Thursday, November 15, 2012

TV Links of the Week

If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you probably know that the third season doesn't start until March 31, 2013. Just in case you need reminding, though, here's the new teaser poster for the show. It's about as revealing as a nun's habit. The third season is based on the third book in the series, A Storm of Swords, which is widely regarded as the best book of the series. It's probably my favorite so far, and definitely the most jaw dropping.

Billy Dee is coming to Modern Family! According to Entertainment Weekly, the Star Wars star will appear in an episode titled "New Year's Eve," where he'll meet Jay during a game of cards. I'm hoping he gets to reprise his role as a gambler from a galaxy far away in a couple of years, but I can live with this for now.

I think it's clear that Rick from The Walking Dead will never go back to the indecisive, worried about what's right Rick that he was during season two. You know, before he had to kill his best friend and find out that his son had to shoot his wife after she died giving birth to (maybe) his daughter. If you're still not convinced, though, check out this clip from next week's episode. I don't want to upset anybody, but it's hard to believe that we're only three episodes from the midseason break. I'd like to think that episode 8 will end with the Rick's group meeting the Governor's, but I have a feeling they might drag this thing out for a while longer.

If you enjoyed last summer's History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, then you may be excited to know that the network and the people behind that series are teaming up again to develop Texas Rising, a miniseries about the beginnings of the Texas Rangers. For those not so historically inclined, the Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement agency in North America, at least according to Deadline.

Speaking of historical television, NBC is developing a drama about George Washington. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be based on Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. I love stuff about Washington, and think he's one of the most intriguing leaders ever, and while I would be all for a History Channel or, better yet, HBO miniseries, I don't think a full fledged drama on NBC is a good idea at all. Let's be honest, how long can a show about Washington last, and how good could it be if done by NBC? Somebody please get HBO and the people behind this show in a room together.

Finally, Friends came out on Blu-ray this week. Entertainment Weekly was able to catch up with James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on the sitcom, and ask him about his favorite moments from the show's highly successful run. Not surprisingly, none of them involved a smelly cat.

Thanks for reading.

Matt