I missed a bunch of Game of Thrones news that broke during SXSW, so most of this news is going to be old hat to you. Don’t care, going to post it anyway, I do what I want.
Kit Harington has as much of an idea how Game of Thrones will end as you do and he thinks not knowing anything is “amazing.” Isaac Hempstead Wright, meanwhile, calls the end of the show “terrifying.” Also, Isaac Hempstead Wright is aware that being an able-bodied actor playing a character with disabilities is fraught with issues, thank you very much.
The Game of Thrones showrunners have named their least favorite scene, and it’s the one where they made the male cast members strip down for no particular reason. “HUH. INTERESTING,” say all the female cast members who had to engage in pointless sexposition in Littlefinger’s brothel over the course of the first two seasons.
The dragons will be the “size of 747s” in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, and Drogon’s flame will be 30 feet in diameter.
Ed Sheeran is going to have a cameo in the next season of Game of Thrones, which was designed as a surprise for Maisie Williams who is a huge fan. Also surprising: Ed Sheeran owns a zoo and has a killer otter.
We have the list of writers of Game of Thrones‘ final season and it mostly consists of Benioff and Weiss. Oh, and there will only be 6 episodes.
Finally, in preparing this post, I went searching for a Game of Thrones/otter-related video for you people, and this was all I could find. Contrary to what the title of this video might have you believe, please note this is neither 1. an otter nor 2. a trumpet. It is also not “The Greatest Video on the Internet,” so direct your complaints to YouTube.
Other TV news
Better Call Saul is returning next month, and AMC wants you to prepare by airing a “Best of Saul Goodman” marathon, a “Best of Gus Fring” marathon and a season 2 marathon.
Here’s a trailer for Handsome, a new Netflix movie and it looks pretty funny:
And here’s a trailer for Netflix movie, Death Note, based on Japanese manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata:
Oh yay, iZombie is going to be back soon! (But lay off the Scooby Gang references, guys. Buffy does not approve.)
Political news whether you like it or not
“It’s a disaster. It’s a nightmare.” This is a very interesting piece about the troubles Fox News is facing, from the loss of Megyn Kelly, the headaches that Andrew Napolitano created, and all the legal nightmares they are facing stemming from their sexual harassment cases.
A couple of weeks ago, a fake story began circulating that Whoopi Goldberg had said some nasty things about Carryn Owens, wife of a fallen Navy SEAL. According to Goldberg, the story put her and her family’s lives in danger.
Some women wore Handmaid’s Tale costumes to the Texas legislature and it had nothing to do with viral marketing of the new Hulu series — and everything to do with the fact that the Senate passed a bill allowing doctors to lie to their female patients about their pregnancies. No, really.
Don’t worry, Melissa McCarthy is working on her Sean Spicer impersonation for Saturday Night Live. (Of course whether or not Spicer still has the job by the time she hosts in May remains to be seen.)
Congratulations, Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump Jr. thinks you’re funny. (But Stephen Colbert is still beating you in the ratings.)
To be fair to Donald Trump, Sesame Street started the fight:
- Lifetime has greenlit a bunch of movies, including Watcher in the Woods, starring Anjelica Huston; I Am Elizabeth Smart, featuring Elizabeth Smart; and Flint, starring Cher. They also picked up two reality series from Yolanda Hadid and Cat Deeley.
- History is developing an anthology series about the Presidents.
- A&E is rebooting Biography.
- Once Upon a Time is looking at a reboot (if it is renewed) which will focus on Emma, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook.
- Showtime bought Los Hermanos, an “edgy” comedy series.
- Amy Brenneman is going to star in The Get, a CBS drama pilot. Jeananne Goossen (Nashville) is also joining the cast
- Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) is going to be the lead in Amy’s Brother, Fox’s comedy pilot.
- Ashley Judd is joining the cast of Berlin Station for its second season on Epix.
- Carey Mulligan is going to star in the BBC miniseries Collateral.
- Ricardo Chavira is replacing Nestor Serrano in Mission Control, CBS’s drama pilot.
- Olivia Sandoval (Medium) is joining the cast of Fargo.
- Dennis Boutsikaris (Better Call Saul) and Aaron Poole (Strange Empire) are joining the cast of CBS’s summer series, Salvation.
- Adam Busch is joining the Netflix series Altered Carbon.
- Jahking Guillory (Kicks) is joining the cast of Showtime’s The Chi.
- Valerie Cruz (The Following) has joined the cast of The Resident, Fox’s medical drama.
- Shalim Ortiz (Heroes) is joining the cast of Las Reinas, NBC’s drama pilot.
- Kyle Howard has joined the cast of Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices, a comedy pilot at CBS.
- Eddie Shin (Man in the High Castle) and Ben Shin have joined the cast of What About Barb? NBC’s comedy pilot.
- Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is joining the cast of Searchers, The CW’s action drama pilot.
- Romany Malco (Weeds) and Nishi Munshi (The Originals) have joined the cast of Brothered Up, CBS’s comedy pilot.
- Toni Trucks (NCIS: New Orleans) is cast in that Navy SEALS pilot at CBS.
- Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) has been cast in the ABC pilot Unit Zero.
- Saycon Sengbloh (Scandal) and Griffin Freeman (Paper Towns) have joined the cast of Fox’s unnamed university thriller pilot.
- Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water, Twilight films), Irene Bedard (The New World, Smoke Signals) and Chaske Spence (Sneaky Pete, Banshee) are the stars of the WGN pilot, Scalped.
- NBC’s Drama High pilot has added Shirley Rumierk, Joe Tippett, Ted Sutherland, and Taylor Richardson to the cast.
- Chuck Barris, host of The Gong Show and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.
- Robert Day, prolific director of TV shows in the 1960s and 70s.
- Betty Kennedy, CBC broadcaster.
Shots Fired: In this new drama, a white teenager is shot and killed by a black cop, and racial tensions flare up. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
Empire: Hey, the Lyons are back and they still hate each other so hard. 8 p.m., Fox
Spillover: Zika, Ebola & the Next Outbreak: Here’s a little lighthearted viewing for you right before bed. 9 p.m., PBS
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