News Briefs: Does Game of Thrones Already Have an End Date?

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MAYBE THIS IS TOO PREMATURE NEWS

... HBO's Game of Thrones already has an end date in mind, even if George R.R. Martin hasn't written it yet. Series producer Frank Doelger said, "...we'll probably go through seven seasons." That would match the number of books in the series, but keep in mind that book three, A Storm of Swords, is being stretched into two seasons, meaning two books would have to be crammed into one season. Also, it's only Season 3 so it's way too early to be talking about this. In fact, I think we should all ignore his comment completely. [Rolling Stone]


BUSINESS TIME

... The unaired episodes of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 are now online! All eight of them are available for viewing on ABC.com, in the ABC Player app, on Hulu, and on iTunes. [ABC via press release]

... American Idol aired its finale last night and somebody won (who cares, right?). But more importantly, only 13.61 million viewers tuned in, an all-time low for an Idol finale and the first time that one drew less than 20 million viewers. Last year, 21.15 million viewers tuned in to see Phillip Phillips take the crown. For those of you who went to public school, that's a difference of almost eight million viewers which is quite a bit, let me tell you. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Amazon has passed on its Zombieland pilot, one of several inaugural pilots for its original programming initiative. Creator Rhett Reese blamed the fan base for the pilot's failure, citing early negative buzz, but really the problem was that it sucked. [IGN]


CASTING NEWS

... More singing-show judge news. This time, former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland is rumored to be joining the judges' table at The X Factor. I know, exciting! [EW]

... Ugly Betty star America Ferrera might be returning to television. The actress is taking a look at ABC's in-development Pedro & Maria, a modern-day take on Romeo & Juliet about lovers from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. Maria is a Puerto Rican daughter of wealthy real-estate developers and Pedro is a Dominican son from the slums of Washington Heights. The network is eyeing the project as a limited-run event rather than a full-fledged series. [EW]

... Surprise, surprise. How I Met Your Mother's mother, who was identified in this season's finale and is played by Cristin Milioti, will be a series regular next year. [TV Line]