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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:22 PM

Who would you not want to have hunting for you in George R.R. Martin’s chimerical realm of Westeros? So many of the characters on Games of Thrones spring to mind. Personally, I’d pick Cersei (Lena Headey) and it looks in this final trailer from HBO, as if Cersei is determined to take many heads. Chilling indeed.

You almost feel sorry for Jamie, her brother/lover, at the end of this clip, when he moans, “Why have the gods made me love a hateful woman?”

But there’s so much else happening here as well. In this meaty preview, you get a look at the vaunted fighting style of new addition Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal); Lady Brienne is dispatched to recover Arya and Daeneys (Emilia Clarke) is preparing to conquer the city of Mereen. Is she using catapults?


POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 1:41 PM

We’ve all been there – overwhelmed by email, unable to keep up with Twitter, your friends’ Facebook postings scrolling by faster than a slot machine and you’re afraid to even check on your Instagram account. Come to think of it, when was the last time you had an actual conversation with another human being?

Enough! Ever just want to withdraw from the incessant digital chatter? Get a little peace and quiet up in here? You know there will be withdrawal pains involved but you can’t take the busy-bee static one more minute.

Last night on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein gave us a look at the nuclear option when she declared “social bankruptcy”. Bold move. Her online profile was wiped clean.


POSTED: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:07 PM

On A&E’s Those Who Kill, Chloe Sevigny plays Catherine Jensen, a Pittsburgh cop who is fixated – maybe a little too fixated – with serial killers. I’m providing you with this recap because unless you watched one of the first two episodes, you’ll have no way of finding out on your own.

A&E abruptly pulled the plug on the show, removing it from the schedule on Monday nights. (Sheesh, and The Glades has run for years.) Bates Motel will move back an hour, taking over Those Who Kill’s 10 p.m. time slot.

A&E insists that the show has not been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean much. TV programmers are really those who kill.


POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:44 PM
Seth Rogan does "True Detective."
Give the people what they want. Jimmy Kimmel is taping his late night show this week in Austin during the SXSW Festival. What better way to please the crowd than to give them a look at the 2nd season of True Detective and set it in right in Austin?

The stars? Well, Seth Rogen and Jimmy Kimmel don’t look a whole lot like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson but they sure talk a lot like their cop characters did in the electrifying anthology series that wrapped up on Sunday night on HBO.

Well, there are two big differences. Rogen’s detective has a tendency to drift into reciting the lyrics of old pop songs. And Kimmel’s Texas accent goes in and out like a jittery groundhog.



POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:59 AM
Who's that knockin' at my door?
Maybe you caught the online and media sensation that followed American luger Kate Hansen posting a video of a wolf wandering in the hall of her dorm at the athletes’ village in Sochi. Trust us: people went crazy. It was almost too good to be true.

Kimmel! Yes, he was at it again. It was a wolf, but the sequence was taped on a sound stage in Los Angeles. Hansen just let the show use her twitter account.

We have developed such a fast twitch response to outrageous video, that we’ve become incredibly easy to fool. Thanks for reminding us, Jimmy.


POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:04 AM

I know Brian Williams reports from NBC News headquarters in Manhattan but I’ve always thought of him as a West Coast rapper. That’s because usually in the past when Jimmy Fallon’s crew has assembled a montage that makes Williams appear to be performing a famous rap, it’s been an L.A. artist like Snoop or N.W.A.

But last night, for the first time since taking over The Tonight Show, Fallon took the wraps off one of his Williams raps – the granddaddy of them all – “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang. You can’t get any more East Coast then that without going out to Montauk.

Look upon this and marvel. Can you imagine how much work it takes to assemble and edit this mash-up?


POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:20 AM

On Monday’s Late Show with David Letterman, the cast from How I Met Your Mother – Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris – came out to read the Top Ten surprises from the long-running sitcom’s final episode, which airs March 31.

A little early to let the cats out of the proverbial bag, isn’t it guys? Well, once this list gets rolling, you’ll notice it’s a spoiler free zone. At least we think Cobie is kidding about them all being naked in the finale.

Is it our imagination, or does Alyson get the best lines? The one about buying the bar and turning it into a Duane Reade kills. Or maybe it’s just her delivery.


POSTED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 10:26 AM

Seems a little ironic that the Russians would take a concept invented by the Greeks and stand it on its head by adopting this anti-gay stance at the Olympics. But on Monday night’s Colbert Report, the lonely voice of freedom brought in an authority on the subject: Buddy Cole, boulevadier and man-about-town.

Cole is the delightful invention of Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall. Here he clarifies the questions we’ve all been burning to know, such as, “Are buttons gayer then zippers?”. And he also introduces a number of helpful idiomatic phrases to allow you to pass for hetero in Sochi.

Buddy would make a great skating analyst, ne c’est pas?


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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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