Season Three of “True Blood” is only a few days away, so I thought I’d crush on one of the new cast members being added this year. Italian-Sicilian Joe Manganiello joins the Bon Temps natives as Alcide Herveaux. HOOOOOOOOOWL. The 6’5″ hottie packed on some serious muscle to play, much like Taylor Lautner, to play Alcide the werewolf. And boy does it show. YUMMY.

Last year, Adam wrote a silly post about the actor so I felt the talented actor deserved a true write-up. The 33-year-old thespian is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

His first acting gig out of drama school was “Flash Thompson” in Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire and James Franco. Talk about a lucky break. Since then he’s appeared in numerous TV shows like “E.R.”, all the CSI shows, and a regular role in the CW’s “One Tree Hill” as Owen Morello. Heck he even appeared in a Taco Bell commercial promoting their new “Tortada“. A hottie after my own heart.

Manganiello joins the cast as Mississippian werewolf Alcide. Hired by Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) to be Sookie’s bodyguard as he escorts her into an underground society of werewolves to look for her missing boyfriend Bill Compton.

I can only image how hot he is in real life. Le sigh. If you’re going to this year’s Comic Con, you’re in luck. Manganiello will be in attendance at the “True Blood” panel.

The salt-n-pepper thing really works for him. Who knew I was into olders?

He almost looks a little Colin Farrell-ish in these photos. Gawd, if he an Irish accent to boot, I’d completely lose control.

I’ll let the picture speak for itself. Swoon.

Any fangbangers out there willing to switch to Team Alcide from Jason Stackhouse or Vampire Eric’s camp?