‘Empire’ is finding inspiration in ‘Game of Thrones’

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Empire is finding inspiration in Game of Thrones
“Season one was who will inherit the throne, and season two is warring kingdoms,” co-creator Danny Strong said at the ATX TV Festival. “The thing we talk about in the writers’ room all the time is Game of Thrones,” he adds. “It goes back to the ‘King Lear’ of it all, so the idea of telling you this modern-day pop soap opera but also try to frame it in an epic, mythological kingdom-type framework is, to me, the most exciting part of the show. We’re talking about kings and queens and princes and that sort of language. The continuation of those battles is what I dig the most.” PLUS: Strong isn’t a fan Empire stunt-casting, and Taraji P. Henson’s audition lasted less than a minute.

Gilmore Girls cast reunites, but don’t expect a movie anytime soon
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Dan Harmon: Yahoo wanted to do a Community movie immediately
“I told Yahoo, ‘I can’t think about writing a movie until I miss Community,” Harmon said at the ATX TV Festival. “They wanted to turn around and do a movie immediately, and Yahoo can get it done. They’re like the NSA.”

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