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HBO says the eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will debut in the first half of 2019

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While HBO has yet to announce an official premiere date for the upcoming final season of their Emmy-winning series Game of Thrones, fans can expect to see the show return to the network in the first half of 2019, according to HBO programming president Casey Bloys.

However, beyond confirming when Thrones will return, Bloys, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, was pretty tight-lipped when it came to offering details about the highly anticipated eighth season of the show, which first premiered in 2011. “It’s pretty great,” is all he had to say when asked what fans can expect.

Bloys was a little more generous when it came to offering up details about the network’s untitled Game of Thrones spinoff series, which is set thousands of years before the events of Thrones and “chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”

“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” Bloys said, adding that he hopes the series, which is based on a story created by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, will begin “shooting sometime in the new year.”

Bloys’ remarks at the TCA press tour come on the heels of Game of Thrones‘ whopping 22 Emmy nominations—the most of out of any other show. NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld with 21 nominations, while Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale came in with 20 nominations.

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Amid misconduct allegations, Jason Mitchell’s career has pretty much gone down the toilet

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Jason Mitchell was once considered a rising star in the world of Hollywood after garnering plenty of attention and praise for his portrayal of the late rapper Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Unfortunately for Mitchell, though, he seems to have pretty much nuked his own career.

According to Deadline, just about every person, company, or project that was involved with Mitchell at one point or another has suddenly distanced themselves from the actor in recent weeks due to “allegations of inappropriate behavior being leveled against him.”

While Deadline says that the details about those allegations are “sketchy,” THR reports that Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s girlfriend on the Showtime series The Chi, says the actor sexually harassed her on multiple different occasions, making her feel unsafe on set.

In fact, Boone began feeling so unsafe on the set of The Chi that she would often have her fiance, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set with her on days when she had to shoot scenes with Mitchell. And, get this: Boone was only one of several actresses on The Chi who had made complaints against Mitchell.

Since these allegations came to light, Mitchell has been dropped by not only his talent agent, United Talent Agency, but also his management company and his role from The Chi, as well as a role in the upcoming Netflix comedy film Desperados.

Desperados had not even begun shooting yet at the time that Mitchell was fired, but THR says that Mitchell’s co-stars on the film had already begun expressing their concerns and complaints about working with him. So, yeah, that dude must’ve been pretty damn shitty for that to be the case.

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Believe it or not, a shit-ton of people watched the ‘Game of Thrones’ series finale last night

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This may come as a surprise to you, but a lot of fucking people watched the series finale of Game of Thrones last night. In fact, so many fucking people watched the series finale of Game of Thrones last night that the show now holds several of HBO’s viewership records.

According to HBO, a grand total of 19.3 million people watched the series finale of Game of Thrones on HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now last night, exceeding the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers from last week’s episode.

The finale was also the most-watched single telecast on HBO ever, with 13.6 million viewers tuning in for the 9:00 p.m. airing of the episode, breaking the record previously held by The Sopranos season 4 premiere, which had 13.4 million viewers, for the last 16 years.

None of this is particularly surprising considering Game of Thrones is inarguably the most popular show in the world right now, but the fact it was able to break a damn cable TV record in an age where cable TV is practically obsolete is beyond impressive if you ask me.

I say that as someone who never has been, and never will be, a fan of Game of Thrones, and now I just have to pray to god that this is the last piece I ever have to file about this godforsaken television program. I mean, it probably won’t be, but whatever.

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The moms of Hawkins have the hots for Dacre Montgomery in this new ‘Stranger Things 3’ clip

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Among the dozens of binge-worthy selections coming to your television in the coming months is Netflix‘s eagerly awaited Stranger Things 3, which debuted its first clip today revealing what it’s like to spend a hot summer day by the pool in Hawkins, Indiana in 1985.

In the clip, the kids are nowhere to be found. Their moms, however, are present, and they can’t seem to take their eyes off Dacre Montgomery’s Billy Hargrove as he and his glorious mullet check-in for lifeguard duty.

While it should certainly be interesting to see how the relationship between Mike and Eleven, as well as the one between Max and Lucas, develop over the course of the summer, I’m a little less intrigued to watch a bunch of middle-aged moms drool over a shirtless high school-aged boy, so let’s hope the show doesn’t spend too much time on that.

Either way, this Stranger Things 3 clip makes it seem somewhat evident that Billy will likely be a much more important character than he was in season 2, and I’m looking forward to watching how his character evolves (or doesn’t) in the forthcoming season.

All eight episodes of Stranger Things 3 will hit Netflix on July 4.

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