Winters that last decades. Zombielike creatures called "white walkers." Supersized wolves. A cache of dragon eggs. Game of Thrones, based on the best-selling fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, is definitely not of this world. But it centers on one of the most familiar things on earth: mighty families vying for ultimate control.
Everyone keeps warning that "Winter is coming" in Game of Thrones, but I can't remember the last series that packed this much heat. After putting its distinctive stamp on genres as diverse as the mob drama (The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire), the Western (Deadwood), the urban crime saga (The Wire), the period-piece potboiler (Rome), the horror-show bodice-ripper (True Blood), HBO now turns its extravagant attention to adult epic fantasy. HBO has found its answer to Lord of the Rings in adapting George R.R. Martin's enthralling, sprawling, ruthlessly brutal and magnificently entertaining series of page-turners.
Game of Thrones
TV Guide Magazine visited Northern Ireland for a sneak peek at Game of Thrones, the new HBO drama (based on the best-selling novels of George R. R. Martin), premiering this April. "It's an epic fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien, but with more sex, violence and treachery," Martin says.
The Lord of the Rings fans will find a familiar face in Sean Bean, who plays Eddard "Ned" Stark, patriarch of one of the families ...
Now playing on the Mitovich Mega Minute, my video Q&A with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka 366-year-old John Amsterdam on Fox's New Amsterdam. Enjoy! (The female coworkers he brushed up against in the hallway here sure did.)New Amsterdam airs its second episode Thursday, March 6, at 9 pm/ET, before settling into its regular Mondays-at-9 time slot.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hasn't taken a sip of the Brooklyn Brown Ale offered to him on the show's Queens set. Perhaps it's because, despite playing John Amsterdam, an immortal cop who's lived in the New York area for 366 years, the Copenhagen native is more at home with a Carlsberg than a Big Apple beer. "I haven't tasted it," he says, eyeing the drink. "But I will."
Fox's New Amsterdam — premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET, then airing Thursday at 9 before settling into a Mondays-at-9 slot — is the first TV series for the 37-year-old, who played Liam Neeson's nephew in Kingdom of Heaven and is a full-fledged star back home in Denmark. He auditioned in London, where his rangy good looks and "whisper of an accent" charmed the room. "We call him the Great Dane," executive producer David M