LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin has a well-earned reputation for breaking fans' hearts by indiscriminately killing beloved characters in his "Song of Ice and Fire" novels, and apparently, it's only going to get worse from here.
At an event in London on Tuesday, Martin revealed that as his story grows closer to its ultimate ending and more characters begin to cross paths, the more likely it is that the body count will rise.
According to BuzzFeed, Martin admitted, "I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill... Sometimes there's only one character who's my eye in a particular location, and if I kill that character, everything going on in that particular subplot is going to be lost."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Coupled with the release of the show's sixth season on DVD, NBC has posted a blooper reel for "Parks and Recreation's" most recent cycle.
Featuring everything from miniature horses dressed as the cast as an homage to the fictional town's fallen comrade, Li'l Sebastian, to outtakes of the cast playfully flubbing lines and laughing at each other's mistakes, the reel highlights some favorite moments from the mockumentary-style series.
The show, which will be returning to NBC for its last season this fall, has one major Emmy nomination this year: star Amy Poehler is nominated for lead actress in a comedy. This is Poehler's fifth consecutive nomination in the category, having lost the previous four times.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A female Time Lord for BBC's "Doctor Who" is not out of the question, says the network's director of television, Danny Cohen.
According to the U.K.'s Radio Times magazine, while at the a panel on Thursday for the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival, Cohen was asked if he hopes to see a woman take on the famed role, to which he replied, "I hope so."
Some fans of the show called for a female lead after the previous incarnation of the Doctor, Matt Smith, announced he was leaving the show in June 2013. Helen Mirren announced her desire to play the character in 2011, saying, "I would like to play the new female 'Doctor Who.' I don't want to be just his sidekick."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Doctors and nurses have been engaged in soapy doings since broadcasting's infancy, but seldom in a package quite as tantalizing as "Breathless." Set in the early '60s, this three-part "Masterpiece" production obviously shares certain qualities with "Mad Men," but quickly establishes its own spin on the era replete with a web of interlocking relationships. Built around a dashing gynecologist who performs illegal abortions, the project feels timely and provocative, but can just as easily be savored strictly for its "Peyton Place"-like attributes. For those needing a fix of sumptuous British period drama until "Downton Abbey" docks, "Breathless" is a breath of fresh air.
The producers won half the battle by casting Jack Davenport (closer to "Swingtown," happily, than his "Smash" ordeal) as Dr. Otto Powell, who appears to saunter through life with nary a care despite breaking the law to assist women with terminating unwanted pregnancies. Assured and self-confident, he's accompanied on these surreptitious missions by a nervous anesthesiologist (Shaun Dingwall) and a beautiful nurse, Jean (Zoe Boyle), who, as luck would have it, is pregnant herself, prodding the aristocratic doctor (Oliver Chris) who's responsible to marry her.
For Jean, though, the seemingly golden ticket from nurse to doctor's wife turns out to be gilded in tin. At the same time, she passes the on-the-side work to her newly arrived sister, Angela (Catherine Steadman), to whom Powell is instantly, almost palpably drawn. Powell's wife (Natasha Little), meanwhile, is paid a visit by a fidgety police inspector ("Game of Thrones'" Iain Glen) with blackmail, among other things, on his mind.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Jessie Nizewitz, who appeared on an episode of the VH1 reality show "Dating Naked," has filed a lawsuit for $10 million against the show's producers for allegedly showing actual naked footage of her body.
The 28-year-old New York model said an episode that aired on July 31 included an uncensored shot of her crotch, and she was subsequently insulted and humiliated on the Internet. The scene featured Nizewitz performing a playful wrestling move on her date while both of them were naked.
"Although I went on this show knowing that I would be nude while taping it, I was told that my private parts would be blurred for TV," said Nizewitz in a statement. "If you watch an episode, you will see that the blur actually makes it less revealing than a bikini would. Obviously, I did not expect the world to see my private parts, this is not what I anticipated or what any other contestants on the show anticipated."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The producers of Fox's ambitious new reality series "Utopia" gave reporters a close up, inside look at the show's grand compound in the Santa Clarita area on Thursday. The 15 participants in what the network has billed as a "social experiment" are set to move in for their year-long stay on Aug. 29.
To an impressive scale the compound has been outfitted with 129 cameras and over 10 miles of wiring...though no electricity, water or plumbing beyond that. The landscape boasts it's own lake and barn, as well as lush landscaping offering the cast to literally build their own society.
Though the cost of creating such a space was not specified, exec producer Conrad Green assured that it is "not insignificant."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - AwesomenessTV is now available as a channel on TV.
The youth-oriented video network owned by DreamWorks Animation rolled out an app for Roku's set-tops and other devices -- a move that brings the YouTube multichannel network's content to the biggest screen in the house.
The AwesomenessTV app on Roku includes the MCN's videos about beauty, advice for teens, daily celeb gossip, teen pop stars, performance sports, sketches and pranks, and other shows. DWA acquired AwesomenessTV last year in a deal worth up to $117 million.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Not to get caught up in the critical process, but the page of notes that an average screener generates were limited to two words regarding "Selfie," an ABC sitcom that's too precious by half: "Modern 'Pygmalion.' " Granted, there's much to be said about social media self-obsession in the digital age, but almost nothing memorable about it in this latest spin, which casts Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, a young woman prone to bad decisions; and John Cho as her buttoned-up co-worker, who assumes the challenge of making her over. Is it worth watching? With apologies to Prof. Higgins, not on a bet.
A sales rep, Eliza is introduced onboard a plane, humiliating herself with the married co-worker with whom she's been carrying on. Realizing she's not always the best steward of her own heavily narrated life, she begins talking to Henry (Cho), a marketing ace who relishes the intellectual aspects of seeking to reinvent her, the inevitable twist being that her free-spirited ways might help fix him, too.
In the premiere, written by Emily Kapnek ("Suburgatory"), that includes Henry dragging Eliza as his plus-one to the wedding of their boss's kid - a teachable moment, in theory, which doesn't exactly go as planned.