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'True Blood' scoop: 'Tree Hill' stud Joe Manganiello is Alcide!

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True Blood fans, it’s the casting news you’ve been waiting for…

Joe Manganiello, best known for playing barkeep Owen on One Tree Hill and Marshall’s law school chum Brad on How I Met Your Mother, has landed season 3’s most important new role: Sookie’s werewolf crush, Alcide Herveaux.

If Alan Ball follows Charlaine Harris’ books, Eric will summon Alcide — described in casting breakdowns as good-looking, rough-around-the-edges, articulate, heroic, and decent — to assist Sookie in her search for Bill.

Still to be cast: Alcide’s on-again, off-again psycho girlfriend Debbie Pelt.

Thoughts? Pleased with Alan Ball’s pick? Surprised he didn’t go with a bigger name? Sound off below!

PHOTO CREDIT: Paquin: Prashant Gupta/HBO; Manganiello: Rick Stephens/PR Photos