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'True Blood' Season 6 Premieres

June 13, 2013

Rita Sherrow

Wanted music and MuchMusic, vampires and true beauties and the return of a comedy series fill out this weekend's TV schedule.

Who are you?

TruBlood is in short supply, Bill is coming to terms with his newfound powers after emerging reincarnated from a pool of blood, and humans are in open conflict with vampires like never before in the sixth season opener of "True Blood," returning for a 10-episode season at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO, cable 300.

Also, Sookie and Jason confront their parents' killer - the ancient Warlow. Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse who can hear people's thoughts, Stephen Moyer plays vampire Bill Compton, and Alexander Skarsgard is the vampire Eric Northman.

New to the cast are Arliss Howard as Louisiana Gov. Truman Burrell; Rob Kazinsky as Ben, a stranger with faerie ties; Rutger Hauer as Niall, a faerie grandfather; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Nicole, a pro-vampire activist; and Amelia Rose-Blaire as Burrell's daughter, Willa.

Glad they came ... back

The Wanted are back stateside and performing live at 7 p.m. Thursday on Fuse, cable 181.

The concert, titled "Fuse Presents: The Wanted Live From the Beacon Theatre," will feature songs from the band's U.S. self- titled debut EP, including the hit singles "Glad You Came" and "Chasing the Sun." Following The Wanted's sold-out U.S. and U.K. tours, "Glad You Came" hit the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 and rose to No. 1 on the Top 40 Airplay chart. The band's new album is available on iTunes.

One more time

Comedian Steve Byrne is back as corporate attorney Steve Sullivan who returned to his hometown to buy and run the family bar in the second season of "Sullivan & Son," airing at 9 p.m. Thursday on TBS, channel 47.

In the season two premiere, "The Hangover's" Ken Jeong guest stars as Steve's brother-in-law Jason who, like Steve, also considers leaving a successful career to follow his bliss.

The rest of the gang returns with the usual bad behavior - dating some of Pittsburgh's shadiest, getting taken into custody by the Secret Service and being haunted by hallucinations of "Wheel of Fortune's" Pat Sajak, according to the episode description.

Too 'Much'

Get pumped for "The MuchMusic Video Awards" set to air at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fuse, cable 181.

The show will be broadcast live from Toronto, Canada, with Psy as host and performers including former "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, pop-punk outfit Marianas Trench, rap-rockers Down With Webster and Armin Van Buuren, who will be joined by former soulDecision singer Trevor Guthrie. Presenters include Taylor Swift, teen musical heartthrobs Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson, "Glee's" Naya Rivera, and Lucy Hale of "Pretty Little Liars."

USA's best

Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers will host the "2013 Miss USA" competition airing live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, channel 2, cable 9.

The competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including Miss Oklahoma USA Makenzie Muse, 21, of Oklahoma City, who will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

The judges include designer Betsey Johnson, singer and TV personality Christina Milian, "The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper, TV personality Mo Rocca, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Nene Leakes and "Hot in Cleveland" star Wendie Malick. One contestant will be crowned Miss USA 2013.

Originally published by RITA SHERROW World Scene Writer.

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