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George R.R. Martin Says "Game of Thrones" Prequel Pilot Won’t Involve Targaryens, TBD on Dragons

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George R.R. Martin has shared yet another fact about the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot — which may or may not be titled “The Long Night.”

While discussing his new book, "Fire and Blood" — which catalogs the history of Westeros before the current events of Martin’s "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ fantasy series — the author teased more about the upcoming project, which is set 10,000 years before “GoT.”

And, well, if you were hoping for a lot of the same elements of “Thrones” in its prequel, you might be disappointed, as this Westeros very different from the one we know now. For one, there won’t be Targaryens and there may not even be dragons, said Martin, who is working with HBO and showrunner Jane Goldman.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Here's Everything We Know About the Series' Epic
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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have signed a new first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, the company announced on Monday.

Under the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, the duo will create original series for the streamer via their Animal Pictures production banner.

“Maya and Natasha are proven talents in front of and behind the camera, and we are so excited to tap into this powerful creative brain trust and be in business with these fiercely funny and phenomenally smart women,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“I’ve had an incredible experience working with the team at Amazon Studios on Forever, where they have given us true creative freedom,” said Rudolph. “I’m excited to extend this relationship and to have the opportunity for Natasha and myself to continue to develop new shows for a global audience.”

Also Read: Amazon Studios, Blumhouse TV Team Up for 8 Thematically-Connected Films

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FX’s "Fosse/Verdon" Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

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FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Butz is currently starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady
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‘House of Cards’ Season 6 Ratings on Netflix: U.S. Viewers Drop From Prior Season

‘House of Cards’ Season 6 Ratings on Netflix: U.S. Viewers Drop From Prior Season
House of Cards,” in the sixth and final season of Netflix’s political thriller, is off to a slower start than its penultimate run last year.

Netflix released all eight episodes of season 6 on Nov. 2, starring Robin Wright as President Claire Underwood, who navigates new political machinations and scandals — as well as demons from her past. Notably, the last season of “House of Cards” is missing previous star Kevin Spacey after the disgraced actor was dismissed from the show.

In the first seven days of its availability, the season 6 premiere episode received an average minute audience of 2.9 million U.S.
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John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
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"The Ranch" Gets Part 6 Premiere Date — First Eps Without Danny Masterson

"The Ranch" will begin its post-Danny Masterson era before year’s end. The second-half of Season 3 (aka Part 6) will be released on Friday, Dec. 7 Netflix has announced.

The next batch of episodes will pick up sometime after Masterson’s Rooster (presumably) ditched town. As fans will recall, the midseason finale found Rooster held at gunpoint by Mary’s ex-con boyfriend Nick, who told him to take his belongings and disappear… or else. Nick also threatened to kill (!) Rooster’s entire family if he ever snitched, so it’s anyone’s guess
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General Hospital Spoilers: Laura Takes it All In

General Hospital fans are not shocked that Ava has it in her mind to sit back and manipulate Franco. He’s an easy target in her mind, and she’s doing well with her plan with him. She’s in a place right now that she could have avoided, but she is someone who cannot sit back and make the right choices. She’s just not there as a person, and we know she’s a mess. She is such a mess, in fact, that we cannot handle what is happening to her in her life. She’s a disaster in every single situation she’s in,

General Hospital Spoilers: Laura Takes it All In
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Salvation Cancelled at CBS

It looks like we’ll never find out exactly what “Samson” was.

CBS has cancelled its summer drama Salvation after two seasons, our sister site Variety reports.

The series starred Charlie Rowe and Santiago Cabrera as Liam Cole and Darius Tanz, who were tasked with alerting the government that an asteroid was six months away from colliding with Earth. But in the Season 2 finale — which now serves as a series finale — it was revealed that the asteroid, Samson, was not an asteroid, after all.

Salvation this summer averaged barely 2.7 million total viewers along with a 0.3 demo rating, down 23 and 37 percent from its freshman run.
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Disney's Moana, Trolls and More Are Leaving Netflix in December

Break out your best yoga pants and settle in for some serious binge-watching. Netflix is dropping a bunch of great shows and movies in December and you don't want to miss out!

Remember Air Bud, the quintessential animal flick from your childhood not named Homeward Bound? Now's a good time to catch up

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Ben Stiller’s Showtime Series Might Not Exist if ‘Zoolander 2’ Hadn’t Flopped

Ben Stiller’s Showtime Series Might Not Exist if ‘Zoolander 2’ Hadn’t Flopped
Sometimes, when one franchise closes, a limited series opens. So it goes with “Escape at Dannemora,” Ben Stiller’s seven-part Showtime drama that premiered last Sunday night. The series follows the trio at the center of the saga: the two inmates (played by Paul Dano and Benicio del Toro) who escaped Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015 and Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), the prison labor supervisor who was involved with both of them.

In an interview on The Watch podcast with hosts Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald, Stiller explained that one of his recent career misfires gave him and writers Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin the chance to give the project the attention it deserved.

“‘Zoolander 2’ was not a big hit,” Stiller conceded. “When the Inspector General report came out, I didn’t have a lot going on. I had the time to work on this with the guys and to
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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Recall Their Terrifying Malibu Evacuation

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Recall Their Terrifying Malibu Evacuation
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were getting ready to go to the gym early on the morning of Nov. 9 when the reverse-911 call came in. The message was dire: Evacuate immediately.

The couple looked around their home off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, and saw the billowing clouds of smoke to the north. In a few seconds, they decided what to take on their way out the door. Downey, the producer and actor, grabbed her late father’s Bible and rosary. Burnett, producer and chairman of MGM Television, made a dash for some letters from his late mother.

Downey’s
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Why Channing Dungey’s Exit From ABC Is a Sign of the Times

Why Channing Dungey’s Exit From ABC Is a Sign of the Times
Channing Dungey’s time as president of ABC was short. But it was certainly memorable — both for moves she made and for shockwaves she and her network attempted to absorb.

As the head of the network, Dungey made several canny decisions meant to reframe ABC as the default choice for Middle America. What was until recently a network organized around the dramatic brilliance of Shonda Rhimes and the razor wit of Kenya Barris was to become the network of folksy, plainspoken conservatives (“Roseanne”), sweetly aspirational music competition (“American Idol”) and pleasant uplift (“The Good Doctor”). But big bets tended to
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‘Salvation’ Canceled at CBS After Two Seasons

CBS has canceled the drama series “Salvation” after two seasons, Variety has learned.

The series centered on Liam Cole, an MIT grad student, and Darius Tanz, a tech superstar, who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just months away from colliding with Earth. In the second season, the secret of the asteroid got out, setting off a global panic.

The series starred Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Melia Kreiling, Ashley Thomas, and Ian Anthony Dale. Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Stuart Gillard, Grace Gilroy and Peter Lenkov served
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Nicole Kidman Says a Third Season of Big Little Lies Is Unlikely

Big Little Lies wasn't even supposed to get a second season, so don't get your hopes up for a third. Nicole Kidman says that a third season of the Emmy-dominating hit HBO drama would be tough to schedule.

"I think it would be hard to get the whole group together," Kidman tells Variety. "But we would

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Amazon Among Bidders for Fox Regional Sports Networks: Report

Amazon has emerged as a bidder for the 22 Fox regional sports networks that Disney must divest as a condition of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, according to a report by CNBC.

Amazon has been steadily getting more active in the sports arena as it expands its video and entertainment operations. The retail giant has been the streaming home of the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” since 2017.

Fox’s 22 RSNs have been valued in the $20 billion-$22 billion range. One major asset in the group, New York’s Yes Network, may wind up returning to the New York Yankees, which still owns 20% of the channel.
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Top Swedish Actresses Join Forces on Thriller Series ‘Honour’ (Exclusive)

Top Swedish Actresses Join Forces on Thriller Series ‘Honour’ (Exclusive)
Sweden’s leading actresses – Sofia Helin (“The Bridge”), Alexandra Rapaport (“The Hunt”), Julia Dufvenius (“Molanders”) and Anja Lundqvist (“Modus”) – have joined forces to create and executive produce “Honour,” a contemporary thriller series following four daring lawyers fighting violence against women.

Sweden’s top local Svod service, Viaplay, has ordered the eight-part series, which Eccho Rights is representing in international markets. Stockholm-based company Bigster is producing the show, which is currently being shot and will be delivered next August.

Rapaport, Dufvenius and Lundqvist headline the series, along with Swedish TV host-actress Eva Röse, as four partners in a law firm
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John Oliver Remade ‘Fast and the Furious’ with Armie Hammer and Wax Presidents

How does a show top the explosion of a calendar year and the sudden manifestation of a small army of wax figures of U.S. presidents? For “Last Week Tonight,” the answer was: Combine them.

On Sunday’s episode, the HBO series capped off Season 5 by delivering a video parodying “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, with the help of Armie Hammer and the quintet of wax statesmen that was the 2017 big finish. Using some of the same scale and penchant for destruction that resulted in setting fire to a giant 2016 in the wake of that year’s presidential election, the result is a surprisingly-budgeted effort that reimagines centuries-dead American figures in an international memorabilia heist.

Their target — naturally — is the now-legendary “Cinderella Man” jockstrap the show purchased at a Russell Crowe estate auction, sparking a season-long joke battle that also led to the funding of a koala Std ward at an Australian animal hospital.
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What We Know about Highschool DxD Season 5 So far

For many years now, people have been faithfully watching a Japanese anime show called Highschool DxD. As a matter of fact, that show has aired for four seasons now and it has developed an extremely dedicated fan following that rivals virtually anything else that’s out there in anime. There was a pretty long gap between the end of season four and the current date, and this had a lot of fans growing more and more anxious about whether or not there would be a season five. Understandably, they were growing weary and wondering what was taking so long and why

What We Know about Highschool DxD Season 5 So far
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How Nicole Kidman and Her ‘Work Husband’ Lined Up Blossom Films’ High-Powered Slate

How Nicole Kidman and Her ‘Work Husband’ Lined Up Blossom Films’ High-Powered Slate
Nicole Kidman readily admits she has two husbands.

She’s been happily married to country star Keith Urban for 12 years, but then there’s the man she affectionately calls her “work husband”: Per Saari, her partner in Blossom Films, the production banner they launched in 2010. Blossom boasts a carefully curated but high-powered lineup across film and TV, from 2016’s “The Family Fang” to HBO’s hit limited series “Big Little Lies.”

Kidman and Saari pride themselves on choosing projects that speak to them personally. But as Kidman’s star has risen, so has Blossom Films’. The banner now boasts
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Red Arrow Studios Inks Development Deal With Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem

Red Arrow Studios Inks Development Deal With Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem
Red Arrow Studios International has signed a development deal with Amit Cohen and Ron Leshem, the Israeli writers and producers behind the award-winning series “Ta Gordin” (“The Gordin Cell”), which was remade into “Allegiance” for NBC in the U.S.

Under the long-term pact, Cohen and Leshem will develop multiple premium drama projects aimed at the internatonial market as part of a new scripted label. Headed by Daniel Amsel, the label will also develop projects from other writers.

“Amit and Ron are an incredibly talented duo with an outstanding track record, and we are thrilled to join forces with them
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