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Exclusive: Game of Thrones season 2 roundtable

Game of Thrones’s second season, based off of George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings, is blissfully due to descend on us in just a few weeks’ time.  And though anticipation for the show’s return couldn’t be higher, there seems to be a growing undercurrent of tension or concern among both the fan and journalistic communities.  Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have changed the name of Asha Greyjoy, Theon’s sister back on the Iron Islands, to Yara?  The way-cool storyline the crippled Bran Stark has back at Winterfell might be cut and moved to the third season?  Daenerys Targaryen’s minimal presence in the novel might be dramatically expanded – with action scenes?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Clash of Perspectives: Roundtabling Season Two of Game of Thrones (Part 2)

Mo Ryan and Amin Javadi are nice enough to join us for the back half of the conversation, as we evaluate the overall filmmaking quality of the season (specifically in regards to its predecessor), the importance of the Battle of the Blackwater, and, most importantly, continue to go back-and-forth over the deconstruction of Arya Stark.

Did you miss the first part?  Shame on you.  Read it here.

Forget who’s involved?  Double shame.  Here you go:
 

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Clash of Perspectives: Roundtabling Season Two of Game of Thrones (Part 1)

Winterfell has been burnt to the ground, the Imp has been stripped of power, and Stannis has been defeated – but there’s so much more that didn’t make the final cut, and more still to discuss and debate, regardless of its inclusion or omission.

There’s so much to wrap one’s head around, in fact, that a tidy little roundtable I had planned tripled in size and had to be split in two halves.  For this first part, a crack panel of George R.R. Martin stalkers and TV critics tackled the inherent quality of the source material, A Clash of Kings; the filmmaking chops of Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff; and the dopiness – or lack thereof – of the average HBO viewer.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 10

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Mads Mikkelsen is the new Hannibal

He just landed a paycheck playing the new bad guy in Thor 2 but in this economy, does it hurt to have a second job? Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as NBC's Hannibal Lecter, playing the serial killer with an appetite for his human company. Hugh Dancy is playing FBI profiler Will Graham in the series.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 9

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 8

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 7

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Community creator Dan Harmon fired

They say that there are three sides to every story: your side, their side and the truth. Depending on where your heart is with NBC's beloved but lowly ranked Community show, maybe your truth lies with the story being told by its recently fired creator, Dan Harmon.

The network is calling Harmon's change of title from showrunner/executive producer to consulting producer a creative move. Over on Harmon's Tumblr blog, he's calling it by a different word...actually, several words and they all pretty much line up under the definition of being fired.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CBS announces its 2012-2013 schedule

CBS has announced its schedule for the fall 2012-2013 season and it's one that features many returning shows. The eyeball network is enjoying a commanding lead against its competitors, finishing the regular '12 season as the country's most-watched television network for the ninth time in the past 10 years.

However, one long-running show won't be coming back next fall: CSI Miami, the first spinoff from Jerry Bruckheimer's massive crime drama franchise, got its walking papers two weeks back.

Among the new series that CBS is launching this fall are:

 

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Video: J.J. Abrams new post-apocalyptic TV series Revolution

Debuting this fall on NBC's 2012-12 schedule is Revolution, an hour-long drama with a sizeable sci-fi premise: what if everything that relied on electricity just stopped working all around the world at the same time? That's the starting point in the pilot, but as you'll soon see in the four-minute preview that NBC just released, the show picks up 15 years after darkness fell across the planet.

Lost co-creator and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is one of the executive producers on the show. The Revolution pilot was directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) wrote the pilot and will exec produce the series.

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Fox announces its 2012-2013 schedule

It's mid-May, and in the world of television that can only mean one thing: the television network upfronts are announced, and we find out what shows have been cancelled and what's coming for the fall 2012 TV season.

Today it was Fox Broadcasting's turn to reveal what's in store for viewers of their channel. With some old favorites gone (like House), there are several openings on the broadcaster's iternary. Let's see what's new, what's coming back, and how Fox describes their new programs.

New shows:

 

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 6

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 5

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, 90210 renewed by CW for 2012-13 season

The CW Network decided to ease the worry of fans for three of their network's shows by announcing renewals for next season. The lucky trio of series are The Vampire Diaries (the network's current top-rated show), Supernatural (coming back for an eighth season) and 90210.

Of the three that got renewals, the one that had the most concerned fans was Supernatural. Last year The CW moved the monster slayers to Friday nights, and Smallville also ended its ten-year run, so the lead-in show this season was new. Once a show starts entering its elder years (season seven and up), the program costs more to make because of increasing star and creator salaries.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 4

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree.  Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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