For some reason (media push ahead of the Emmys — whose final-round voting opened today), there were a bunch of Game of Thrones stories out there yesterday and all of these will spoil you for the final season if you haven’t watched yet, or have just emerged from a year-long coma and have not heard how the show ended (which was badly).
For instance, there is this wonderful piece about Queen Sansa’s costume and all the inspiration behind the amazing details like how the crown was a tribute to Robb (~SOB~) and there is a hidden direwolf on the cape. I usually don’t give a shit about costumes, but the costumes on this series, particularly the female characters’ costumes were spectacular and considered so carefully to the tiniest of details. And Queen Sansa’s was no exception. Give the costume director all of the Emmys.
And speaking of Sansa, Sophie Turner defends King Bran the Broken (BOOOOO) while pitching her own perfect ending — it involved Arya killing Cersei. Of course, that was most people’s perfect ending (mine is still Jaime killing her BUT WHATEVER). She also said she wished Sansa and Cersei had one more moment together. ME TOO. In fact, I wish we’d had an entire season watching Queen Cersei but because Benioff and Weiss wanted to fuck off and do other things, we were denied it.
Also wishing she had a scene with Cersei, Carice Van Houten, the woman who played Melisandre. INDEED.
Alfie Allen thought Theon was going to die in season two (and killed by young Bran, no less) thanks to a prank the scriptwriters pulled on him.
Finally, Gwendoline Christie explains why it was actually perfectly fine for Brienne to break down in tears when Jaime left her, and not a betrayal of her character’s strength and I happen to agree with her. FEMINIST ICON.
Meanwhile, Ted Danson talks about the ending of The Good Place in the complete opposite way the stars of Game of Thrones talked about its ending ahead of the finale: “We just finished the last season, so that’ll be coming out and it’s so wonderful. The ending is just everything you would hope for in this show and I will miss my buddies and my friends.”
Have you watched The Family on Netflix yet? Here’s how the filmmaker, Jesse Moss, managed to get his subjects to be so … open with him.
Oh, this Chrisley family mess is getting even messier, with one of his daughters now claiming he extorted her with a sex tape to keep her mouth shut about the tax evasion and the tape might be with a Bachelor star? Whaaaaaaaaaa?? MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE.
Helen Mirren could be the next Queen Elizabeth. Yes, please.
Showtime and Billions are being sued by Cayuga Nation for defamation for portraying them as being politically corrupt.
Norah O’Donnell was caught being shady on a hot mic about someone at CBS while reporting the Placido Domingo story. Of course, what she said: “Sounds like somebody else here…” could apply to SO MANY MEN at CBS.
Here’s an interview with Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobyl, that won’t make you feel better about our current moment.
I’ve said many times: the Soviet system didn’t fall out of the sky and land in Russia. It was invented by human beings. The same thing happened in Nazi Germany. It is comforting to imagine there was something in the water in Berlin or something in the air in Moscow. There was not. It’s all us, all of it.
There is no question that, when I was writing this, I wanted not to suggest that the villain was some kind of Soviet system that could never exist anywhere else, but rather that the villain was a kind of Soviet thinking that absolutely can and absolutely has existed everywhere else. It comes in all different colors. Sometimes it pretends it’s on the right, and sometimes it pretends it’s on the left. But what it is, in reality, is a system of human beings controlling each other, demonizing each other and ruining each other, out of a kind of inherent human madness.
Meanwhile: ABC News discovered 36 violent acts in which the perpetrators invoked Donald Trump. They were unable to find any attacks that were perpetrated in Barack Obama or George W. Bush’s names.
Sex Monster News
Danny Masterson, the Church of Scientology and David Miscavige are being sued by four women who claim they were stalked and harassed them, invaded their privacy and obstructed justice. GOOD. GET THEM, LADIES.
Iowa Congressman Steve King argued that the world’s population wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for rape and incest, so you know, it’s not all bad, right? HE’S A CHARMER, THIS GUY.
Don Lemon is being sued by a man who claims he assaulted him at a bar. The details are … weird.
A nameless singer is suing a nameless producer/mentor/agent for sexually assaulting her beginning when she was 14. There are hints that whoever this singer is, she’s a big deal: she signed a 7-album deal at 14 and claims she was assaulted on music video sets and the Staples Center among other places.
In today’s Jeffrey Epstein news: One of his accusers is suing his estate, that Ghislaine Maxwell woman and some of his former employees. And his autopsy revealed something hinky: multiple bones were broken in his neck. While that can happen when one hangs themselves, it’s more common in cases of strangulation. This is not going to make the conspiracy theories go away anytime soon.
- Christina on the Coast has been renewed at HGTV.
- Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath will end on A&E after a two-hour special.
- A St. Elmo’s Fire series is being considered at NBC.
- Phoebe Robinson is getting her own interview show at Comedy Central.
- Betty, a skateboarding comedy, has been ordered by HBO.
- Elizabeth Perkins has been added to Fox’s A Moody Christmas.
- Jennifer Esposito is joining the cast of Awkwafina on Comedy Central.
- Amazon’s The Wheel of Time has set its cast: Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, Barney Harris, and Madeleine Madden have been added.
- Cliff Chamberlain and Hillary Jardine are joining the cast of Homeland.
- Julie Ann Emery will join the cast of Bosch on Amazon.
- Katrina Law will join the cast of Hawaii Five-0.
- Joe Holt has been added to the cast of the new Walking Dead spinoff.
- Tiffany Lonsdale is joining Siren on Freeform.
Mark Your Calendars
- Masked Singer returns on Fox on September 25.
- Star Wars Resistance will return on Disney Channel on October 6.
- Law & Order SVU will return on NBC on September 26.
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus will premiere on Netflix on August 16.
- Styling Hollywood will debut on Netflix on August 30.
- Ghost Nation will debut on Travel Channel on October 11. It stars original Ghost Hunters stars Jason, Steve, and Dave, and is not to be confused with A&E’s reboot of Ghost Hunters with Grant.
- Crank Yankers will return on Comedy Central on September 25.
- Van Helsing returns on Syfy on September 27.
- Escaping The NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter will air on Lifetime on September 21.
- The College Admissions Scandal will premiere on Lifetime on October 12.
- Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson will air on Lifetime on October 12.
- Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story will air on Lifetime on September 28.
- Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story will air on Lifetime on October 5.
- Made from Scratch will debut on Fuse on October 15.
- The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle West will debut on Fuse on October 11.
- Soundcheck to Stage with Rich the Kid will premiere on Fuse on September 2.
- Complex x Fuse will return on Fuse on October 2.
- Don’t Be Nice will premiere on Fuse on October 11.
- The Candidates will debut on Fuse on November 5.
- Gary Owen: #Doin’WhatIDo will premiere on Showtime on September 7.
- The Love of Dogs Benefit Concert will air on Hallmark on October 14.
Why Women Kill: Marc Cherry is back with this new anthology series about a bunch of pissed off wives. Series premiere. CBS All Access
Elementary: Sherlock and Holmes hear of Jamie Moriarty in the series finale. 9 p.m., CBS
Boogie Nights: It’s a damn shame Marky Mark didn’t retire from acting right after making this movie. 8 p.m., Showtime
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: John Travolta, Marlon Wayans, Mary Beth Keane, Caroline Jones
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jake Tapper, MJ Rodriguez, Nate Smith
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Kirsten Dunst, Adam Devine, Lee Pace
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Michael Douglas, Will Forte, Nicole Byer
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Gerard Butler, David Alan Grier, the Avett Brothers
- The Daily Show: Mark Sanford
- Lights Out with David Spade: Todd Glass, Robin Thede, Jeff Garlin
- Watch What Happens Live: Alison Brie, Brian Austin Green
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