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Game of Thrones' Mark Addy: Robert Is "Not Really a Kingly King"

Mark Addy

In Game of Thrones' debut, viewers met King Robert Barantheon, a laid-back monarch who seems more interested in wenching and quenching various appetites than in ruling the Seven Kingdoms. On Sunday, the show will give insights into the fat man who sits on the Iron Throne and the cause of much bloodshed to come.

"The thing about Robert is that he's not really a kingly king," Mark Addy, who plays Robert, tells TVGuide.com "He's really a guy, a warrior, a soldier who happens to find himself in a position of power. He'd much rather be with the lads. That's his roots, his heritage."

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Game of Thrones Renewed for a Second Season

Game Of Thrones

After just one episode, HBO has announced plans to pick up a second season of Game of Thrones after its initial, 10-episode run is complete. Whether two seasons can even scratch the surface of George R. R. Martin's beyond-epic A Song of Ice and Fire book series remains to be seen, but it should be fun (and complex!) watching them try...
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First Look Video: HBO’s Horse-Racing Drama Luck, Starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte

Dustin Hoffman

HBO is teasing its upcoming horse-racing drama Luck with the in-production trailer below. In addition to scenes from the forthcoming show starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, executive producer/director Michael Mann and executive producer/writer David Milch (Deadwood) discuss what to expect from the series...
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Game of Thrones' Most Chilling Moment: Bran's Downfall

Isaac Hempstead-Wright

The first episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday had several chilling scenes that featured creepy, white-pupiled baby creatures and multiple beheadings. In the end, however, I was most disturbed by what befell Bran.

Spoiler alert: Consider this your notice to click the back button if you haven't watched the pilot, titled "Winter Is Coming," yet.

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Houses Collide: A Weekly Game of Thrones Discussion

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

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. Her co-worker, Rich Juzwiak, rarely watches scripted TV, is a gorehound and became alerted to Martin's existence just this past week, 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...
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HBO Picks Up Julia Louis-Dreyfus Comedy Veep

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

HBO has given the green light to the D.C.-based comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Deadline reports.

Louis-Dreyfus plays a former senator who becomes vice president and quickly learns that the new gig is ... read more

5 Reasons to Watch Game of Thrones (and Skip the Books!)

Maisie Williams

Let me relieve you by saying you don't have to read George R.R. Martin's massive A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels to appreciate HBO's adaptation, Game of Thrones.

Don't get me wrong: I devoured Martin's fantasy novels set in a medieval-inspired world of intrigue and recommend it to those who've got the time and aren't intimidated by, well, lots and lots of pages. I've also watched the first six episodes of Game of Thrones, and the good news is it's obviously a less daunting time-commitment and the show offers certain benefits the books do not.

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Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin: I'm Only "Vaguely Aware" of My Feud with Damon Lindelof

George R. R. Martin, Damon Lindelof

George R.R. Martin may have dissed the ending of Lost, but he hasn't had time to respond to Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof who angrily declared a feud with the fantasy author last week.

"I'm vaguely aware of this, but I haven't really followed this," Martin tells TVGuide.com. "I've been out in Los Angeles in the past week when all this hit the Internet. I came out to watch a screening of the first two episodes. I don't take a computer with me when I travel, so whenever I'm on the road I'm usually kind of cut off what is happening on the Internet."

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Game of Thrones Bosses Won't Pull a Lost-Style Ending

Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen

Weeks before Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO, fanboys of George R. R. Martin's enormously popular fantasy books are already worrying about how the show is going to end. The author recently told The New Yorker he doesn't want to "do a Lost" and mess up the ending.

Series executive producers D.B. Weiss attempted to further calm their nerves, telling TVGuide.com, "We've talked through what the final episode, the final season will be." Executive producer David Benioff adds: "We can't wait to write that episode. Of the many different fears we have about the show, long-term momentum is not one of them. We're very confident."

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HBO Renews The Ricky Gervais Show

The Ricky Gervais Show

HBO has renewed The Ricky Gervais Show for a third season.

The animated comedy series, based on the podcast of the same name, is voiced by Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, who riff ...
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