Instead of finishing the books, George R.R. Martin gave an interview to Leonard Maltin for his podcast, where Martin doubted the Game of Thrones spinoffs will match the popularity of the original series. But more interestingly, he and Maltin discussed the nature of fandom and how much it has changed in the Internet age from the more innocent days of fanzines.
The two discussed how the Internet has given fans a bigger voice, although Martin said far too often, the conversation can spiral into “madness.”
“The Internet is toxic in a way that the old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans in those days – was not,” Martin explained.
“There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the Internet,” he continued.
We watched [Lost] every week trying to figure it out, and as it got deeper and deeper I kept saying, ‘They better have something good in mind for the end. This better pay off here.’ And then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion.” Martin also cites the Lost ending as the type of mistake he fears making with his own show, saying, “I want to give them something terrific. What if I f— it up at the end? What if I do a Lost? Then they’ll come after me with pitchforks and torches.”
You know who remembers?
The North Damon Lindelof remembers.
In other Game of Thrones news, apparently, there was a scene from season 8 that was cut that showed Cersei miscarrying. It’s a shame — we really could have used a whole lot more Cersei in that final season. I’m not sure that showing her miscarrying would have added much, I think the mystery of her pregnancy was actually beneficial to the show, keeping everyone including the characters and audience guessing as to whether or not she was just being manipulative again. But I genuinely wish she had been given more to do in the final episodes.
And in what would have been a VERY COOL scene that never made it to the scripts (but will hopefully be in the books), in the Battle of Winterfell, Viserion was originally supposed to have been attacked by a pack of 50 direwolves. I imagine this pack would have (may still be) lead by Nymeria, Arya’s direwolf, but who knows. In any event, GOD DAMMIT, I WANTED A PACK OF 50 DIREWOLVES. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO FUCKING COOOOOOOL.
In some much needed good news, Pop TV has picked up One Day at a Time, saving it from cancelation. The series will return in 2020.
Schitt’s Creek has wrapped filming.
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That’s a wrap, friends. Don’t think my heart has ever felt more gratitude than it did last night. Thank you to everyone who made this little show happen. To my family, thank you for being patient with me while I fussed over every detail, big and small, for six life changing years. To our magnificent cast and crew, I am still trying to find the words to properly describe the breadth and strength of your talents and how much you’ve inspired me… To our fans, you’ve got a season made with a whole lot of love coming your way next year. And lastly, to Prince David, long may you f*cking reign. ❤️✌🏼🥂
George R.R. Martin and Damon Lindelof aren’t the only ones involved in a back and forth. (I would give anything for a Sunny/Office mashup.)
Also, you MUST watch this Emmy nomination reel for Sunny. GIVE THEM ALL THE EMMYS, PEOPLE.
Wait, wait, wait, there is actual talk of a Family Guy movie? I truly hate this timeline.
- Westworld, Game of Thrones, Watchmen and His Dark Materials will be at the convention this year. Game of Thrones will be sending “Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark). Other panelists include creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director and executive producer Miguel Sapochnik.” So, no Daenerys, Tyrion, Cersei, Sansa, Jon, Brienne, Tormund, Melisandre, Bronn, Gendry, Theon or The Hound.
- The Witcher and The Dark Crystal: Resistance will both be in attendance.
- Snowpiercer will make its debut at the convention.
- CBS and Disney/ABC have also announced which shows will attend.
- Conan is going to be there, too.
Well well well, look who believes in boycotts all of a sudden. Apparently, white supremacist and ultra-right groups have started taking up the Betsy Ross flag as one of their symbols, so when Nike decided to include the flag on a pair of Air Ones, Colin Kaepernick expressed some concerns to the company. The shoe company pulled the design and now Laura Ingraham is outraged! OUTRAGED! And will not be buying any more Nikes. Ok.
Your new Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, fought back against North Korean guards who tried to prevent U.S. journalists from entering the room at the DMZ where Trump was meeting with Kim Jong-un. And I mean this sincerely: good for her. (She won’t last a year.)
Y’ALL, ROBERT MUELLER IS GOING TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS AND IN FRONT OF THE TV CAMERAS AND GOD AND EVERYONE ON JULY 17. Unless the White House figures out some way to prevent this, which no doubt they will try. BUT STILL. BUY STOCK IN ORVILLE REDENBACHER.
Some of your favorite shows at Pride:
In the wake of the renewed attention the Central Park Five case has been receiving in the wake of When They See Us, President Lock Them Up was asked by April Ryan if he would apologize to the innocent men he called to be executed. His response: “Why do you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up. You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So we’ll leave it at that.” Our President is a bad person.
Oh, and the NYPD detective who made the first arrests in the case, he’s not a fan of the series, either, for some reason. Meanwhile, some 23 million people have watched the series, so I guess it doesn’t matter what this jackass or Donald Trump thinks.
In MUCH happier news, NRA TV is shutting down. ADIOS, ASSHOLES.
Jenji Kohan’s new Netflix series, Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters (see casting below) will film in Atlanta as planned, and donate to The Autonomy Fund, a collection of non-profit organizations that support women’s right to choose. Pre-production had been underway for months before the abortion bill had passed.
Olivia Munn calls out Ben and Casey Affleck and Quentin Tarantino as men who need to step back and earn their way back into the public sphere after being accused of being jackasses.
Bill Cosby is advocating for a new trial with a MAGA-invoking phrase, because there’s always a way to make it worse.
- Wrong Man has been renewed for a second season at Starz.
- Queer Eye has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season at Netflix.
- Undercover has been given another season at Netflix.
- Tacoma FD has been renewed for a second season at TruTV.
- This Week at the Comedy Cellar has been renewed for a second season on Comedy Central.
- Divorce will end after this season on HBO.
- Chambers has been canceled after one season on Netflix.
- Sandman is being turned into a series at Netflix. (!!!)
- Aziz Ansari is returning to Netflix with a stand-up special.
- Midnight Mass, from the creators of Haunting of Hill House, has been ordered by Netflix.
- A Gremlins animated series has been ordered by WarnerMedia.
- NXIVM will be getting its own Lifetime movie.
- Fierce Queens has been ordered by Quibi.
- NBC is developing a romantic drama from the Good Girls folks.
- Glamorous is not moving forward at The CW; The Lost Boys is being entirely recast but for two actors.
- Surveillance is not going forward at CBS.
- NBC has released the cast of Prism from their contracts while negotiations continue with Netflix.
- Making the Cut is the name of the new Amazon fashion competition featuring Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.
- Dicks, a female PI series from the iZombie team, is in the works at USA.
- The Lincoln Lawyer is being developed at CBS.
- Mapleworth Murders, starring Paula Pell and John Lutz, has been ordered at Quibi.
- Lena Headey has been cast in the starring role of Rita, an hour-long dramedy at Showtime.
- Maisie Williams is going to star in the Sky comedy series Two Weeks to Live.
- Henry Ian Cusick is joining the cast of MacGyver.
- Kelly Cuoco will star in The Flight Attendant on WarnerMedia.
- Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Justin Bruening have joined the cast of Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.
- Victoria Pedretti will star in Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix.
- Shea Whigham and Chris Chalk will join HBO’s Perry Mason.
- Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini will be the co-stars of Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters on Netflix.
- Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero will voice the animated series SpaceWorld.
- Jennifer Morrison will join This is Us in a guest role.
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host HGTV’s Extreme Makeover revival.
Mark Your Calendars
- Four Weddings and a Funeral will premiere on Hulu on July 31.
- Mrs. Fletcher will debut on HBO this fall.
- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will return on Netflix on July 19.
- Preacher returns on AMC on August 4.
- Into the Dark: Culture Shock will debut on Hulu on July 4.
- A Black Lady Sketch Show will premiere on HBO on August 2.
- Behind Closed Doors will debut on HBO on July 16 and 17.
- Black Love returns on OWN on August 10.
- The Next Big Thing will debut on BET on July 9.
- Out There with Jack Randall will premiere on Nat Geo WILD on July 7.
- Love & Listings will premiere on VH1 on July 31.
- Dating #NoFilter will return on E! on August 6.
- Aaron Needs a Job will debut on Discovery Channel on July 15.
- Bill Burr Presents IanTalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading will air on Comedy Central on July 12.
- Mountain Mamas will debut on HGTV on August 10.
- GLOW returns on Netflix on August 9.
- Orange is the New Black‘s final season will debut on Netflix on July 26.
- Dear White People will return on Netflix on August 2.
- Growing Up Chrisley will return on USA on August 6.
Max Wright, Father on Alf
Bob Dorian, Host of American Movie Classics, and face of AMC for years before it ventured into original programming
Billy Drago, Actor known for The Untouchables and many other movies and TV series, including Charmed, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Supernatural, and The X-Files
Tyler Skaggs, Pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels
Desmond “Etika” Amofah, YouTube personality
Women’s World Cup: U!S!A! U!S!A! U!S!A! 2 p.m., Fox
Bill Murray marathon: Everyone loves Bill Murray. Stripes, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2 p.m., Sundance
America’s Got Talent: I’m actually advising against watching tonight, as this is just a “best of the auditions” episode. The more you know. 7 p.m., NBC
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