News Nuggets: 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ rumors that are wrong

James Hibberd debunks eight misconceptions and rumors about the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” SPOILERS AHEAD about some of those rumors. For the season debuting this spring, the characters of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) will not be appearing. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) did indeed die in the fourth season finale, so if he is on screen it might be in a flashback or as a corpse. An Iron Islands subplot from the book “A Feast of Crows” will not be featured. Author George R.R. Martin has lobbied for 13 episodes per season, but producers are adamant that 10 hours are more than enough. Entertainment Weekly

Showtime finally announces a replacement for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in their anticipated comedy series “Happyish.” Oscar-nominated writer and actor Steve Coogan will now star as a Brisish expatriate whose world is thrown off track when a young new boss is hired. Network president David Nevins says he had been obsessed with getting Hoffman but now with Coogan: “It’s the actor you’re not looking for who’s the right one.” Variety

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Robert Redford remembers famed newspaper editor Ben Bradlee, who died at age 93 this week. Redford starred in the Oscar-nominated “All the President’s Men” in 1976 about the Watergate cover-up. Jason Robards portrayed Bradlee and won as Best Supporting Actor that year. Redford says, “He was unique in a world of so much conventional wisdom. With a sailor’s swagger and a tart tongue to match, he forged a new type of character as editor-in-chief of a newspaper in a time of change.” Hollywood Reporter

Popular and Emmy-winning ABC reality show “Shark Tank” is receiving a spin-off series. The network will launch “Beyond the Tank,” a new program that catches up with the entrepreneurs after they have landed their big deals. It will also revisit those who did not pick up investors to see how they are doing with their ideas and companies. The Wrap

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According to new Nielsen research, last month’s Ken Burns documentary series “The Roosevelts” set a 20-year record for PBS. The 14-hour program about Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor scored 9.2 million viewers including live and delayed viewership. In all 33.3 million viewers tuned in for at least six minutes of the series, ranking only behind Burns’ “The Civil War” (1990) and “Lewis and Clark” (1997). USA Today

In a very competitive process, NBC lands a revised version of the classic comedy series “Bewitched.” Sony Pictures TV will produce with “The Vow” writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. It will arrive just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original ABC show which starred Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York. The new program will focus on the granddaughter of Montgomery’s character Samantha. Deadline

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