Season 3 closer draws record number of illegal downloads in 24 hours
Some fans enjoyed the "Game of Thrones" Season 3 finale while others found it anticlimactic. But not everyone watched it legally.
According to TorrentFreak.com, Sunday's dialogue-heavy closer was pirated 1 million times in just 24 hours. Relying on a site called BitTorrent, some 171,572 illegal downloaders even shared the same file at the same time.
"Game of Thrones" is aired exclusively on HBO and not available on Netflix and the like, making it a highly-pirated commodity. This is especially the case in Australia, where episodes air long after they do in the U.S. But the record number of illegal downloads isn't hurting HBO. In fact, the Season 3 closer drew 5.4 million viewers. That's a 28 percent viewership hike from the Season 2 finale. Meanwhile, millions of fans chatted about the show on social media sites such as GetGlue.
The drama, which is based on George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy book series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," was the No. 1 pirated show in 2012 with 4.28 million illegal internet shares of the Season 2 finale alone. TorrentFreak predicts the third-season finale could top that number, again making the series the most pirated show of the year.
Although HBO has tried to crack down on web piracy, the network's programming president, Michael Lombardo, called the illegal activity a "compliment of sorts." And "something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network."
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 kicks off on HBO in 2014.
'The Bold and the Beautiful' supporting actor talks awards and Liam's love triangle
Clifton took home his first Daytime Emmy Award back in 2011, but this nomination is a whole new game. Having aged out of the Younger Actor category, Clifton has moved into the Supporting Actor race. He's also facing more adult issues on "The Bold and the Beautiful." Liam's wife Steffy recently lost the baby she was carrying, along with any chance at getting pregnant again. As the grieving newlyweds try to move forward, Hope/Liam fans are not exactly rooting for them.
MSN TV: Are you ready for the Daytime Emmys?
Clifton: It's less than a week away! Oh man, the anxiety's creeping up. They can text me if I won, right?
You used to joke about being a five-time Emmy loser, but now you have a win in your pocket. Are you still nervous?
No, I actually feel really good. What I wanted this year was to get nominated in this category, because it's the category with the most competition. I've filled my quota of achievement for the year! It's the social aspect of the Emmys that I'm dreading. There's an air about the event. You have a lot of people who are so encouraging and supportive. They mean well when they walk up and tell you that they know "for a fact" that you're going to win, but then you have this awkward moment where you aren't sure what to say back. You just smile and nod graciously. Then when you lose, which you expect to do - that's the name of the game! - those same people don't want to make eye contact with you. It's this very awkward night… but I'm privileged to be nominated.
Your Emmy submission reel included Liam and Hope's wedding day breakup, along with some good Daddy Bill drama. Was that choice a no-brainer?
It was obvious to a lot of other people, but not to me. Everyone kept coming up to me and saying, "You're going to submit that, right?" I'd say, "Maybe. It's a little goofy with me in my underwear and the hair dye and that tattoo." Then I looked at it again. Within the course of that one episode, you had Liam pleading in his underwear and then the father/son scene. I didn't realize it had all those levels. I thought, "Oh, that's actually nice!"
The scenes with Bill were intense, and not just because it got physical. Liam's dad ridiculed him for being Liam the Beggar instead of Liam the Conqueror. Do you think that moment changed Liam?
I wish I could say, "Yes, that was a pivotal moment for Liam," but even in the next episode, Liam was ready to go plead with Hope. I can't say it changed his decisions or his behavior. It just made him more self-aware. He's definitely become less naive about who he is and his place among these people and this world.
How are you feeling about the Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle these days?
I think you can keep revisiting the same triangle as long as you keep coming up with fresh new angles from which to approach it, and they're doing that. This is certainly an interesting angle. Finally, Liam felt good about being with Steffy. Maybe he wouldn't have committed to her in the way he did had it not been for her being pregnant, but Liam wasn't coerced against his will. There isn't a bad guy, this time.
Liam is constantly trying to do the right thing, and constantly failing. He's so scared of being the bad guy that he tries to be accountable to everyone at the same time, and ends up pissing off everyone at the same time! When he feels he's betraying somebody, he starts to get cloudy and makes mistakes. With Steffy losing the baby, you're starting to see Liam fall off balance again.
Did you start hearing from Liam/Hope fans as soon as they realized Steffy was going to lose the baby?
Not just the Liam/Hope fans. The minutes they even hinted at it, I had Liam/Steffy fans going, "Don't you eff this up!" I was getting pulled in a couple different directions. (laughs)
Are you ready to weigh on which woman belongs with Liam?
For a long time, I thought I wasn't supposed to, but I think there's a way to articulate my thoughts without betraying any fans. The way I see it, objectively, Liam and Steffy share more values and their behavior is more compatible. Liam and Hope are more like Romeo and Juliet. They have very different mentalities about life and love. The words "star-crossed lovers" comes to mind. I would predict Liam would have a happier, more drama-free life with Steffy, but the attraction and pull between Liam and Hope is actually stronger. That's the age-old debate: Is love enough? Is chemistry enough? That's part of the story we're telling.
Fans are assuming Jacqueline MacInnes Wood's (Steffy) upcoming exit from the show is bad news for the newlyweds. Are we making assumptions we shouldn't?
I just watched the season finale of "Game of Thrones," so I'm totally absorbed by that. (laughs) In the philosophy of that show, which is a kind of soap opera, I don't want fans of any character or couple to get too comfortable or feel too assured. In the real world, this is something that destroys relationships, but you don't know if Liam's and Steffy's lives will be completely and utterly destroyed by this or if they're going to come out stronger on the other end. It's more fun to let the fans worry.
Who would you like a chance to work with more?
I'd jump at any opportunity to work with John McCook (Eric). That has more to do with my reverence for John than the characters or any foreseeable storyline between the two. I love John so much. It would also be fun to see Liam interact with some of the younger male characters on the show. I'd love to see him have some guy friends, drink some beers and be a dude. We fantasize about that, Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter), Texas Battle (Marcus), Zack Conroy (Oliver) and all the guys on the show.
That's true. Liam is always surrounded by women!
It's an effing estrogen minefield! I'd love to see him in a testosterone, male context.
Can you tease what's ahead for Liam, Steffy and Hope?
I will say that you're going to find that certain characters are going to react to new information in ways that you would not expect them to react. It's going to turn some things upside down - not only for the character, but possibly for the fans, as well. There is some very cool stuff coming up that I'm stoked about... but I can't spoil it for you!
"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS. The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, June 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.
Enter for your chance to win a copy of the critically acclaimed comedy
Season 2 of "Wilfred" comes to Blu-ray and DVD on June 18 -- and here's your chance to win a copy of it on Blu-ray!
In case you didn't already know, the eccentric series stars Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in the story of a young man (Wood) who forms a special bond with his neighbor's pet dog (Gann) -- who only he can see and hear as anthropomorphic.
The Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD boast hilarious special features, including outrageous bloopers and deleted scenes, and a very special Wilfred/Ryan mash-up.
How to enter:
Just email us at email@example.com by 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2013 with the subject, "Man's best friend is 'Wilfred'!"
Three people will be chosen at random to win a copy of "Wilfred" Season 2 on Blu-ray courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Winners will be notified via email on June 18, 2013.
Other rules and regulations:
- Sorry, open to U.S. and Canada only. No P.O. boxes please.
- Your email address will not be distributed and will be used only to contact you if you are chosen as a winner for this giveaway.
"Wilfred" Season 3 premieres Thursday, June 20, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
Soap star celebrates 10 years in Genoa City
Kreepy Kevin has come a long way since he showed up on "The Young and the Restless" 10 years ago. The troubled kid has faced his demons and blossomed into a responsible married man, with a kid. OK, maybe not entirely responsible. Embroiled in debt, Kevin has turned to theft - and he's enjoying it. As Chloe calls for Kevin to man up, Greg Rikaart (Kevin) considers his character's place in Genoa City.
SAG/AFTRA celebrated 40 years of "The Young and the Restless" on Tuesday, June 4, and on the red carpet, MSN TV learned there was another anniversary worth celebrating. June marks Greg Rikaart's 10th annivesary with the show! Here is MSN TV's chat with Rikaart, sprinkled with a few highlights from the SAG/AFTRA panel.
MSN TV: How is life in Genoa City?
Rikaart: Very exciting. Right now, there are both promising and disappointing things happening for Kevin, simultaneously. I've got good stuff going on. I don't know exactly what [we're building to], but I appreciate that wherever Kevin is evolving to, it is taking its time. It's a slow burn.
Speaking of burns, Kevin burned down Gina's restaurant, gave under-aged Lily an STD, survived Stockholm syndrome and now, he's stealing.
Am I sensing a little judgment here? (laughs) That is a nice necklace you have on…
How do you infuse humanity into this guy?
He makes mistakes, but I have no trouble finding his humanity. In my life, there's the version of myself I'd like to be and then the version that I am, which is not quite as righteous and doesn't always make the right choices. I mean, my boundaries are certainly tighter than Kevin's! (laughs) But there's the Kevin that he wishes he was and that he has been when he's on the right side of the law, but sometimes it's appealing to do something you're not supposed to do. Right?
Kevin is battling those sides of himself now, but he's also facing real-world financial trouble, unlike most of the rich folks in Genoa City. Do you think the fact that he's not a successful millionaire makes him more relatable to some viewers?
Emotionally, all the characters on the show are relatable. We all lose love, find love and experience loss of loved ones and things like that. But Kevin is one of the only people on the show who's struggling financially, in a big way. He's losing his business, which is the thing he most cares about, outside of his family. That's devastating. Many people can relate to that. Kevin lands on his feet, a little, and ends up working at the police department, which he describes as being edgy and on the edge of the law, but still legal. It's exciting, because he's dealing with computers and a bit of hacking.
Do you enjoy sparring with Ignacio Serricchio's Detective Alex?
I love it! We're like the odd couple. Because that relationship is still so new and fresh, we have a difficult time getting through our scenes, laughing. It's great.
Which part of Kevin do you most enjoy playing?
I like him better when he's troubled and challenged. That's certainly more fun than when he's having a good time and things are going well, so this has been fun. Though getting rid of the coffee house was actually harder for me, emotionally, than I thought it would be. It's been such a part of my history on the show.
It's amazing to see how you and your onscreen family have grown to be a Genoa City mainstay. I remember when you were the new kid and the big reveal was that Kevin was Michael's brother.
Yeah, right? Christian LeBlanc (Michael) always describes it as an embarrassment of riches. He's always been a wonderful character on the show and a great actor. Then [there was] that sort of happy accident of pairing us together and then getting Judith Chapman (Gloria), who is just so wonderful, and Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey). I think the world of both of them. I hope we'll be seeing more of them, soon. You know, my ten-year anniversary is [June 8]. I'm 25 percent of the show's history. That's pretty cool.
That's crazy. That makes me feel old.
Makes me feel old too!
With all Kevin has been through and done over the years, do you think he's changed?
He's lost a bit of baby fat. (laughs) In some ways, he's grown a lot emotionally and gotten better at dealing with adversity; and then in other ways, it feels like he's always just one step away from going down the rabbit hole again.
What about you?
Before this, I was a quasi-working actor. I'm grateful every single day. It changed my life.
Because you'd never dressed as a chipmunk before?
I actually worked at Chuck E. Cheese, before. True story. Don't ever go into the ball pit.
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.
Cable channel plans behind-the-scenes specials to promote second viewing shift
"The Young and the Restless" isn't leaving behind CBS daytime, but TV's No. 1 soap opera is moving to a new cable home for second viewing. Starting this summer, "The Young and the Restless" same day episodes will air on TVGN (TV Guide Network), instead of SoapNet. To celebrate the move, Kristoff St. John (Neil) and his "The Young and the Restless" co-stars will take fans behind the scenes in Genoa City.
"The Young and the Restless" remains a hit on CBS and Cbs.com, but for years, viewers could also rely on SoapNet's second viewing to catch up on the show. On the heels of news that CBS has acquired TV Guide Digital, that's all changing.
Starting Monday, July 1, fans can watch same-day episodes of "The Young and the Restless" weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on TVGN or the following morning at 10 a.m. ET/PT on TVGN. TVGN is heralding the shift with great fanfare.
On Monday, June 17, Genoa City's Kristoff St. John will host a special episode of "The Young And The Restless On-Set: Infanity" on TVGN. The one-hour primetime special will go behind-the-scenes at "The Young And The Restless" to reveal set secrets and never-before-seen interviews with the cast. Stars involved include Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman, Michelle Stafford, Joshua Morrow, Sharon Case, Christian LeBlanc, Tracey Bregman, Jess Walton, Greg Rikaart, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Christel Khalil, Steve Burton and Melissa Claire Egan.
Then, to celebrate the show's arrival on July 1, TVGN will host a live fan Q&A special, "Countdown to 'The Young and the Restless'" at 6 p.m. ET/PT. An audience of fans will get to ask the stars questions and meet the cast at CBS Television City. Those who aren't in the audience can start tweeting questions now: Tweet with the hashtag #YRonTVGN for a chance to have your questions featured during the special.
TVGN will also launch a Facebook fan experience sweepstakes on July 1. To enter for a chance to win a "The Young and the Restless" set visit and meet the cast, viewers must tune-in to the weeknight telecasts on TVGN and listen for a daily code word. Then visit TVGN's Facebook page to enter the code word and enter the sweepstakes.
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS. "The Young And The Restless On-Set: Infanity" will premiere Monday, June 17, at 9 p.m ET/PT on TVGN. "Countdown to 'The Young and the Restless'" will premiere Monday, July 1, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on TVGN.
Actress to voice Lisa's friend-turned-rival
Eva Longoria is versatile woman.
The actress, who is executive producing Lifetime's new domesticated soap "Devious Maids," will also be adding "The Simpsons" to her resume.
Longoria, 38, will voice a character who starts out as Lisa's friend and cerebral match until their political differences tear them apart, TV Guide reports.
"I play Isabel, a new student who is finally Lisa's intellectual equal," Longoria said. "They become fast friends, and then things take a left turn when they realize they have different political views. This is a big stretch for me not only because it's voice work, which I rarely do, but also (because) I'm playing a Republican and I'm obviously a Democrat."
"The Simpsons" Season 25 debuts this fall on FOX. "Devious Maids" premieres Sunday, June 23, on Lifetime.
Daytime Emmys, Father's Day, summer TV and live music
Father's Day and the Daytime Emmys are hot topics in daytime the week of June 10, and there are tons of live music on the docket. Big-screen stars are talking "Man of Steel" and "This Is the End." Cast members from TV's "Twisted," "Major Crimes," "Necessary Roughness," "Royal Pains," "Pretty Little Liars," "Mistresses," "Kickin' It," "See Dad Run," "The Soul Man," "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," "America's Got Talent," "The Voice," "The Show with Vinny," "Family S.O.S," "Over Your Head" and "Bizarre Foods America With Andrew Zimmern" are also on the schedule.
Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Little Mix, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, Lionel Richie, LeAnn Rimes, Harry Connick Jr., Matthew Morrison, Andrea Bocelli, MKTO, Brandon Jenner and Leah Felder, Darius Rucker, Keaton Simons, Austin Mahone and Jessica Mauboy are set to perform. Other notables coming to daytime include Russell Brand, Bethenny Frankel, Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island team, Vanessa Williams, Ringo Starr, Lou Ferrigno and La Toya Jackson.
Mon: (repeat) Co-host T-Boz; Chris Colfer
Tue: (repeat) Co-Host Kenya Moore; Wendi McLendon-Covey; Brooke Williamson and Kristen Kish
Wed: (repeat) Co-host Meghan McCain; James Van Der Beek
Thurs: (repeat) Co-host Stacy London; Bobbi Brown's Instant Beauty Fixes
Fri: (repeat) Maria Sansone; The "Gator Boys" with their alligators
Mon: Wendy Williams, Sophia Grace & Rosie, Keaton Simons performs
Tues: Martin Short, Bethenny Frankel, Darius Rucker performs
Wed: Ellen visits Sydney; Russell Crowe
Thurs: Ellen visits Melbourne; Jessica Mauboy performs
Fri: (repeat) Co-host Matthew Perry; Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Lochte, Jackson Guthy
"Good Morning America"
Fri: Carly Rae Jepsen performs
Mon: Heroine addiction and intervention
Tues: Bobby Flay, Jerry O'Connell, "DC Cupcakes" stars; MKTO perform
Wed: Tony Goldwyn
Thurs: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and Chris Meloni
Fri: Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash, Steve Schirripa, Vanessa Williams
"Live! With Kelly and Michael"
Mon: Co-host Howie Mandel; Henry Cavill; Little Mix performs
Tues: Co-host Andy Samberg; Seth Rogen, Judith Light
Wed: Co-host Lucy Liu; Mark Feuerstein, Caroline Rhea; Goo Goo Dolls performs
Thurs: Co-host Jerry Seinfeld; Kevin Costner, Leo Howard; Matchbox Twenty performs
Fri: Co-host Mark Consuelos; Russell Crow, Truckin Amazing Cook-Off continues
Mon: Rita Rudner, chef Emily Bishop, Janel Parrish
Tues: "Supernanny" Jo Frost, Eric Stromer, Erin Murphy
Wed: Lou Ferrigno, Brad Herzog, Dr. David Alessi and wife Deborah,
Thurs: Scott Baio, Elisabeth Rohm, Brandon Jenner and Leah Felder talk and perform
"Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: (repeat) mystery taster
Tues: (repeat) Kevin Bacon, Todd Fisher
Wed: (repeat) Ali Wentworth, Katharine McPhee
Thurs: (repeat) Co-Host Carson Daly, Chef Rick Bayless
Fri: (repeat) zookeeper for the day at Philadelphia Zoo; Buddy Valastro hits the racetrack
* Who's Your Daddy? week brings surprise guests daily
Mon: Co-host Marie Osmond
Tues: Co-host Marie Osmond; nutrition expert Jorge Cruise
Wed: Co-host Marie Osmond; fitness trainer Angela Parker
Thurs: Co-host Kunal Nayyar; Matthew Morrison performs
Fri: Co-host La Toya Jackson; A.J. Hammer
Mon: Russell Brand, Ringo Starr, Andrew Zimmern; Austin Mahone performs
Tues: The girl who invented the 20-second charge, The Professionals, Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis, Danny Huston, Leeza Gibbons, animals; Andrea Bocelli performs
Wed: John Stamos, Carl Hiaasen, Giada de Laurentiis
Thurs: Latest "The Voice" castoff, TLC's hunky carpenters, Darlene Love; Harry Connick Jr. performs
Fri: John Stamos; Matthew Morrison performs; Maroon 5 performs
Mon: Co-host Luciana Gimenez; Mary McDonnell; Lionel Richie performs
Tues: Denise Richards; LeAnn Rimes performs
Weds: Co-host Ana Quincoces; John Stamos
Thurs: four mothers who lost their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
Fri: Co-host Harry Connick Jr. performs; Nick Cannon
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Sam Champion, Rochelle Aytes
Tues: Star Jones, Hot Topics
Wed: LeAnn Rimes
Thurs: Megan Alexander, Clinton Kelly and Isha Sesay; Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaeffer and Jorma Taccone
Fri: Vinny Guadagnino
Schedules are subject to change.
New showrunner Scott Gimple to pen premiere, Greg Nicotero to direct
October can't come fast enough for fans of "The Walking Dead."
Perhaps that's why AMC and the executive producers behind the highly-rated and beloved zombie drama released a first-look video about Season 4 and what fans can expect. (Click here to see the video.) Sadly, the clip does not include plot points or spoilers, but we do know new showrunner Scott Gimple will pen the season premiere. Meanwhile, executive producer and special effects king Greg Nicotero will direct.
Fans may not be as familiar with Gimple's name as they are with his work. He wrote the Season 3 episode, "Clear," which featured Morgan's (Lennie James) return, and the Season 2 episode "Pretty Much Dead Already." That's the installment where fans learned that Sophia (Madison Lintz) was a barn zombie.
Gimple is the third showrunner to helm "The Walking Dead." Before Gimple there was Glen Mazzara and before him, there was Frank Darabont. AMC fired Darabont and Mazzara said he parted ways with the network because he never had complete control over the series. Season 4 will also welcome Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire"). He'll play a Woodbury resident who helps the Governor (David Morrissey).
"The Walking Dead" Season 4 premieres in October on AMC.