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If you think Richard Hendrix is awkward, imagine having sex with him.

Actually, scratch that – don’t ever think about that. The descriptions are enough. Clanking teeth. “All elbows.” Someone who says “Gulp” out loud when a woman takes her bra off. Yeah, Richard gets laid in this episode and that’s enough awkward for anyone to take.

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Hanna gun

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • That Hanna TV series is definitely happening
  • Our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story
  • Jon Stewart’s HBO series goes up in smoke
  • Comedy Central’s The President Show earns more episodes
  • And more!

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Breakdown 7

Game of Thrones returns for its penultimate season in less than two months and no other 2017 pop culture event has me more excited. Season 6 was one of the epic fantasy series’ best batch of episodes yet, trimming the main cast down to its key players (via a huge body count) and maneuvering the survivors into position for a final showdown. This is going to exciting. And grisly. And nerve-wracking.

Because the new trailer is so full of greatness worth exploring, it’s time for a good ‘ol fashioned trailer breakdown. Let’s go through this whole thing shot-by-shot and see what we can find.

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Silicon Valley

Here’s a classic “good news, bad news” situation: HBO’s hilarious tech comedy Silicon Valley has been renewed for a fifth season, but T.J. Miller, who plays the foul-mouthed Erlich Bachman, is officially leaving the series. The era of Bachmanity is over.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

You may recall that the first season of Game of Thrones featured a lead character being awkwardly knocked unconscious as he led his troops into battle because the show’s budget simply couldn’t pay for an action scene larger than a small skirmish.

The Game of Thrones season 7 trailer laughs at that scene.

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Game of Thrones mobile

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: AT&T’s suggestion to recut Game of Thrones episodes.)

This morning, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke at J.P. Morgan’s Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference and offered his thoughts about the future of mobile entertainment in the wake of AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner. Most notably, he had some ideas about re-editing content to better optimize it for a mobile-using audience. “Think about things like Game of Thrones,” he said. “In a mobile environment, a 60-minute episode might not be the best experience. Maybe you want a 20-minute episode.”

For the AT&T CEO, allow me to provide an acronym of my own: GTFO.
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game of thrones season 7 daenerys

At its core, HBO’s wildly popular fantasy series Game of Thrones is a chess game. The early seasons involved a handful of characters slowly and methodically plotting their political maneuvers and adapting to situations around them in the hopes of securing the coveted Iron Throne for themselves, while others waited in the wings, quietly accruing power and preparing to strike.

But now that the board has been culled down to its most essential pieces, things are going to start happening a hell of a lot more quickly on the show. No more waiting. No more quiet contemplating. It’s time for action, and according to new interviews with the showrunners and cast, that’s exactly what we’re going to get in Game of Thrones season 7.
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game of thrones season 7 images

A few months ago, we heard that the dragons in Game of Thrones season 7 would be the size of 747 jet airliners. Now, a batch of images from the penultimate season of HBO’s flagship series have revealed the dragons and they don’t appear to be quite as big as 747s. However, they’re still big enough to stomp an entire army into red goo and burn their remains into a fine ash, so let’s not get too caught up on the little details.

This photo is one of several Game of Thrones season 7 images to arrive today and the others show off the other corners of Westeros: snow, scheming, and scowling. The usual.

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(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Silicon Valley season 4 by answering one simple question: what was the most awkward moment?)

If you’re looking for cringe humor, there’s no better place than in a wedding. While Silicon Valley is not anywhere near the current champ of cringe-inducing weddings (that honor still belongs to Peep Show) this episode has one for the ages.

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Tour De Pharmacy Trailer

Back in 2015, HBO debuted a sports mockumentary called 7 Days in Hell that chronicled fictional tennis players Aaron Williams (Andy Samberg) and Charles Poole (Kit Harington) who played a match to end all tennis matches: a seven-day, five-set marathon that took everything out of them. It was a hilarious 45-minute foray into tennis presented in the style of HBO Sports documentaries, and now the world of competitive cycling is getting the same treatment.

Tour De Pharmacy focuses on five cyclists in 1982 as they dealt with the controversy of nearly every athlete doping in order to get an edge on competition. The cast includes Andy Samberg, John Cena, Freddie Highmore, Daveed Diggs, Orlando Bloom and they somehow got Lance Armstrong to appear and even poke fun at his own relationship with doping.

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