To avoid starting with Game of Thrones — AGAIN — I present to you a piece I did about the 20 overlooked shows you should be watching. Look, since we’re all friends here, I’m going to be honest: these are not the best shows on television, just 20 good little shows that most people probably haven’t heard of. And I’m going to let you in on another little secret: if you regularly read this blog, you’ve probably heard of most if not all of these shows. Consider yourself a TV elite!
HEY GUESS WHAT, MORE GAME OF THRONES CRAP:
The premiere is in New York City tonight — the rest of us have to wait another 11 days, alas — and all of the cast has descended upon the city:
And they’re not the only ones arriving in New York: there’s a ginormous Iron Throne in Rockefeller Center right now:
And a reminder: Kit is in town for another reason this week:
Emilia Clarke was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night where she revealed that she told her mom how the show ends (but her mom has already forgotten it); that she is tired of Kit Harington complaining about his filming conditions; and that the show actually helped her recover from her aneurysms.
And here are a ton of excerpts of interviews from the cast talking about the end of filming. They apparently were given a framed storyboard from a crucial moment in their character’s story as a wrap gift and it made them all cry and cry and cry.
A bunch of famous people reveal how they want the show to end. The New York Times has questions they want answered. Meanwhile, TV Guide consulted a mathematician, a psychic and a superfan to figure out how the show will end:
This is a look at the Visual Special Effects on the show:
The show might be ending, but here’s something to look forward to next year– you’ll be able to visit Westeros yourself.
Finally, Game of Thrones Oreos are coming on April 8:
Game of Thrones isn’t the only show ending this month. The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast pick their favorite songs. I think “Let’s Generalize About Men” might technically be my favorite, but “Heavy Boobs” is a classic, “Don’t Be a Lawyer” has personal resonance, and “I Love My Daughter (Not in a Creepy Way)” is one of those songs that gets overlooked. I’m very bummed about this little show ending on Friday.
One Day at a Time might be saved after all, but not by CBS All Access as some had speculated. Apparently, Netflix’s deal with Sony prevents the studio from selling the series to any other streaming service for two years, ruling out CBS All Access as a new home. However, The CW and Pop, which are both owned by CBS, are beginning to express interest as there is nothing in Netflix and Sony’s contract that prevents the series from being sold to a non-streaming service. Stay tuned.
The This is Us producers reveal nothing about last night’s cliffhanger finale episode.
There will not be an ER reboot, sorry.
Demi — or Red Flag as I called her — from The Bachelor continues to be pretty great. “Everybody acts like they’re there for the right reasons, but nobody is there for the right reasons. It’s bullshit.”
The Department of Justice has weighed in on the side of Netflix in the fight between the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the streaming service, claiming that changing the eligibility rules to harm Netflix might be anti-competitive behavior. Meanwhile, the head of the National Association of Theater Owners just pointed out that people who stream movies go to the movies more often, and theaters and streaming services can co-exist.
Sex Monster News
- Boomerang and American Soul have been renewed for second seasons at BET.
- Miz & Mrs. has been renewed at USA for a second season.
- Lip Sync to the Rescue, a one-hour special hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, has been ordered at CBS.
- A Blind Date reboot has been ordered at Bravo.
- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.
- Evan Peters will not be in American Horror Story season 9. It will be the first season he is not in.
- Catherine Bell will be joining David John Elliott for that arc on NCIS: Los Angeles. Is a JAG reboot in the works?
- Michael Urie, Zach Cregger , Vella Lovell, and Gil Ozeri will star in the NBC comedy pilot Friends-in-Law.
- Noma Dumezweni has been cast in The Undoing on HBO.
- Bianna Golodryga is leaving CBS News.
- Jane Lynch and Alec Baldwin will be two of a group of actors taking over interviewer duties on Inside the Actors Studio when it moves to Ovation (see below).
- Melanie Liburd is leaving This Is Us as a regular cast member.
Mark Your Calendars
- Top Boy will debut on Netflix this fall.
- Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will debut on Netflix on May 3.
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns on Netflix with new episodes this Friday.
- RuPaul, a daytime talk show hosted by RuPaul Charles, will have a test run on Fox channels this summer.
- Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest story will premiere on Showtime on May 31.
- The Hills: New Beginnings will debut on MTV on June 24.
- Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole will premiere on A&E on April 30.
- Inside the Actors Studio will premiere on Ovation on October 13.
- Morning Show Mysteries: A Murder in Mind will premiere on Hallmark on April 14.
- Morning Show Mysteries: Countdown to Murder will premiere on Hallmark on April 21.
- Morning Show Mysteries: Death by Design will premiere on Hallmark on April 28.
- CNN’s first Democratic presidential primary debates will take place on July 30 and 31.
Allan Cole, Screenwriter and award-winning journalist
The Real Housewives of New York: Tinsley hosts a doggie fashion show. Of course she does. 8 p.m., Bravo
You’re the Worst: I’m gonna leave you anyway … I’m gonna leave you anyway … I’m gonna leave you anyway. Series finale. 9 p.m., FXX
Brockmire: Brockmire is the new announcer for the Oakland A’s while dealing with his new sobriety. We’ll see how long that lasts. Season premiere. 9 p.m., IFC
Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge: Season premiere. 9 p.m., VH1
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story: I always thought Pearlman was a creep. Premiere. YouTube
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Clarkson
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Rich Eisen, the Strumbellas, Aaron Comess
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Lithgow, Stacey Abrams, Kevin Garrett
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Zachary Levi
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kevin Hart, Marshmello featuring Chvrches
- The Daily Show: PJ Morton
- Busy Tonight: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Brittany Daniel, Jessica Cauffiel
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