Game of Thrones spin-off

Update: Casely Bloys spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where he said that a theoretical Game of Thrones spin-off would probably be a prequel:

A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off]. [Author George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, “If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,” and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.

The original article runs below.

If you put HBO’s original programming president Casey Bloys in the same room as a bunch of entertainment journalists, two questions are bound to come up: how many episodes will be in the final season of Game of Thrones and will there be a spin-off series, possibly set in a different era of Westerosi history? Bloys addressed both questions during the Television Critics Association press tour.

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Game of Thrones season 6 blooper reel

It’s been a year since George R.R. Martin offered an update on the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Since then, the television adaptation has sprinted past the events of the books, taking fans into unexplored territory far beyond the events of A Dance With Dragons, which was published back in 2011. And since the last update essentially amounted to “the next book isn’t coming out soon,” maybe we can take comfort in Martin’s new update, which amounts to “Maybe this year?”

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AT&T Everywhere Commercial

Not many people pay attention to commercials on TV anymore, mostly because we’re either streaming content with limited to no commercials, or we’re just watching stuff on our DVR that just allows us to fast forward through them. But while watching the Golden Globes live this past weekend, a recent ad from AT&T caught my eyes (actually, my ears first) because it mashed up a ton of movies and TV shows.

In a new AT&T advertisement promoting the ability to watch a plethora of movies and TV shows on demand from your phone, you’ll find references to Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones, Knight Rider, Cheers, Rocky, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Sesame Street and more.

Watch the AT&T Everywhere commercial after the jump. Read More »

game of thrones season 7

The stellar sixth season of Game of Thrones helped provide a soft cushion for the news that followed that blood-soaked season finale: HBO’s flagship series was coming to an end, the seventh season would air later than usual, and the final two seasons would be shorter than the usual ten episodes. I’m a big fan of the “let the storytellers do what they need to do” approach to thinking and writing about popular culture, but that doesn’t make the extended wait for our final, abbreviated visit to Westeros feel any less unbearable.

But while the final seasons won’t have as many episodes as the others, a member of the show’s cast says that seasons six and seven may be a little longer than expected.

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2017 SAG Awards Nominations

Continuing our push through awards season, the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations for the 23rd annual SAG Awards, honoring achievements in acting as voted on by film, television, radio, commercial and other media professionals.

The 2017 SAG Awards nominations this year give plenty of love to Manchester by the Sea with four total nominations, though films like La La Land got plenty of love as well. We’re also starting to see Hidden Figures and Captain Fantastic get some more awards love as Moonlight didn’t score quite as many nominations as we’ve been seeing in other awards. If you’re a blockbuster fan, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange each received a nomination too.

On the TV side of things, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story continues to get praise across the board for plenty of the show’s performances, but there are also some nominees from Westworld, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things in there as well.

Get the full list of the 2017 SAG Awards nominations after the jump.

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IMDB’s Top 10 Television Shows of 2016

IMDB Top Shows

With the year about to come to a close, IMDb decided it was time to add up the page views and see which shows their active users are most interested in. A lot of the site’s favorites are the usual suspects, although there is a surprise or two. Game of Thrones, of course, made the cut and claimed the no. 1 spot again.

Below, check out the IMDB top 10 television shows.

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Game of Thrones Wine - Peter Dinklage

In addition to all the murder, betrayal and sex on Game of Thrones, there’s also a lot of drinking. And soon enough you’ll be able to drink with the best of them with a fine alcoholic beverage inspired by the HBO fantasy series.

Vintage Wine Estates is teaming with HBO for an officially licensed Game of Thrones wine, and you’ll be able to get your hands on it before the seventh season premiere arrives on the cable network next year. Read More »

Game of Thrones prequel

Picture David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Picture them working on season 7. Picture the lines around their tired eyes, the grey invading the beards they haven’t had time to shave. Picture them hunched over a monitor or a schedule or the coffee that offers them respite during their busy days on set and picture them trying to solve whatever new issue has invaded their always ambitious, globe-trotting production. Now picture an HBO executive waltzing over them, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to ask them to devote a few precious seconds to talking about a Game of Thrones prequel series. Picture Benioff and Weiss’ eyes rolling back into their heads and vampire fangs, generated by pure stress, spontaneously bursting forth from their gums. Picture that HBO executive running for his life.

Now picture that HBO exec telling the press that they definitely aren’t ruling out that Game of Thrones prequel! Not at all! Everyone is still talking about it! For real!

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Game of Thrones season 7 character

With just two seasons left to go, it’s time for Game of Thrones to start tying up loose ends — including one pretty big one in the form of a certain character we haven’t seen in a while. Though HBO hasn’t yet confirmed this person is returning, the actor has been spotted on set as shooting gets underway in Spain. Find out who it is below, but beware spoilers.   Read More »

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Details

We’ve got quite some time until we see the seventh season of Game of Thrones hit HBO. To accommodate the shooting schedule, the debut of the new season won’t arrive in spring like the previous seasons but will instead hit during the summer of 2017. That was also accompanied by confirmation that this season will have less episodes than the previous seasons as the show begins to wind down. In addition, the later premiere means this season of Game of Thrones wont be eligible to win any Emmys like it did not too long ago.

If you’re bummed out from us reminding you of all those facts, we’ll try to life your spirits up with some new Game of Thrones season 7 details, specifically about which characters Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) will finally meet. But beware that these details venture into spoiler territory, so beware from here on out. Read More »