The ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere is less than a month away. Here’s a bunch of junk to tide you over.

The Game of Thrones writers have finally addressed the criticisms that last season moved too quickly and that characters were just flying around Westeros like it wasn’t supposed to be ENORMOUS.

A decent response from writer Bryan Cogman: “We made a choice to ‘just get on with it’ last season. You can sit at home and do the math on how long it took to get the boats from Point A to Point B and whatever that was, yeah, that’s what it was. There’s always something everybody has got to graft on to and I guess that outrage was better than others, so I’ll take it.”

A bad response from showrunner Dan Weiss: “We don’t read a lot of that stuff. If somebody says, ‘I don’t like the way you do this,’ I have no idea what percentage of the people watching that opinion actually represents. If that opinion happens to surface louder on the internet, I still have no idea — it could be 1 percent of people that becomes an internet thing for 10 minutes and then it just seems like it’s more than 1 percent. But there’s no way of telling — nor am I interested in finding a way of finding out — how accurate those thoughts represent the broad spectrum of people watching. If you start thinking about that you’ll drive yourself crazy.”

UH, DAN, IT WASN’T JUST 1 PERCENT OF VIEWERS WHO HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE FACT THAT THE CHARACTERS WERE IN KING’S LANDING FIVE MINUTES AFTER BEING BEYOND THE WALL WHEN IT TOOK 3 EPISODES TO GET FROM WINTERFELL TO KING’S LANDING IN THE FIRST DAMN SEASON. COME ON.

~takes a deep breath, removes nerd hat, steps off of soapbox~

You could win tickets to the Game of Thrones premiere and after party! (… If you have several thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket.)

You could also win your own Iron Throne! (… If you are willing to wander around the woods, looking for it.)

HBO released the run times of the first two episodes of Game of Thrones, and they are 54 minutes and 58 minutes respectively, which we kinda already knew.

Here are the best parts of a bunch of Game of Thrones interviews. No one reveals any spoilers, of course, but if you want to read about how emotional everyone was at the end of the series, here you go.

The correct answer is Joffrey. Or Ramsay. Ramsay is also an acceptable answer. I, for one, would enjoy being stuck in an elevator with Cersei.

Here’s how Game of Thrones burns so many people without anyone getting hurt:

Finally, here’s a very long piece about Kit Harington and playing Jon Snow and it’s very actor-y if not particularly revealing.

Stephen Colbert canceled a surprise trip to New Zealand that was scheduled for this week in the wake of last week’s terrorist attack.

It turns out President Twitter and Judge Jeanine go way back.

Paul Ryan is joining the board of directors of Fox News, terrific.

The Good Place writers talk about how the sausage gets made and it involves Wikipedia.

Oh, hey, Saturday Night Live is being accused of stealing more sketches. COME ON, YOU GUYS. STOP THAT.

Trump is still trying to defund PBS because we have to pay for that unnecessary tax cut somehow.

Happy birthday, C-SPAN!

From last week:

Oh my God, our President is Kevin from The Office.

Mike Judge is probably going to end Silicon Valley after this upcoming season, but it’s OK, he just signed a deal with HBO, so he’ll come up with something new.

Netflix is going to be doing a lot more interactive programming.

The White House had its first press briefing in 42 days last week. 

Sarah Isgur Flores, Jeff Sessions’ former spokeswoman, will not be a political editor at CNN after all. Instead, she’ll just be a contributor.

That Covington Catholic High School student is suing CNN for defamation and asking for $275 million.

David Fincher wants to move away from the half-hour and hour-long formats for TV, which is only doable when you’re not talking about commercial television.

20% of American homes have cut the cord. 

Congratulations to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

The Beverly Hills 90210 reboot will find a way to honor Luke Perry even though he wasn’t going to be a part of it to begin with. But OK.

An episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in Brazil was mistranslated and someone added dialogue that suggested support for the Brazilian President and right-wing ideologue, Jair Bolsonaro.

There is not going to be a Friends reunion, part 1,429.

This happened in the same episode of Wheel of Fortune last week:

In Development

From last week:

Casting News

From last week:

Mark Your Calendars

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns on Netflix on April 5.
  • Gentleman Jack will premiere on HBO on April 22.
  • Black Summer will debut on Netflix on April 11.
  • You vs. the Wild will premiere on Netflix on April 10.

From last week:

  • On My Block will return on Netflix on March 29.
  • You Me Her returns on AT&T Audience on April 9.

R.I.P.

Mike Thalassitis, Love Island contestant

WATCH THIS

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Teddi and Lisa Vanderpump ruin Camille Grammer’s birthday party. 8 p.m., Bravo

Mental Samurai: In this new competition, contestants “navigate an obstacle course … OF THE MIND!” Series premiere.  8 p.m., Fox

The Village: In NBC’s latest attempt to recapture that This is Us lightning in a bottle, this new emotional drama follows the lives of the residents of a Brooklyn building. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC

Amy Schumer: Growing: Pregnant Amy Schumer tells jokes. Premiere. Netflix

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kobe Bryant, Aidy Bryant, Natalie Morales, Fletcher, Mick Fleetwood
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jordan Peele, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Action Bronson
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Chris Hayes, Nico Parker
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ben Schwartz, Tim Roth, Leon Bridges
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sen. Kamala Harris, Mark Hamill, Judah & the Lion
  • The Daily Show: Will Packer
  • Conan: Isla Fisher, Mark Normand
  • Busy Tonight: Taye Diggs
  • Watch What Happens Live: Teddi Mellencamp, Maren Morris

 

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