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This week's cover: 'True Blood' heats up our list of Hot Summer TV

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EW-1107-coverSummer is heating up and so will television screens with Sunday’s return of HBO’s sexy and scandalous vampire series, True Blood. We’ve got the scoop on the new season, which includes scary werewolves, even scarier new vampires, and the search for Bill Compton. We’ve also got your introduction to all the key new players, including werewolf Alcide, played by Joe Manganiello. And Manganiello tells EW that – shocker! – it didn’t take long for his clothes to come off. “Having been a fan of the show, you know you’re going to be naked at some point,” says the newcomer. “I will say that I was welcomed into the brotherhood of the sock. When you’re naked on the show, you have to wear a sock, and it’s not on your foot.”

Anna Paquin (who plays Sookie Stackhouse) is certainly used to getting naked on the show, but says the graphic love scenes are the least of her concerns. “It doesn’t really bother me,” she admits. “I’m really close with all of our cast, and we’ve all seen each other in various compromising and odd situations.” The actress is, of course, particularly close with fiancé Stephen Moyer (who plays Sookie’s vampire lover Bill), and Moyer says their real-life romance definitely adds to their love scenes. Jokes the actor, “I think that one great bonus is we don’t need a fluffer.”

In addition to serious True Blood scoop, we also present the 10 Must-See Shows of Summer, giving you all the advance intel on the return of favorites like Mad Men and Jersey Shore, as well as a rundown on hot new shows like The Big C and Haven. What other shows made the list? You’ll have to check out the issue and see for yourself!

For more on True Blood and all the hottest summer TV shows, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, June 11.

Originally posted June 10 2010 — 9:00 AM EDT

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