TV News Flash
Yes, I’m partial to most things British, and not just because I’m frequently on the BBC and chat with listeners on 5Live. I’m not usually a fan of late night TV, though, not because it isn’t great, but merely because after I’ve spent a long day writing and walking Frankie and then running to a screening, I’m too pooped to watch when I get home.
But coming this summer is a good reason to stay up, or at least to record the goings on. James Corden is heading home this summer to shoot four episodes of The Late Late Show in London beginning Monday, June 17.
There’s a smashing lineup of guests, including Gillian Anderson, Millie Bobby Brown, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth, Lily James, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Simon Pegg and Sophie Turner; plus musical performances from Mumford & Sons and Little Mix. Hoping to see some Carpool Karaoke with Corden driving on the other side. Cheers!
Okay, so I only got one thing right about the Game of Thrones series finale — Daenerys was indeed assassinated, but not by Arya Stark. John Snow quietly did the honors. But for a series finale, there sure were a lot of opened ended stories dangling out there.
Spinoff series, perhaps? I think not. Prequels are already in the works. And Game of Thrones cost a freaking fortune to produce. I’m thinking a film franchise will follow these characters—Arya’s adventures West of Westeros is my bet for the first out of the gate.
I’d watch that. Who am I kidding, I’ll watch anything Game of Thrones related.
I could be totally off, and I admit to not following it as closely as some, but here are my prediction for the big finish of Game of Thrones:
Arya will ride in on a white horse and kill Daenerys, because in the last episode the Kahleesi proved she’s crazy deadly and can’t be trusted as we’d hoped. John Snow will end up on the Iron Throne because once his queen is removed, he’ll finally ‘get it,’ and Arya will be his Hand. Who better?
Sansa will rule as Queen of the North, and Brieanne of Tarth will serve with her, finally uniting with Tormund Giantsbane, who appreciates her for who she is, and will never leave her, unlike #$%@! Jamie Lannister.
At least that’s how I hope it all turns out. See perhaps more reliable predictions at the HollywoodReporter.com.
It makes perfect sense that Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and CEO of the Jim Henson Co. (home of the Muppets) would live in a gorgeous, colorful, creative casa. The brilliant Spanish Revival is among my faves. You could be At Home In Hollywood here for only $17. I know… But check it out here anyway.
Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in the latest Star Trek spinoff. It will air on Amazon Prime, and will follow the next chapter of the character’s life. If it’s anywhere near as good as Star Trek Discovery, which airs on CBS All Access, I’m excited!
Suddenly NBC is the Kenan Thompson network. You’ll soon be seeing Saturday Night Live’s longest-running cast member on three (count ’em) three shows. That includes SNL, thank heavens, because who can remember what the show was like without him?
The new shows include The Kenan Show, a family comedy produced by Universal Television in association with Broadway Video. The third show is an NBC reality competition series called Bring the Funny, and also includes with Chrissy Tiegen and Jeff Foxworthy.
In case you didn’t see my review, find it here. I think it’s right up there with Fargo. It definitely has the same vibe. To whet your appetite, take a look at the trailer:
Just when I was adjusting to the news that Peggy Lipton had passed, the news comes out that Doris Day is also gone. Sad times.
Most of you are too young to remember Lipton in The Mod Squad, or even Twin Peaks. But you do know her daughter, Rashida Jones who was married to composer and record producer Quincy Jones. Lipton died at age 72.
Doris Day, of course, was an icon for the ages, and had one of the truest, clearest voices ever, according to my musician hubby. She was a ray of sunshine during the 1950s and ’60s, and a great animal advocate. She lived a full life, and passed at age 97. The Hollywood Reporter has a lovely obituary and photo gallery.
The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience will return this fall for a 20-city amphitheater tour, bringing the music of Emmy® Award-winning Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi to outdoor theatres across North America. It’s a chance to relive the greatest musical pieces and footage from all eight seasons in an immersive outdoor concert experience.
I’m not afraid to admit that I LOVE reality TV! Love it so much, in fact, that we’re hard at work on the inaugural Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which take place Sunday, June 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be broadcast on VH1 Sunday, June 9. Hell yes I’ll be there!
Get all the details and find out if your favorite shows are nominated by clicking here.
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