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‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Reveals Melisandre Counseling Daenerys

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A new trailer for Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” shows Melisandre in the court of Daenerys Targaryen.

“I believe you have a role to play, as does another,” the Red Witch tells the Mother of Dragons at the close of a new trailer revealed Friday at Comic-Con.

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"If we don't band together we will die."

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Speaking at Comic-Con in San Diego Friday, Sophie Turner — who plays the elder Stark daughter on the show — said that the character has changed dramatically from Season 1, when as a young woman she wanted only to marry.

“She’s always on the search for happiness, but she doesn’t see the world through rose-colored glasses now,” Turner said. She added, “She’s woke now, guys. She’s real woke. She »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Walking Dead’ Season 8 First Trailer Takes the War to Negan (Watch)

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The Walking Dead” unveiled the first trailer for Season 8 at the show’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

In the trailer, we see Rick and his coalition-consisting of Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom–as they make their preparations for war with Negan and his Saviors. Things kick into high gear quickly, with explosions and gunshots galore as the long-awaited battle between the groups begins.

We also get a quick scene between Negan and Father Gabriel, in which Negan asks Gabriel if he is wearing his “s—ting pants.” Why? “Because you’re about to s–t your pants,” the evil mastermind croons.

Rick inspires his troops by reminding them that Jesus told them when they met that his world was about to become a whole lot bigger. “We found that world. We found each other,” Rick says. “That bigger world is ours by right. Those that take and use and kill, we »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Westworld’ Adds Two New Cast Members to Season 2

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Westworld” is filling out its cast for Season 2, adding two more actors to the ensemble, Variety has confirmed.

Jonathan Tucker and Neil Jackson have both been cast in the HBO series.

Tucker will recur as Major Craddock, a commanding military officer in the second season of “Westworld.” Jackson joins as a series regular, and will play Nicholas, a charming and resourceful man who finds himself in uncharted territory.

The duo joins previously announced newbie Katja Herbers, who was cast as a series regular. Louis Herthum and Talulah Riley, who were both in Season 1, have also been upped to series regulars.

Tucker is known from “Kingdom” and “American Gods.” He is repped by UTA and Management 360. Jackson’s credits include “Absentia” and “Sleepy Hollow.” He is repped by Industry Entertainment, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, and Troika.

HBO has not confirmed which cast members from the first season will be returning, as »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jason Bateman on How Other Antihero Shows Inspired Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

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Some of Hollywood’s top dogs including Danny Strong, Cary Fukunaga and Bruce Altman were out to celebrate the New York premiere of the crime drama “Ozark” Thursday night. The project is Jason Bateman second with Netflix, after the revival of comedy cult favorite “Arrested Development” in 2013.

Also starring Laura Linney, the show follows the Byrde family. Marty (Bateman), a Chicago financial advisor has been quietly laundering money for a drug cartel for years. After his partner runs afoul, the entire family is uprooted and arrives in a lazy resort town around the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where Marty promises to clean money for the drug lord.

“I was looking for something to challenge myself because I had a really good time directing ‘Bad Words’ and ‘The Family Fang,’” said Bateman, who also got behind the camera for several episodes. “This came along and the notion to executive produce, which »


- Margaret Sutherlin

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Comic-Con 2017 in Photos

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Photos of panels, activations, and other events from Comic-Con 2017. »

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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Honors Stuntman John Bernecker at Comic-Con

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The cast and creators of “The Walking Dead” paid tribute to stuntman John Bernecker during their San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, just over one week after Bernecker died in an accident on the show’s Georgia set.

Panel moderator Chris Hardwick began the “Fear the Walking Dead” panel, which immediately preceded the “Walking Dead” panel, by asking the Hall H crowd to observe a moment of silence in Bernecker’s memory. He also said the entire cast of “The Walking Dead” debated whether or not they should even hold their annual panel, but ultimately decided to forge ahead.

Series showrunner Scott Gimple opened the show’s panel by reading a statement on Bernecker on behalf of the cast and crew.

“John passed away this week after he was injured doing something he loved: helping tell stories that excite, entertain, and give people escape,” he said. “He helped make movies and shows for people like everybody in »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Talk Sheldon-Amy Finale Proposal at Comic-Con

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The season 10 finale of “The Big Bang Theory” provided an emotional moment for the cast and crew.

In a panel Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, star Kaley Cuoco described the mood on set of the multi-camera comedy when it came time to shoot the episode’s final scene — in which Jim Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper proposed to Mayim Bialik’s Amy. Cuoco said that the entire cast and crew had gathered behind camera to witness the scene.

“I started crying,” Cuoco said.

“We were all crying,” added co-star Kunal Nayyar.

“I came as close to crying as is possible for me,” added fellow co-star Johnny Galecki.

The proposal was the culmination of a long arc for Sheldon and Amy — one that had been slowly building since Bialik joined the cast in 2010.

“To see that be the pinnacle of this season was really cool,” Cuoco said. “We’ve all come such a long way.”

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Amazon US Streaming Deal for Sky’s Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Series ‘Tin Star’

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Amazon has taken the US rights to “Tin Star,” the upcoming cop thriller starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It will play on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service later this year, after it bows on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K.

Rowan Joffe (“28 Weeks Later”) created ‘Tin Star,’ which is made by Endemol Shine-owned U.K. producer Kudos.

The series has Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) as Jim Worth, a British cop who moves the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. He takes on an oil firm who are setting up locally, with disastrous consequences for his family, setting up a revenge plotline that plays out over the ten parts. Hendricks (“Mad Men”) plays a lobbyist working for the oil firm.

“We are thrilled to be adding ‘Tin Star’ to Prime Video in the U.S. this fall,” said »


- Stewart Clarke

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Remote Controlled: Nicole Kidman on ‘Big Little Lies’ — ‘I Didn’t Realize How Disturbing It Was Going to Be’

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman.

The project began because she and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom would ultimately serve as executive producers, weren’t finding enough compelling, complex roles to play. “This was born of Reese and I feeling frustrated that we weren’t being offered the roles that we wanted,” she says. “We were reading things and they just weren’t enough. So this was born out of not having an opportunity, and we got lucky. We were able to make it happen.”

Kidman says the first sense she got that the series was a success came from watching the episodes with her own husband. “When he started to say, ‘When does the next one get here?' »


- Debra Birnbaum

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Fox News’ Recent Struggles Puts Parent Company’s Growth at Risk

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21st century fox has been the leader among the big four broadcast and cable conglomerates in driving growth over the last couple years, with Fox News a large part of the reason for that success. Yet with both management and on-air talent in transition, Fox News risks going from the company’s biggest asset to a drag on its business.

Fox has grown faster than the TV businesses at CBS, Disney and NBC Universal over the last three years, taking the top spot on an adjusted basis for eight out of the last 13 quarters. While Disney is going through a downturn fueled by trouble at Espn, and CBS continues to see modest growth in its TV business, only NBCU comes close to Fox’s growth rate, and then only recently.

The major driver of Fox’s growth during this period has been its cable networks, which continue to outpace its broadcast business (no slouch itself over recent »


- Jan Dawson

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TV Rating: ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Zoo’ Hold Steady for CBS Thursday Win

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New episodes of “Big Brother” and “Zoo” helped carry CBS to a win in the Thursday overnight ratings, according to Nielsen data.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Big Brother” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Zoo” averaged a 0.6 and 2.9 million viewers, with both shows holding steady from their airings last week.

On NBC, “Hollywood Game Night” (0.9, 2.9 million) suffered a drop in total viewers but was even in the demo. “The Wall” (1.1, 5 million) was also down in total viewers. “The Night Shift” (0.7, 4.2 million) was even at 10.

On ABC, “Boy Band” (0.5, 2.3 million) hit a new low in total viewers. “Battle of the Network Stars” (0.7, 2.5 million) was even, while “The Gong Show” (0.6, 2.7 million) took a hit in the key demo.

Fox’s “Beat Shazam” (0.8, 2.8 million) was down in the demo, while “Love Connection” (0.7, 2.3 million) improved in that measure.

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.4, 1.8 million) was even on The CW, as was “Hooten and the Lady” (0.2, 1 million).

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- Joe Otterson

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‘Wild Kratts’ Tackle New Adventure: PBS’ Live, Wild ‘Alaska’

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The “Wild Kratts” have a new beast to tame.

Chris and Martin Kratt (above, pictured) have over the years navigated visits with a Western spotted skunk and a moray eel. On Sunday at 8 p.m., the popular PBS Kids duo will tackle something equally difficult to soothe: a media-savvy adult with a remote control close at hand.

The Kratts, best known these days for their long-running presence in several animated series focused on animals and the environment, intend to take those interests to their viewers’ parents as they host a live three-night series,” Wild Alaska Live.” The spectacle will let viewers watch live as cameras examine bears, wolves, beavers, moose, orcas and eagles gathering in droves to take part in Alaska’s annual summer feast, sparked by hordes of salmon making their annual trek upstream to spawn. The Kratts will anchor the proceedings from places like Kenai Fjords National Park and the wilderness of Katmai National Park »


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MSNBC to Launch ‘The Beat With Ari Melber’ on Monday

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Ari Melber will start his new weekday duties with MSNBC on Monday with the debut of his 6 p.m. program, “The Beat With Ari Melber.”

Melber was already expected to take over the hour, which had previously been anchored by Greta Van Susteren.

Melber will also take on a new role, serving as a legal analyst for NBC News, and contributing to the various outlets of the NBCUniversal-owned unit, including its “Today” morning show.

Melber, who initially joined MSNBC as a contributor, has served as a frequent fill-in host for primetime anchors Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. He had been hosting “The Point,”a Sunday afternoon program. MSNBC is expected to continue to air live programming at that time, though it has not named an official anchor for the weekend slot. Melber is a former lawyer and won an Emmy for MSNBC for his coverage of the Supreme Court. »


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FremantleMedia Bringing Heather Lende’s ‘Find the Good’ to TV (Exclusive)

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FremantleMedia has taken the rights to Heather Lende’s memoirs, “Find the Good” and “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name,” and will package and pitch them to U.S. and international channels as an accessible family drama.

Lende grew up on Long Island’s North Shore before moving to Alaska in the 1980s. The books, based on her life as a small-town obituary writer who investigates the lives of her recently deceased neighbors, will form the basis of the series. Brian Pines, producer of ABC comedy “The Real O’Neals,” is Lende’s manager and will work on the new series with FremantleMedia.

Former Sundance TV executive Christian Vesper, who joined FremantleMedia last May, says the acquisition followed the drama team’s having seen a BBC article about Lende.

“We’ll package and develop it together, and Brian and I will executive produce it,” Vesper said. He added that in a market full of »


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‘Battlestar Galactica’ Cast and Creators Reunite at Comic-Con

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The cast and creators of of “Battlestar Galactica” reunited Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego to reminisce about the landmark Syfy drama.

Executive producers David Eick and Ronald Moore talked about their first meeting to discuss the series in 2001 — just months after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

“It was December of ‘o1 when that subject of terrorism was in the air,” Eick told moderator Maureen Ryan of Variety. “Suddenly it took on a whole new meaning because we realized that were talking about the holocaust of a whole people.”

Battlestar Galactica” was loosely inspired by the original series of the same name that premiered in 1978.  But the reboot was very much a creature of its time, the show’s EPs said Thursday.

Asked by an audience member at Thursday’s panel how the show would be different if created today, Eick joked, “The crazy, unqualified captain.” The crowd then broke into applause.

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‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title, Teaser Revealed

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And the title of “American Horror Story” Season 7 is … “Cult.”

The news was announced during an “Ahs” event at Comic-Con on Thursday, after co-creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed that the next installment of FX’s horror anthology is inspired by the 2016 presidential election. Along with the news, FX also dropped a new website and video, featuring a group of creepy clowns revealing the title. The video is marked as “Week One,” with the following seven weeks locked. You can watch the full teaser above.

Once clicking on the website, users are prompted to log in through Facebook, which it says it will use to provide exclusive “Ahs” content ahead of the new season.

The new season also got a premiere date: Sept. 5.

The announcement was made with a special presentation in the marina behind the San Diego Convention center. A floating barge sprayed a massive wall of water into the air, with »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Defend New Slavery Drama ‘Confederate’: ‘This Is Scary for All of Us’

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no strangers to controversy — the showrunners’ hit series “Game of Thrones” has generated its fair share of headlines throughout its run. But the announcement of their next project, titled “Confederate” — which imagines an alternate timeline, where the southern states have seceded from the Union and slavery is legal — sparked a firestorm of backlash on social media.

Critics questioned the decision to have the drama be told by two white men, although Benioff and Weiss will be working on the project along with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Justified,” “The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”).

The producing team defended the project in an interview with Vulture, urging patience given that no scripts have even been written yet.

“Everything is brand new and nothing’s been written,” said Weiss. “I guess that’s what was a little bit surprising about some of the outrage. It’s just a little premature. You »


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TBS Unveils Three Original Animated Series, Teases New ‘American Dad!’ Episodes (Exclusive)

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TBS fans are about to be bombarded with an array of animated original series, Variety has confirmed at Comic-Con.

The TBS animation panel at the San Diego convention released four never-before-seen clips of their upcoming series — “Close Enough,” “Final Space,” and “Tarantula” — as well as a look into the next season of “American Dad!” exclusively to Variety on Thursday evening. The panel was moderated by “People of Earth” star Brian Huskey and featured TBS’ Matt WeitzmanCarson Mell, Olan Rogers, David Sacks, and J.G. Quintel.

Weitzman, the co-creator and executive producer of “American Dad!,” showcased a sneak peek into the Smith world as Stan attempts to help his daughter, Hayley, who intends to never show her face again. Unfortunately, Stan’s solution is to simply drug his daughter and reconstruct her face with his own (lack of) expertise. The new episodes premiere Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. Et on TBS. See »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Iwan Rheon Feared Being Typecast With ‘Inhumans’ Role

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Game of Thrones” alum Iwan Rheon was initially reluctant to take on his role in Marvel’s “Inhumans” for fear that it was too close to the character he had just played on the HBO drama — the villainous Ramsay Bolton.

“My fear was that … fear of being typecast and just repeating myself,” said Rheon, who plays antagonist Maximus in the upcoming ABC series, to moderator and Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb. “But as I looked at it more and more, I realized that wasn’t what you were trying to create with this show.

Loeb introduced three scenes from the premiere episode of “Inhumans,” as well as a trailer set to premiere ahead of the upcoming Christopher Nolan film “Dunkirk.” In the first of the three scenes, which Loeb called “the dinner scene.” Rheon’s Maximus — brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt — storms off after challenging his brother’s decision to send another Inhuman, Triton »


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‘Stargate’ Being Revived With New Digital Series ‘Stargate Origins’

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A new “Stargate” series is being cooked up — one that will anchor a new streaming service devoted to the sci-fi franchise.

The 10-episode series “Stargate Origins” will tell the story of Catherine Langford, a character who occasionally appeared in previous “Stargate” TV shows. The show will be available via MGM’s new streaming service, titled Stargate Command, which will be available this fall.

Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry will write “Stargate Origins,” which will revolve around Langford, daughter of archaeologist Paul Langford, who discovered the ancient, round Stargate. Crews of explorers later used that Stargate to explore dozens of worlds in many galaxies. These teams faced down numerous foes, including the wily and tenacious Goa’uld and the destructive Replicators. In the show, Catherine will go on an adventure in order to save the Earth from terrifying darkness. The online series will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan

“We’ve been eager to revisit the ‘Stargate »


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