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George R.R. Martin Talks “Game of Thrones” Differences Between TV Show and Book Endings

We are now two episodes in to the final season of Game of Thrones, and things are about to heat up in the North as a major battle is ready to take place. With only a handful of episodes left, George R.R. Martin has been doing the media rounds to offer some insight about his book series and the show, and today he touched on the conclusion of the series on both television and the written page.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone GRRM discussed the ending of the HBO show, and how (or if) it will tie into his conclusion in the books.

While the show has left out some big plot elements that occurred in the book (for the sake of brevity I am sure), Martin did wish there was more seasons in the show to fill in those blanks and others.

“You know, it’s complex. I’m a little sad, actually,” GRRM said. “I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. [showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me.”

“It’s weird, in Hollywood, this way… I mean I’ve worked on other shows, you know?” he said. “And whenever a show ends, and the longer the show lasts the harder it is. You’re really with a family.”

Martin admitted that he has yet to see the entirety of season 8 of GoT, and did not check out the scripts either, and instead let the HBO team do their thing (based on their previous meetings with each other). He was tight lipped about the actual ending of the books and the show, but did say, “I can say that when my next two books come out they’ll have to read them and then they can find out.”

The interviewer from Rolling Stone questioned GRRM if the ending of the show would surprise him, and he believes it very well could.

“Well, to a degree. I mean, I think … the major points of the ending will be things that I told them, you know, five or six years ago,” he said. “But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

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“Star Trek Picard” Series Begins Filming

Patrick Stewart is just about ready to climb into the captain’s chair, or wherever he is going to go in the new Picard-centric Star Trek series. Everything is still a mystery about the new show, but we do know that it just began filming in California.

Writer/producer Michael Chabon posted a photo on his Instagram earlier today from the set, captioned “First day! #untitledpicardproject

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The first two episodes will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper, and the series stars Patrick Stewart, and several others with unknown roles including Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd.

Jonathan Frakes will also lend his talents to direct at least one episode, but no word on if he will reprise his role as Riker.

The show will take place roughly 20 years after the events of “Star Trek: Nemesis”.

I expect leaks from this series to be very scant, so we have a long time to wait before we start hearing details about the show.

The Picard series will air exclusively on CBS All Access. The show does not have an official release date, but is expected to come out in 2021.

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DC Universe Unveils First Look At “Swamp Thing” In New Teaser

I’m a huge Swamp Thing fan, so when I heard a new TV show was in the works I was instantly on board. When I found out it was going to only be available through DC’s online streaming service, DC Universe, I was less than thrilled. However, with today’s reveal of how the titular character looks, I may have to add another service to my list.

DC Universe released a teaser today that gives us our first look at Swampie as he emerges from the murky Southern depths, and not much else. Still, it’s a relief to finally see Swamp Thing look the way he has always been intended to be seen. This looks very comics accurate in a way that could have not been possible decades ago when they tried with the campy movies of yesteryear.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Here is their official synopsis of the show: SWAMP THING follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

“Swamp Thing” premieres on May 31 exclusively on DC Universe. He Joins the Doom Patrol and Teen Titans, who are already streaming on the service.

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Three New Cast members Join New “Star Trek” Picard Series – Pill, Treadaway, and Briones

While it’s still a long time away, the upcoming Star Trek Picard series has just added three new members to its growing cast.

CBS All Access announced today that Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones have joined the cast for the unnamed Picard-centric Trek show (which is not called “Star Trek: Picard”).

They join previously-announced cast members Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora. While he has not been announced as reviving the role of Riker (just yet), Jonathan Frakes has been tabbed to direct at least one episode of the show.

Alison Pill has been on Broadway in the Tony-nominated production of Three Tall Women, and has appeared in “Miss Sloane”, “Hail Caesar!”, “Snowpiercer”, “Scott Pilgrim VS The World”, “American Horror Story: Cult”, and “The Newsroom” to name a few of her film and TV appearances.

Harry Treadaway recently finished filming season four of the Sony Pictures Television for Netflix series “The Crown”, and has also been in “Penny Dreadful” and “The Lone Ranger”.

Isa Briones just wrapped some theatre work with the First National Touring Company appearing in “Hamilton”, and has appeared on TV in “American Crime Story: Versace” and “Next to Normal”.

Their roles remain a mystery, much like the other actors who have been cast to appear on the show. Not much else is known about the series yet, but we do know a table reading from Patrick Stewart brought the show runners to tears.

The Picard series will air exclusively on CBS All Access. The show does not have an official release date, but is expected to come out in 2021.

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George R.R. Martin Talks Upcoming “Game Of Thrones” Series Finale – How Different Will It Be From The Books?

George R.R. Martin gave us a gift that will be long remembered in the annals of television history, “Game of Thrones”. Based on his book series that will hopefully one day be finished, it was adapted for TV by Dan Weiss and David Benioff. After eight epic seasons, the show comes to a close in a matter of weeks. But how will it all end? More importantly, how different will it be from the books, which at this point are lagging behind the TV show by a considerable amount as GRRM has yet to write them?

In an article from Rolling Stone that focused on the Stark Sisters, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, GRRM offered some thoughts on the impending series finale:

I’ve been so slow with these books,” Martin says, with palpable pain. “The major points of the ending will be things I told them five or six years ago. But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

In an earlier interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin admitted that the show has surpassed him and the book will differ from the show:

“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds,” Martin revealed. “I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.”

“Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.”

“It’s the end for a lot of people. It’s not the end for me. I’m still deeply in it. I better live a long time because I have a lot of work left to do.”

During an interview with 60 Minutes, Martin added that the show, “would have to run another five seasons” for it to be completely faithful to the story he has lined up for the final books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

The show will be very close, though, thanks to “several days of story conferences” that took place at Martin’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have,” he said.

“But they may be on certain secondary characters, there may be big differences,” he explained, saying that “there’s no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters.”

Sophie Turner offered her own thoughts in the Rolling Stone piece, saying “I feel very satisfied with the ending of the entire show. Every story arc came to a really good close.” (Williams offers a cryptic hint: “After I read Season Eight, I watched Season One — there’s a lot of similarities.”)

Showrunners Benioff and Weiss mentioned two finales they admired that may or may not have some influence on how GoT concludes: “Breaking Bad stuck the landing. We always talk about the Sopranos ending — as controversial as it may have been at the time, it’s hard to imagine a better ending for that show, or any show.”

The “Game of Thrones” series finale will air on May 19 at 9 PM EST on HBO.

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Veronica Mars Returns On Hulu With New Trailer

Greetings, Marshmallows! It’s been years in the making, but the day is finally here. Fans of a certain private investigator have been anticipating for this for over a decade, but the wait ends very soon. “Veronica Mars” was announced some time ago as being headed to Hulu for a revival with no release date set in stone, but today we have our first look at the new show with this teaser video along with when the series will debut.

Check out the trailer below:

Here is the official synopsis: “Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the family of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.”

The cult classic mystery show stars Kristen Bell alongside returning originals like Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, and Ryan Hansen. New to the series will be J.K. Simmons, Patton Oswalt, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

The original show lasted three seasons before being cancelled, with the last episode airing in 2007. Fans have been clamoring for this for over a decade, and I am sure their brains are exploding with the reveal of this new teaser.

Veronica Mars returns with eight new hour-long episodes on July 26th, available to stream only on on Hulu. Get ready to binge watch!

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Star Trek’s Official Website Gives Spock Spoiler In “Star Trek Discovery”

I’ve been enjoying the second season of “Star Trek Discovery” on CBS All Access, and I am especially fond of Ethan Peck’s portrayal of Spock. In a surprising move, the official Star Trek website accidentally dropped a spoiler about our favorite Vulcan (image below), which should make many fans very pleased.

Some people have complained about the facial hair this version of Spock has been sporting, but they can all relax now. Based on this image below, it looks like we will see Mr. Spock not only without the beard, but also in a proper starfleet uniform before the season concludes.

The image comes from the Star Trek Cruise, which has Ethan Peck participating in the event. Unfortunately, the image may have come a little too soon, as we got our first glimpse of the Spock many of us are more used to seeing due to an accidental posting on the Star Trek website.

It’s not a major spoiler, but it is nice to confirm that Spock will shave at some point and get into a proper outfit. As for how the season will end, this gives nothing away, and I look forward to finding out how everything wraps up in the coming weeks.

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Simpsons Cast Member: “Fox Would Rather Cancel The Show Than Let Disney Mess With ‘The Simpsons'”

The news that Disney acquired Fox will easily be one of the biggest business stories not only of the year, but possibly of the decade. It’s an acquisition that will have ramifications for years to come, with the life of many franchises up in the air. One of the properties many fans are concerned about it “The Simpsons”, a staple from Fox that is older than most other shows on TV. With so many franchises in jeopardy, one cast member believes that Fox would rather kill the series than see it be messed with by Disney.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) said, “When you’re dealing with something that is still so culturally relevant, and sort of such a pillar of our culture.”

“If you’re going to mess with that, that’s some pretty risky territory.

“So my feeling is — and I could be completely wrong — is that they would cancel it before they would change it [creatively].”

With the purchase still so fresh, no one really knows if the company plans on screwing with any of their new franchises, nor do we know if those changes could have a positive or negative impact on them. The litmus test may be what happens to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, but it seems there is no plan yet for either to integrate into the current MCU.

Disney has yet to announce its plans for the show, which first aired in December 1989. Before the merger happened, “The Simpsons” had been renewed for another two years.

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Disney Announces “Monsters Inc.” TV Spinoff “Monsters At Work”

Earlier today, Disney announced their plans to start a new streaming service called Disney+, which will feature tons of original new TV content from across the gamut of Disney’s properties (and will attempt to put a dent in Netflix and other streaming competitors). This includes Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and Disney itself, starting with their a spinoff from the highly successful Pixar film, “Monsters Inc.”

The Hollywood Reporter has the details about “Monsters at Work”, which says Billy Crystal and John Goodman will be reprising their roles from the films as Mike and Sully in this new show. Also returning will be John Ratzenberger as Yeti and and a new character named Bernard, Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae, and Bob Peterson, who voiced Roz in the original film and will now voice her twin sister, Roze.

The series takes place six months after the original movie, and will focus on a monster named Tylor Tuskmon (voiced by Ben Feldman), described as “ an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley.”

D23 has even more info, including character breakdowns and the voice-over cast:

Monsters At Work also stars Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Val Little, Tylor’s lifelong BFF; Henry Winkler (Barry) as scatterbrained boss Fritz; Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) as an opportunistic plumber named Duncan; Alanna Ubach (Coco) as Cutter, a monster who always plays by the rules; Stephan Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team; and Aisha Tyler (Archer) will lend her voice to the role of Millie Tuskmon, Tylor’s mom.

The animated series will premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2020, with the streaming service set to launch later this year.

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Cast For “Cowboy Bebop” Live-Action Show Announced

The Netflix live-action version of the anime classic “Cowboy Bebop” has finally found it’s cast, and it’s quite a list of talent.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, John Cho will headline the show as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir will play Jet Black, Danielle Pineda will play Faye Valentine, and Alex Hassell will be Spike’s rival, Vicious.

Image courtesy of “The Hollywood Reporter”

Cho will be seen in the upcoming season of “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access, but you may remember him as Sulu from the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies, or Harold from the “Harold and Kumar” series.

Shakir most recently was Baron Samedi on “American Gods”, but you may recall him as The Bushmaster from Netflix’s “Luke Cage” series.

Pineda has been in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, “American Odyssey” and “The Detour”, while Hassell can be seen in “Suburbicon”, “Two Down”, and has extensive TV work including “Torchwood” and “Hustle”.

The official description given for the show reads: “The space Western story follows Spike Spiegel and his rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, or Cowboys, as they try to capture the galaxy’s worst criminals and survive the unexpected dangers they encounter throughout space, sometimes saving the world in the process but always leaving millions in damages.”

Alex Garcia Lopez, who has helmed episodes of Daredevil, Luke Cage and Cloak and Dagger, will direct the first two installments of the 10-episode series. Christopher Yost wrote the first episode. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the original anime, will act as consultant on the series.

Surprisingly, no one has been listed for the part of Ed yet, but I kind of like that. Hopefully, we get to meet Ed (and Ein) during the first season of the show. Speaking of, we don’t know anything yet about the format of the show, and duration of the season (although IMDB has it listed at 10 episodes currently). Nor have we seen anything to give us an idea of what anything will look like, so we just have to be patient until we get our first glimpse of the cast in costume.

The original “Cowboy Bebop” anime aired in Japan in 1998 and hit US airwaves for the first time in 2001. It has continued to be a staple on Cartoon Network’s Saturday night line-up for years.

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