'True Blood': Christopher Meloni officially cast

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Christopher-Meloni.jpg "True Blood" fans are freaking out! Former "Law and Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni has just been cast as a series regular for Season 5, according to TV Line. We love this man with the fire of a thousand suns. (Yes, we realize that's not something a vampire wants to hear.)

According to executive producer Alan Ball, Meloni will play "An ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands." If anyone is going to boss those two around, it's the guy who played Chris Kellar on "Oz."

We absolutely cannot wait to see Meloni in this role. (We also think he's hot enough to join this cast.) We're dying (sorry) to hear what you think about this news. We also want to know what you think about the possibility of zombies this coming season.

If we can't have Detective Stabler anymore, this is the next best thing. And it's HBO, so we're pretty sure we'll get a shirtless scene. Yes!
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