In honor of International Women’s Day, Sophie Turner wrote about becoming a woman’s activist after Game of Thrones received such a backlash for the depiction of Sansa’s rape.
I found it vulgar that talking heads online had decided that Game of Thrones – known for its unflinching depictions of incest, slavery (sexual and otherwise) and a brother’s reproductive coercion of his sister – ought not depict rape. It would be a vulgar failure on our part as storytellers, to be happily silent on a matter that affects our sisters, mothers, daughters, nieces, cousins every day, all over the world. I’m proud to be part of a show that won’t be content to give unproblematic accounts of being a woman in a patriarchal society; if it falls to a fantasy show to portray the reality of domestic and sexual violence, so be it.
FUCK YEAH, SOPHIE TURNER.
And Emilia Clarke wrote about feminism and kindness being “the new sexy.” Khalessi knows from sexy.
Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bran from Game of Thrones, (and who looks alarmingly like my teenage son), gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly in which he said nothing about feminism but did reveal these two interesting things:
I think Bran has transcended “growing.” Growing up or being an adult is not on his to-do list anymore. It’s doing what he needs to do. He’s on another plane. It’s not like he has to grow up and prove himself a man. He just knows he has to do his stuff.
Can you give me one word to tease season 7? And don’t say “epic.”
No, that’s our go-to word! Then… [Pauses] probably “connections.”
Game of Thrones officially released its Season 7 poster, but yawn, you already knew that if you read Tuesday’s post.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, GUYS. Last night’s season finale (don’t click that link if you haven’t watched yet) leaves The Gang’s unity in jeopardy. This coupled with news that Glenn Howerton is joining the Seth Meyers-produced high school comedy pilot for NBC (see below), there’s a chance Dennis won’t be back in season 13. The series is renewed for two more seasons, so it’s not in danger of being cancelled, but will the dynamic be the same? All of this just when the series had one of its best seasons ever …
Going back to feminism, Hulu released this new trailer for A Handmaid’s Tale on International Women’s Day, appropriately enough. (They really should have released the series yesterday, though, had they thought about it.)
And in anti-feminist news
Dear Bill O’Reilly: a sincere fuck you for calling Andrea Mitchell “unruly” for trying to do her damn job. On International Women’s Day, no less, you asshole.
January Jones could end up dating Ben Higgins or Nick This Asshole Viall, with a little help from Samuel Jackson and James Corden. No, girl, don’t do it.
Late night recognizes Day Without a Woman
- Baskets, despite being called “the worst show on television” by my husband (it is not, it is actually quite good) has been renewed by FX for a third season.
- Billions has been renewed for a third season on Showtime.
- Kindred Spirits has been renewed for a second season on TLC.
- Nickelodeon has renewed Paradise Run.
- The Night Manager will probably be renewed for a second season on AMC.
Mercy Street has been cancelled after two seasons on PBS.
- Fox is working on You Be the Jury in which TV audiences serve as jurors in civil cases. What could go wrong?
- The Elena Ferrante novels are going to be turned into a 32-episode series.
- Ovation is working on a series based on Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art.
- Glenn Howerton is going to star in and Patton Oswalt will have a large role in the new Seth Meyers NBC pilot. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR SUNNNNNNY? (See above.)
- Michael Imperioli is going to star opposite Zach Braff in his new ABC comedy pilot.
- Shannon Purser — otherwise known as “Barb” — has been cast in NBC’s pilot, Drama High.
- Redliners, NBC’s Charline Harris pilot, has found its male lead in Jerod Haynes.
- Rafael de la Fuente (When We Rise) is joining the cast of Dynasty.
- Eliza Scanlen will be in HBO’s Sharp Objects.
- W. Tré Davis is joining The CW’s military pilot, Valor.
- Blake Lee (Mixology) will be in Wisdom of the Crowd, CBS’s Jeremy Piven-led drama.
- A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY) is joining CBS’s Navy SEALS pilot.
- Lucas Hazlett is joining the cast of CBS’s comedy pilot Real Life.
- Kevin Daniels (Sirens) is joining CBS’s Hate Crimes Unit pilot.
- Hill Harper (CSI:NY) and Irene Keng (Grey’s Anatomy) are joining The Good Doctor, ABC’s medical pilot.
- India de Beaufort (Blood & Oil), Dustin Ybarra (We Bought a Zoo) and Chloe East (Liv and Maddie: Cali Style) are joining ABC’s The Gospel of Kevin pilot.
- Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) is joining the cast of Once Upon A Time (for whatever time it has left).
- Austin Swift, Arden Myrin and Natalie Dreyfuss are joining CMT’s Billy Ray Cyrus comedy, Still the King.
Supernatural: Hell hounds! 8 p.m., The CW
The Catch: This con-man romantic dramedy is back and they’re claiming they are going to focus on the funny this season. Season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
Kicking & Screaming: In this new reality competition, expert survivalists are paired with ninny babies who hate the outdoors. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Fox
Nashville: Season finale. 8 p.m., CMT
Portlandia: Season finale. 9 p.m., IFC
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