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"True Blood" finds its sexy werewolf

 Actors Anna Paquin (C) and Stephen Moyer (R), stars of the new HBO series
Actors Anna Paquin (C) and Stephen Moyer (R), stars of the new HBO series 'True Blood', discuss the show with series writer, director and executive producer Alan Ball (L) during HBO's panel presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 10, 2008. REUTERS/ Fred Prouser
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By Nelllie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - And the most buzzed-about new role on HBO's "True Blood" next season goes to ... Joe Manganiello.

The "How You Met Your Mother" hunk has landed the recurring part of Alcide, a hot and sexy alpha male werewolf. Manganiello also had a memorable arc on "One Tree Hill" playing a bartender dating Brooke (Sophia Bush).

Meanwhile, it's been a parents casting week on Alan Ball's vampire drama. The latest to join the series for a guest stint is Cooper Huckabee who will play Sam's (Sam Trammell) dad Joe Lee Mickens. This follows the Monday castings of J. Smith-Cameron as Sam's estranged mother Melinda Mickens and of Alfre Woodard as Lafayette's (Nelsan Ellis) mom.

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