'True Blood' casts 'Tudors' actor as Tara's love interest, Broadway star as Sam's mom

jamesfrain.jpgPoor Eggs. First he gets shot dead in the head and now he'll have to watch from the beyond as some vampire gets all up in his girl Tara's business.

HBO confirms that actor James Frain -- you may recognize him from "The Tudors" -- has been tapped by " True Blood" producers to play Tara's season 3 love interest, a blood-sucker named Franklin Mott with whom she has a crazy strong connection.

OMG, Tara and Sookie will so be bonding over their vampire boyfriends!

The network also confirms that Broadway stage actress J. Smith-Cameron has been cast as Sam's mom, Melinda Pickens, with whom he has a rocky past. 

So, thoughts?

Getting excited for the third installment of "True Blood"?


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