News Nuggets: ‘Game of Thrones’ epic fifth season debuting Sunday is ‘building to a crescendo’

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss note that the upcoming fifth season of “Game of Thrones” is “building to a crescendo” for the epic drama. The debut episode airs Sunday on HBO, and David Fear proclaims “it’s tough to imagine that anything could top the last four seasons” for the Starks, Lannisters, Jon Snow, and the Mother of Dragons. Benioff adds that “two of the set pieces we shot this year have been the biggest ones to date.” While many characters never interact, that will start to change as “storylines are starting to merge.” The duo reminds they “know what the end is, and we’re headed toward that now.” The Emmy-winning show stars Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. Rolling Stone

Michael Ausiello offers up lots of spoilers and scoops on the season finales for many shows. He says the exit of Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) for “The Good Wife” could be a death, witness protection, going to jail, or something completely different. The finale for “Grey’s Anatomy” will be a “go big or go home” approach in two parts with new characters introduced. He also discusses “Once Upon a Time,” “Gotham,” “Chicago Fire,” “Outlander,” “New Girl,” “Nashville,” and “Justified.” TV Line

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Miley Cyrus will induct Joan Jett and the Blackhearts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18. Country star Zac Brown and Tom Morello will perform in honor of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Others on the bill are Paul McCartney (for Ringo Starr), Patti Smith (Lou Reed), Stevie Wonder (Bill Withers), Fall Out Boy (Green Day), John Mayer (Stevie Ray Vaughan), and Steve Cropper (5 Royales). L.A. Times

The Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco” will debut May 25 on Lifetime, just in time for Emmy eligibility deadlines. It originally premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival but will not be playing in U.S. theaters. The film stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman in the title role with co-stars including Frank Langella, Parker Posey, and Tim Roth. Deadline

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Robert Redford, Jack White, and T Bone Burnett are joining together for “American Epic,” an historical music documentary for PBS and BBC. The three-part film will showcase contemporary musicans such as Beck, Elton John, Nas, and Steve Martin using 1920s recording equipment. It focuses on the birth of modern music across a diverse nation and will air this fall. The Wrap

Actor Geoffrey Lewis dies in California on Tuesday at age 79. He was best known for roles in several Clint Eastwood films, including “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “Bronco Billy,” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” He made many appearances on TV, including a Golden Globe nominated role on “Flo,” plus “Barnaby Jones,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Lou Grant,” “Little House on the Prairie, and “Murder, She Wrote.” Variety

Satirist and advertising legend Stan Freberg dies in California on Tuesday at age 88. He was known as a “guerilla satirist” for his humorous and irreverent commercials. He won a Grammy Award in 1959 for “The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows,” an off-shoot from his radio programs. He also did extensive voiceover work, including with Mel Blanc for Looney Tunes and Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.” Hollywood Reporter

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