Here’s a bunch of HBO news, including everything there is to know about the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequels (which, admittedly, is not much)

Everything we know about the Game of Thrones prequel series: it will feature “strong female leads” (but it doesn’t have a “female lead” — it’s an ensemble); it takes place 8,000 years before the events in Game of Thrones; production will begin in early 2019; and those other four spinoff ideas? Some are dead in the water, the others, not happening anytime soon.

There are others that are good, there are others that are not going forward,” Bloys said. “But I don’t want to get into that individually, other than to say that we’re excited about the pilot we’re shooting and we’re just looking for a director now, we’re just casting. I don’t imagine there will be any more activity on the prequels until we see how this goes. I’m not holding one back and we’re going to make an announcement any time soon.”

BOOOOOOOOO. I WANTED A BLACK DRAGON RIDER AND I WANTED HER NOW. BOOOOOOOOOOO.

HBO hasn’t officially ordered Watchmen, but according to the head honchos: “They did a great job. Damon wrote a phenomenal script, and Nikki Kassell did an amazing job shooting the show. I think we see it in a few weeks. So, we’ll see.”

The reports of Confederate’s death at HBO are greatly exaggerated. But it won’t be happening anytime soon.

HBO is a little defensive of Westworld, and insist that it’s not for the casual viewer. That is for DAMN sure.

If you were hoping for Sharp Objects 2: Sharper Objects, you’re out of luck.

And the head of HBO promises that the brand won’t be diluted by all that delicious AT&T money. We’ll see.

The Buffy reboot will (probably) not be coming to HBO — but did anyone think it was going to?

But to be clear about that Buffy reboot — the new showrunner insists that there is only one Buffy and the show will just be a part of the overall mythology. OBVIOUSLY, GUYS, SO CALM YO TITS.

PRINCESS CAROLE IS LEAVING THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY AND IS BEING SUPER SHADY ABOUT IT: “I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I’m thrilled to leave frenemies behind.” OH DAMN, BETHENNY, THAT’S ABOUT YOU.

Norman Reedus made a pact with Andrew Lincoln to leave The Walking Dead together, but I guess that’s not happening now? Meanwhile, Maggie isn’t going to die and the show will leave open the door for Lauren Cohen to return.

Oh, so The Bachelorette is just going to pretend Lincoln doesn’t exist and that Garrett didn’t like a bunch of deeply offensive shit on Instagram in the “Men Tell All” special? Cool cool cool.

Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson kept their relationship secret from the rest of the It’s Always Sunny cast for an entire year. These two make me happy.

Valerie Jarrett had the best response to Roseanne Barr.

Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire and Wayne Shorter will be the Kennedy Center honorees and I DARE Donald Trump to attend. I DARE HIM TO.

Please stop sending the art dealer who was featured on the first episode of Who is America? your pubic hair.

The live action Kim Possible costume is …. something.

You can now customize your Netflix icon to be Johnathan from Queer Eye, hooray!

They found Jesse Camp, guys.

Some Trump Crap Because Always Trump Crap

The White House, these fuckers, banned a CNN reporter from a Rose Garden press event after she had the audacity to ask President Biff questions about Michael Cohen. — You know, the biggest news story of the day. This is how egregious this is: Fox News defended her with this statement: “We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press.”

The thing is, Sean Spicer IS a garbage person!

And over in the whole Sinclair mess, if you remember, even the conservative FCC chairman was like, “Yeah, these guys were up to such shady shenanigans we couldn’t give them the green light to just break the law all over the place.” But then President Dummy was all, “WAHHHHH!”

But then Ajit Pai was like, “Suck it.”

And maybe the best story of the day? President Baby Tantrum was SO MAD that Melania was watching CNN on Air Force One but Melania is all “I really don’t care, do you?”

#MeToo

Chris Hardwick is returning to Talking Dead after all. AMC has investigated Chloe Dykstra’s allegations and determined that it is “appropriate” for him to return to the show. This is a hardly surprising turn of events as it seems Dykstra’s allegations were the only ones that were made public, and many women in his life came out in full-throated support of him.

As for #MeToo and Comic Con — the topic was addressed at many panels, but the organization itself did not comment on the movement in any official way.

Jim Jeffries gets that representation matters. (This is a sharp, funny take that is worth your seven minutes):

HBO is cool with James Franco.

64% of women in the Writers Guild Association say they’ve been harassed at work. I’m so surprised. This is my surprised face.

Bill Cosby might be classified as a violent sexual predator by the state of Pennsylvania AND SHOULD BE.

You’ll be shocked by this, but the guy who got James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy has lots and lots of thoughts about rape, and was accused of rape himself back in 2003. He’s a goddamn treat who was also behind PIzzagate.

Renewals

  • The Affair has been renewed for a fifth and final season by Showtime.
  • You has been renewed for a second season by Lifetime ahead of its premiere.
  • One Strange Rock has been renewed by National Geographic.
  • SKAM Austin has been renewed by Facebook Watch.

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo will air on HBO on October 6.

Nat Geo Wild announced dates yesterday:

  • Dr. Ken’s Exotic Animal ER  will return on September 9.
  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet will return on October 6.
  • Snake City will return on September 14.
  • Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli will debut on October 12.
  • “Big Cat Week” will begin on November 30.

R.I.P.

Patrick Williams, Composer

WATCH THIS

Nashville: Deacon gets an opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream in the series finale. 8 p.m., CMT

Baby Driver: I am only adding this because it’s my teenage son’s current favorite movie. 7 p.m., Showtime Showcase

Inglourious Basterds: In case you were having a sudden craving to watch some Nazis get what they deserve for some reason. 8 p.m., Showtime 2

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Leslie Jones, Vanessa Kirby, Greta Van Fleet Late Night with Seth Meyers: Martha Stewart, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Nate Smith The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jake Tapper, Michael Pena, Dua Lipa The Late Late Show with James Corden: Debra Messing, Nick Offerman, Elon Gold Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sam Heughan, the Interrupters The Daily Show: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Watch What Happens Live: Rosanna Arquette, Laverne Cox

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