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Exclusive: 'True Blood' star defects to 'Good Wife'

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carrie-prestonImage Credit: Suan Alexander/PR PhotosI hope this doesn’t mean what I think it means.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Carrie Preston — a.k.a. True Blood‘s Arlene — is heading to CBS’ The Good Wife for a multi-episode arc. She’ll play Elsbeth Mann (not a typo), a member of Peter’s (Chris Noth) legal team.

The timing of Preston’s casting is sure to raise questions about the fate of her True Blood character, particularly since the HBO smash is in the midst of shooting its third season in Los Angeles. The Good Wife, meanwhile, is based in New York.

Although an HBO rep declined to comment, a TB insider cautions against declaring the vamp-hating serial bride dead and buried. “Arlene isn’t a major presence in the third book,” notes the source. “A lot of the action takes place outside of Bon Temps, so [Carrie] probably had some free time on her hands.”

I like that theory better. Besides, Alan Ball wouldn’t dare kill off Merlotte’s only dependable waitress. In other True news, did you hear? Season 3 premieres Sunday, June 13! Viewing party at my someone else’s place!