Winter [read: George R.R. Martin] is coming to Brown

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If you know me at all then you know my not-so-secret secret: I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. In fact, I was so depressed after the culmination of Season 3 that I read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series. And for that reason I tell you with great reluctance that the series’ author George R.R. Martin is bringing his mass murderer self to Brown on October 23. He will appear, along with distinguished publisher Tom Doherty, to receive the Library’s inaugural Harris Collection Literary Award. The presentation and subsequent interview will occur in Salomon 101 at 7 p.m.

Why would I be reluctant to tell you this, you might be wondering? Am I not excited? That’s just it. I am so excited that as I write this I hope no one reads it so that no one thinks to get tickets. Then maybe I’ll get quality time with G.R.R.M. so I can ask him all my burning questions. (What does the R.R. stand for? Why do you kill all of my favorite characters? Is there any chance you can give my resume to the producers of Game of Thrones?) Maybe if I tell you guys not to go, then you’ll listen. So here goes nothing…

You should definitely not go to this link on Monday, October 6 at 12 p.m to reserve your spot. It will certainly not be amazing nor will the Q&A be enlightening. Seriously, you really don’t want to go. Don’t get tickets. In fact, forget this post even happened. Please.

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A Misanthrope’s Guide to TV: Fall Premieres

Summer is over and it’s time to put away the bathing suits, flip flops and selfie sticks (not seasonal, just a thing that should be put away indefinitely). Fall is here and while some may be counting down to the return of the pumpkin spice latte and casual trench coat, those of us with far more sporadic vibrant social lives, will be counting down to the return of our most beloved TV shows. Some of you may be thinking, “Breaking Bad is over, Mad Men is ending, and I still miss Friends. TV is dead.” Fear not, imaginary and melodramatic fatalists, this fall may not see the return of Heisenberg, but it will see the premieres of several new and exciting TV shows guaranteed to make your Saturday nights unforgettable. Here are just five 0f the most highly anticipated shows premiering this fall.

1. Marry Me–NBC, Tues. Oct. 14, 9 PM ET

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Happy Endings never got the credit it deserved, through and including its untimely cancellation last spring. Hopefully the same will not be true for creator David Caspe’s new sitcom, Marry Me. Starring Casey Wilson, of Happy Endings and short-lived SNL fame, alongside Ken Marino, of Party Down, Role Models, etc., the show profiles a couple in the wake of a botched proposal, as they attempt a proper engagement. With an impressive supporting cast (Tim Meadows left the South Side for this), Marry Me looks to be a promising premiere. And following the demise of New Girl, the world is ready for another good sitcom.

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Larry Wilmore takes over for The Colbert Report

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This past year has felt like a game of musical chairs in late night television, with hosts bouncing around different networks and time slots ever since Jay Leno announced his retirement, Jimmy Fallon inherited The Tonight Show, Seth Meyers stepped down from the Weekend Update desk at SNL to take over Fallon’s old gig… You get the idea. And that was just NBC. Then in early April, when David Letterman revealed his plans to retire in 2015, yet another late night desk became vacant. Rumors swirled, hopes for more diverse casting arose, and about a week later Stephen Colbert, of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report fame, was tapped by CBS to succeed Letterman. Reactions were positive, although there was some hesitation from some parties over a missed opportunity to introduce fresh faces to the late night circuit. Plus, one concern remained unaddressed: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE COLBERT REPORT?

In a surprising but absolutely amazing answer to our prayers, Comedy Central revealed last week their plans for the 11:30 p.m. weeknight slot: a new-ish show, produced by Jon Stewart and hosted by Larry Wilmore, titled The Minority Report. Um, yes. If you’ve ever watched The Colbert Report, you know this announcement represents quite the shift from Colbert’s faux-conservative talk show. However, in a statement from Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless, it seems diversity is the network’s top priority: “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore follows in the Comedy Central tradition – bringing new perspectives to the day’s events and breaking ground in the world of late night television.”

You might recognize Wilmore from his short segments as Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show. Because Wilmore is based in LA, his visits have been less frequent in the past couple of years, but every so often he comes on to have some “honest conversations” about race with Stewart. We’ve picked out some of our favorite clips of Wilmore from The Daily Show, for your procrastinating viewing pleasure:

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We sat down with American Politics Professor Wendy Schiller to discuss House of Cards

Recently, we interviewed Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science, to discuss the latest season of Politics 101 House of Cards. Her Introduction to the American Political Process and The American Presidency courses are favorites among the student body, and she has numerous years of experience working in Washington D.C. with real Frank Underwoods, Doug Stampers, and Jackie Sharps. She first started watching the show after her students raved about it in her various classes. After some Spring Break bingeing, she was ready for the interview. Her wealth of knowledge made for an enlightening and slightly terrifying interview.

Be forewarned: SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. If you haven’t finished the second season, well, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. But also avoid the following interview if you are as emotionally invested in the show as most of its viewers. Without further ado, BlogDailyHerald presents to you an exclusive interview with the one, the only, Wendy Schiller:

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BlogDH Presents: Brunonia

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We go to a pretty amazing and interesting school, don’t we? Thinking about Brown in the same way Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein think about Portland, BlogDH is producing Brunonia, a webseries that holds a mirror up to College Hill to have a laugh about the place we call home. Check back tomorrow night to see the first episode of Brunonia right here on Blog!


A Misanthrope’s Guide to Television: Fargo

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This week marked the premier of the new FX series, Fargo. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Fargo is a movie, not a TV show. The author of this post is wrong.” False, I am never wrong and FX is, in fact, airing a 10-episode miniseries based on the Coen Brothers’ film. This past Tuesday, the first one hour episode aired and it was about as dark as you’d expect.

First thing’s first: Fargo is NOT based on a true story. Bits and pieces of the plot were taken from a few real events, but this movie is fictional and if one more person tries to convince me its not, I’m going to force their body through a wood chipper (sorry, maybe spoilers?). Yes, at the beginning of the movie (and TV show), some words pop up on the screen and tell you that what you are about to see is based on real events. You know what other movie has a bunch of words that pop up on the screen at the beginning and tell you a bunch of “facts”? Star Wars. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe the only source worth believing: Wikianswers.

Anyways, the first thing to know about the series is that the cast is stacked. None of the original performers are back, but my guess is that that text conversation looked something like:

Frances McDormand: So sorry but I’m going to have to turn down the part. I just feel like the character evolved so much in the–

Studio Execs: Whatevs, we got Billy Bob Thornton, lol we don’t care. l8er.

Frances McDormand: I’m glad everything worked out.

Studio Execs: R U even in movies anymore? lol.

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