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Peter Dinklage on Why It’s ‘the Perfect Time’ to End ‘Game of Thrones’

Peter Dinklage on Why It’s ‘the Perfect Time’ to End ‘Game of Thrones’
Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage thinks the show is coming to an end at the perfect time.

“It’s time,” the actor said at Variety’s Sundance Film Festival studio. “Storywise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”

Dinklage plays fan-favorite character Tyrion Lannister in the HBO mega-hit. Over the course of the show’s run, Tyrion has gone from simple Lannister royalty, to the Hand of the King for the reviled Joffrey Baratheon, to a patricidal fugitive, and now stands as the Hand of the Queen to Daenerys Targaryen. Dinklage added in the interview that it’s never easy saying goodbye to such a beloved character.

“It’s bittersweet when it’s time to move on with everything,” he said. “It’s always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short
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‘The Crown’: Paul Bettany in Talks to Play Prince Philip

‘The Crown’: Paul Bettany in Talks to Play Prince Philip
Paul Bettany is in talks to play Prince Philip in season 3 of Netflix’s “The Crown.”

The British star has been linked to the role and Variety has confirmed he is being lined up to play Queen Elizabeth II’s husband in the series, which streams around the world on Netflix. He would replace Matt Smith, who has played Philip in the first two seasons.

It would be the latest piece of key casting news after Olivia Colman was confirmed as taking over the role of Elizabeth for the upcoming two seasons from Claire Foy. Helena Bonham Carter will play the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby.

Peter Morgan created the show and has always said that he intended to change key cast members in later seasons, to better portray the main characters as they age.

The show’s producers, Sony-backed Left Bank, has Bettany in its sight and The Daily Mail reports Left Bank
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Kristen Wiig Returns to TV in New Apple Series from Reese Witherspoon

Kristen Wiig Returns to TV in New Apple Series from Reese Witherspoon
Two amazing Hollywood actresses are working together to bring an all new series to television. Thanks to Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Wiig is now returning to TV. In fact, Wiig is going to be staring in a 30-minute comedy from Apple, which was produced by Hello Sunshine. The upcoming series is going to be based on the collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, which are called “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” These stories upend all the assumptions about important social issues, such as gender roles, relationships and class in a nation that feels viscerally divided and adrift. The show,

Kristen Wiig Returns to TV in New Apple Series from Reese Witherspoon
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Emmy spotlight: Karin Konoval (‘The X-Files’) comes out from under the bed and wows audiences with new role(s)

Emmy spotlight: Karin Konoval (‘The X-Files’) comes out from under the bed and wows audiences with new role(s)
Karin Konoval has already made her mark on “The X-Files” thanks to her iconic performances as under-the-bed villain Mrs. Peacock in “Home” and fortune teller Madame Zelma in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” but her latest role(s) in this week’s “Plus One” could make her mark on the Emmys. As twins Judy Poundstone and Chucky Poundstone and their two dopplegangers, Konoval effortlessly portrays four complicated, quirky characters who have a telepathic link. And, oh yeah, did we mention Chucky just happens to be a man?

As we know, the Emmys love when actors take on multiple roles — just ask Tatiana Maslany who prevailed for portraying all those clones in “Orphan Black” (2016). Might Konoval earn her first career nomination at the 2018 Emmys for playing this gender-bending group of doppelgangers?

See ‘The X-Files’ wanted Robert Patrick back as John Doggett for Season 11, but ‘scheduling issue’ got in the way

The X-Files
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Ratings: MacGyver, Five-0 Lead Night; Black Lightning Rerun Tops Crazy Ex

Ratings: MacGyver, Five-0 Lead Night; Black Lightning Rerun Tops Crazy Ex
CBSMacGyver this Friday drew 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating, holding steady in the demo week-to-week to tie Hawaii Five-0 (9.1 mil/1.0, down a tenth) for the nightly win.

Blue Bloods (9.4 mil/0.9) delivered Friday’s largest audience, as it does, while dipping in the demo.

Elsewhere….

The CW | An encore of the Black Lightning pilot (10.5 mil/0.3) outperformed last week’s fresh Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (660K/0.2).

ABC | Child Support (3.9 mil/0.7) ticked down. Agents of Shield (2.4 mil/0.6) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

NBC | Blindspot (3.6 mil/0.7) and Taken (3 mil/0.5) were steady.

Fox | Hell’s Kitchen (3.2 mil/0.9) slipped two tenths in the demo.
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Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order

Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order
ABC has kicked off the traditional pilot season with an order to an untitled single-camera comedy from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Doyle, the untitled comedy is set in the 1970s and revolves around an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades. ABC recently had a single-camera…
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Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’

Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’
Fox has ordered its first pilots of the season — Our People, a single-camera comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran; multi-camera comedy Rel starring Lil Rey Howery and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and Mixtape, a musical drama from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran. All three projects come from Fox’s current sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, which is poised to move to Disney once the proposed Disney-21st Century Fox
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Sundance 2018 Indie Episodic Preview: The Most Anticipated TV Pilots and Premieres at This Year’s Festival

Sundance 2018 Indie Episodic Preview: The Most Anticipated TV Pilots and Premieres at This Year’s Festival
Don’t let the title fool you: The Sundance Film Festival has been featuring television programs for years, be it the slew of documentaries that end up on HBO, Showtime, and Netflix or pilots that earn a special showcase like “Animals.” did in 2015.

But 2018 is special. This year, Sundance is dedicating an entire section to episodic programming, including short-form series, docu-series, traditional pilots, and more experimental premieres. It’s all coming together under the Indie Episodic banner, and it’s all designed with one clear mission:

“There is no clear path to series if you’re trying to do it independently — if you’re going to try and shoot your own pilot, and then try and get picked up,” Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire. “There’s a clear way [in] making an independent film: It gets picked up at Sundance, and then it gets out to the world. It’s
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Bob Smith Dies: First Openly Gay Comic To Appear On ‘The Tonight Show’ Was 59

Bob Smith Dies: First Openly Gay Comic To Appear On ‘The Tonight Show’ Was 59
Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to score an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has died after a long struggle with Als. His partner, Michael Zam, confirmed the death via a Facebook post. Smith also was the first openly gay man to star in his own HBO Comedy half-hour, which bowed in 1994, and he and made numerous other TV appearances. His collection of essays, Openly Bob, won the Lambda Literary Award for humor. His second collection,Way To Go…
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Your Guide to TV's 100+ Reboots and Revivals: The Twilight Zone, Roswell, The Office, Party of Five and More

Your Guide to TV's 100+ Reboots and Revivals: The Twilight Zone, Roswell, The Office, Party of Five and More
Hollywood’s obsession with reviving long-gone TV series is showing no signs of slowing down.

In the last few years, dozens of beloved small-screen classics have been brought back from the dead, or at least reworked for new audiences. From Will & Grace and Prison Break, to Dynasty and One Day At a Time, it seems there’s no series safe from the resurrection craze.

Having said that, we’ve compiled a comprehensive roundup of TV’s revivals and reboots, from American Idol‘s imminent return to NBC’s still-in-development continuation of The Office. Even if you’ve scrolled through the gallery before,
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A Brief History of the Forecastle Festival

The Forecastle festival is a gather of musicians, artists, and activists that come together every year and share in a unique experience that allows for freedom of thought and expression. The festival has been going on since 2002 and has changed venues throughout the years. The 2018 Forecastle festival will be held in Waterfront Park this year, and will be featuring greats such as Chris Stapleton and several others that are widely or locally known. AC Entertainment has backed this festival since its inception throughout the years the festival has continued to grow and attract the interest of locals and

A Brief History of the Forecastle Festival
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Ryan Murphy Wanted To “Move The Cultural Dial” On TV With “Triumphant” Gay Characters – PGA Awards

The Producers Guild of America honored Ryan Murphy with Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at this year’s PGA Awards. Upon accepting the award from his friend and frequent collaborator Gwyneth Paltrow, the television producer talks about how he was inspired by the award’s namesake. "That's what I want to do. I want to touch people,” said Murphy, referencing when he would watch All in the Family. “I want to move the cultural dial.” Murphy says that when he was as…
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Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise is Now a Self Sustaining Ecosystem and Requires very Little Landscaping

If you’ve ever been on Disneyland’s jungle cruise you might be surprised to know that after so much work that’s been done to it that it’s now a self-sustaining ecosystem. It almost seems as though that could have been the intention of the landscapers and management looking after the park in the first place. From what I recall of the ride it was more native-looking the last time I saw it than anything, meaning the trees and much of the foliage looked like they belonged in a local forest rather than the jungle the ride emulated. After so much landscaping

Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise is Now a Self Sustaining Ecosystem and Requires very Little Landscaping
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PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List

Updated with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors. Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already…
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies Amazon’s Search for a Headquarters Home (Watch)

Amazon is still looking for a city to house its headquarters, and “Saturday Night Live” got in on the fun of considering candidates.

In a sketch in the Jan. 20 episode, Kyle Mooney portrayed CEO Jeff Bezos, who was meeting with representatives from various cities who would plead their cases for why the company should move there. But first he of course had to ask Amazon product Alexa who the richest man in the world was just to hear his own name, slightly mispronounced, repeated back to him.

Beck Bennett and Jessica Chastain were the delegation from Boston, presenting gifts of Dunkin Donuts coffee and tickets to a game at Fenway Park. But in case they weren’t exciting enough, they brought along Alex Moffat as Casey Affleck, who said “Yeah, I don’t know” if Amazon would love it in Boston.

“I live in La now. Maybe put your office there?” he said, to
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Skittles Created A Super Bowl Ad That Will Be Seen By Only One Person

http://www.neatorama.com/neatogeek/2018/01/18/Skittles-Created-a-Super-Bowl-Ad-That-Will-Be-Seen-By-Only-One-Person/ Apparently Skittles has created a Superbowl ad that will only be seen by one individual. This exclusive opportunity, if real, would allow the commercial to be aired to just one person, which of course seems a bit ludicrous but hey, let’s go with it. Apparently Marcos Menendez has been chosen since he is such a huge Skittles fan, and has been given the honor of having a commercial just to himself. The commercial would appear just on his TV and no one else’s, but his reaction to it would be streamed live on Facebook. This would seem to be

Skittles Created A Super Bowl Ad That Will Be Seen By Only One Person
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SNL Imagines a Bleak Fresh Prince in Spoof of Will Smith's '90s Sitcom

SNL Imagines a Bleak Fresh Prince in Spoof of Will Smith's '90s Sitcom
Saturday Night Live newbie Chris Redd got his biggest showcase yet this weekend, portraying Will Smith in an alternate version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The pre-taped sketch was an extension of the ’90s sitcom’s opening title sequence — only this time around, those “couple of guys who were up to no good” were part of a very real street gang whose leader was played by Method Man.

The gang then followed Will to Bel-Air, trashing Aunt Viv’s mansion and forcing him to hide out at a motel. It was there he met Jessica Chastain’s character, who knocked on the door,
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‘SNL’: President Donald Trump Passed His Physical – And The Tide Pod Challenge

Update, with video Tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open was free of celebrity guests (or, it seemed, much inspiration), with cast members Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett taking the stage as Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Dr. Ronny Jackson to present the results of Donald Trump’s recent physical and cognitive exams – results only slightly more absurdly glowing than the real thing. The president, said Bennett’s Dr. Jackson, is “71 years and 7 months young,” weight “a very…
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Favorite Japanese Game Show: “Candy or Not Candy”

This Japanese game show, Candy or Not Candy, is just flat out weird. In fact a lot of games I’ve seen from Japan thus far are just so strange that watching them I’m not sure what to expect or what they’re even doing. Is there a prize for this show if you guess correctly? Or is just something fun to do and possibly watch when there’s nothing else on? I could swear that I’ve seen the guy with the bowl cut on World’s Dumbest Videos, no joke. He was trying to chug a gallon of milk and about a third

Favorite Japanese Game Show: “Candy or Not Candy”
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Jessica Chastain Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ With Important Message for Women on the Eve of the 2nd Annual Women’s March (Watch)

Jessica Chastain Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ With Important Message for Women on the Eve of the 2nd Annual Women’s March (Watch)
Jessica Chastain hosted the Jan. 20 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” just hours after cities all over the country hosted the second annual Women’s March.

Chastain wasted no time celebrating that fact, bringing it up in her monologue by saying it was the “one year anniversary of the Women’s March, and everyone knows women never forget an anniversary. So today hundreds of thousands of people were out there and they were so, so brave — because it’s flu season.”

Kate McKinnon (in a Time’s Up tee-shirt) and Cecily Strong (wearing a black tee that said #MeToo) joined Chastain on-stage to sing “You Don’t Own Me,” with Aidy Bryant in the audience wearing a pink pussy hat, saying she can’t say the word because it’s “one of the very many words only the president can use.”

Beck Bennett and Pete Davidson joined, wearing sweatshirts that said “The Future is Female,” saying they want
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