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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
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Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game

Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game
Robin Roberts is moving this week from mornings on ABC to primetime. And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue.

Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday and Friday as an important presence during two nights of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft, an annual highlight for pigskin fans that will also be broadcast on ABC’s sister, ESPN. Both networks are part of the Walt Disney Company, which looks to be making its best play for NFL football as discussions about broadcast rights
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Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog

Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog
Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert.

On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps into the mentor role guiding the top eight “Idol” finalists as they each perform a song from the Queen catalog.

Viewers will get a bonus dose of Lambert, as on May 19 as he is set to perform on the season finale of the ABC show.
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Game of Thrones Stars Break Down Grey Worm and Missandei's Goodbye, Tease the Harrowing Battle Ahead

Game of Thrones Stars Break Down Grey Worm and Missandei's Goodbye, Tease the Harrowing Battle Ahead
There’s a good reason Grey Worm kissed Missandei with such abandon in Sunday’s Game of Thrones: For perhaps the first time, says portrayer Jacob Anderson, he’s quite worried that he might never see her again.

“For Grey Worm and Missandei at this point, and I guess for the Unsullied and for the Dothraki as well, there’s a sense they’re going into completely unheard-of territory for them. This is a completely new world,” the actor tells TVLine.

Anderson’s co-star, Joe Dempsie, elaborates. “I don’t imagine the Unsullied and the Dothraki have gone into
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‘Game of Thrones’: Six Books for Fans to Read

‘Game of Thrones’: Six Books for Fans to Read
As the final season of “Game of Thrones” draws to a close, we’ve found six best-selling books that keep the stories of Westeros and beyond alive. From the original novels that inspired the hit HBO show, to collectible tomes that highlight behind-the-scenes secrets, these books make a great addition to your bookcase, whether you’re a fantasy fan or searching for the keys to the Iron Throne.

1. “Game of Thrones” Boxed Set

Are the books better than the series? Pick up this set and decide for yourself. George R. R. Martin’s entire monumental series is included in this collector’s boxed set,
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Game of Thrones: 3 Theories Why the Crypts Will be Key in the Battle for Winterfell

With the Night King and his army at Winterfell, the battle for humanity's survival is upon us. However, the living might have made a huge tactical error. Throughout the second episode of Game of Thrones' final season, it was repeatedly noted that everyone who wasn't fighting the dead should be

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CBS Sports, Wnba Strike TV Deal

CBS Sports and the Wnba struck a new deal to televise some of the league’s games, widening exposure for professional women’s basketball in the U.S.

Under terms of the deal, CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 live Wnba games in primetime and on weekends, starting Saturday May 25 as the league’s 2019 season gets underway. Terms of the deal, characterized as a “multi-year” agreement, were not disclosed.

“Through our partnership with CBS Sports Network, the Wnba is joining an elite lineup of premium sports programming,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in a prepared statement. “We thank CBS Sports for
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All the Best GIFs From Game of Thrones' Final Season

Game of Thrones' eighth and final season, airing Sundays on HBO, has already revealed a lot of information, and in doing so, it's brought us some of the show's best GIFs yet.

Episode 1: "Winterfell"

In the Season 8 premiere, Game of Thrones wasted no time letting Jon (Kit Harington) in on the worst

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Madam Secretary's Renewal Chances Are 'Pretty Good,' EPs Say, Teeing Up Elizabeth's Season 6 White House Run

Madam Secretary's Renewal Chances Are 'Pretty Good,' EPs Say, Teeing Up Elizabeth's Season 6 White House Run
We’ve known it for months, and now the fictional American people of the Madam Secretary-verse know it, too: Elizabeth McCord officially is running for president.

Sunday’s Season 5 finale found Téa Leoni’s Elizabeth resigning as head of the State Department in order to launch her White House run. The campaign to be Commander in Chief would be the focus of a potential Season 6, though CBS has not yet renewed the political drama.

“We feel pretty good” about getting another season, executive producer Lori McCreary tells TVLine. “I think, certainly, our audience is rabid about wanting to see this through.
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Your Cheatsheet to All the Game of Thrones Weapons and Who Wields Them in Season 8

Fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series will know that weapons are characters unto themselves. The items have rich histories surrounding their creation and custody chains, and a lot of ink has been spilled to breathing life into these death-dealing devices.

Along the way, Game of

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‘Gentleman Jack’ Review: HBO’s Hamstrung New Series Has One of the Year’s Best Performances

‘Gentleman Jack’ Review: HBO’s Hamstrung New Series Has One of the Year’s Best Performances
At the very end of “Gentleman Jack’s” first episode, the eponymous protagonist shows up unannounced but fully prepared to start courting a new love interest. Giddy with excitement, “Jack” asks to see the lady of the house and, with a quick pump of the eyebrows, looks directly into the camera.

While far from a revolutionary choice in the golden age of “Fleabag,” a character breaking the fourth wall is still rather surprising in what’s otherwise a by-the-books period drama. Sure, writer-director Sally Wainwright (“Happy Valley”) shows a bit of flair from time to time — a cracking, up-tempo rhythm accompanies the title credits — but she needs to show more. You see, Gentleman Jack is Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), whose decoded diary entries inspire the series of the same name. A music cue here and a fourth-wall break there don’t quite match the swagger of this Lgbtq icon — or
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TV Review: ‘Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration’

If nothing else, CBS’ “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” special alerted America to the continued vitality of Smokey Robinson as a contemporary performer. Ten months from turning 80, the singer’s performances were focused and controlled as he weaved his sultry vocals through classics he wrote — the ballads “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Ooh Baby Baby,” chief among them. Producers aim for vocal-chemistry magic when they pair artists form different genres or generations, and the union of Robinson and a cappella stars Pentatonix on “Shop Around” provided one of the show’s highlights. It’s been 20 years since his last recording for Motown.
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The Meaning Behind Pod's Song in Game of Thrones

The second episode of Game of Thrones' final season was filled with poignant moments, as everyone at Winterfell took the evening to contemplate their mortality and make the most of what may well be their last night alive. While Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) getting knighted was the obvious

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HBO Clarified Arya’s Age Before Airing ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scene, Plus Maisie Williams Reacts

HBO Clarified Arya’s Age Before Airing ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scene, Plus Maisie Williams Reacts
The second episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 8 ended with the Army of the Dead ready to attack Winterfell, but the only thing most fans were left talking about was Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) losing her virginity to Gendry (Joe Dempsey). The moment was the 22-year-old Williams’ first sex scene on the show and many fans were left shocked since Arya is the youngest of the main characters. Arya was introduced on “Thrones” as a child, so watching the character come of age in a sexual manner proved divisive for some viewers. Many “Thrones” fans even took to social media during the episode to question Arya’s age.

Whether or not HBO knew Arya’s sex scene would cause a stir online remains to be seen, but the network did get ahead of any potential controversy by confirming Arya is 18 years old in a social media post published hours before the episode aired.
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Telemundo Has ‘Game of Thrones’ Hopes for ‘La Reina del Sur’ Season 2 Premiere

Call it Telemundo’s “Game of Thrones.” The Spanish-language network is hoping for a blockbuster premiere tonight for the long-awaited sophomore season of “La Reina del Sur,” the crime drama starring Kate del Castillo that ranks as Telemundo’s most-watched original series ever.

“La Reina” was a massive hit for Telemundo when it aired in early 2011. It also ushered in Telemundo’s strategy of veering from the traditional telenovela format into drama series designed to be renewed for multiple seasons. Telemundo’s “Super Series” run five nights a week for about 60 episodes rather than the 150 or more for telenovelas.

Season two of “La Reina,
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Here's Where the Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms' Falls in Our Ranking

The Great War has arrived at Winterfell.

In the calm before the storm that will be the Battle of Winterfell, we were treated to another Game of Thrones episode that set the table for the upcoming battle against the army of the dead.

And even though the death count has been light so far this season,

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ Stares Down the End of the World

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ Stares Down the End of the World
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the second episode of “Game of Thrones” season 8.

What would you do if it were your last night on Earth?

That existentially stressful parlor game question — which Tyrion Lannister has had a cheeky answer for since we first met him — haunts “A Knight of the Seven Kingdom,” an episode as tense as it is intimate. With the Night King and his fearsome army lurking somewhere nearby in the frozen woods, everyone in Winterfell finds themselves steeling for the midnight battle ahead with dread, resignation,
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Every Episode of Game of Thrones, Ranked

Game of Thrones has evolved into one of the most popular shows on TV since it premiered in 2011. For over seven seasons, HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has consistently left fans with their jaws on the floor -- thanks to moments like Ned Stark's

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Florence & the Machine Premiere New Song on ‘Game of Thrones’

Florence & the Machine Premiere New Song on ‘Game of Thrones’
[pmc=related] If the voice singing the song during the end credits of “Game of Thrones” tonight sounded familiar — or unmistakable — yes, it was Florence + the Machine. The group’s version of the original “Game of Thrones” song “Jenny of Oldstones” debuted during the closing credits of this season’s second episode, following a rendition sung by Podrick Payne earlier in the episode.

Florence, the only artist to be featured in the final season of the hit HBO series, recorded the song after being personally approached by the show’s creators, longtime Florence fans David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

“We’ve always
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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
See full article at Indiewire Television »
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