‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Confirms Summer 2017 Return, Shorter Episode Count

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Winter is coming…but in the summer.

HBO has confirmed that the award-winning series Game of Thrones will begin shooting the seventh season later this summer, with the seven-episode season debuting in summer 2017. Fans are usually used to an April premiere, so this is basically our nightmare coming true along with a shorter season. Gasp!

“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement where Game of Thrones received a whopping 23 Emmy nominations including best drama series along with first-time nominees Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams.

Season seven credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

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‘The Walking Dead’: New Season 7 Comic-Con Poster Revealed

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AMC has just released the new key art for the upcoming seventh season of The Walking Dead just in time for the drama’s appearance next week at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Last we saw, newcomer Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, was about to give one hell of a beating with his beloved bat named Lucille. Because, obvi! The poster reflects what we last saw, which was Negan walking around tapping his bat on each person’s head in sort of an eeny, meeny, miny, moe-type fashion. Not gonna lie, but that scared the crap out of me.

The Walking Dead’s official San Diego Comic-Con panel is on Friday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in Hall H and will include a number of cast members like Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, and Josh McDermitt. The one and only Jeffrey Dean Morgan himself will also be making an appearance.

AMC also announced that the trailer for the upcoming season will air during the panel at SDCC.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead returns in October. Can you wait that long?!

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HBO Renews ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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HBO has renewed Game of ThronesVeep and Silicon Valley for a seventh, sixth and fourth season respectively, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. The news comes just days before all three shows return on Sunday, April 24, solidifying one of the best Sunday night lineups on HBO.

The Emmy®-winning Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode sixth season Sunday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Based on the bestselling fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, the fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Series regulars this season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Jonathan Pryce.

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The Emmy®-winning comedy series Veep kicks off its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). The show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer, for whom the most banal action can set off a ripple effect with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The ensemble cast also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.

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The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show returns for its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). Series regulars include Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer.

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USA Sets ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere Date

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USA Network’s critically acclaimed series Mr. Robot will return for a second season on Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c, it was announced today. Executive Producer and creator Sam Esmail will direct the entire 10-episode second season.

The season finale left us with a lot of unanswered questions. Elliot succeed in taking down E Corp, but did he really? We saw the CEO, Phillip Price, tell someone that he knows who’s responsible. The network released a teaser trailer, seen below, that shows absolutely zero footage from the upcoming season, but who the hell is knocking on Elliot’s door? What happened to Tyrell? And what about Angela now that she’s embedded in Evil Corp? EW has an exclusive first look at footage from the new season.

Back in January at the Television Critics Association, Esmail revealed the “there will be a lot more backstory shown in season two…and the timeline will be a little clearer.”

The techno-thriller follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

The series became an instant hit after it exploded on the scene at SXSW in 2015. Mr. Robot won the coveted audience award in the Episodics category and returned to Austin this past March and brought Coney Island and fsociety to Austin.

Mr. Robot stars Golden Globe Award and SAG® Award Nominee Malek (The Pacific), Golden Globe Award Winner Slater (Nymphomaniac), Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström (Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (Extant), Michael Cristofer (Ray Donovan) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow).

New recurring guest stars include Craig Robinson (The Office), hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, Sandrine Holt (Fear The Walking Dead), Michael Maize (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Dorothi Fox (Run All Night) and Luke Robertson (The Americans). Returning cast members include BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU), Gloria Reuben (Saints & Sinners), Michael Drayer (Vinyl), Michel Gill (House of Cards), Ron Cephas Jones (The Blacklist), Sunita Mani (5 Stages), Azhar Khan (Veep) and Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife).

The drama hails from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (Comet) as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).

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The CW’s New Series ‘Containment’ is Infectious

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Imagine your life turned upside down because of a viral outbreak that the government can’t seem to control. That’s the premise of the CW’s newest viral thriller Containment.

What started with one sick patient quickly turned into quarantined zones with families separated and the race to find a cure within a matter of days. I’m not sure how much fans will follow a show about a viral outbreak without zombies, but I’m definitely tuning in to see what happens next.

The series hails from Julie Plec, executive producer of both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals which just happened to star the one and only Christopher Wood as the infamous villain Kai, who plays Officer Jake in her newest series.

You also might recognize Police Officer Lex Carnahan who’s played by David Gyasi, you know, Romilly from Interstellar. 

Containment premieres Tuesday, April 19 at 9/8c on the CW.

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus.  On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. CONTAINMENT stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar”); Christina Moses (“Starship: Apocalypse,” “Starship: Rising”); Chris Wood (“The Vampire Diaries”); Kristen Gutoskie (“Beaver Falls”); Claudia Black (“The Originals,” “Farscape”); George Young (“Casualty”); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”); and Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”).  Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, CONTAINMENT is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) and David Nutter (“The Flash,” “Arrow”).

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Childhood Friends Seek Revenge in NBC’s New Drama Series ‘Game of Silence’

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NBC wants you to play a little game….of silence.

Game of Silence, which is based on a Turkish television series,  follows five best friends who have a dark secret they thought they buried 25 years ago but soon discover that you can’t hide your past forever. The boys spent time in a juvenile detention center and were abused on multiple levels that made the show initially uncomfortable to watch. Things weren’t the same after they were released. Jackson Brooks (David Lyons, Revolution) plays the leader of the pack, the one that got out and made a name for himself only to be dragged back years later to help his friend Boots (Derek Phillips) out of trouble. He assaulted one of the officers that abused him as a kid after seeing him on the street one afternoon. Gill, (Michael Raymond James) who plays a bad boy and Shawn (Larenz Tate) come to Jackson for help since he happens to be a big shot lawyer. The group has to dig up the past that they chose to forget in order to move forward and seek revenge for what happened to them. They all band together to help take down the evil warden down since he also just happens to announce his run for Congress.

You feel the connection between these boys as kids and now as adults. They had each other’s backs. Even the new girl, Jessie, played by Bre Blair. They were small town kids that ended up in a bad situation, which the series unravels piece by piece, one secret at a time. It’s a reunion-style drama which actually reminded me of, well, Reunion that aired on Fox back in the day.

The mystery-thriller starts off dark. depressing and somewhat unbelievable at how many things can go wrong in a person’s life, but kept my attention long enough to see it through to the end. Not sure how many people will play that game, but we’ll see. There’s drama, implied sexual abuse and murder, flashbacks, questionable choices by corrections officers and the warden at a juvenile detention center that comes back to haunt everyone and much, much more. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Game of Silence delivers in this gripping ride of a mystery drama series that you won’t want to miss. 

Jackson, Gil Harris (Michael Raymond James, True Blood), Shawn Cook (Larenz Tate, Rush) and Boots (Derek Phillips, Friday Night Lights) always stuck together, like brothers. They spent their boyhood summers in the small town of Dalton, Texas, swimming in the quarry, shooting bottle rockets and doing everything they could to mine the fun out of small-town life. But their idyllic world turned chaotic one fateful summer afternoon when a well-intentioned and heroic attempt to save their friend Jessie (Bre Blair, Last Vegas) from her alcoholic mother ultimately cost the 13-year-old boys nine months at Quitman Youth Detention Facility where their lives were changed forever. 

Now, 25 years later, the nightmare of the worst nine months of their lives has resurfaced, uprooting a mystery even deeper than their buried past. The brotherhood must now band together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and ignite in them an unquenchable thirst for revenge.

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GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Katie Kelly as Young Jess, Curran Walters as Young Jackson — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

The cast also includes Conor O’Farrell (The Lincoln Lawyer), Deidrie Henry (Justified) and Demetrius Grosse (Saving Mr. Banks).

Game of Silence is executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, David Hudgins, Julie Weitz, Tariq Jalil, Timur Savci, Deran Sarafian and Niels Arden Oplev (pilot). The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television.

Game of Silence premieres with a special preview on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following a two-hour edition of The Voice before its regular timeslot on Thursday, April 14.

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‘Younger’ Season Finale Preview: “No Weddings & A Funeral”

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There’s only one episode left of TV Land’s hit series Younger and it will give you all the feels! Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

We were left with so many unanswered questions after last week’s penultimate episode, that honestly, no one saw coming. Will Liza tell Kelsey the truth about Thad? About herself? Thad’s sudden and oddly ridiculous death scene made Liza think about all the lies she’s been telling to herself and all the people around her that she loves. It’s got to be exhausting telling all those lies and not being able to tell her new best friends the truth about her life, her age and the fact that she has a daughter.

The season finale definitely makes things even more unsure about her future with Josh, with Empirical and her relationship with Kelsey.

Younger airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on TV Land.

And just because I don’t want you to be sad after the finale, here’s a little something to hold on to.

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