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  • 'Game of Thrones' Purple Wedding: Fans React to Joffrey's Dramatic Nuptials

    GAME OF THRONES episode 32 (season 4, episode 2): Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, Charles Dance. photo: Helen Sloan

    The Red Wedding left fans shocked and in grief. The Purple Wedding? Everyone was cheering and clapping.

    The second episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 4 delivered a surprise gift to viewers who haven’t read the books — the long-awaited, much-wished-for death of King Joffrey.

    [Related: Check Out Our Full Recap of the 'Game of Thrones' Purple Wedding]

    Joffrey was the character almost everyone loved to hate. A video compilation of Joffrey getting slapped went viral. He was a jerk, a coward, a liar, and a terrible king. And for him to die in such ignoble fashion — choking during his wedding reception — was just icing on the pigeon pie.

    #PurpleWedding began trending on Twitter immediately, as “Game of Thrones” fans celebrated the joyous occasion:

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  • 'Game of Thrones': Joffrey's Wedding Ends With a Killer Bash

    GAME OF THRONES episode 32 (season 4, episode 2): Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson. photo: Macall B. Polay

    SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains character and storyline spoilers.

    The episode, "The Lion and the Rose," in a nutshell:

    What happened:

    * Joffrey and Margaery get married
    * Bran has a vision of where he needs to go
    * Roose Bolton moves to secure the North

    Body count: 1 VIP, a handful of others

    Nudity count: None

    Dragon sightings: None

    New people: Mace Tyrell (Margaery’s father)

    New places (opening credits): None

    Best line: “Go drink until it feels like you did the right thing.” — Bronn to Tyrion

    Joffrey is dead! Joffrey is dead! Joffrey is dead!

    Dreams do come true!

    The collective wish of “Game of Thrones” fans finally happens in “The Lion and the Rose” after Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding. (Yeah, people in Westeros shouldn’t attend weddings; no good can come of it.)

    And though we dearly wish Tyrion had gotten another slap in (or that Sansa had a chance), it’s still incredibly rewarding to see the life disappear from Joffrey’s pale face.

    [Related: Get Caught Up With Our 'Game of

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  • 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Beware the Avengers

    Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell and Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand in 'Game of Thrones'

    SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains character and storyline spoilers.

     

    The episode "Two Swords" in a nutshell:

    What happened:

    * Tyrion meets Prince Oberyn Martell
    * Daenerys marches to conquer Meereen
    * Arya and the Hound come across a familiar face

    Body count: 5 soldiers in a tavern

    Nudity count: A few prostitutes

    Dragon sightings: 3

    New people: Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne and Ellaria Sand, his paramour

    New places (opening credits): The Dreadfort and Meereen

    Best line: "Yes, I partook. Now, I'm married." — Tyrion, refusing the offer of a prostitute

    What's the deal with... Cersei turning down Jaime? She's been pining for him all this time, and suddenly pushes him away.

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    The first and last episodes of all three previous "Game of Thrones" seasons have probably been the least interesting ones. The biggest, most shocking moments usually take place in the second-to-last episode.

    Instead, the premieres and finales are all about setting up the pieces on the chessboard, and "Two

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  • (L-R) Pam Dawber guest stars as Lily and Robin Williams as Simon Roberts Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS

    Mork and Mindy are back together again at last!

    For the first time in over 30 years, Robin Williams and Pam Dawber are reuniting on-screen. The two actors became famous as the wacky alien from Ork and his sassy best friend on the 1978-82 sitcom "Mork & Mindy."

    Watch the "Mork & Mindy" opening credits right here:

    They’re teaming up again in Williams's new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,” next Thursday. Dawber guest stars as Lily, a love interest for Simon (Williams). But their budding romance is tested when Simon becomes disillusioned after the breakup of Gordon (Brad Garrett) and his partner.

    (L-R) Pam Dawber guest stars as Lily and Robin Williams as Simon Roberts Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBSDawber and Williams made a dynamic duo on "Mork & Mindy," but she wasn't always thrilled to play the straight man to his outrageous Mork; back in 1979, she told People magazine, "I'm not a comedienne; I'm an actress. Next to Robin, I felt boring."

    But she got more comfortable once she gazed into Williams's baby blues: "All you have to do is look in his eyes. They're so clear, and he's so guileless.

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  • SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" contains storyline and character spoilers.

    Well, kids... he finally met their mother. But it wasn't happily ever after, and nobody is happy about that.

    After nine seasons, 208 episodes, eight slaps, dozens of plays, and hundreds of high-fives (including one infinity five), "How I Met Your Mother" concluded its run with the ending many fans had already guessed — with Ted getting back together with Robin.

    In the emotional, time-jumping series finale, viewers finally saw Ted meet the Mother, Tracy McConnell. They had two children, got married, and shared a beautiful life filled with love... for a little while.

    As many fans theorized, the Mother did die young, leaving a middle-aged Ted to go back to Robin once again. He had the blue French horn, which called back to the show's pilot episode.

    That ending — which was no surprise, considering fans and TV critics had been discussing that theory for some time —

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  • First Look at Mila Kunis — in Lingerie! — on 'Two and a Half Men'

    Mila Kunis as Vivian and Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt in 'Two and a Half Men'

    Baby on board!

    The first images of engaged stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's TV reunion on "Two and a Half Men" indicate that the couple (who are also expecting a baby) still have the onscreen chemistry from their "That '70s Show" days.

    The 11 photos from the recently taped episode align with what we know about Kunis's guest appearance on her fiancé's CBS sitcom: The actress plays Vivian, a "a young, beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden's doorstep."

    Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt and Mila Kunis as Vivian in 'Two and a Half Men'

    This is the first time Kutcher and Kunis have shared the small screen together since they played young lovers Kelso and Jackie on "That '70s Show," which ended in 2006. At the time, they weren't dating; their relationship didn't begin until 2012. They became engaged earlier this year and are expecting their first child.

    [Related: TV's Current (and Former) Co-Star Couples]

    Judging by the pics, Walden is surprised to see Vivian. In other images, he shares a Chinese takeout meal with her and confronts her in

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  • A Stunning 'Good Wife' Death: Why Did [SPOILER] Get Killed Off?

    Alicia enlists Cary as her lawyer when Nelson Dubeck approaches her to participate in a deposition regarding his investigation into election rigging. Meanwhile, Will continues the difficult defense of Jeffrey Grant as he faces off against a new prosecutor who proves to be a formidable adversary, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, March 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Josh Charles as Will Gardner

    Warning: Major spoilers ahead.

    Plot twist? What happened on “The Good Wife” this week was so shocking, we need a new term for it.

    The CBS series left viewers stunned after killing off one of its lead characters, Will Gardner (played by Josh Charles). The jaw-dropping turn of events happened as Will was defending a young client on trial for murder. The nervous, fragile client lost it, grabbed a bailiff’s gun, and fired several shots in the courtroom. One of those shots hit Will in the neck — and he died.

    Alicia enlists Cary as her lawyer when Nelson Dubeck approaches her to participate in a deposition regarding his investigation into election rigging. Meanwhile, Will continues the difficult defense of Jeffrey Grant as he faces off against a new prosecutor who proves to be a formidable adversary, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, March 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Josh Charles as Will Gardner and Hunter Parrish as Jeffrey Grant

    There was absolutely no hint that Charles, an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated original cast member and the show’s male lead, was departing (good job on locking down those spoilers, Michelle and Robert King). But, according to a letter written by the Kings (the show's creators) to fans, the actor first approached the showrunners last year about leaving at the end of Season 4.

    [Related: CBS Renews 'The Good Wife,' 'NCIS,' 'Two and a Half Men,' and 15 Others]

    Julianna Margulies, his

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  • 'Amazing America With Sarah Palin' Trailer: Meet the Country's Trailblazers

    Ready to get "red, wild, and blue"?

    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is back in the spotlight with a new reality show, "Amazing America," which debuts April 3 on the Sportsman Channel.

    (Sportsman Channel)"This show is going to highlight that freedom we get to experience in America," Palin declares in the brand-new trailer, which you can watch above.

    That freedom includes riding bulls, shooting guns, and racing cars, according to the 30-second sneak peek.

    [Related: Sarah Palin's Prescription For an 'Amazing America': Less Selfies, More Fishies]

    Palin is no stranger to being a television host; in 2010, she introduced viewers to the beauties of her home state on TLC's "Sarah Palin’s Alaska." This time, rather than showcasing the great outdoors, Palin will travel the country meeting interesting characters doing interesting things.

    It’s "not going to be some kind of fake scripted reality show," she told TV critics earlier this year.

    And "Amazing America" also won’t be political — or not much.

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    If you're a fantasy geek, here's a dream come true: There may be a connection between HBO's "Game of Thrones" and the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

    A Reddit user just pointed out a possible link between the two epic fantasy series. NoMoreHodoring posted a photo of King Joffrey sitting on the Iron Throne, with a particular sword circled. As we know, the Iron Throne was forged by Aegon I Targaryen out of the swords of his enemies.

    [Related: A Play-by-Play of 'Secrets,' the New 'Game of Thrones' Trailer]

    He put it side by side with an image of Gandalf's sword, Glamdring. They appear to be shockingly identical.

    So are Westeros and Middle Earth part of the same universe? Will elves and dwarves show up alongside dragons and White Walkers? Which Age of Man is Westeros in? Does this mean Gandalf was defeated by Aegon I?!

    Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon sitting on the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones. (HBO)

    OK, maybe we're geeking out a bit too much. As another Redditor pointed out, the sword next to Glamdring resembles one from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." And yet another

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  • Getting 'Lost' Answers 10 Years Later: Were They All Dead the Whole Time?

    A tenth anniversary "Lost" reunion is among the highlights of the 31st annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival.

    Has it really been ten years?

    A decade ago this September, a little show called "Lost" debuted on ABC — and subsequently blew everyone's minds. It was a television series unlike any other, sparking intense online discussions, fan theories, and complex philosophies.

    [Related: These 'Lost' Cast Memories Make Us Want to Go Back (We Have To Go Back!)]

    To honor the ten-year anniversary of the "Lost" premiere, the Paley Center for Media hosted a panel with the cast and crew Sunday night. Attending were executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, as well as actors Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Yunjin Kim, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Henry Ian Cusick, and Malcolm David Kelley.

    Here are 12 highlights from the warm, engaging, and sometimes smutty panel:

    Josh Holloway arrives at PALEYFEST 2014 - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP)1. Were they dead the entire time?

    "No. They were not dead the entire time," Cuse said. Happy now?!

    He said that theory may have been exacerbated by the closing shot of the show. An ABC executive had suggested they include a buffer

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