How Rupert Murdoch Could Go To War With ESPN

The blockbuster news that Rupert Murdoch bid $80 billion for Time Warner—and was at least temporarily rebuffed—points to an impending seismic shift in the media landscape. And, as the New York Times points out today, nowhere would that shift be felt more than in the business of televised sports. A Fox takeover of Time… » 7/18/14 10:47am 7/18/14 10:47am

Jeopardy! Vs. Wheel of Fortune: Which One Makes You Feel Dumber?

I am a Thought Leader of Television, and so I've been asked to ruminate on the Big News that Jeopardy!—yeah! the exclamation point! is officially part of the title!—beat Wheel of Fortune in the ratings a coupla weeks ago, the first time in over a decade, and is this perhaps an indicator that maybe America is trending… » 6/25/14 9:44am 6/25/14 9:44am

The Secret To Making Sense Of Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale

Even George R.R. Martin might have needed to rewind a couple times to figure out some of the characters' motivations in the Game of Thrones season finale. There were out-of-left-field plot twists and self-destructive choices, some of which weren't in the books. But here's one secret to making sense of the whole… » 6/16/14 11:54am 6/16/14 11:54am

All The Best Larger-Than-Life Moments In Last Night's Game Of Thrones

This was Game Of Thrones' big battle episode, and it featured huge set pieces. HUGE. But you know what was really huge? The characters, and their incredible defining moments. There was sex, love, heroism, cowardice... and lots of killing. We've rounded up all of the defining moments in last night's insane showcase. » 6/09/14 11:18am 6/09/14 11:18am

On Game Of Thrones, We Learn The Hard Way Revenge Is Best Served Cold

Last night's Game of Thrones was like a marathon of rug-pulling. Time after time, we saw the truth revealed — only to have it turned on its side somehow. There were so many slippery moments where the truth became the biggest lie, it was only fitting when we saw a confession turn deadly. Spoilers ahead... » 6/02/14 11:17am 6/02/14 11:17am

Which Sports Network Wastes The Most Space With Its Scores Ticker?

When ESPN introduced the "BottomLine" as an experiment on its new ESPN2 channel nearly 20 years ago, few expected the feature to become as ubiquitous in sports broadcasting as it has. Today, nearly every cable sports net has its own version of the scores ticker, and in an industry that clings to convention it's… » 5/29/14 9:31am 5/29/14 9:31am

Unedited, Unaired WWE Smackdown Broadcast Leaks Online


WWE Smackdown, set to air tonight, was filmed on Tuesday—that's no surprise. But for the first time, a pre-production broadcast of the show—with unedited crowd noise, missed cues and all—has made its way online. It is, like the Raw script that leaked last month, a genuinely fascinating look at how the spectacular… » 5/23/14 2:31pm 5/23/14 2:31pm

Tyrion Is Among The Least Skilled Players Of The Game Of Thrones

Back in Game of Thrones season two, we heard a lot about how Tyrion was taking to court intrigue in King's Landing. How he was enjoying playing politics, and discovering he was quite good at it. The sad thing? He was horrible at it. Almost as bad as Ned Stark. Last night's episode pretty much proves it. Spoilers… » 5/12/14 12:35pm 5/12/14 12:35pm

Everyone On Game Of Thrones Is An Amateur Compared To Littlefinger

Last night's Game of Thrones had a lot of scenes where people tried to consolidate their power. Some people make alliances, others bully their followers, and still others try to send their enemies on suicide missions. When your hold on power isn't secure, you have to be crafty and ruthless as fuck. Spoilers ahead... » 4/28/14 12:30pm 4/28/14 12:30pm

Game Of Thrones: This Changes Nothing

Was last night's Game of Thrones cathartic for you? It seems to have been for a lot of other people. But don't get too excited — the huge event at the end of last night's outing changes nothing. Because the episode goes out of its way to show that we've only dealt with a symptom, not the disease. Spoilers ahead! » 4/14/14 3:10pm 4/14/14 3:10pm

We Reached The "Everybody's Broken Past Fixing" Part of Game of Thrones

Remember when all the characters on Game of Thrones were shiny and new? Now Tyrion Lannister can't get laid in a whorehouse. His brother Jaime has lost his groove. The Stark girls have death in their hearts. Jon Snow's a traitor forever. Last night's premiere showed these characters aren't just broken, but broken… » 4/07/14 11:58am 4/07/14 11:58am

What If Game Of Thrones Was A Classic Sitcom?

The opening credits would probably look something like this. We're so excited about the return of Game of Thrones on Sunday, we asked our friend Garrison Dean to imagine what the show would look like if it was a classic 1970s-1980s sitcom. But what he came up with was way more insane than we ever expected. » 4/03/14 3:39pm 4/03/14 3:39pm

Die Already, King Joffrey

This Sunday, 114 million global HBO subscribers and roughly 250 million web-savvy HBO non-subscribers will join hands and avail themselves of the fourth-season premiere of Game of Thrones, a quasi-medieval Prestige Cable Network Battle of the T's and A's with way more T's, A's, leering ultraviolence, peripheral… » 4/03/14 11:38am 4/03/14 11:38am

Canadian Weathermen Swept Away by Blizzard

Two reporters for Canada's The Weather Network were blown away by the ferocious blizzard that pounded the Maritimes yesterday, packing wind gusts of over 100 MPH in this Nova Scotian town just before the reporters were knocked off-camera. They were able to quickly get up and hobble back to their spot to finish the… » 3/27/14 10:26am 3/27/14 10:26am

Two Reasons That Explain Why We're All Obsessed with Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones comes back to television in just a few weeks, and already we're feeling the imperative: All Men (And Women) Must Freak Out. But why is Game of Thrones such a huge cultural phenomenon, among all other fantasy series? It comes down to two huge cultural trends, that are rooted in our widespread anxieties… » 3/18/14 7:34pm 3/18/14 7:34pm

io9's March Madness: Science Fiction vs. Fantasy!

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Are you ready for another edition of io9's March Madness? In previous years, we've crowned the best movie, the worst movie, and the best TV show. But this year, we're going bigger. The most famous series in science fiction and fantasy will battle it out, to see which genre reigns supreme! Check out our full bracket,… » 3/12/14 3:07pm 3/12/14 3:07pm