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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale to Be Longest Episode Yet

18 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For many fans, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode, “Beyond the Wall,” was an emotional roller coaster. It’s teased deaths, major plots developments, and hinted at budding romances that left social media reeling.

Unfortunately, though, Season 7 is shorter than the usual 10 episodes, but fans can take solace in one thing: the finale, airing this Sunday, will be the longest episode of the HBO hit yet, clocking in at 79 minutes and 43 seconds, the networks confirmed on Tuesday.

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HBO also revealed the episode’s name: “The Dragon and the Wolf.” The Season 7 finale will feature a meeting of the warring forces of Westeros, houses Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen, in order to discuss how to deal with the threat of a White Walker invasion, as »


- Matt Fernandez

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Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Tolan and Norman Lear are developing a new comedy series with NBC, Variety has learned.

The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.

Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.

Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Stranger Things': Duffer Brothers Say Season 3 Is a Go, Show Might End After Season 4

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Season 2 of “Stranger Things” hasn’t even been released yet, but the Duffer Brothers have teased that Season 3 of the Netflix series is a go and that they plan to do one — but just one — more after it. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” co-creator Ross Duffer told Vulture, explaining that they can’t have their protagonists constantly running through the Upside-Down. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” brother Matt Duffer added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” »


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Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer to Star in ‘A Discovery of Witches’ for Sky

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer will star in supernatural romantic drama series “A Discovery of Witches” for Sky. The Sky Original Production will be adapted from Deborah Harkness’ novel for Sky 1 and Now TV.

Produced by Bad Wolf, “A Discovery of Witches” is scheduled to begin production at the new Wolf Studios facilities in Wales and on location in Oxford from September. Bad Wolf announced its new production studio, which is based in Wales, in May this year.

“A Discovery of Witches” is described as a contemporary love story set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, but in a world where witches, vampires and demons live and work unseen amongst humans. Palmer stars as an historian and reluctant witch, denying her heritage, whose discovery of a manuscript throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery and into the path of an enigmatic geneticist (Goode), who is a vampire.

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Common to Lead Starz ‘Black Samurai’ Series From RZA, Jerry Bruckheimer

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Common is set to play the lead role in a new Starz series based on the “Black Samurai” book series with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer executive producing, the network announced Tuesday.

The series, which is currently in development, will follow Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.

“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “‘Black Samurai’ promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling.”

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- Joe Otterson

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MTV Orders Second Season of ‘Fear Factor’ (Exclusive)

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MTV has plenty to cheer with its “Fear Factor” revival. The cabler has given a 20-episode order to Endemol Shine North America for a second season of the unscripted competition series, hosted by rapper Ludacris.

Fear Factor” has been a solid performer for MTV with its target young adult demo since its May 30 debut. The show is scheduled to wrap its initial 12-episode run tonight.

MTV put a kinder, gentler spin on the series that made its mark as a gross-out affair on NBC from 2001 to 2006. The post-millennial version of “Fear Factor” emphasizes the aspirational motivation for contestants to face their fears in elaborate physical stunts and games inspired by scenes from well-known movies, viral videos and other pop culture-centric material.

“I’m looking forward to season two of ‘Fear Factor’ and it being more ludicrous than the first season,” said Ludacris. “Pun intended.”

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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC

21 August 2017 6:59 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath.

NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road.

Rob Tapert (the original co-creator of “Xena”) and Sam Raimi had been heading up the project for Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

21 August 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »


- Rebecca Rubin

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Lame Marvel Villains That Are Realistically Terrifying

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There are a lot of comic book villains out there, in some cases there are more villains than heroes. Why would this be? Maybe being bad is a little more fun than walking the moral tightrope of justice, or something like that. Whatever the case, there are a Lot of Marvel villains out there that are just itching to get a bit of payback on their nemeses for one reason or another. It could be they used to be allies and now they’re not, or the hero just interrupted their master plans, or something far more diabolical that turned them

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Dolph Lundgren is Not Messing Around to Reprise Drago in Creed 2

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It would appear that Ivan Drago might make a return to the ring in Creed 2, If such a thing is slated to happen in the first place. It doesn’t seem like Dolph Lundgren would be too opposed to it, and in all likelihood the fans that can still remember that knock down, drag out fight between Rocky and Drago wouldn’t mind either. The only problem is all the time that has gone by since then. Adrian is gone, Pauly is gone, Mickey was gone before the fourth film, Apollo is gone. All these great actors that really made the

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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Lead Actress, Limited Series/Movie?

55 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Real talk: Can we just give all six of these women an award at this year’s Emmys and be done with it? Because choosing just one winner feels like an impossible task.

The 2017 nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie include four (!) Oscar winners, all of whom would cruise to victory in a less competitive year. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon both earned nods for HBO’s rich-moms drama Big Little Lies, with Kidman holding a tiny edge for her heartbreaking work as abused wife Celeste. And it’s fitting that Jessica Lange and »


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What to Stream the Weekend of August 25

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Planning on staying in for the weekend and not sure what to watch? TV Guide's Editor-in-Chief Mickey O'Connor has a few suggestions. Here's what you should stream this weekend.

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Sage Steele Brings Heavy Mettle to Espn’s A.M. ‘SportsCenter’

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Sage Steele worked at Espn’s “SportsCenter” for seven years. When she returns to the network’s franchise on Monday, she will be joining something entirely different.

SportsCenter Am” isn’t your dad’s “SportsCenter,” and it’s not supposed to be. Espn launched the 7 a.m. program early last year after Super Bowl 50 – the earliest the show has aired in the Walt Disney network’s history. The hosts – Steele will team with Randy Scott and Jay Harris (pictured, above) –  are supposed to offer viewers the latest in breaking news and clips while connecting the dots with analysis and opinion. Those are all things Steele has in ample supply.

“That has always been my goal – make it conversational, not question and answer,” says Steele, holding forth over a glass of grapefruit juice recently at a Manhattan diner. Espn has made no secret of the value it sees in her, going so far as to issue a statement »


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HBO & Sky Sink Teeth Into Bad Wolf With Minority Investment – Edinburgh

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In their first investment under a $250M co-production pact, HBO and Sky have taken a minority stake in and seats on the board of Bad Wolf. The UK/U.S. production company was founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner in 2015. Today’s deal will formalize their role in supplying content for the HBO/Sky partnership which is aimed at funding large scale dramas for the international market. Sky and Bad Wolf are already working together on the Sky Original Production A Discovery… »

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At This Point, Shouldn’t Celebrities Know Better About What to Put on Their Phones?

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Sigh. You hear all the time about celebrities going to this college, or that university, earning this degree or that degree, but none of them ever seem to get any smarter. If so we wouldn’t have stories like of hacked photos of naked celebrities. Right. You would think that celebrities would know better by now than to put these kind of images on a device that might immediately upload it to the Cloud or download it to a social media site. Oh wait, what’s that? You have to actually download it yourself? Well golly, that makes things so much worse.

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‘Game of Thrones’: In Defense of Believable Timelines and Logic Even on a Fantasy Show With Dragons

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 has been a divisive one for fans, and not because of the usual politics of who should win, who should lose, and who should possibly sleep with her long-lost nephew.

Instead, many viewers came away frustrated because even though “Beyond the Wall” was entertaining, so much of it was unbelievable. This, on a show with magic, dragons, zombies, and even a zombie-dragon. Although some detractors had pointed to plot holes and character inconsistencies, the biggest offender across the board was time.

In the episode, an emergency rescue mission had to go into effect when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) & Co. were surrounded by an army of the undead who were stopped by a moat of a partially frozen lake. Their only hope of surviving lay in a three-part plan: Gendry (Joe Dempsie) had to flee on foot back to Eastwatch, his message would »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Espn Pulls Robert Lee From Virginia Game, Due to Asian Announcer's Name

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Asian sports announcer Robert Lee — not to be confused with Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who died in 1870 — will no longer call the University of Virginia’s first college football game of the season, Espn has announced.

The decision to remove Lee from the broadcast comes after white nationalist rallies were held on the UVa campus earlier this month protesting the city’s plan to remove a statue of the controversial historical figure of the same name. Those protests eventually turned violent, culminating in a domestic terrorist attack during which a man rammed his car into a group of demonstrators, »


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Sky, HBO Take Minority Stake in U.K.’s Bad Wolf

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Sky and HBO are set to take a minority stake in British production company Bad Wolf as the first investment in their co-production deal, the broadcasters announced in a joint statement Wednesday.

The deal will see “The Night Of” production company, set up by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner in 2015, formalize its role to supply high-end, large-scale drama for Sky and HBO’s $250 million multi-year co-production partnership, which was announced in April.

“Sky and HBO share a common creative culture and this deal deepens our relationship and maintains our leadership position in world-class content,” said Gary Davey, managing director of content at Sky. Davey will join Bad Wolf’s board at part of the deal alongside Glenn Whitehead, HBO’s executive vice president of business and legal affairs.

“Our experience working with Bad Wolf on ‘The Night Of’ laid the groundwork for what I know will be a very fruitful production partnership alongside our friends at Sky »


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Sinclair Defends Tribune Acquisition as Crucial for Broadcast TV’s Future

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The future of local television is threatened unless TV station owners are allowed to bulk up to compete more effectively with MVPDs and digital competitors. That’s what Sinclair Broadcast Group is telling the FCC in its reply to the flood of comments and petitions opposing Sinclair’s pending $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media.

Today is the deadline for Sinclair to respond to more than 1,000 comments that poured in to the FCC from individuals and competitors urging the commission to block the deal. The union of Sinclair and Tribune would create a broadcast TV behemoth with more than 200 stations reaching 72% of U.S. TV households.

Sinclair’s 173-page filing reiterates the company’s main selling points to investors and regulators since the merger agreement was reached in May. Local TV station owners need to achieve greater scale to compete with MVPDs and digital upstarts that have also been in consolidation mode. Replies »


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Warner Bros Announces a Live-Action Joker Prequel That’s Not a Part of the Dceu

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There are some things that you just don’t joke about.  And as it turns out, this is one of them. It should come as no surprise to anybody paying even a passing amount attention to Warner Bros’ floundering Dceu that the superhero mega-franchise is in trouble.  Only a few months out from release and the company’s long-lauded answer to The Avengers – DC’s Justice League – is still being reshot by its second director.  Seemingly slighted at every turn, Ben Affleck is reportedly bowing out of his role as Batman before he so much as meets his contractual obligations to

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