Watchmen

Who watches the watchmen? Looks like the answer might be Damon Lindelof. The co-creator of shows like Lost and The Leftovers is reportedly staying in the HBO fold and is currently in talks to develop a TV adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ groundbreaking superhero comic book series for the premium cable channel.
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Game of Thrones - Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Season six of HBO’s mega-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones finally answered a question that fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels had been speculating about for years: the identity of Jon Snow’s true parents. But a popular publication may have just confirmed something else that’s been the subject of speculation for years: Jon Snow’s real name. Plus, Martin gives another update about his long-awaited sixth Ice and Fire book, The Winds of Winter.
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Game of Thrones season 7 photos and sfx

Game of Thrones may be premiering in the hot months of summer this year, but after years of solemn looks and ominous warnings, winter is finally here. Some new photos from the upcoming season have arrived and we get to see new looks at our favorite kings, queens, schemers, and sidekicks as they prepare for The Great War against the Night’s King and the White Walkers.

Plus, there’s a new special effects featurette that taught me that far more of the show is captured practically than I’d previously thought. Check it all out below.
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Game of Thrones featurette

In many ways, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Spike’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s The Mist couldn’t be more different. One is a mega-popular fantasy series that’s about to enter its home stretch of episodes, while the other is a nascent adaptation that’s just preparing to take its first steps. But hey, here’s at least one way they’re similar: they both recently released behind-the-scenes featurettes promoting their new seasons. Check them out below.
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agent carter season three

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Hayley Atwell teases what season 3 of Agent Carter would have been about
  • Tia and Tamera Mowry are working on a Sister Sister reboot
  • Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail talks about season 3
  • Watch the Ballers season 3 trailer
  • Ben Schwartz is still hoping for a Stranger Things cameo
  • And more!

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The Deuce trailer

Move over, Ewan McGregor on Fargo: you’re not the only major Hollywood actor who’s playing twins on a prestige TV show this year. James Franco will be joining you this fall in The Deuce, a new HBO series from The Wire alums David Simon and George Pelecanos that’s set on the grimy streets of 1970s New York City and tracks the legalization and rise of the porn industry in Times Square.

Watch the first The Deuce trailer below, and get a sense of the stylized world we’re about to enter when the show premieres later this fall.
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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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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 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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