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Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

by Ethan Alter April 10, 2012 5:16 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

You mean we're stuck with this twerp for another season?

Looks like there'll be some partying -- probably followed by some light spanking between siblings and a few beheadings -- in King's Landing tonight! HBO has renewed its smash hit series, Game of Thrones, for another season that will be adapted from the third installment in George R.R. Martin's book series, A Storm of Swords. Noticeably not mentioned in this announcement is whether that mammoth tome will be split into two seasons or crammed into one. Considering that Martin has yet to finish Book 6, we're thinking that the network might want to drag this out as long as possible.

The troubling Dan Harmon/Chevy Chase feud continues with a newly leaked phone call between the Community creator and his famously prickly cast member on which Chase rants about -- among other things -- the way the show (and specifically his performance) is spliced together in the editing room and Harmon not being present on set to see all the hilarious things Chase is doing during shooting that then get cut out. "It's a [expletive beeped] mediocre sitcom. I want people to laugh and this isn't funny," he concludes, a supposition that the majority of the show's devoted audience certainly wouldn't agree with. Chase's reps claim this call is a year old, which just brings one question to our mind: Harmon's been putting up with this for a whole year? Dude deserves a pay raise just for that alone.

To make up for the Shane-sized hole left at the end of The Walking Dead's second season, farmer's daughter Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has been upgraded to series regular status. Just what no one wanted. Of course, if Season 3 opens with her feeding Glenn to the zombies hordes, we may come around.

Hey, remember when James Van Der Beek actually played characters as opposed to just himself? Well, he's returning to those roots with a guest stint on an upcoming Law & Order: SVU episode that casts him as a guy who is being harassed by a doctor pal. The Beek promises that more "serious drama" is on the horizon. We can only hope this means that he'll be replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman in the current Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman.

Lastly, if there's anyone out there still desperate to know what the hell Kelsey Grammer meant when he sang about "tossed salads and scrambled eggs" during the Frasier theme song, composer Bruce Miller explains that those lyrics were borne out of his marching orders to avoid references to "psychiatry, radio shows and the name 'Frasier.'" So he called a buddy who gave him the salads and eggs reference because those two things were mixed up like Frasier's patients. Wow... as solutions to decades-old TV mysteries go, this one is really lame. We'd be more interested in learning the secret behind Frasier's success with super-hot women.

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