‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Max von Sydow as Three-Eyed Raven for Season 6
The Three-Eyed Raven is getting a makeover in season six of “Game of Thrones” — Variety has confirmed that Max von Sydow will take over the role, which was originated by Struan Rodger in the season four finale of the HBO drama.
The enigmatic character is responsible for teaching Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) about his supernatural gifts, including his ability to transfer himself into the body of other creatures through the process of “warging.” Although Bran and his allies were absent throughout season five, they are confirmed to be making a return in the new season, which has commenced filming in Europe.
While von Sydow is not expected to have much screen time in season six, he will reportedly play a major role in the events of the new season. The same has been said of fellow new cast member Ian McShane, who is playing an undisclosed role.
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- Laura Prudom
Castle Season 8: [Spoiler] Will Return in a 'Surprising' Way
TVLine can now reveal another intriguing piece of the puzzle that is Castle‘s Season 8 premiere.
As previously reported, the ABC procedural will return Sept. 21 with a two-parter, the first installment of which is titled “Xy.” The double-episode salvo will introduce two new characters: Scotland Yard officer turned security specialist Hayley Vargas (to be played by new series regular/Neighbors alum Toks Olagundoye) and tech analyst Vikram Singh (recurring player Sunkrish Bala).
Things get bad for the 'True Detective' heroes right as the season gets good?
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I manage an Applebee's... "After all, don't fight what you can't change." -Frank Among the many glaring problems of this season, one of the biggest has been the convoluted mystery at the center of it. In crafting a plot involving so many disparate characters, crimes, agendas and even eras, Nic Pizzolatto hasn't lacked for ambition this year, but the story has lacked any obvious reason for the audience to care about any of it. The show's struggle with characterization ties into this — if Frank had been a more successful character, for instance, I might have been curious about who caused him to lose his money and power, but as Vince Vaughn struggled to find his voice, it didn't feel worth the mental effort — but like Ray Velcoro, I spent a lot of the season's early chapters struggling to »
- Alan Sepinwall
Vice Launches Female-Focused Channel Called Broadly
Vice launched a female-focused channel dubbed Broadly on Monday, the media outlet’s 11th channel. The new network will cater to young people on politics, culture, sex and fashion. It launches in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Broadly will have profiles and columns and launches with several original series including: “Ovary Action“ which looks at all angles of reproductive health and “the mechanics of being a woman, from the latest in fertility technology to reproductive-rights legislation,” according to Vice. Also Read: Vice Prison Special Featuring Obama Sets Premiere Date “Broadly Meets” is an interview show covering female celebrities »
- Jordan Chariton
Why Jon Stewart Might Be Irreplaceable
Director J.J. Abrams told Jon Stewart that the void left by his exit from “The Daily Show” would be “seismic and massive.” In his own retirement interview, legendary latenight producer Peter Lassally – a veteran of “The Tonight Show” and “Late Late Show” – said before Trevor Noah was tapped that in terms of replacing Stewart, “Whatever they’re going to do, I don’t see it working.”
Stewart has sought to downplay the significance of his departure. Yet in considering the place he has come to occupy at the nexus of pop culture, politics and satire – not to mention media literacy – it’s fair to ask: Is Jon Stewart, as cast in his “Daily Show” role, irreplaceable?
Lassally certainly thinks so, and elaborated (in an unused portion of that earlier piece) about how Stewart’s mix of intelligence, quickness and comedic timing couldn’t be readily replicated. And while the format »
- Brian Lowry
BBC Worldwide In VoD Pact With India’s Tata Sky
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, is to launch its first video-on-demand (VoD) activities in India following a deal with Dth provider Tata Sky.
The company will offer subscription (SVoD) and transactional (TVoD) services in eight Indian metropolises. BBC shows will be offered in a BBC-branded section of the Tata Sky platform, as well as online via TVs, PCs, tablets and mobiles.
Initial shows include classic hit “Yes, Prime Minister,” contemporary comedy, “Citizen Khan” and drama “Being Erica.” Others that will follow include “Luther,” starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, as an impulsive murder detective; “The Honourable Woman,” which earned Maggie Gyllenhaal a Golden Globe in 2014; and “Burton and Taylor,” starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as acting duo, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
“Viewing habits and customer needs in the industry are evolving as fast as ever… We must be able to offer top »
- Patrick Frater
Julie Delpy’s ‘Lolo’ Added To Venice Fest; Chinese Viewers Love ‘Diamond Lover': Global Briefs
The Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival has added Julie Delpy's Lolo to the competition lineup. Delpy wrote, directed and stars in the bittersweet comedy alongside French megastar Dany Boon, Asterix And Obelix: God Save Britannia's Vincent Lacoste and Cesar-winning actress Karin Viard. Delpy plays Violette, a neurotic Parisienne who meets her soulmate on vacation in the South of France. Back home, though, they have to deal with Violette's brainy and tyrannical… »
Fox Sports Sued For Religious Bias By Fired Analyst Craig James, Who Is Anti-Gay
Here’s a different angle in the continuing run of sackings and suspensions over on-air comments made by sports personalities. Former NFL running back Craig James is suing Fox Sports over his firing by the network two years ago, claiming religious discrimination. In a lawsuit filed today in Dallas County, James — who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2012 — claims he was fired days after joining the company because of his opposition to gay marriage. He is seeking a… »
Amy Schumer Tells Jon Stewart She Was “Legit Heartbroken” Over ‘Trainwreck’ Shooting
Amy Schumer visited Jon Stewart on his final week hosting The Daily Show to plug her new movie Trainwreck — and also mention, uncomfortably, a morning news conference at which she’d plugged new legislation that would attempt to keep mentally unstable people from purchasing guns. "This horrible thing. This crazy shooting that happened, must have rocked you to your core," Stewart said of the two women shot to death while watching Schumer’s movie on July 23 by a man with a… »
Teen Wolf Recap: Trap Queens
Before I begin this week’s Teen Wolf recap, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the beloved character we lost during Monday’s hectic episode.
Roscoe the Jeep, you will remain forever in the well-ventilated parking garage of our hearts.
Moving on… I think I’m going to start referring to Scott as “Coach” from now on, because his life is just one difficult call after another. This week, it was: Do I use Hayden as bait to trap a Dread Doctor, »
‘UnReal’ Season Finale: Lifetime Drama Proves It’s the Real Deal (Spoilers)
Deliciously good for most of its run, Lifetime’s “UnReal” couldn’t quite maintain those qualities all the way through to the finish. Searing and pointed in its critique of the manipulation that goes into reality TV in general – and producing a “The Bachelor”-like series in particular – the series nearly began choking on its own ruthlessness in the final couple of episodes, with one vindictive exchange after another. Nevertheless, the show was clearly the real deal, creatively speaking, which makes its renewal welcome, even if the ratings didn’t exactly come up roses.
Indeed, most of the misgivings expressed here at the outset proved to be true – namely, that a series spoofing reality shows would probably have scant appeal with both those who do and don’t watch them. Those issues were perhaps exacerbated by airing on a channel like Lifetime, which doesn’t aim this high with much of its programming. »
- Brian Lowry
Arrow's Stephen Amell, WWE's Stardust Take Their Feud to Raw
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Amell and Stardust aka Cody Rhodes first (verbally) butted heads on Memorial Day at a Raw event:
You tread carefully @StardustWWE — Or I'll be back. pic.twitter.com/wuZ56wIIKu
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) May 26, 2015
Since then, the two have used social media to escalate their feud — in such a way that seemed designed to feed into a WWE storyline.
UnREAL Finale: Ep Marti Noxon Talks Rachel's 'Walter White' Moment, 'Complicated' Future With Quinn
Warning: This post contains spoilers for the season finale of UnREAL.
Everlasting‘s final key has been distributed — and hoo boy, what a Pandora’s box it unlocked.
UnREAL‘s season finale Monday night found Rachel and Adam preparing to run away together… only to have him back out at the last minute, then propose to Anna in time for Everlasting‘s live wedding special. A heartbroken Rachel — who’d also been publicly dumped by Jeremy — put her inner agony to good (?) use by getting Adam to confess that he didn’t love Anna. The blonde then stood him up at the altar, »
So You Think You Can Dance Recap: (G)Hosts With the Most
There’s a reason So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deely gets an Emmy nomination every year as Outstanding Reality-Competition Host — just don’t get me ranting about her lack of an actual win in the category — and she proved it tonight by referencing Edvard Munch’s “Scream” and Calvin Klein’s ad campaigns while praising Edson and Megz’s stunning contemporary routine.
Trevor Jackson Joins ‘American Crime'; Jenna Dewan-Tatum Cast In ‘Supergirl’
Trevor Jackson has booked a series-regular role on Season 2 of John Ridley's ABC drama series American Crime. He plays Aaron Lacroix, a standout student at an elite private school who finds himself at the center of a scandal involving the sexual assault of a fellow student, which brings suspicion upon himself and his entire family. His parents (André Benjamin, Regina King) are prominent members of their community. Actor-singer Jackson co-starred in the Disney Channel… »
Significant Mother: Did the New Cougar Comedy Leave You Hot or Bothered?
Josh Zuckerman tells TVLine that he’s completely dropped cucumbers from his diet, and if you tuned into Monday’s premiere of the new CW comedy Significant Mother, there’s a good chance you’re also planning to knock the vegetable off your personal food pyramid.
RelatedOriginals‘ Nathaniel Buzolic Talks Kol’s Return in ‘Flashback-Heavy’ Season 3
After all, it’s that very same vegetable Zuckerman’s Nate finds in his couch, shortly after returning home and discovering that his mom (The La Complex‘s Krista Allen) and best friend/roommate (The Originals‘ Nathaniel Buzolic) have been getting physical in his absence. »
Craig James Sues Fox Sports for Religious Discrimination
Fox Sports hired former NFL player James in 2013, only to fire him two days later, after he made controversial statements about Lgbt people, asserting that homosexuality is a choice.
“Right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades,” the Republican said at the time during a failed run for the U.S. Senate. “I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade.”
After the incident, Fox Sports Southwest senior vice president of communications Lou D’Ermilio said network execs “just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here. »
- Alex Stedman
Supergirl: Jenna Dewan-Tatum to Recur as Lucy Lane, Jimmy Olsen's Ex
As we first reported, Lucy — sister of Lois Lane — is brash, funny and successful in her own right. In keeping with DC Comics lore, she will also be an ex-girlfriend of Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Kara’s new CatCo media conglom colleague. (Considering Kara’s immediate crush on Jimmy in the series’ pilot episode, Lucy’s presence will not be a welcome one.)
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Casting Roundup: Jenna Dewan-Tatum is ‘Supergirl’s’ Lucy Lane; Jack Coleman Back on ‘Castle’
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is flying over to CBS with a recurring gig on “Supergirl,” Variety has confirmed. The “Witches of East End” alum has been tapped to play comic character Lucy Lane, the sister of Lois Lane, in the fall drama, starring Melissa Benoist, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Dewan-Tatum is one of many guest stars set for the first season, including “Super” alums Dean Cain and Helen Slater.
Lucy Lane is described as brash, funny and beautiful as her older sister Lois Lane. Strong, smart and successful in her own right, she’s got a history with Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and she’s come to town to right a previous wrong.
Fun fact: the actress’s husband, Channing Tatum, also just signed onto a major comicbook project, as he »
- Whitney Friedlander and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Kathleen Robertson Writing Dramedy For Lionsgate TV With Christina Applegate Attached To Star
Murder In The First star Kathleen Robertson has been steadily carving out a parallel second career as a writer. In a competitive situation, she has sold to Lionsgate TV the dramedy project Your Time Is Up, which has sought-after actress Christina Applegate attached to star. Written by Robertson and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Gil Netter (Life Of Pi, The Blind Side), Your Time Is Up is described as a family saga in the vein of Six Feet Under centering around… »
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