True Blood Wooing Christopher Meloni

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Chris Meloni attends the 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular opening night at Radio City Music Hall on November 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Stamas/Getty Images) Photo: Marc Stamas/Getty Images

Christopher Meloni is "circling" a role as a powerful vampire on True Blood next season, TV Line reports. It's not clear yet exactly what kind of vampire Meloni would play: The nice kind? The mean kind? The sexy kind? The bossy kind? But given Meloni's résumé, it seems likely that he'll play someone intense and hardened and tough, but with a secret soft side, à la Stabler, or Oz's Chris Keller, or Gene the chef in Wet Hot American Summer. True Blood's fourth season was a mess of werepanther gang rapes, an underdeveloped fairy world, and a witch story that started strong and then lost all steam, plus ghosts and brujos and shapeshifters and cage-fighting. The last thing this show needs is more characters! And yet ... who among us can resist the draw of Chris Meloni?