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The Killing, The Quest, Sharknado 2 and Hell on Wheels; TV’s must-sees for the week of July 27

- July 27th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of July 27:

1) The Killing
Debut of fourth and final season: Sarah (Mireille Enos) made a really questionable decision at the end of season three. She always has been really tough, but is she tough enough to live with what she did?
When: Friday on Netflix

2) Sharknado 2: The Second One
Debut: It’s fin-tastic. See it with a chum. More bite for your buck. Something to chew on. Give it a hand. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back to battle double shark storms headed for New York City.
When: Wednesday on Space

3) Hell on Wheels
Fourth-season debut: Awaiting the birth of his baby, Cullen (Anson Mount) toils under the thumb of The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl), while Durant (Colm Meaney) feels the chill after an icy miscalculation.
When: Saturday on AMC

4) The Quest
Debut: This sounds like a reality-competition series for Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings geeks, as 12 contestants are transported into an imaginative realm, with ogres and dragons and a dark lord.
When: Thursday on ABC, City

5) Running Wild With Bear Grylls
Debut: Bear leads actor Zac Efron on a survival journey into the Northeast Appalachian mountain range. But then Zac dances his way out of it, dammit! Take that, danger! East High forever!
When: Monday on NBC, Global

6) The Bridge
Marco (Demian Bichir) gains a new ally while discovering that cartel leader Fausto (Ramon Franco) has a wider reach than anticipated. Meanwhile, a disruption at a local bank provides new intel.
When: Wednesday on FX Canada

7) The Leftovers
A hate crime tests the resolve of Laurie (Amy Brenneman), while Kevin (Justin Theroux) turns down an offer of assistance and Matt (Christopher Eccleston) brings his pulpit to the street.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

8) Masters of Sex
When Bill (Michael Sheen) delivers a baby with ambiguous genitalia, he encourages the parents not to surgically assign a gender. Meanwhile, Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) learns about Bill’s troubled childhood.
When: Sunday on The Movie Network, Movie Central

9) Under the Dome
After a bad plan by Big Jim (Dean Norris) and Rebecca (Karla Crome) leaves the town divided, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) takes over as leader of Chester’s Mill. But that’s not actually a paid position any more.
When: Monday on CBS, Global

10) Masters of Illusion
Debut: Hosted by Dean Cain, this series features illusionists performing everything from sleight-of-hand to great escapes, all in front of a live studio audience. I watched it. Or did I?
When: Friday on CW

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Meet the new ‘Game of Thrones’ cast members

- July 25th, 2014

Oh good, more characters for Game of Thrones fans to get attached to before they’re killed off.

HBO announced at the official San Diego Comic Con Game of Thrones panel on Friday the show was getting nine more important characters for the upcoming fifth season.

The network played a two minute introductory video for Hall H attendees, allowing each actor to state the name of the character they would be playing and giving the world a ten second glimpse at the person they’ll come to either love or hate.

The biggest casting announcement was long time British actor Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean) as the High Sparrow. He’s described as, “a devious and pious man,” and ventured down to King’s Landing to serve the poor and the unwell. After his arrival in the city, he quickly garnered a large following of desperate city folk, leading to a potential anarchical system.

The other actors my be lesser known, but are equally excited to start filming the newest season of the show.

Alexander Siddig (Da Vinci’s Demons) will be playing Doran Martell, the older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell. He’s described as, “even tempered and deliberate,” a stark opposite to his passionate and fiery younger sibling.

Toby Sebastian (The Hollow Crown) will play Trystane Martell, son of Prince Doran and heir to the throne.

Nell Tiger Free (Broken) will take on the role of Myrcella Baratheon. Fans might recall Myrcella as the eldest child of Cersei Lannister and the late King Robert Baratheon (although we all know her true father is her Uncle Jamie).  We learn in the new season she has been a ward of the Doran’s for quite some time, betrothed to Trystane Martell, and is now in a difficult predicament considering the death of her fiance’s father.

DeObia Oparei (Doom) will play Aero Hotah. Not much is known about his character other than he is the, “long serving captain of Doran Martell’s palace guard, renowned for his loyalty and his longaxe.”

Enzo Cilenti (Next) will portray Yezzan, a wealthy slave trader who will be featured, for the most part, in Daenerys Targaryen’s story line.

Jessica Henwick (Silk) will take on Nymeria Sand. Like Jon Snow, Nymeria Sand is a bastard, daughter of Prince Oberyn.

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (The Family) will play Nymeria Sand’s half sister, Tyene Sand. Also a bastard daughter of Prince Oberyn, she was the last of his bastard children before settling down with his wife.

Lastly, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) will play Obara San, the eldest bastard child of Prince Oberyn.

Game of Thrones fifth season will premiere sometime in January of 2015.

George R.R. Martin heartwarmingly refuses to kill boy, 13

- July 24th, 2014
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George R.R. Martin refuses to write a 13-year-old British boy into his books and give him a ”gruesome grizzly death,” even though the kid forked over his entire life savings.

But the Game of Thrones author did send the kid a heartwarming letter and donate $10,000 to the U.K. Wolf Conservation Trust in his name, reports The AV Club.

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Watch ‘The Pugs of Westeros’

- June 25th, 2014

Let’s hope these Game of Thrones characters are never killed off.

They’re just too adorable.

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For those already missing their GoT fix and/or love cute dogs in period costumes – we give you The Pugs of Westeros.

The clip comes courtesy of dog owners Phillip Lauer and his wife Sue, who normally dress their pugs up as TV and movie characters for still photographs. This time, they decided to amp it up a notch and feature their dogs in a live-action spoof trailer of the wildly popular HBO  show.

So here is pug trio Roxy, Blue and Bono posing as Jon Snow, Ned Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and a much cuter, more obedient King Joffrey.

 

Maslany, McConaughey, Margulies earn nominations for 2014 TCA awards

- May 27th, 2014

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Orange and True.

That would be one way to describe the list of nominees for the 30th annual Television Critics Association Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

Two new shows – Orange is the New Black (Netflix) and True Detective (HBO, HBO Canada) – were included among the five nominees for the prestigious program-of-the-year award. The others were Game of Thrones (HBO, HBO Canada), The Good Wife (CBS, Global) and defending champion Breaking Bad (AMC).

As logic would dictate (although you never can be too sure with critics), Orange is the New Black and True Detective also were nominated in the outstanding-new-program category, alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, City), Fargo (FX, FXX Canada) and Sleepy Hollow (Fox, Global).

Nominees for individual achievement in comedy were defending champ Louis C.K. (Louie), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).

Nods for individual achievement in drama went to defending champ Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans).

The eligibility period for the 2014 TCA awards was from May 15, 2013 to May 15, 2014. The awards will be handed out on July 19 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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