Everybody Hates Sean Spicer.

Krista Vernoff is the showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, and she is NOT HAPPY about ABC casting Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars

Tim Doyle is the showrunner of Schooled and he is NOT HAPPY about ABC casting Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars

Alright, other ABC showrunners — who’s next? Although truth be told, all of ABC’s showrunners could come out against Spicer’s casting and it probably won’t move the needle in the least. Dancing with the Stars is most popular in Red States, and Variety is speculating that he was cast to bring back some of those viewers. But yeah, them casting you was apolitical, Spicey.

George R. R. Martin was at World Con in Dublin earlier in the week INSTEAD OF FINISHING THE BOOKS, but I digress. He gave an interview to joe.ie where he said that he should be seeing an early cut of the prequel in the next couple of weeks and it takes place before the coming of the Andals to Westeros, there are two other spinoffs still in the script stage, and this:

When the show ended, you said you had ‘mixed feelings’ about it because in an ideal world, you wanted it to continue on for more seasons.

What’s your feeling now because at the time, it must have felt strange knowing that one chapter of your life – the TV shows – was ending but you’ve still got so much more amazing stories to tell in Westeros.

Yeah, I’ve got to finish my books. I said everything I had to say about that years ago. There’s enough material in the books that if they had included all of it, we could have gone for 13 seasons instead of eight. Really, we did seven-and-a-half seasons because the last two seasons were shortened.

The decision was made four/five years ago to eliminate characters like Lady Stoneheart, Quentyn Martell, the Young Griff arc. When you eliminate all those subplots, you simplify things and bring it to an end where it is.

Who knows? Maybe that was the right decision. You can’t quarrel with the most popular television show in the world, but I have my books in mind and I’m going ahead. I know I’m very slow, but I’ll get there eventually.

This lines up with my thoughts on what went so wrong in the final two seasons. My theory is that the Young Griff arc, in particular, will play a much bigger role in the endgame in the books, and he may well be the character that sets Daenerys onto her path towards madness. By eliminating his entire plotline, the showrunners were able to 1. reduce the number of potentially confusing characters and 2. get to the end of the series faster — which left the audience feeling unsatisfied at Daenerys’ abrupt change. (In the books, Young Griff is a secret Targaryen — or more likely a fake Targaryen — and he has arrived in Westeros at the end of the most recent book. I suspect he eventually wages war on Cersei and takes the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, Daenerys helps with the fight against the White Walkers and when she is not embraced by the people of King’s Landing as their savior and true heir, when they like Young Griff better, she loses her mind and destroys the city. But this is just a wild guess.)

So apparently, they’ve already filmed the Breaking Bad movie? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bob Odenkirk said:

“I’ve heard so many different things about it, but I am excited about the Breaking Bad movie. I can’t wait to see it,” he told In Studio.

Speaking on the secrecy surrounding the film, Odenkirk said, “I don’t know what people know and don’t know. I find it hard to believe you don’t know it was shot. They did it. You know what I mean? How is that a secret? But it is. They’ve done an amazing job of keeping it a secret.”

We have posters for the upcoming seasons of The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia if that is important information for you to have:

Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson tease upcoming plot points for Beth and Randall in this season of This Is Us, if you’re curious.

Williamson County, Texas is kicking Live PD out because they weren’t sharing footage with the DA’s office. The decision was made by the County Commissioner’s office and the Sheriff is NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.

One The OA fan is taking its cancellation particularly hard. (Unless this is all a part of the “cancellation” too?)

A special prosecutor has been appointed to look into whether or not charges should be refiled against Jussie Smollett, so this story is far from over.

Dave Chappelle is hosting a block party in Dayton, OH this weekend to honor the victims of its recent mass shooting. ~sigh~

Time’s Up

Harvey Weinstein is going to be indicted for another sexual assault on Monday, and speculation is that the victim in the case is Annabella Sciorra.

The Los Angeles Opera is investigating sexual harassment allegations against Placido Domingo.

Jeffrey Epstein reportedly tried to intimidate Vanity Fair editor Grayson Carter into backing off a story about him by leaving bullets and a cat’s head on his doorstep. And someone dug up Epstein’s social media accounts and they’re something. Meanwhile, for reasons that are baffling (no they’re not) the British press is continuing to rake Meghan Markle over the coals for her private jet use and love of avocado toast, while Prince Andrew is virtually getting a pass FOR HANGING OUT WITH A PEDOPHILE ON HIS PRIVATE SEX ISLAND.

This is a fascinating article about how a Sex and the City-style series called Mistress of a Married Man is scandalizing society in Senegal and how female-produced movies and TV series are proliferating in Africa and creating controversy and rocking social norms along the way.

Cancellations

  • Ballers will end after this fifth season which begins on HBO this Sunday.
  • Born This Way will end with a one-hour holiday special this December on A&E.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • The L Word: Generation Q debuts on Showtime on December 8.
  • Goliath returns on Amazon on October 4.

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

13 Reasons Why: The third and final season asks “Who killed Bryce Walker?” Netflix

Jawline: And if 13 Reasons Why doesn’t give you enough anxiety about your kids and social media, there’s this documentary that was a Sundance Film Festival winner about kids trying to become famous on the internet. Hulu

SATURDAY

Mortal Engines: There’s this dystopian thriller that received terrible reviews. 7 p.m., HBO

Star Trek movie marathon: And the old school movies, no less: Star Trek the Movie; Wrath of Khan; The Search for Spock; The Voyage Home; The Final Frontier; and The Undiscovered Country. 4:45 p.m., Epix Drive-In

Terms of Endearment & Steel Magnolias: Just in case you’re in the mood for a good, long cry. 7 p.m., TCM

SUNDAY

The Affair: The final season sees a significant time-jump, as Anna Paquin joins the cast as Joanie Lockhart. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime

Power: Season premiere. 8 p.m., Starz

Ballers: Season premiere. 9:30 p.m., HBO

On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Kirsten Dunst stars in this new series about a woman who seeks to take down the pyramid scheme that ruined her family in this new series. 9 p.m., Showtime

Good Eats: Alton Brown is back and talking about chicken parm. Season premiere. 9 p.m., Food Network

 

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