 to HBO News

Here is a quick look at some HBO related news that has surfaced this past week. Honestly, it is difficult to keep up with the news at times. You might have seen these news items elsewhere but here is HBOWatch’s spin on it. Also note, if you ever have any news you wish us to explore let us know here at HBOWatch.

  • HBO at Comic-Con

HBO has announced that two of its shows will have panels at the king of pop culture conventions this year. Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego will be held July 13, 14, 15. Many shows and movies that have large connections with their fan base or have major news and teases they want heard appear at this event each year.

HBO offers two panels that will appear over the weekend; a TRUE BLOOD panel and a GAME OF THRONES one. Each event will consist of a panel of personalities from each project fielding questions and offering tidbits of facts about their show. The first one is from GAME OF THRONES on Friday, July 13. TRUE BLOOD will have their turn on Saturday, July 14. What follows is a listing of those scheduled to appear at each.

From GAME OF THRONES: George. R. R. Martin will be moderator for a panel comprised of Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark).

Note: My colleague Charlie has given me a last minute update on this panel. It seems two actors are out of the event. Lena Heady is off the panel due to a scheduling conflict but Rose Leslie (Ygritte) will take her seat. Also to be absent is Kit Harington. It seems he is suffering from a broken ankle. The only information regarding his accident comes from an HBO representative who said the injury did not happen on set nor will it impart Kit’s production schedule.

From TRUE BLOOD: Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack will be moderator for a panel comprised of Alan Ball, creator and executive producer, Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Christopher Meloni (Roman Zimojic), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby).

You can be sure if there is any exciting news, teases, hints or surprises about either of these shows revealed at the event HBOWatch will know and present the details.

UPDATE: The Official Comic-Con poster for Game of Thrones has been revealed!

  • Forsaken perfume from TRUE BLOOD

There is an upcoming line of beauty products tied to HBO’s TRUE BLOOD coming out this fall. The line will include a signature fragrance called Forsaken, a body cream, a shimmering body powder and other beauty products.

The fragrance is described as an addictive blend of light and dark notes with pulpy fruits like pear followed by mild notes of night blooming jasmine. The scent also has a hint of dark muskiness and patchouli. It is called ultra feminine, yet sultry.  The line will also feature nail lacquer called Let It Bleed and Bad Things and also lip gloss called Bite Me. There will also be candles and diffusers with the Forsaken scent out by the end of the year.

The Forsaken line will be featured on HSN (the Home Shopping Network) on August 9thand will be available at HBOShop in September. The collection will be in retailers by the Holiday 2012 shopping Season. Be on the lookout all you TRUE BLOOD Vamps for the new collection coming out soon.


  • George Lopez promoting new HBO special

The name of George Lopez’s third HBO stand-up special is entitled GEORGE LOPEZ: IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU. Here is his explanation for the title and what stand-up comedy is analogous to in his mind.


The special premieres LIVE on JULY 14th. Here is one more promo to get you ready!


  • TREME Brass Band member dies.

One important part of TREME every season has always been the music. In the upcoming Season Three this fall, however, the show will be one musician short. Lionel Batiste, the vocalist, bass drummer and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band, has died. He was 81.

Says the band’s clarinet player Michael White, “he would bring joy and New Orleans spirit. … He made people feel good about themselves and about living,’’ He also noted that Batiste used his drum to stay afloat in the floods after Hurricane Katrina.”The water kept rising,’’ White said. ‘‘He couldn’t swim. The water was too high for him to walk out. He saved himself by floating out on top of his bass drum.’’

If you still can’t place who Lionel Batiste was in the show he was the one doing what is called ‘‘second-lining’’ or dancing and strutting with a decorated umbrella to the band’s music. He was the drum major of the jazz band and will be missed by his fellow musicians and by the fans of TREME.

HBOWatch will always keep it eye on the news. So, check back with what is happening at HBO!

  • Thanks for using my pic of Uncle Lionel; how ’bout a photo credit?

    • Hey Marc,

      Get in touch with me via the contact form and we’ll get you an image link! Sorry for the confusion and how proud you must be of your uncle!


    • Never heard back from you. Must not have cared that much about it. Went ahead and changed the photo.

      • Marc

        Thanks for the attitude.
        I care, but my house fire last week takes precedent

        • Jefd

          As the writer for thtat particular piece., I wasn’t out to cause an issue.

          Since the music played & heard in TREME is a vital part of the story I thought fans of the show might have wanted to know that a key element of that sound has left us. It seemed an image of Lionel Batiste would have been appropriate so fans were clear of whom I spoke. I didn’t know anyone would have cared or want credit for the picture I used.

          My editor made the ruling to change the picture as not to cause any furthur problem. My acknowledgement of Mr. B’s passing , however,will still stand. RIP

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