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"Spartacus" star Peter Mensah joins 5th season of HBO hit "True Blood"

02.14.2012by: Jake Dee
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With the rigors and expediency of television, one is usually afforded the luxury of casting right up until production begins. And with a few months until "True Blood" returns to HBO, the hit vampire skein has added some new, ahem, blood...

Word from Deadline is "Spartacus" star Peter Mensah (above) has been added to the 5th season of "True Blood." Mensah will play Kibwe, a ruling member of the Vampire Authority.

Again, I don't watch "True Blood," but if I did, I'd be pretty pumped about this addition. Mensah, who's also appeared in 300, AVATAR, JASON X etc., has one of those recognizable faces of dignity and gravitas. Seems like he'd make a nice counterbalance to the young, dumb cast members he'll work opposite of.

Speaking of - Mensah joins additional newcomers Christopher Heyerdahl, Scott Foley, Lucy Griffiths, Dale Dickey, Louis Herthum, Valentina Cervi (below) and Kelly Overton.

The season 5 setup: Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out.

Extra Tidbit: How much longer do you think "True Blood" will run?
Source: Deadline

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3:05PM on 02/15/2012
Good addition. Given Spartacus shows in the winter and True Blood shows in summer he'll prob go from one set to the other. Not sure how much longer True Blood would go on for. Im a huge fan but as much as I loved last series I think maybe one or more series would be enough as parts of it feel like they're going too OTT. Not sure exactly how much of it all is from the novels (OK Im not that big a fan I haven't read em)but think it needs to be careful of jumping the shark which it comes very
Good addition. Given Spartacus shows in the winter and True Blood shows in summer he'll prob go from one set to the other. Not sure how much longer True Blood would go on for. Im a huge fan but as much as I loved last series I think maybe one or more series would be enough as parts of it feel like they're going too OTT. Not sure exactly how much of it all is from the novels (OK Im not that big a fan I haven't read em)but think it needs to be careful of jumping the shark which it comes very close to at times.
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6:57PM on 02/14/2012
I guess he's double dipping shows? I hope he isnt leaving Spartacus. Spartacus has been relatively historically accurate which means Mensah's character has a lot of stuff to do still in Spartacus.
I guess he's double dipping shows? I hope he isnt leaving Spartacus. Spartacus has been relatively historically accurate which means Mensah's character has a lot of stuff to do still in Spartacus.
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