The Night King gives Arya her props, and some other ‘Game of Thrones’ bits and pieces because we’ll never be done talking about this show

Vladimír Furdík, the actor who played the Night King, tweeted out some interesting rehearsal footage from the Game of Thrones‘ “Battle of Winterfell” episode. Not only does it show how complicated Williams’ choreography was — and how easily she masters it — it also serves a nice reminder that no matter what else you might say about Game of Thrones‘ final season, Arya and by extension, Maisie Williams, was a total badass. Also, I no longer want to hear anyone question whether or not she needed Jon’s help in killing the Night King. Girl’s got this handled. Now give her an Emmy.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is here to tell you that Jaime Lannister was never on a redemption arc to begin with. And, you know, I have been stomping my feet about the fact that Jaime and Cersei’s ending was ALL WRONG and NOT IN CHARACTER and UNDESERVED. And I still don’t think it was in Jaime’s character to try to save Cersei — but it IS in George R.R. Martin’s character to subvert our expectations. It’s entirely possible he’s leading us to believe that Jaime has had this change of heart only to totally destroy that. It remains to be seen if Jaime and Cersei’s deaths in the books will follow the show —  I don’t think they will for several reasons that are too nerdy to get into in this particular space — but I wouldn’t put it past Martin to fuck with us in one way or another.

Nathalie Emmanuel thinks your Game of Thrones petition was nonsense: “Listen, I think it’s totally fine if you don’t like something. That’s perfectly acceptable. What I didn’t like was that people were signing a petition. You can’t ask for receipts on art. You just can’t. The art has been created for you, and you can either choose to like it or not.” I have to agree?

The head of HBO, Casey Bloys, says that the media is not, in fact, to blame for the Game of Thrones finale hate. O? NO? Thanks for clearing that up. As for why Benioff and Weiss didn’t go to Comic-Con, Bloys doesn’t know, but he thinks it’s probably just because they didn’t wanna.

Bloys also knows that since Euphoria is a high school drama, it can’t last forever. YEAH? WELL TELL THAT TO THE CAST OF BEVERLY HILLS 90210, BLOYS.

Be prepared for a lot of dicks in The Righteous Gemstones. Literal dicks, in addition to proverbial ones.

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon would like you to know there was no behind the scenes controversy on Big Little Lies. SURE, LADIES.

Tituss Burress called Andy Cohen a “messy bitch” after appearing on Watch What Happens Live. WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS, Burress mentioned that he was working on a project with Eddie Murphy, and Andy pointed out that Murphy’s comedy back in the day was way homophobic and offensive and Burress was offended that Andy pointed that out. Team Andy.

There is going to be a Friends pop-up space in New York City to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary. It will cost you $29.95 to wander around a replica of an apartment that has never existed in NYC history.

Here’s what you can expect from the upcoming third season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Son of Sam and how he’s complicating an upcoming Netflix series.

There will be some sort of easter egg in the end credits for the series finale of Swamp Thing on Friday.

Interesting: NBC is launching a digital series based on some Days of Our Lives characters. It’s a complement to Days, not a replacement, and I’m very curious about this, mostly because when All My Children and One Life to Live went digital, it was a disaster (for a number of reasons, mostly budget-related, but also the never-ending nature of soap narratives might actually not be the best for bingeing, somewhat counterintuitively). I’m going to be interested to see if someone can make soaps online work.

Wow, everyone is ditching cable: Comcast, AT&T, and Charter combined have lost 1.25 million subscribers in the past quarter.

DirecTV Now is now ATT TV Now. Just in case you were wondering.

PBS was at the TCAs yesterday, but honestly, y’all, YAWN.

Ken Burns’ next documentary, Country Music, is about country music. Somewhat hilariously, some completely out of touch TV critic, certainly from one of the coasts, asked the panel about the choice to make a documentary about a genre of music that doesn’t have “mass appeal.”

Hahahahaha, people who think they are so smart can be SO VERY VERY DUMB. Ken Burns: “I don’t know what could have more mass appeal than country music.” Meanwhile, “Old Town Road” just became the longest-running number 1 song on the Billboard charts.

PBS is not backing away from British dramas anytime soon, despite competition from the likes of Acorn and BritBox. And, in fact, the head of PBS, Paula Kreger, would like to remind all y’all that PBS is providing you all that British drama FOR FREE.

By the way, Paula Kreger is sticking around for another five years.

In Development

  • Platform, an anthology series from B.J. Novak starring Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal, Kaitlyn Dever, Boyd Holbrook, O’Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace, and Ed Asner, is coming to Netflix.
  • World on Fire, a British series starring Helen Hunt, has been acquired at PBS.
  • W, a documentary about George W. Bush is in the works for PBS.
  • Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go For It, a documentary about the wonderful Rita Moreno from Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda is being developed at PBS.
  • Asian Americans, a docuseries about Asian-American history, is coming to PBS.
  • Prehistoric Road Trip is coming to PBS.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Walking Dead spinoff that we don’t have a title for yet just dropped this teaser:
  • American Horror Story: 1984 will debut on FX on September 18.
  • Mindhunter returns on Netflix on August 16.
  • The Affair returns on Showtime on August 25.
  • Peaky Blinders will return on BBC One soon. No word on when it returns to Netflix.
  • The Good Doctor will return on September 23.
  • Sanditon will debut on PBS sometime soon.


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: The third and final part of the reunion. Goodbye for now, darlings. 8 p.m., Bravo

Democratic Presidential Debate, Part the First: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, and Steve Bullock. 7 p.m., CNN

The Bachelorette Finale, Part 2: I’m rooting for Tyler as he might be the only man on this show who didn’t have a girlfriend when filming began. Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC

Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?: Whitney Cummings is not my thing, but they keep giving her TV shows, so she must be someone’s thing. Netflix

Babe: The best movie about a pig who herds sheep ever made (and one of the top three kids’ movies of all time). 7 p.m., Starz Kids & Family

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Bacon, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Highwomen
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Wanda Sykes, Jose Antonio Vargas, Jeff Quay
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jeff Daniels, Katy Tur, Jacob Soboroff
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: John Legend, Mandy Moore, Hollywood Vampires
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Hannah Brown, Kathy Griffin, Anthony Davis
  • The Daily Show: Olivia Nuzzi
  • Watch What Happens Live: Fredrik Eklund, Denise Richards
  • Lights Out with David Spade: Theo Von, Jen Kirkman, Nick Swardson


TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Bachelorette
Holey Moley
CBS Love Island
Blood & Treasure
CW Pandora
The 100
FOX Spin the Wheel
NBC America’s Got Talent
Bring the Funny

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