Thought it was too late for more Game of Thrones theories? You thought wrong. Check out Kit Harington’s latest fan theory debunking, some major Disney+ plans, and more of the week’s biggest TV news.
One of the biggest deaths of the final season of Game of Thrones came when Arya Stark heroically killed the Night King. Though the internet exploded with the requisite cheering for the pint-size assassin that night, the next day a fan theory bubbled up that implied Jon Snow had whispered to his little sister to go find the villain and take him out. Kit Harington, who played know-nothing Jon Snow, called the theory “crap.”
“What, the big man goes and tells the little girl to go and [do it]? No thanks. That’s crap,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview about his Emmy-nominated season 8 performance. “She did it all on her own. It had nothing to do with Jon.”
He did wish that Jon had a hand in the Night King’s death, though.
“I was so happy for Maisie and Arya,” he said, but “I was secretly like, ‘I wanted to do that!’ Especially because I love fighting with Vlad, who also played the White Walker I fought at Hardhome. I’ve never seen a better swordsman. But it was a really great twist, and it tied up Maisie’s journey in a really beautiful way. Over the seasons, we’ve seen her build up these skills to become this hardened assassin, and she uses it all to kill our main antagonist.”
As far as Jon Snow’s fate at the very end of the series, Harington told the magazine that he thinks his character is living happily with the Wildlings beyond the Wall.
“Seeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with — the Free Folk — it felt to me like he was finally free,” he said.
Disney Channel has a picture-perfect plan for fans of its early 2000s series Lizzie McGuire: A rebooted sequel series with original star Hilary Duff and original creator Terri Minsky. The new series, which will debut on Disney+, will see Lizzie as a 30-year-old millennial navigating life in New York City. (And yes, the animated version of Lizzie will be back to bring some of Lizzie’s inner monologue to life.)
Attention Halloween lovers in the Los Angeles area: Freeform is bringing back its Halloween House for a second year to celebrate the network’s annual 31 Nights of Halloween programming. Fans will be able to visit the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage from Hocus Pocus, the Addams Family living room, the spiral hill from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and plenty more photo ops. Freeform’s 2019 Halloween House will be located at the Hollywood Athletic Club, and this year’s 31 Nights of Halloween event will include staples Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Addams Family, as well as Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Scream, Scream 2, and Scream 3, among other iconic spooky films.
The cast of the upcoming 28th season of Dancing With the Stars includes singers, athletes, TV stars, and more. Competing for the mirrorball trophy are country star and American Idol vet Lauren Alaina, supermodel Christie Brinkley, pop star Ally Brooke, recent Bachelorette Hannah Brown, Queer Eye lifestyle expert Karamo Brown, The Office’s Kate Flannery, NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, actor Kel Mitchell, NBA champion Lamar Odom, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek, and The Supremes singer Mary Wilson. Professional dancer pairings will be revealed on the season premiere, which airs Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
MTV is staging a mini Sopranos reunion on its upcoming VMAs telecast. Stars Drea De Matteo, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Vincent Pastore will present an award at the 2019 ceremony in Newark, New Jersey on Aug. 26. Other presenters include Ice-T, John Travolta, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, Rick Ross, Salt-N-Pepa, and US Women’s National Soccer Team champions Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, and Ashlyn Harris among others.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen already has her next role lined up: The Mandalorian. The actress’ involvement in the live-action Star Wars series was announced at D23 on Friday, but no more details about her role were revealed.
The long-awaited live-action Cowboy Bebop series has found another star: Elena Satine has signed on to play Julia, “a sultry beauty with a voice to die for, the dream-like object of Spike Spiegel’s (John Cho) desire,” per Variety.
The Walking Dead star Christian Serratos will play the titular role in Netflix’s upcoming Selena: The Series, according to Vulture. The show follows the coming-of-age story of Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla, who was killed at 23 by a business associate. Per Vulture, the series is meant to last for two seasons and will begin production in Mexico next month. Jennifer Lopez famously played the singer in the 1997 biopic Selena.
Doctor Light is headed to Titans to terrorize the superheroes in season 2 of the DC Universe series. According to Deadline, Michael Mosley will star as the evil scientist who manipulates light to pursue his own criminal ends. The series returns Sept. 6.
Dame Harriet Walter and Danny Sapani have joined the cast of BBC America’s Killing Eve for the spy thriller’s third season, which has begun production in Europe. Laura Bell Bundy will recur on NBC’s choral comedy Perfect Harmony as Kimmy, a high school mean girl and rival to star Anna Camp’s Ginny.
The Good Place’s William Jackson Harper has signed on to star in Amazon’s adaptation of The Underground Railroad. He’ll play a freeborn black man who meets escaping slave Cora on her journey to freedom.
Carrie Underwood is set to host the 53rd Annual CMA Awards alongside “guest hosts” Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton in a celebration that will honor legendary women in country music. The award show will air live on ABC Nov. 13. Nominees will be announced on Good Morning America on Aug. 28.
NCIS: New Orleans will welcome CSI: NY’s Eddie Cahill in a recurring role, according to Parade.
Michael Beach is joining NBC’s Chicago P.D. as crime boss Darius Walker, a businessman/drug dealer/philanthropist “who uses his profits from his drug business to funnel back into urban communities and, literally, help innovative and ambitious young entrepreneurs,” showrunner Rick Eid told TVLine.
Steven Soderbergh’s latest project: A new film for the yet-to-launch HBO Max streaming service tentatively titled Let Them All Talk. The film, by Deborah Eisenberg, follows a celebrated author (Meryl Streep) who goes on a journey with old friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges), who becomes involved with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). Production has begun in New York, and will continue onboard the Queen Mary 2 and in the U.K.
The second season of Amazon’s Homecoming has a new director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who will also executive produce. Stephan James and Hong Chau are set to return to the thriller, with Janelle Monae headlining the season after Julia Roberts’ departure.
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The latest rom-com headed to the small screen: Serendipity. NBC is developing an hour-long series based on the 2001 Kate Beckinsale–John Cusack film, which followed two people who fall in love and are separated, then spend years trying to find each other again. Jonny Umansky is writing the TV version.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to headline Fox’s adaptation of the novel Other People’s Houses, a dramedy about nine people living in the “quiet, well-off Larchmont neighborhood of Los Angeles” told through the lens of social media, according to Variety. Gellar will also executive produce on the project, from Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.
Brothers Greg Schaffer (That 70s Show) & Jeff Schaffer (Seinfeld) — seen below — have created Brew Brothers, a new comedy series about two estranged brothers (played by Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle) who end up running a brewery together. pic.twitter.com/bCk9hi4C2g
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