If you watched Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, you're probably still reeling from shock. If you haven't, go and watch it now ... or certainly before you read our spoiler-filled discussion below. Just know that HBO's defiance of convention is gutsy, inspiring and every bit as cold as the world of Westeros that calls the channel home.
TVGuide.com's Hanh Nguyen is an avid scripted-TV watcher, a horror-avoider and someone who's read George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based. Colleague Rich Juzwiak rarely watches scripted TV, is a gorehound and became alerted to Martin's existence just recently, as he started researching this new swords-and-sandals (well, boots) series. He knows nothing of these sorcerers (if that is indeed what they are), while Hanh is something of an expert (read: fantasy/sci-fi nerd). Each week, he'll try to make sense of this crazy new show by enlisting Hanh's expertise. It may turn out to be a test of tolerance: in this case, the Games begin after the TV is off...
Jeanne Bice, the creator and on-air peddler of QVC mainstay clothing line Quacker Factory, died Friday at 71. The cause of her death was not announced.
Bice, who first appeared on QVC in 1995, was known for her headbands, boisterous personality and even more boisterous clothing, which was typically sold in bright colors and embroidered with season- and holiday-themed adornments...
Conan O'Brien addressed Dartmouth's 2011 graduating class in typical self-deprecating fashion. For proof, look no further than his opening statement, which refers to President George H.W. Bush, who was there to receive an honorary degree:
"Before I begin, I must point out that behind me sits a highly admired president of the United States and decorated war hero, while I, a cable television talk show host, has been chosen to stand here and impart wisdom. I pray I never witness a more damning example of what is wrong with America today"...
Matt Stone and Trey Parker
The current critical and commercial darling of Broadway, The Book of Mormon, unsurprisingly reigned supreme at Sunday night's Tony Awards, taking home nine trophies including Best Musical. Its creators, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, as well as their collaborator, Avenue Q's Robert Lopez, snagged the honor for Best Book of a Musical.
What happens when four college kids are stuck in their car after an avalanche hits? "The Truth Below is about the emotional unraveling of these four kids who become vulnerable and have no choice but to shed a bunch of layers," star Gillian Zinser tells TVGuide.com.
The MTV film follows Jenna (Zinser), Ethan (Reid Ewing), Dante (Nick Thurston) and Liam (Ricky Mabe), who go on a snowboarding trip during spring break. After an avalanche hits, leaving them trapped, the movie takes a psychological turn that Zinser says "examines the themes of truth, the relationship between truth and fear, and all the consequences of living dishonestly."
It's that time of the year again: Emmy season! Over the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 14. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. First up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Sean Bean, Game of Thrones
In Game of Thrones' penultimate episode of the season, Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark finds that playing the game is more difficult than he imagined, especially when new players enter who don't abide by your rules.
Spoilers! If you haven't watched "Baelor" yet, then perhaps it's best to sit this one out until you do.
"When you play the game of thrones, you...