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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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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Game of Characterization: Roundtabling Game of Thrones’s Second Season (Thus Far)

Having been three episodes into a season that is simultaneously more surefooted but also more divergent than its predecessor, Marc N. Kleinhenz decided to call up some of the biggest fans – and critics? – of both HBO’s Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to get out the microscope and examine what have already proven to be some of the show’s most controversial elements, changes, and improvisations.  It’s a star-studded lineup to discuss what is turning out to be one of television’s biggest breakout hits.

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Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 3

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, April 17, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 2

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, April 10, 2012

Game of Thrones renewed for third season

Only two episodes into its second season, HBO's Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season.

"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season - and then surpassed them," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, today. "We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we've received for the series, and can't wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season."

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 1

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, April 3, 2012

Game of Thrones second season premiere sets new record

The first episode of Game of Thrones' second season set a new benchmark for records. According to the overnight ratings report, Sunday's episode drew in an estimated 3.86 million viewers.

By comparison, the pilot episode of Game of Thrones (which premiered in mid-April last year) fetched 2.0 million viewers, and the season finale attracted 3 million watchers. The recent season 5 premiere of AMC's Mad Men had 3.53 million viewers.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Game of Thrones: What Has Been Known

At long last, season two is upon us! In just a few short hours, the five kings of Westeros will clash to see who claims the Iron Throne – and who will come to a nasty, bloody end in the name of vengeance (or just political expedience). To help refresh your memory of all the many twists and turns of season one, Coming Attractions has put together this brief rundown of the first year’s major story beats. Needless to say, there are plenty of spoilers in this post, so mosey on along if you haven’t caught up just yet.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Netflix passes on Terra Nova

It looks like the end of the road has come for Fox's Terra Nova series. After the network cancelled the prehistoric action-drama last month, online streaming movie service Netflix emerged as a possible new home for the show. Now those hopes appear to have been dashed; TV Guide is reporting that Netflix has passed on picking up Terra Nova for its growing source of original TV programming.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Game of Thrones: A primer to prepare you for season 2

New to George R.R. Martin’s world of A Song of Ice and Fire, which now consists of five novels, three novellas, and, very shortly, two seasons of a breakout HBO series? Or are you a veteran that still finds the houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros confounding, with their various family trees, arranged marriages, and assassination attempts? Not to worry – Coming Attractions is here to help. Use this simplified, spoiler-free guide to help whet your appetite for the television odyssey that is to come or as a refresher course to help prepare for season two. Either way, it’s 3,000 years of backstory to parse through, and we’re all going to do it together. And while you’re at it, if you like Marc N.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

First official photo of Jenna-Louise Coleman in Doctor Who

The first officially released publicity photo of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new Companion in Doctor Who has debuted.

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Trailer: Doctor Who series 7

The folk attending the official Doctor Who convention got to see an early showing of the upcoming season 7 trailer, scheduled to make its official debut very shortly online. However, as we all know, the people working in these official marketing jobs aren't in the office on the weekend, so that leaves me little choice but to show you the new Doctor Who trailer the only way that I can right now: by camcorder copy.

Who knows whether the BBC will ask YouTube to pull the trailer or leave it online? I suppose that we'll find out shortly, but even in the bastardized shakycam footage, you can tell that the increased budget is paying off for Doctor Who:

 

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Kevin Smith is promising more Clerks animated episodes

Wasn't Kevin Smith supposedly retiring from making any more movies? That was what the filmmaker said, but I suppose that meant television would still be fair game.

Smith turned his indie black-and-white flick Clerks into an animated ABC TV series 12 years ago. The network paid Smith to make six episodes but only two were ever broadcast. Of course, Clerks: The Animated Series found its audience on DVD and it appears that to those that are privy to the balance sheet ledgers, enough of a profit was made that more of the product should be commissioned.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jenna-Louise Coleman revealed as new Doctor Who companion

26-year-old Jenna-Louise Coleman has been picked to be the new companion in the seventh series of Doctor Who.

Coleman, who is best-known to British audiences for starring in the soap opera Emmerdale, is slated to make her debut on next season's Doctor Who. The exact episode hasn't been revealed yet, but it comes after the show's two current companions, Rory and Amy (played by Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan), make their exit from Who.

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Trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome hits

During last weekend's Wondercon a new trailer for SyFy's upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome TV movie was shown to BSG fans. Now it's (somehow) leaked online, and the rest of us can get a look at what this prequel show looks like.

Set 40 years before the events of the 2002 Galactica reboot, Blood and Chrome focuses on a young Viper pilot named William "Husker" Adama (played by Luke Pasqualino), a 20-year-old, fresh out of the academy soldier assigned to his first ship, the Battlestar Galactica. Onboard the new Battlestar, Adama must learn the ropes of how to fit in with the rest of his crewmates as well as stay alive out in the space dogfights with the deadly Cylons.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

First photo from CW's Arrow

The first look at the costume we'll see Stephen Amell wear in The CW's new Arrow television series. He's playing the lead role of Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow (but in the show he's dropped the colorful first part of his superhero name.)

The show won't be on the air until this fall but the series is about to start filming. While the character of Green Arrow/Oliver Queen was seen in five seasons of Smallville, this Arrow won't be the same actor or even the same character. Instead, he's got a new look and a new backstory: Oliver Queen was marooned on an island for five years, but now he's back to take on crime under the green hood of being a vigilante.

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