TV Tuesday: Game of Thrones premiere, House of Cards, Letterman Retires, TV Shows About To Get Cancelled
First, Sunday night's season four premiere of Game of Thrones was the second most watched show in all of HBO history - second only to the Sopranos finale. If you're a fan of the show, you already know they do a lot of killing off of characters on the show, but it turns out - in Sunday night's premiere, they killed off more than just people. The premiere killed off HBO's online streaming sight, HBO GO. Ironically enough, millions of users trying to watch the premire live online got a "fatal error" message.
Sunday night's premiere was also welcomed from a challenge from Netflix' original Emmy award winning series House of Cards. The Netflix series' Twitter account capitalized on the interest around its fellow beloved series and HBO rival by tweeting a photo of Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood sitting in an iron throne accompanied by the caption, "Long live the king." The tweet also read, "May the best House win.
Speaking of HBO ... "LOST" fans - check this out. Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of ABC's "Lost" has adapted it from a book by the same name ... it's spooky and cool. It's called "The Leftovers" ... and it's a series set three years after a rapture-like event that causes 2 percent of the population to simply vanish. Here's a peek:
"The Leftovers" premieres on HBO in June.
Friday afternoon David Letterman stunned his live studio audience with the surprise announcement he is retiring next year. The longtime late night host, who has never endorsed a produce in all his years on TV, announced he is retiring to spend more time with his family. Everyone and their uncle is trying to figure out just "who" might be tapped to take over. According to Variety and Hollywood Reporter- the two in contention is E! talk show host and comedian, Chelsea Handler,and Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert.
Speaking of retirement: ABC just announced Barbara Walters last week on the air. Walters' final day co-hosting The View will be Friday, May 16th . That same night, ABC will air a two-hour special at 9:00 highlighting her life and career. Walters announced last May that the 2013-2014 season would be her last on the daytime talk show she created in 1997. After her retirement in May, Walters "will" remain an executive producer of "The View".
It's that time of the year that those old men in suits sit around a table and try to decide which of our favorite TV shows should get cancelled. From the savethatshow.com website, here's the latest: first at ABC, "The Goldbergs" will return, as will "Grey's Anatomy", "Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D", "Resurrection", and "Scandal".
ABC – Cancelled/almost dead:
Back In The Game
Mind Games (cancelled)
Super Fun Night
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland
CBS – Cancelled/almost dead:
We Are Men
NBC – Cancelled/almost dead:
Sean Saves The World
Welcome To The Family
FOX – Cancelled/almost dead:
If there is a show on here you want to save .... you "can" try to help save it at www.savethatshow.com - there are petitions to sign and sometimes, with enough fan support, networks do listen.
Finally .. as "if" we needed more zombie shows, the Syfy channel has picked up a 13 episode series called "Z-nation" that will follow the struggled for humans to survive post-zombie apocalypse. Before you get too excited .... it's from the same production company that brought us "Sharknado"... so there's that.