GAME OF THRONES: HBO Confirms Jon Snow’s Parentage

GAME OF THRONES fans either felt blown away or vindicated in the recent season finale when the show seemed to tell viewers that Jon Snow wasn’t actually Ned Stark’s bastard son. Instead, Bran’s vision of the past revealed that Ned’s sister, Lyanna, was actually Jon’s mother. His father? Well, that was technically up to debate, although she did seem to whisper to Ned that he needed to hide the baby or Robert (Baratheon, we presume) would kill the boy. Then the baby’s face slowly morphed into Jon’s adult face in the present.

The popular theory was that Jon’s father was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, long-dead brother of Daenerys (and Viserys, who died in season 1). Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, who had been promised to Robert Baratheon, and spirited her away. Young Ned found his sister in the Tower of Joy in Dorne and fought his way to her, arriving just in time to speak to her before she died following childbirth. Fans also suspect that Rhaegar didn’t kidnap Lyanna and rape her, but that the pair were actually in love.

Jon, of course, doesn’t know anything about his true parentage yet. But given the fact that he’s Dany’s nephew, it’s possible he has more of a claim to the Iron Throne now. Will the battle for the Iron Throne actually come down to two Targaryens?

GAME OF THRONES will return for its seventh season in 2017.

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Photo from HBO’s Making Game Of Thrones blog

 

GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VICE PRINCIPALS and OUTCAST Coming to Comic-Con

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HBO is bringing four of its shows to San Diego Comic-Con in July: GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, VICE PRINCIPALS and OUTCAST.

Below is information on the four panels.

Thursday, July 21

The SILICON VALLEY panel at the Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom at 4:00 p.m. will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson. Panelists include: co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh), Zach Woods (Jared), Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) and Amanda Crew (Monica). Autograph signing is Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:15 p.m. will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 23

The panel for the new series VICE PRINCIPALS will be in the Horton Grand Theater at2:30 p.m. and will be moderated by the Nerdist Podcast’s Matt Mira. Panelists include: creators and executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and cast member Walton Goggins (Lee Russell), who co-stars with McBride (Neal Gamby.) Autograph signing is at 6:00 p.m.

The panel for OUTCAST, the Robert Kirkman series based on the Skybound/Image comic produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), will be in Room 6BCF at 5:15 p.m. and will be moderated by Scott Aukerman. Panelists include: creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, showrunner and executive producer Chris Black and cast members Patrick Fugit (Kyle Barnes), Philip Glenister (Reverend Anderson), Wrenn Schmidt (Megan Holter), Reg E. Cathey (Chief Giles) and Brent Spiner (Sidney). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.

The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.

On TV Tonight: Wednesday June 29, 2016

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Middle (R) The Goldbergs (R) Modern Family (R) Blackish (R) Fresh Off the Boat (R) The Real O’Neals (R)
CBS Big Brother Criminal Minds (R) American Gothic
CW Arrow (R) Supernatural (R)
FOX MasterChef Wayward Pines
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming The Night Shift
MISC Young & Hungry/Baby Daddy (8:30PM Freeform) Maron (IFC) Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons (HBO)
Greenleaf (OWN)
Royal Pains (USA)
Another Period (Comedy)
Lopez/The Soul Man (TVLand)

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Afternoon Static: GAME OF THRONES, YOUNGER, ARROW & More!

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• Duh of the Day: Game of Thrones finale ratings go boom
• Samantha Bee: David Tennant Unleashes His Inner Time Lord On Donald Trump
• AMAZING: #GilmoreGirls will be streaming on Netflix *across the globe* beginning on July 1
• Smart: Netflix Queues Up Video Downloads
• Scoop: Younger Taps Grease: Live Alum to Play Awkward Millionaire in Season 3
• Arrow: Tyler Ritter Nabs Recurring Role
• Must Read TV: ‘Game Of Thrones’ David Benioff & D.B. Weiss On Shocking Season 6 Finale
• Social Media: How Fans Do (and Don’t) Impact TV Storylines

ZOO Season 2 Premiere: A Race to Find Jamie and the Cure

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Season 1 of ZOO ended with our heroes surrounded by animals, who soon began storming their car. Season 2, meanwhile, is going to pick up right after that moment, showing us how the group survives that stampede

“If last season was, let’s say, 80% action, it’s about 112% action this season,” Billy Burke teases. The big mission when the second season begins is all about finding Jamie and finding the leopard who might be able to help them cure the animals. Mitch is also personally very invested in reuniting with Jamie since the pair have shared a special connection. Kristen Connolly, who plays Jamie, hints that she gets a “lot tougher” over the course of the first few episodes.

Meanwhile, Jackson starts to realize some strange things are happening to him in season 2, both mentally and physically. Why this is happening to him will be something the group focuses on in the coming season.

New character Dariela Marzan will be joining the show in season 2 as well and she “adds a whole new dynamic to the show,” says James Wolk. She’s an army ranger who is “very strong willed [and] passtionate,” according to Alyssa Diaz.

The two-hour season premiere of ZOO begins tonight (June 28) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

On TV Tonight: Tuesday June 28, 2016

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Middle (R) black-ish (R) Uncle Buck To Tell the Truth
CBS NCIS (R) Zoo
CW The Flash (R) Containment
FOX Hotel Hell Coupled
NBC US Olympic Trials: Swimming America’s Got Talent
FFORM Pretty Little Liars Dead of Summer
MISC The Mindy Project (Hulu) The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN)
Animal Kingdom (TNT)
Casual (Hulu)
Scream (MTV)
Greenleaf (OWN)
Wrecked (TBS)
Feed the Beast (AMC)
Tosh.0/Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (Comedy)

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ABC Announces Fall 2016 Premiere Dates

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ABC is the last network to announce its fall 2016 premiere dates, which begin in mid-September and continue until early October.

Shows premiering at midseason include: SCANDAL, AMERICAN CRIME, THE CATCH, THE BACHELOR, STILL STAR-CROSSED (new series – watch trailer), TIME AFTER TIME (new series – watch trailer), DOWNWARD DOG (new series – watch trailer) and IMAGINARY MARY  (new series – watch trailer).

Monday, September 12
8:00-10:00 p.m. DANCING WITH THE STARS (Season 23 premiere)

Sunday, September 18
7:00-8:00 p.m. 68th Emmy Awards Arrival Pre-Show (live from Los Angeles)
8:00-11:00 p.m. 68th Emmy Awards (live from Los Angeles)

Tuesday, September 20
8:00-10:00 p.m. DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS SHOW
10:00-11:00 p.m. MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4 premiere)

Wednesday, September 21
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS (Season 4 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. SPEECHLESS (Series premiere – watch trailer)
9:00-9:30 p.m. MODERN FAMILY (Season 8 premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. BLACK-ISH (Season 3 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (Series premiere – watch trailer)

Thursday, September 22
8:00-9:00 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (Season 13 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. NOTORIOUS (Series premiere – watch trailer)
10:00-11:00 p.m. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (Season 3 premiere)

Friday, September 23
8:00-8:30 p.m. LAST MAN STANDING (Season 6 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. DR. KEN (Season 2 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. SHARK TANK (Season 8 premiere)

Sunday, September 25
8:00-9:00 p.m. ONCE UPON A TIME (Season 6 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. SECRETS AND LIES (Season 2 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. QUANTICO (Season 2 premiere)

Sunday, October 2
7:00-8:00 p.m. AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (Season 27 premiere)

Monday, October 3
10:00-11:00 p.m. CONVICTION (Series premiere – watch trailer)

Tuesday, October 11
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE MIDDLE (Season 8 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (Series premiere – watch trailer)
9:00-9:30 p.m. FRESH OFF THE BOAT (Season 3 premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. THE REAL O’NEALS (Season 2 premiere)

BALLERS Season 2 Preview: Spencer Faces Off Against an Old Adversary

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“There’s a lot of moments in season 2 [of BALLERS] that are just unexpected,” teases star Dwayne Johnson.

As we dive further into the world of football in Miami, we’re going to meet a new character played by Andy Garcia named Andre. He has a “backstory with Spencer. Friends, but not so much,” says Garcia. The two of them will engage in a tug-of-war over clients throughout the season.

Elsewhere in the new season, Ricky explores his options as a free agent, while getting to know the father who left him behind; Charles tries to balance a new baby and his future in the game; and Vernon deals with the consequences of his life off the field.

In the season premiere, Spencer is convinced to appear on a talk show and ends up “facing off with an old adversary”, according to HBO, “which puts his company and reputation in jeopardy.” Given the teaser below, it’s likely he’ll be going head-to-head with Andre. Elsewhere, Ricky gets bad news in advance of his 30th birthday party and Charles relishes his new status as a fan favorite, but may face changes on the field.

BALLERS returns for its second season on July 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada.

DEAD OF SUMMER: Something Evil Lurks in the Woods at Camp Stillwater

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The river runs red with blood at Camp Stillwater as we began DEAD OF SUMMER many years ago with an honest-to-god posse tracking down a mystery man and demanding to know what he did with “them”. Them, of course, being the multitude of corpses we see floating in the water.

Then it’s the 1980s and the counselors of Camp Stillwater (all former campers there themselves) are returning to the camp, along with the newbie, Amy. She seems hesitant and we soon see that the episode is littered with flashbacks to this strange young girl arriving at a new school. Something is bizarre and ominous as her mother tells her to be sure to fit in so that she can “succeed this time”.

Deborah Carpenter is the new camp director who has sunk everything she has into reopening it after it shut down years before. She wants to make things special and warns the counselors that there are only three days until the gates open and the camp returns to business. And groundskeeper Dave is an old relic of the camp and he’s very creepy. He’s also delivering ominous warnings to Amy that she has “no idea what this place is” as he warns her to leave one night.

As the counselors bond over the fire (see the sneak peek below), one of the campers brings up a serial killer, which leads the others to bring up scary stories. One of the boys points out how isolated they are in the woods and how easy it would be for someone to kill them. Of course, this will soon come to pass as horrible things start to happen at the camp.

A dead and gutted deer is found in the woods, creeping out the girls. Amy thinks that it was Dave who did this and tells Deborah that he threatened her the night before. But Deborah doesn’t think anything is wrong. Soon, however, she can’t deny that something is happening at Camp Stillwater. Ghosts are spotted in video cameras and Amy finds a dead body in the lake. And while no one but the viewers seem to notice that the trees are leaking blood, it’s clear that there is evil in this forest.

DEAD OF SUMMER premieres tonight (June 28) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform (U.S.) and ABC Spark (Canada).

UnREAL 2.04 Recap: Of Power Grabs and (Not So) Low-Key Injuries

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This week’s UnREAL brings a shift in allegiances as Rachel deals with the cold front coming in from Quinn and finds herself coming up against what Darius has been hiding which leads to a team up, a break up, and an arrest.

Rachel and Quinn are still at odds after the former showrunner finds out the woman she had trusted and helped work through things stabbed her in the back (in honestly a very Quinn sort of way). The hurt feelings don’t end there as Quinn’s then hit with news that her father has died. But with that level of big news, she doesn’t seem to react in the way you would expect and instead becomes more focused and methodical (and slightly more destructive) with how she approaches getting her show back.

Darius’ injury is much worse than Rachel initially thought as she discovers that Romeo and Darius were hiding a whole lot about the extent of his back injury. The injury becomes the center of the hour and a tool not only for Rachel to keep Darius in as the suitor, but for Chet and Quinn as well, after they figure out that their suitor is hiding a major potentially career-ending injury. Their machinations and choice of bringing in one of the contestants to help them with their plan kicks off a series of horrible and manipulative choices that the conniving pair make. Their plan reminds viewers that these people are terrible and willing to do anything they want to get it. Darius’ injury also causes some friction between him and Romeo, especially after he opts to take the epidural at Rachel’s insistence (and Quinn-like play). It gets so bad that he even fires the man who has stood by him for years despite the fact he was just looking out for Darius.

Meanwhile Ruby and Darius, who have been getting closer since they met (and seemingly have sincere feelings for each other?), take it one step further after having a sweet conversation that got Darius to talk about what things will be like without Romeo beside him along the way. Their moment, the one that Ruby ensured wouldn’t be on camera because she’s not deemed “wifey material”, is most definitely caught on camera. The fact that Jay is right there leaves you with a feeling that maybe Ruby is just as invested in winning as the other girls which brings back memories of a few of the girls competing for Adam in season one. It will be interesting to see where that goes.

UnREAL also did something that I don’t think they happened in their first season and that is show a contestant sleep with a crew member. This season, we saw Yael (Hot Rachel) plot to get the most out of her time on the show. She’s tried to get close to pretty much every member of the production team with some limited success, especially when it comes to Rachel. Her latest (terrible) choice is to sleep with Jeremy, which really is just the worst thing she could have done even with all of her game-playing. Really, just the worst.

The end of the hour shows Quinn at her breaking point after dealing with her father’s death, Chet’s continued terrible (and now felonious) existence after he is hauled away by the police for kidnapping, and Rachel’s stunt. We see that her nonchalance was a guard against the anger and disappointment of people around her as she tells Rachel that it’s time to get rid of the garbage people in her life.

If that doesn’t seem like a glimpse of things to come, I don’t know what is.

Watch the next new episode of UnREAL on July 4 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.