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Now that True Blood returns to HBO tonight, stars like Matthew Settle, Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev, Nigel Barker, Patricia Clarkson, Gossip Girl’s Connor Paolo and model Liya Kebede are excited to watch the new season of the vampire drama.

“I like vampire shows,” Matthew tells me. “The teeth, blood, sucking blood and living forever at someone else’s expense. I’m kidding. I guess we all have been intrigued by them because they can fly. They can turn into bats, but they never do that anymore. It’s not fashionable. I haven’t seen that since Bugs Bunny.”

”I do watch True Blood,” Nina tells me. “I love that it’s gritty and sexy and it’s HBO. HBO is always awesome. And there’s vampires. Come on!”

She adds, “I love them all. Stephen Moyer does a great job. Sam Trammell is amazing. He doesn’t get enough credit. I think he’s great, and so is Alex Skarsgård.”

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Nigel tells me, “I am a big fan. I like the idea of fantasy and stuff that you would never see in real life. TV should be an escape. The whole premise is that it’s super-sexy, it’s super-cool, fashion have used it forever and writers never get bored of writing about it.”

He adds, “I’m Team Eric. He’s a rather good-looking guy.”

Patricia tells me, “It’s a great show. I love the characters. I love Alan Ball – he gave me one of the greatest parts I ever had the privilege to play in Six Feet Under.”

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Connor has a favorite character.

“I love the girl who played  Jason’s girlfriend in the first season,” the Gossip Girl star says. “They were killing vampires and selling the blood because they were getting high. She’s great. I loved her character.”

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Liya is a fan.

“I love all those vampire movies,” she says. “I can’t help it. I love the characters. I’ve watched all of it, and I think it’s fantastic. I love it.”

Although Jewel, Ashley Tisdale, Scott Wolf, Mark Indelicato, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Amber Tamblyn, Julie Bowen, Shiri Appleby and Constantine Maroulis hope to incorporate regular True Blood viewing into their schedules, celebs like Whitney Port, Danielle Staub, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Marcia Gay Harden tell me they never watch TV.

True Blood’s third season begins tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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