Starks and direwolves and white walkers, oh my!

George R.R. Martin had a LOT of things to say about the Game of Thrones prequel: 1. There will be Starks and direwolves. 2. Also, White Walkers. 3. But no Lannisters. 4. There are more than seven kingdoms — like 100 kingdoms. 5. It probably won’t be called “The Long Night,” but maybe “The Longest Night”?

Related wig news: Naomi Watts might be wearing a wig in the prequel.

It’s the end of an era: Sarah Paulson will not star in American Horror Story: 1984. Paulson might have a cameo in the season, that has not been ruled out yet, but it feels like a shift for the anthology series in which Paulson has had a significant role for eight seasons. FX has renewed the series through season 10 which should air on FX in 2020, but between Paulson and Evan Peters not being a part of this season, and Ryan Murphy focusing his attention on his Netflix projects, it certainly feels like this could be the beginning of the end. (Frankly, I think last season should have been its last season, but no one asked me.)

Netflix is saying that some 40 million households have watched Stranger Things since it debuted on Thursday — I happen to know that Foolish Headquarters has watched it twice, which makes me wonder how a “household” is counted. 

Speaking of Stranger Things, did y’all catch the Queer Eye cameo? Here’s how you can stream and download all those cultural references in the series if you, unlike some of us, weren’t alive in the 80s and actively experiencing them in real time. Actor Noah Schnapp discusses the ambiguity about his character. Also, HUGE SPOILER, here’s how XXXX might still be alive.

WarnerMedia has finally named its streaming service: HBO Max.

Welcome to Love Island, America. (Personally, I have plenty of this nonsense when I’m forced to deal with Bachelor in Paradise every year, so I’ll pass, thanks.)

The contestant on The Bachelorette who only went on the show because he wanted to become famous wants y’all to stop being so mean to him, guys.

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Hi y’all. Several of you have reached out with messages and questions. Please know I’m not able to answer right now, but as soon as I’m able to, I will. •Until then, I ask that you please understand how much the actions being taken towards myself, my family, the men on the show, and above all, Hannah, are affecting all of our mental and physical health. •It goes beyond what is said online. Threatening letters and phone calls have been sent to our homes. My parents and sister are being verbally attacked in public. I beg you to remember what seems like a harmless action is damaging to real people. •I want to thank all of you who have reached out or reserved judgement until I am able to speak openly and I can only ask for your patience and kindness until then.

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The woman who is paid over a million dollars a year to whine-shout her opinions on The View only because she’s the daughter of a famous senator who ran for President once wants y’all to stop being so mean to her, y’all.

The Hulu P.R. team was working overtime over the holiday weekend: there are exactly one bajillion stories about Veronica Mars out there as of yesterday afternoon. Here is Kristin Bell talking about how she’d do Veronica Mars forever: “I told [series creator] Rob Thomas that I will do Veronica Mars until it’s Murder, She Wrote,” is the quote here. Here is a gallery of pics from the upcoming season. And here’s a heads-up on what happened in the novelizations that I was not aware even existed.

We were promised a scene in Big Little Lies in which Reese Witherspoon would hurl an ice cream cone at the back of Meryl Streep’s head. But for some baffling reason, it never made the final cut.

Streep promises it will be in the DVD extras, but I don’t know, we’ve been burned once, Meryl.


  • The Society has been renewed at Netflix for a second season.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Queer Eye returns on Netflix on July 19. DON’T CRY.


Ross Perot, Presidential candidate and eccentric billionaire

Eddie Jones, Actor in Lois & Clark, the Dark Shadows reboot, The Equalizer, Judging Amy among many others

Richmond Shepard, Mime


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: “Hurricane Camille.” 8 p.m., Bravo

The 90th Annual MLB All Star Game: Sports. 6:30 p.m., Fox

Love Island: Sex sports. Series premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

Bring the Funny: Comedy sports. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC

Aziz Ansari: Right Now: I don’t have a sports for this. Premiere. Netflix

Late Night:

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Donald Glover, Beth Stelling
  • Conan: Tig Notaro, Becky Lucas
  • Watch What Happens Live: Tinsley Mortimer, Camille Grammer


TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Conners
American Housewife
Modern Family
The Goldbergs
Modern Family
CBS Love Island
The Big Bang Theory
Man on the Moon
CW The Flash
The 100
FOX MLB All Star Game
NBC America’s Got Talent
Bring the Funny


3 thoughts on “Starks and direwolves and white walkers, oh my!

  1. Speaking of GoT, did you see the ruling from Judge John B. Owens, US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit?

    The defendant “would like us to read Dabit without considering its clarification in Troice. But we will not render Troice meaningless the way that Game of Thrones rendered the entire Night King storyline meaningless in its final season.”

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