The Nose looks at ‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘The Rings of Power’
This week’s Nose will not sit here and suffer crows that come to feast on their corpses.
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon is the second show in the Game of Thrones franchise and a prequel to the original series. It is based on parts of George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, and it starts about 200 years before the events of the original series. Its first episode was the most-watched series premiere in the history of HBO, according to HBO. House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season.
And: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the first television series in the Lord of the Rings franchise. It is a prequel to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings set thousands of years before them, during the Second Age of Middle-Earth. The Rings of Power is based mostly on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. Amazon has made a five-season production commitment worth at least $1 billion. This would make it the most expensive television series ever made.
Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:
- Queen Elizabeth in Pop Culture: A History The long-reigning monarch has been referenced in everything from banned music videos and Beatles songs to Hannah Montana.
- 21 Unexpected And Surprising Twitter Accounts Paying Tribute To The Queen From Legoland to Crazy Frog.
- Explaining Olivia Wilde’s celebrity dumpster fire ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ SFGATE columnist Drew Magary parses the gossip of the day
- What on Earth Happened With Barack Obama’s White House Portrait? [Ed. note: I completely disagree with Dan Kois’ take here. Completely.]
- Kids Yell “Poop” At Alexa, And These Musicians Profit “Alexa, play ‘Poopy Stupid Butt’ again.”
- ‘Saturday Night Live’: Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor & Aristotle Athari Not Returning For Season 48
- If There’s Still Such a Thing as the ‘Song of Summer,’ This Year’s Would Be …
- How Sneakers Aged Better than Almost All Computer Thrillers
- Rebecca Castellani: Co-founder of Quiet Corner Communications and a freelance writer
- Sam Hadelman: Works in music public relations and hosts The Sam Hadelman Show at Radio Free Brooklyn
- Bill Yousman: Professor of Media Studies at Sacred Heart University
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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.