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Is Christopher Eccleston Joining 'Game of Thrones'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 28th 2011 7:52AM
Christopher EcclestonNow here's one casting rumor to get many a 'Game of Thrones' fan all a-quiver: Christopher Eccleston is said to be eyeing a major role in Season 2.

According to Blastr.com, the 'Doctor Who' and 'Elizabeth' star could be in the running to play the late King Robert's younger brother, the oft-mentioned but as yet unseen Lord Stannis Baratheon.

The brooding Stannis is, according to Lord Eddard Stark, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms.

Production on the second season of 'GoT' is slated to get underway in Northern Ireland at the end of July and producers are continuing to cast roles. Last week 'The Tudors' star Natalie Dormer was confirmed as Margaery Tyrell.

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Corey Monteith Has a Record Deal, 'Real Housewife' Writing Advice Book & More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 23rd 2011 6:40PM
Glee, Cory MonteithOf all the Gleeks, Corey Monteith is probably the last you'd consider for a solo record deal.

Yet the man otherwise known as 16-year-old Finn on Fox's 'Glee' talked to Parade magazine about his solo deal with Columbia Records in an article due out this weekend.

"I have a solo deal with Columbia Records. So it's about, do I want to release an album, when can we do it, what kind of album should it be, how should it be released and marketed and what's the right timing? Do I have time to do it?," Monteith told the magazine. "It's all about questions."

Then again, Monteith is a talented drummer, so perhaps his potential album would feature less singing and more drumming. Would you listen to a Monteith-only record?

In other TV news ...

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1 Finale Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 19th 2011 11:01PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'Fire and Blood']

Given that the 'Game of Thrones' season finale began by showing us several characters reacting to last week's major death, I thought it would be appropriate to begin this week's discussion with one reader's reaction to the heartstopping scene we witnessed seven days ago.

Here's an excerpt from what KLM19001 had to say in the comment area of last week's post:

"It's such a waste of my time to watch [someone] commit spiritual and physical suicide to have nothing come from it.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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Come Fall, the Surreal and Supernatural Rule the Airwaves

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:00PM

It would be easy to blame it all on 'Lost' -- our obsession with the supernatural, the insolvable mystery, the sense that things are not what they seem. Since the day day Jack Shephard first opened his eyes on that highly metaphorical island, television has been growing increasingly infested with science fiction, fantasy and supernatural tales, once the purview of cult shows and brilliant-but-canceled lists.

Add to that the rise of the vampire love story as standard fare for both teens and adults, and the emergence of two great ass-whooping heroines in Lisbeth Salander ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo') and Katniss Everdeen ('The Hunger Games'), and it's not hard to see what well the fall television slate is drawing from.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 1:30AM
['Game of Thrones' - 'Baelor']

After watching the fourth episode of 'Game of Thrones,' I won't lie to you, I was feeling downcast. As I indicated in my reviews of episodes 2, 3 and 4, and as I indicated in my overall review of the first six episodes, I saw problems in this adaptation, despite a strong cast, frequently handsome settings and excellent source material.

Here's where things stand now: Episodes 5 through 9 have gained in strength week to week; each hour has been better than the last. It may not surprise you to learn that the ending of 'Baelor' left tears in my eyes.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 6th 2011 1:30AM
['Game of Thrones' - 'The Pointy End']

'These people will do anything.' - Lysa Arryn

'And that is why we have to stop them! - Catelyn Stark

It's been a while since George R.R. Martin wrote for television. Though the author of the book series on which 'Game of Thrones' is based had a long career in the TV industry before going off to write novels full-time, fans may well have wondered whether he still had the skills to tell stories for the small screen.

There can be no question about that now. Top to bottom, this was the best episode of 'Game of Thrones' yet, and considering all the varied things it had to do, the fact that the episode flowed so smoothly and was so engrossing was even more impressive. In fact, use of the phrase "small screen" is inaccurate here, in that this was an epic, sweeping hour that never forgot to show us how big events trickled down to the least powerful characters.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 7 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 29th 2011 10:30PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'You Win or You Die']

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I thought the fifth episode of 'Game of Thrones' was very strong, but, given how talky, clumsy and static some earlier episodes were, I half-wondered if the relative strength of both the fifth and sixth episodes was a fluke.

This week's excellent outing, which saw the stakes raised in satisfying and suspenseful ways, proved that it was not.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 22nd 2011 10:00PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'A Golden Crown']

Considering the title of this episode, it's worth taking stock of the rulers who are (or who want to be) at the top of the pecking order in Westeros.

As I noted last week, the 'Game' of the show's title is getting underway in earnest, and the most important players in this competition are real pieces of work, that's for sure.

In the Eyrie, there's a widow who isn't quite right in the head. She still commands respect and fear from those who swore allegiance to her late husband, but even those loyalists must have doubts about Lysa Arryn's querulous, autocratic ways.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 15th 2011 10:00PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'The Wolf and the Lion']

This week's episode is, in my humble opinion, hands down the best episode of 'Game of Thrones' so far. It not only features a couple of great scenes -- moments that were flat-out brilliantly written and acted -- but it was generally compelling and involving from beginning to end.

One of the reasons this episode worked so well? Though 'The Wolf and the Lion' spent a little time elsewhere, the hour focused tightly on two locations and what was going on there.

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'Game of Thrones,' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 8th 2011 10:00PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things']

Undoubtedly those who have stuck with 'Game of Thrones' have favorite story lines at this point. Generally speaking there are four threads at the moment: the Wall, King's Landing, the Dothraki and finally the doings at Winterfell (and along the Kingsroad).

For me, an entire hour at the Wall would be time well spent.

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A Role Fit for a Queen: Emilia Clarke Talks 'Game of Thrones' and Daenerys

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 4th 2011 3:30PM
When HBO showed the media a 15-minute trailer for its epic fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' in January, two things were immediately apparent: First, the Wall (a 700-foot ice structure at the northern edge of the kingdom of Westeros) looked amazing.

Another thing that jumped out at me: Newcomer Emilia Clarke was giving a very compelling performance as the exiled royal Daenerys Targaryen.

No actor on the show had a greater challenge: Clarke's character was viewed by her haughty brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) as a mere bargaining chip in his quest to regain the throne of Westeros. He sold Daenerys to Khal Drogo (Jason Momao), the ferocious king of the warlike Dothraki people, in return for assistance from Drogo's army. Dany didn't know the language or the customs of her new tribe, nor was she used to riding for hours every day, which is the way of the horse-obsessed Dothraki. Her new life was alienating, lonely and strange in myriad ways.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 1st 2011 10:00PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'Lord Snow']

Excitement swirled around HBO's 'Game of Thrones' well before the network even green-lit the series. Casting speculation and announcements were greeted with waves of online commentary and even grainy bystander photos from the set could get pre-existing fans of George R.R. Martin's book series all worked up into a lather.

In my opinion, though the TV show has a fine cast and faithfully renders the story related in Martin's first 'Song of Ice and Fire' book, it has only occasionally warranted that excitement in its early episodes.

But in this episode, for the first time, I felt truly thrilled by a scene I saw in 'Game of Thrones.' It took three hours for 'Game of Thrones' to reach me on that level -- to get me into "wow" mode for more than a few seconds at a time -- but the scene that ended episode 3 had a real spark.

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Man Throws Cousin Through Window Over 'Game of Thrones'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2011 12:45PM
Game of ThronesWe're passionate about our TV, that's a given, but a Florida man got so heated over 'Game of Thrones' he threw his cousin out of a window.

According to The Smoking Gun, Michael Podniestrzanski and his cousin, Joshua Ross, "got into a verbal altercation" about which of the HBO show's characters were going to win a battle.

The verbal disagreement then turned physical, with the report indicating Podniestrzanski took a swing at Ross. As the fight continued, Ross reportedly "ended up getting thrown into the front window during the altercation."

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'Game of Thrones' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 24th 2011 10:00PM
['Game of Thrones' - 'The Kingsroad']

In its second episode, 'Game of Thrones' is still introducing us to its world and the people in it, and it's still setting up the conflicts to come.

That may account for the rather stilted nature of 'The Kingsroad,' which had a couple of effective moments but, in some ways, lacked an emotional spark.

'The Kingsroad' was a competent retelling the relevant set of events from the book, but it was somehow less exciting and less impressive than the previous episode (which, to be fair, got to introduce a whole new world, so it was bound to have a bit more intrinsic appeal).

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