News Briefs: Game of Thrones Announces Its Season 3 Characters

CHARACTERS WELCOME NEWS

... Game of Thrones TV-adaptationers David Benioff and Dan Weiss have announced the characters that will appear in the next season of the HBO series, which is great news for all you fans who've been complaining that we haven't spent enough time with Beric Dondarrion (he was flashed for a second in Season 1). If you don't want to be spoiled, don't worry because I won't list the names here since the Season 2 finale hasn't aired and some of those names just might involve current storylines. However, I will say that we'll see the Queen of Thorns (Yes! Is Betty White available?) and the Reed kids. Mouse-click the link to be whisked away to the rest of the names, but only if you've read the books because otherwise it doesn't make sense. You know that, right? And then please be nice and not post a ton of spoilers in the comments. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... I told you Kevin Costner was still a star! History's miniseries Hatfields & McCoys set the record for most viewers of a non-sports ad-supported-cable broadcast last night with 13.9 million viewers. Really? Did someone misplace a decimal point or forget to carry a one somewhere? The tale about the feudin' clans continues tonight and concludes tomorrow night. History also made sure to point out that 4.8 million people in the 18-49 age demographic watched this, but to me that just means 9.1 million people were over 50 or forced to watch it with their grandparents. [History via press release]

... Okay, which one of you guys out there said, "Gee, I sure wish there was one more singing competition show on TV right now?" NBC has ordered The Winner Is, which is like Duets mixed with The Voice sprinkled with American Idol and a touch of whatever the name of that CW singing show is, and just for the F of it, a nice gob of Deal or No Deal on top. People will still sing for judges, but they'll sing against an opponent and have the opportunity to bow out of the competition before they hear the judges' decision in exchange for a cash prize. In other words, singing competition shows have officially run out of ideas. [NBC via press release]

... HBO is in early development on a dramedy following a professional basketball team. But it comes from the producer of Jane By Design and the writer of Tower Heist. Yuck. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sticking with HBO and sports, the cable channel has finally found a team willing to participate in its behind-the-scenes reality show Hard Knocks. Get ready to see a whole lotta aqua green and orange, because this season belongs to the Miami Dolphins. It should be really interesting to see how the coach plans out the team's strategy to meet ther goal of winning two games this season. [HBO via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... James Frain, who had a memorable go on True Blood as Franklin Mott the angry sensitive vampire, will make multiple appearances on NBC's Grimm next season. He'll play the brother of Portland Police Captain Sean Renard and—you'll never guess this next part—might not be all he appears to be! Frain also had a much less memorable turn on The Cape, and let's never let him forget that. [TV Guide]

... Part-time foodie/part-time jerkface Anthony Bourdain has left the Travel Channel to join CNN, where he'll host a new food and travel show. [CNN]

... NCIS star Michael Weatherly will make a guest appearance on TNT's Major Crimes, the new drama that's being spun off from The Closer. He'll play a charming con artist. Major Crimes debuts August 13. [TV Line]

... Zuleikha Robinson, who played Lost's completely pointless character of Ilana, will recur on the next season of Homeland. She'll play a connection to Abu Nazir. Elsewhere, CSI: Miami's Wanda de Jesus has joined Sons of Anarchy's upcoming season. She'll play a buddy of new character Nero, portrayed by Jimmy Smits. [Deadline Hollywood]


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No mention of Ramsay Bolton, I'm hoping that is not because they are waiting until down the line but because they obviously want me to play him and the decision has been made. I seriously would love that part.



And why, going by suggested artwork of Thoros of Myr, was I do wrong. I always thought he was black for some reason. :-/
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I think Alexander Siddig would be a great Oberyn Martell, myself.
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With almost nothing to watch, I slip on my headphones and watch this weeks Game of Thrones. I think I'm about to again.
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Wooooo Game of Thrones season 3 casting!

So excited!

I have been longing to see some of these characters.
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Michael Weatherley <3 Yeay, I haven't seen him on anything other than NCIS since he was on Dark Angel (Aw, the good old days)...
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Good for you.
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Best shows now are Hatfields & McCoys, Continuum(A Canuckistan series you ain't seen yet), and Game of Thrones. Da end.
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The winner is.. is created by a dutch company. From an economic perspective I hope it is a huge hit. Good for our exports. But from a tv viewer perspective, it is horrible. It totally flopped in the Netherlands. Since it flopped in Germany as well, most likely the host is not the only one to blame.
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I think Kevin Costner has aged up well.
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I think it's more that he's looked aged for so long.
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What about Vargo Hoat? Doesn't he have a hand to play in the 3rd season?
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Vote 1 Vargo Hoat for Hand of the King I say.
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:) Yes, they are in the process of casting him. I've seen one audition for him which was actually pretty good.
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LOL nice one xD
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I see what you did there! haha
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Now that he's free, I can't think of anyone better suited for Beric Dondarrion than Hugh Laurie.
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Here's hoping the Reeds storyline gets minimal screen time.



And all that time saved is spent in King's Landing and the Vale.
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I saw the list of characters-- and all I could say is f'n awesome!!!



Some of them were believed to have been forgotten completely...very exciting stuff. I just hope the Red Viper makes an appearance in season 4--which should be the 2nd half of ASOS.
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I might be crazy, but I think Henry Ian Cusick would make a damn fine Mance Rayder.
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It might be difficult with his seminal, trail-blazing work on *cough* Scandal.
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I don't think you meant "but"; I think you meant "and".

:D
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I like it!
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Me too; then he really will have been seen in another life, brother.
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Looks like a pretty good cast of characters coming in, though I haven't bothered to look up who's playing the parts (noticed the Betty White part, which is pretty cool). I won't spoil anything, though.
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The Betty White line was a joke, at least I hope it was.



Maggie Smith would be awesome, and this is GoT, a British national treasure is much more likely than an American one,



Hell yeah on seeing some Dondarrion too
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Yay GoT!
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I also wanted to see Aristan Whitebeard making the list because i doubt they'll manage to squeeze him in the last episode with so many things left to happen in a clash of kings.
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They aren't adapting A Clash of Kings, though, they're adapting A Song of Ice and Fire, so it won't matter whether Arstan makes his entrance in season 2 or season 3.
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Yes and no. Season one stuck with the first book, and season two has mainly dealt only with the second. As such I would expect that season three will deal predominantly with A Storm of Swords, although admittedly there's a bit of trickling over since they have to be economical.
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The showrunners have said they are not adapting individual books but the whole series. We've already had some book 3 elements in the second season and the season finale will have more. Season 1 had a bit of book 2 in it although it mostly dealt with book 1. Season 3 will have both book 2 and book 3 elements in it, but certainly more of the latter. And then season 4 will have more book 3 but also something from books 4 and 5. And so on.
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Book 3 has a really good ending for every character, so I hope they don't take stuff from 4 and 5.



Season 5+ is going to be really interesting, but it's too soon to think about that for now.
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Yay!!! Meera And Jojen!!!



And, I agree. Betty White would make a great Queen of thorns.
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I believe that in Game of Thrones, Lady Selyse only gave Stannis stillborn children. I don't see how they'll gonna introduce Shireen.
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No, she only gives him stillborn sons.
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Thanks. Can't wait to see seasons 3 & 4:)
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YES! YES! The Reeds are finally here!
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*Golf clap*. Congratulations NBC, you are doing a great job at securing your place at the bottom of the list of networks. Are you actively trying to go bankrupt? Do you pull your shows out of a hat or are your executives high? The Winner Is sounds like a terrible idea, no matter from which perspective you look at it.
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No, they don't pull their ideas out of a hat; they pull them out of another 3-letter word...
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jimmy smiths on SoA? it is very good news)
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is there any rumor or suggestion that they will split the third book in two seasons?
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No there aren't any rumors or anything like that, but there is confirmation on that, though.
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ah yes? good :)
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I can't wait to see James Frain on Grimm!
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i for one dont find it surprising at all that hatfields & mccoys had such high ratings. if you are, you must not have been to or at least been early to any of the recent big movies to come out. they were very good trailers and they were put in front of multiple big budget films for the complete demographic.



that said i havent gotten to watch it yet but i definitely will see it online like all my shows, as a 21 year old, by myself old people free
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How come Daario made this list? I thought Storm of swords was being divided into two seasons in which case Darrio will surely make the fourth season and not the third. I read the book split up and I am pretty sure it ended before the completion of the Astapor scenes, Yunkai wasn't even in the picture.
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You're assuming they would follow the books' narrative in the same order. They haven't done that this season and they won't do it in the future either. Season 3 will cover roughly one half of book 3, but which story lines will they choose to do and how much of book 2 will be in it are unknown to people outside the production team. The Reed siblings were quite important characters in book 2, and the Blackfish was introduced in book 1; all three will make their debuts in the show in season 3. GoT is not an ASoIaF word for word adaptation, it's telling the same story in it's own way and it's own order of events (and even own events).
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Hey, if Tyrion isn't in the next season of Game Of Thrones what will be the point of watching the next season unless we will see Joffrey get murdered in such a brutal way that even the sickest psychopath writes a letter of complain to tell that they just went too far. I hate that peice of sh**.
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Joffrey will certainly have Ser Meryn beat you with Valyrian steel for that treason.
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Didn't Ser Meryn catch a spear to the face? How he gonna beat anyone with anything other than the odor of death?

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I've seen no evidence that Meryn has been speared. If you're referring to Tyrion's assailant then I can confirm that that was definitely not Meryn.
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This show "The Winner is" just ran here in Germany and it sucked pretty much (in quality and ratings). So don't expect it to be on for very long on NBC (is anybody gonna be sad about that?)
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what's TBT? is that joke i don't get?
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Naw, just a typo. Fixed it!
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Tim Surette, the fact that you would discuss the casting of the Queen of Thorns and not mention Maggie Smith is nigh-on blasphemy. No one will play her better.
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Someone needs to email David Benioff and Dan Weiss, because you are absolutely right. She would be perfect for the role.
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I always pictured her as Maggie Smith. She's pretty much the only character I immediately related to an actor. You're right, no one will play her better :)
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Is i remember correctly the Queen of Thorns was short and fat, but Maggie Smith is great for the role.
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I know that it's basically your job to be snarky, but why is it so hard to believe that the younger demographic would be interested in "Hatfields & McCoys"? It looked pretty interesting to me, and big, sexy, action-filled trailers were played in front of every big-budget film so far.
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2 wins for Miami. Oh Tim, that comment was embarrassingly ignorant. Not that they've much a chance for the Super Bowl but that prediction was insulting.

I'm glad that the house that has been omitted from Seasons 1 & 2 of Game of Thrones will finally be represented in Season 3.
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Congrats to Kevin Costner and the western genre for scoring such great ratings last night.
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