Fans of “Game of Thrones” proclaim that Peter Dinklage gave an Emmy-winning performance on Sunday’s episode “The Laws of Gods and Men.” SPOILER AHEAD. His “fiery” showcase inspired excited viewers to make the hashtag #FreeTyrion to go viral. His character Tyrion Lannister is on trial for the murder of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeeson). He confesses to being “guilty of being a dwarf” but not to the murder in a “powerful” monologue that stirs the crowd into a “frenzy.” Dinklage has been nodded at the Emmys for all three previous seasons and won the prize in 2011 as Best Drama Supporting Actor. The Wrap.
Sunday’s animation domination for Fox is set for a change. The new fall schedule has the bold move of Andy Samberg‘s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Sundays along with new laffer “Mulaney” (with former “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney and Martin Short). “Glee” will not be seen until midseason when it will air its final episodes. New series include “Gracepoint,” an Americanized version of the BBC hit “Broadchurch,” and “Red Band Society,” which stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. TV Guide.
Fox is also scaling back its devotion to longtime heavyweight “American Idol.” For next season, chairman Kevin Reilly confirms that the program will launch with audition rounds on two nights but then be cut back to one night each week. Judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban are expected to return, and host Ryan Seacrest has also signed an extended contract. TV Line.
Fox Searchlight believes the new Reese Witherspoon film “Wild” will be an awards contender. They are slotting it for December 5, a prime release spot for awards contenders. “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee helms the drama about a woman’s 1,000 mile hike alone on the Pacific Crest Trail. Co-starring are Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, and Thomas Sadoski. Variety.
NBC is really getting behind the idea of live musical broadcasts. Their telecast last December of “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood was a massive success. Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have already lined up “Peter Pan” as their next event in December, 2014. Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced Monday that “The Music Man” will follow sometime in 2015. The Meredith Willson original took home Tony Awards in 1958 for Best Musical and for actors Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. Playbill.
Six showrunners for TV dramas join together for a roundtable discussion. Watch the two-hour chat with Ann Biderman (“Ray Donovan“), Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel“), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad“), Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective“), Aaron Sorkin (“The Newsroom“), and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men“). Hollywood Reporter.
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea are the latest performers announced for ABC’s Billboard Music Awards. The Las Vegas ceremony on Sunday will also include hits by Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, OneRepublic, Pitbull, and Carrie Underwood. TV by the Numbers.
After a negative reaction on Friday, “Community” creator Dan Harmon changes his response to the cancellation of his show. On Monday, he said that he would be open to Sony shopping the program around for a sixth season elsewhere: “I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled ‘Community’. I’m scared to tell you how little a difference I think my enthusiasm will make.” Deadline.