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Game of Thrones House Smackdown: Starks vs. Lannisters!

Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner

Would you pledge your allegiance to House Stark or House Lannister?

Not everyone can be born to a noble house, and therefore Game of Thrones bannermen (and we peon-like fans) must align with the bigger, more powerful players. And while the Tyrells, Greyjoys, Baratheons and Targaryens have made some bold moves, the Lannisters and the Starks are the two main houses that are currently dividing Westerosi loyalties on HBO's fantasy drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c).
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TNT Orders Legends from Homeland Producers

Sean Bean

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the drama Legends starring Game of Thrones alum Sean Bean, the network announced on Wednesday.

Based on the a book by the same name by Robert Littell, Legends is about an undercover agent named Martin Odum (Bean) who works for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division. Martin can transform himself into a completely different person for each job, but starts to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that he isn't the man he believes himself to be. read more

Game of Thrones' Coster-Waldau: Jaime Feels Desperate and Really Loves Cersei

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Game of Thrones's Jaime Lannister may have carried on an incestuous affair with his twin sister Cersei, but it comes from a noble, if misguided, place.
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Game of Thrones' Joe Dempsie on Gendry: I Have "Bastard" Written All Over Me

Joe Dempsie

Joe Dempsie says he was destined to play a bastard on Game of Thrones.

The British actor had initially auditioned for the part of Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow (a part that eventually went to Kit Harington) and then even tried out to play one of Jon's pals at The Wall, but didn't score either role. Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were determined to work with Dempsie, however, and eventually cast him as Gendry the blacksmith's apprentice, the only one of King Robert's byblows to survive Joffrey's bastard massacre in the Season 2 premiere of Game of Thrones, which airs its third episode Sunday (9/8c, HBO).

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Game of Thrones Power Shift: Theon "Handles" His Family Poorly

Alfie Allen

On Sunday's Game of Thrones, poor Theon Greyjoy found himself not only humbled, but also humiliated in a really icky way.

The prodigal son returned to the Iron Islands but found that even though the Greyjoys' sigil is a kraken, he was not greeted with open arms, tentacled or otherwise. In fact, Theon's every misstep cost him some influence in the War of Five Kings. Who else faltered? Who prevailed? Who should just give up and join Ser Dontos as a jester? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The Night Lands"... read more

Game of Thrones Power Shift: Joffrey Strikes, Melisandre Scores

Game Of Thrones, Jack Gleeson, Carice van Houten

"Power is power," the Queen Regent Cersei told a chastened Littlefinger in the long-awaited Game of Thrones Season 2 premiere.

It's a lesson that the Lannister lady has passed down to her son. In Sunday's episode, both Cersei and Joffrey flex their monarchy muscles among their courtiers, but now that Westeros is embroiled in a civil war among more than one self-styled king, it remains to be seen who actually wields the most influence. Who made a play for power? Who succeeded? Who failed? Who just embarrassed him/herself? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "The North Remembers":

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Power Tripping

Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson): He may only be a teenager, but that kid is sitting on the Iron Throne. So far, he's used his power to hold tournaments, give the order to... read more

Game of Thrones Season 2: The Men (and One Woman) Who Would Be King

Jack Gleeson, Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden

The Iron Throne may be made of swords, but that isn't a deterrent for the many people who want to sit upon it.

Following the death of King Robert Baratheon, Westeros has been thrown into turmoil. As the second season of Game of Thrones kicks off Sunday (9/8c, HBO), Robert's son Joffrey holds dominion in King's Landing, but not without rumblings from the surrounding Seven Kingdoms. Civil war has broken out, and while some men feel they have a better claim to the throne, others want supremacy over their own carved-out piece of turf.

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Thursday TV in Review: The Return of Community and ABC's Missing

Danny Pudi and Donald Glover

Apparently, no one ever told Community to beware the ides of March. (Et tu, Dean Pelton?) The mind reels at how the obsessive Abed (Danny Pudi) would react to March 15 being the date designated by NBC for the return of the never-say-die sitcom — and winner of TV Guide Magazine's 2011 Fan Favorite cover — from a most unwelcome three-month hiatus.

Once again kicking off NBC's stubbornly low-rated comedy lineup (8/7c), this endearingly zany cult comedy wastes no time ...
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Ashley Judd Travels the World and Takes Down Bad Guys in Missing

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd wasn't particularly looking to take on a television series. She's pledged her life recently to human rights/social justice work in impoverished countries, so she'd turned down several very generous TV offers, even those that met her desire to shoot near her home in rural Tennessee. But ABC's Missing provided something unique: challenging material taking place over just 10 episodes, rather than a network's typical order of 22.

"I'd been waiting for that right balance ...
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Exclusive: Get a First Look at the Poster for ABC's Missing

Ashley Judd

Look what we found: It's an exclusive first look at the key art for ABC's new drama, Missing!

Get more scoop on your favorite shows in our Winter TV preview

Missing
stars Ashley Judd  as Becca Winstone, a former CIA agent-turned-florist who gets back in the game when her son (Nick Eversman) disappears while studying abroad in Italy. (Sean Bean co-stars as Becca's late husband Paul. Yes, you read that right... read more

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