We might have details about a second ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel or they could all be lies, who can say!

The pilot for the Game of Thrones prequel, The Long Night, is apparently going to begin filming in Belfast in October. A reminder: this is only a pilot. HBO hasn’t officially ordered The Long Night to series yet, but it seems to be well on its way. And even though October is fairly soon, realistically there is not a chance a series will air anytime before 2020.

And that’s interesting and all, but Watchers on the Wall point to a much more intriguing rumor that was posted on the Game of Thrones Wiki: that another prequel is in the works called Empire of Ash. It will be set in the Doom of Valyria and feature the House of Targaryen (and rifts within it), it will be much more multi-cultural and there will be a ton of dragons. According to the report, the entire first season is already drafted out, and there are two “show bibles” — one that is as long as A World of Ice & Fire (for my nerds out there who know what I’m talking about). The report is detailed and if you are a big Game of Thrones fan, I urge you to go read it yourself because it sounds AMAZING.

There are lots of questions: mainly, “is this for real?” As Watchers notes, it’s an awful lot of detail to make-up if it were fake, but on the other hand, fans can be imaginative and … obsessive. But if the report is for real, there are other questions: namely, will HBO make pilots for both The Long Night and Empire of Ash? And if HBO likes both pilots, will they go forward with series for both or are they going to choose just one of these prequels? And if they are going to make a pilot for Empire of Ash, why did they only announce The Long Night a few weeks ago?

Who knows. All I know is I want a platinum blonde black Targaryen dragon-rider in my life. I NEED HER IN MY LIFE IMMEDIATELY. Her, and those supposed show bibles that are floating around according to this rumor report.

In Other TV News

Sharp Objects: what did you think? To be completely honest with you, I fell asleep in the last twenty minutes and had to rewatch it yesterday morning. Upon the second viewing, my feeling was that the series was solid and certainly intriguing — but that it was quiet. Too quiet. Like, I literally couldn’t hear anything anyone was saying and instead of struggling to hear them, I apparently just fell asleep to the actors’ gentle emoting.

And lo and behold, I am not alone in this thought. And it’s not just Sharp Objects: I frequently have to put on subtitles for Mr. Robot, Fargo and Legion because I CAN NOT HEAR WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE SAYING.

Or maybe I’m just losing my hearing.

Anyway, Sharp Objects. I don’t think it is going to be the next Big Little Lies as HBO clearly hopes, but it promises to be an intriguing mystery. Check out this great post about all of the hidden words in the premiere episode.

YOU GUYS, WE HAVE AN OA SEASON TWO UPDATE. “It’s early days but I will say this — something wholly original is emerging and that feels terrifying, which to me is a good sign.”

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Being in the edit is the hardest part of filmmaking for me. When writing or acting the only real limit is your imagination. When editing you have to tell the best story with what you had time to capture rather than what you can conceive of. Some days in the edit bay on @the_oa Part II are sublime — you restructure a sequence or cut out of a scene early and the story comes alive, or, an editor shows you a cut of a scene that never worked that well on the page but sings on screen. Other days in the edit are rough duty — you come face to face with your shortcomings and have to keep going, in fact, have to be inspired by those shortcomings to find something new and more authentic than what was planned. Thankfully we have amazing editors, allies and guides — one of whom is our producer at plan b Sarah Esberg (image 2 and 3 with co-creator @z_al ). She’s due to give birth any day now and still in the edit with @z_al and me giving invaluable ideas and insights. It’s early days but I will say this — something wholly original is emerging and that feels terrifying, which to me is a good sign.

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OA: still one of the most batshit insane series I’ve ever seen and I’m still not sure it was any good. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR SEASON TWO.

Netflix is going to make downloading binges much easier.

Remember how Roseanne said she was going to do a TV interview? Yeah, nah.

Heads up: the Emmy nominations are coming on Thursday. They will be announced at 10:30 a.m., and you can stream them live at Emmy.com. And remember, don’t get angry if your favorite show isn’t nominated: there’s probably a good reason.

Shows that will not be at Comic-Con this year: Westworld, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Outlander and Gotham. A show that will be at Comic-Con: The Orville. All I need to know, thanks.


This is probably not that interesting to anyone outside of New York City, but ABC is moving all of their New York shows (except Good Morning America), to a single downtown campus.

Jimmy Kimmel is here to explain that the story Donald Trump told about him at a rally was just a total fucking lie, surprise:

LOL: A Fox News host canceled her report of a protest against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh because she was so scared.

Dummy Jr. is dating a Fox News host because obviously Dummy Jr. is dating a Fox News host — who the hell else would date him? — but it does create some ethical questions for a news network. Or it would if Fox News were actually a news network and not a propaganda machine.

Be careful out there, George Clooney.


Time’s Up

Wow, guys, maybe right now wasn’t the time for a Miss America-affiliated pageant to make a tone-deaf #MeToo joke. Good on Miss Plymouth for standing up for what she believes and returning her crown.

Geoffrey Rush has left the stage production of Twelfth Night amidst a defamation lawsuit related to sexual harassment allegations.

This is an interesting piece about how A Different World managed to survive the Bill Cosby fallout — mostly because it had very little to do with Bill Cosby.

NO, MICHAEL RAPAPORT. Also, you messed up the obvious punchline. Also, that’s not how you spell Chuck E. Cheese.



In Development

  • 68 Whiskey, a dark comedy from Ron Howard, has been ordered at Paramount Network.
  • Shine On, a talk show hosted by Reese Witherspoon, is coming to AT&T’s Video on Demand service.
  • Sandition, Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, is being adapted for TV by PBS and ITV.
  • Love, the British stage play, is being adapted for television by David Schwimmer.
  • Barbarians Rising, a docuseries about soccer, is being developed.
  • Everything’s Going to Be Okay has begun production for Freeform.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

CBS announced their fall premiere dates:

  • Monday, September 24: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Magnum P.I., Bull
  • Tuesday, September 25: NCIS, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans
  • Wednesday, September 26: Survivor
  • Thursday, September 27: Mom, S.W.A.T.
  • Friday, September 28: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
  • Saturday, September 29: 48 Hours
  • Sunday, September 30: 60 Minutes, God Friended Me, NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Monday, October 1: The Neighborhood, Happy Together
  • Wednesday, October 3: Seal Team, Criminal Minds
  • Sunday, October 7: Madam Secretary
  • Castle Rock will premiere on Hulu on July 25.
  • Insatiable debuts on Netflix on August 10.


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The Outpost: In this new fantasy-adventure series, a lone survivor of a race called the “Blackbloods” seeks vengeance on the men who killed her family and learns that she possesses supernatural powers in the process. Series premiere. 8 p.m., The CW

10 Streets that Changed America: Exactly what it sounds like. Series premiere. 7 p.m., PBS

No Passport Required: Marcus Samuelsson picks up where Anthony Bourdain left us. In this new series, Samuelsson visits immigrant communities in America to showcase their culture and foods. Series premiere. 8 p.m., PBS

America’s Got Talent: The last of the auditions. 7 p.m., NBC

Late Night: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Will Arnett, Neve Campbell, Marcus Samuelsson Jimmy Kimmel Live: Denzel Washington, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dawes Conan: DJ Khaled, Twin Shadow Watch What Happens Live: Jane Krakowski, Brooke Laughton

TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Middle
The Middle
The Last Defense
NCIS: New Orleans
CW The 100
The Outpost
FOX Beat Shazam
Love Connection
NBC America’s Got Talent
World of Dance


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