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News Briefs: True Blood Creator Alan Ball Gets a New Series, Game of Thrones Casts Four

... OMG guys, three four more people have been cast for Season 2 of Game of Thrones, which—and I am not exaggerating one bit—is the best thing in the world ever. Irish actor Michael McElhatton will play Roose Bolton, Welsh actor Robert Pugh will play Craster, Ben Crompton will play Dolorous Edd, and Karl Davies will play a new character named Alton Lannister. The addition of Alton is likely being done in order to scrunch a few characters together so producers can contain the universe and keep casting down. In case you were wondering, Dolorous Edd is probably my favorite character in the books. He's such a frump-face. These are all, once again, fantastic choices for casting. It's as if HBO was reading my mind, if my mind knew who all these actors were in the first place. [Westeros.org 1, 2, 3 / THR]

... Alan Ball is signed up to run the show over at True Blood for at least one more year, but beyond that he's free to do whatever he wants. So it's no surprise that he's already keeping an eye out for new projects. Ball will serve as producer on a new series over at Cinemax (an HBO property). The project is called Banshee, but despite the title, there is no supernatural element; it'll be set in Amish country in Pennsylvania and follow an ex-con who poses as sheriff after the original was murdered. There's no timetable for the debut. [LA Times]

... Actor LaMarcus Tinker (Friday Night Lights) is sticking with football and playing a lineman in the upcoming season of Glee. More importantly, he's being paired up with Mercedes as her new love interest. Honestly, I have nothing funny to say about this that won't get me in trouble. [TV Line]

... Sebastian Roche, who's familiar to people who watch television at 9pm on Friday nights because he was on both Supernatural (as Balthazar) and Fringe (as Thomas Newton), is joining The Vampire Diaries this fall. Roche will play a mysterious man who hunts vampires, which is convenient because everyone in Mystic Falls is a vampire. [EW]

... Spike has renewed Repo Games and picked up the following new shows: Big Easy Justice (bounty hunters in N'Orleans), American Digger (former wrestler looks for buried treasure), World's Worst Tenants (self-explanatory), and Undercover Stings (also pretty obvious). Just thought you'd like to know. [LA Times]

... Kevin Bacon is about to get one degree closer to you! The Footloose star is in talks to play the lead in an upcoming HBO series called Valentine. Bacon would play a talk show host who's down on his luck. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I'm starting to become a fan of really dumb game shows in primetime, and this new one from ABC sounds pretty fantastic. The Exit List will let contestants loose in a giant maze, where they will run around like freaks and answer trivia questions and find rooms filled with prizes and hopefully never be seen again until a contestant on the following season happens upon a pile of bones surrounded by a brand-new microwave and gift cards. Now that's fun! [TV Guide]

... Autumn Reeser, who will tell you she's not my girlfriend in spite of my claims to the contrary, is guest-starring on Hawaii Five-0 as a potential love interest for Scott Caan's character, Danny. So Autumn, should I just buy my plane ticket to Hawaii myself? Or do you want to get this one? Hello? Autumn? Helllllo? [TV Line]

... Syfy's Haven is doing some crazy thing with Twitter. It's going to have a story arc that is told both on TV and on Twitter, so you'll have to watch the series and follow the Twitter feeds of several fake people and try and keep everything straight. It's hard enough to just sit still while watching something on television, let alone figure out how to turn your computer on! This is madness! [Syfy, via press release]


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Don't "like" twatter, don't do SpaceFace or MyBook, so I guess I won't be able to understand the unbelievably complex plots on Haven anymore ;-) . I hope they don't start messing with Warehouse 13 with the (anti)social media BS. I'd hate having to consult the Urban Dictionary every commercial...heh...
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I just paid $22,87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38,76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $71,32 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/qNNVG2
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Am liking the choices for the Game of Thrones casting.
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I don't use twitter,so you're not the only one.Oh I don't even watch haven.
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Since I may be the only person with a PC that doesn't use twitter, I hope I can understand the episode without wasting time on the net.
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The Exit List sounds like a remake of an old game show, The Money Maze. (http://www.tv.com/the-money-maze/show/31196/summary.html?q=money%20maze)There was a Canadian one that used a similar principal with a board game concept.



They're going to have fake people on Twitter. :) I'm not a big enough fan of Haven to follow it on Twitter. Hopefully the experiment will fail and they won't try it again.

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Not sure how the Haven/Twitter thing is gonna work :S
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Not really know the new actors but if they have been chosen they must be good anyway im not a fan of twitter but I`m like Haven
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Ug, Mercedes... My white guilt does somersaults whenever she's on screen. What a caricature.



Haven sounds really stupid. I'm glad I quit making myself watch that show.
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Josh Holloway needs to play the lead in Alan Balls new show
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Interesting stuff about GoT. Alan Ball's new show sounds horrible, so does Kevin Bacon's show. I love Autumn Reeser so it'll be nice to see her on TV (again). I like Haven, but it's stupid to do what they're doing about twitter. i don't follow show characters, that's insane. i guess i won't know what's going on then because i won't take part in that little game of theirs.
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Ok... I admit it.... I like haven!! not even sure why...but I don't like Twitter. What do I do? --Dilemma-- crazy sidenote- I have actually never been to twitter.com.dont even know what it looks like. is it blue?
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Same here! I've never been on twitter!

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Alton Lannister???? Hmm... Oh, wasn't he the one who wanted to make it an incest orgy, but Jaime wasn't cool with sharing Cersei? but what do I know, I' m just a pug in a black tophat.



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Bah - the only realistic love interest for Danno is Steve McGarret. Seriously, who can miss the UST? ;)
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I'm seriously starting to get freaked out by the uncanny brilliance of The Game of Thrones casting choices.
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interesting casting, great show games of thrones you rock and people makes it also rock

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interesting about twitter and haven, quite ingenious might i say. n e ways, apart from that, all ok
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I'm still salty about Fringe killing off Newton, even to this day. Roche did a great turn on Supernatural and though I don't watch Vampire Diaries, let's just hope his enormous talents aren't wasted on a crappy vampire love show.
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True Blood better not suffer because of Alan's new plans

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gotta agree with Eric10301 here, though I also do not watch it ;)
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...Alton Lannister?

see

I informed you thusly, I so informed you thusly

First they change Asha's name to Yara because they think we're too stupid not to confuse it with Osha.

and now this....hell no, oh I just know it, the producers are gonna tank game of thrones, i just know it

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Maybe Alton Lannister will be particularly skilled in the cooking sciences?
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Not that I watch Haven but what a stupid, stupid idea.
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