Joe Manganiello Eager for 'True Blood' Reunion, Seeks Perfect Werewolf Script

Exploring Joe Manganiello's Dynamic Career Post-'True Blood'

by Zain ul Abedin
Joe Manganiello Eager for 'True Blood' Reunion, Seeks Perfect Werewolf Script
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Joe Manganiello, the celebrated actor renowned for his portrayal of a charismatic werewolf in the hit series "True Blood," is keeping the idea of a reunion alive and well. During an exclusive interview with Us Weekly at the launch event for the new show "Deal or No Deal Island," Manganiello, 47, shared his ongoing passion for finding the ideal werewolf script, hinting at a potential reprisal of his iconic role as Alcide Herveaux.

Although his character met a dramatic end in the final season of "True Blood," Manganiello remains hopeful about revisiting the realm of the supernatural. He likened his aspiration to Clint Eastwood's career, expressing a desire for a werewolf-themed project akin to Eastwood's "Unforgiven," to culminate his journey in genre acting.

Manganiello joined "True Blood" in its third season in 2010, quickly becoming a fan favourite for his portrayal of the kind-hearted, often shirtless werewolf. His character's relationship with lead Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and rivalry with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) were central to the show's narrative.

The actor's departure from the series was met with mixed emotions from fans, as his character was unexpectedly killed off, a decision Manganiello understood as necessary for the storyline.

Manganiello's Diverse Roles

Reflecting on his character's demise, Manganiello shared with Entertainment Weekly in 2014 that Alcide's shocking exit was the only viable option for the narrative, as it would be implausible for Sookie to break his heart without alienating the audience.

Since leaving "True Blood," Manganiello has diversified his career, starring in the "Magic Mike" franchise and appearing in the 2022 sci-fi series "Moonhaven." His latest venture is hosting the debut season of "Deal or No Deal Island," an NBC competition show that offers a unique twist on the classic game show format.

In "Deal or No Deal Island," contestants face a series of challenges on a tropical island, searching for briefcases with varying monetary values. The game combines strategy, physical challenges, and the classic elements of "Deal or No Deal," promising viewers an engaging and unpredictable experience.

Manganiello's excitement for the show is palpable as he describes the blend of strategy and physicality in the competition. The show is set to premiere on NBC on February 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET, before moving to its regular slot on March 4 at 10 p.m. ET, with episodes available on Peacock the following day.