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House of the Dragon: Everything We Know About HBO's Game of Thrones Prequel

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the Game of Thrones finale, "The Iron Throne." | Photo Credits: HBO

It's been more than a year since Games of Thrones wrapped at HBO but the network is still expanding the world of George R. R. Martin's beloved A Song of Ice and Fire saga. With the Targaryen-centric prequel House of the Dragon currently in the works, it looks like we won't be leaving Westeros anytime soon—not that we'd ever want to!

Though HBO's other proposed prequel series starring Naomi Watts has been scrapped, fans will still get to dive back into Martin's vivid world of dragons, mad kings, and epic betrayals with House of the Dragon, which has already been ordered to series. While details on the project remain scarce, here's what we know so far about the forthcoming show.

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It's all about the Targaryens. Set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon is based on Martin's novel Fire & Blood, which chronicles the first 150 years of the white-haired family. A planned second book covering the remaining history leading up to Robert Baratheon's rebellion will offer up plenty of material for potential future seasons or spin-offs.

The first season will be 10 episodes. Much like most seasons of Game of Thrones, Season 1 of House of the Dragon will consist of 10 episodes.

It won't premiere for a long time. HBO's head of programming Casey Bloys told Variety that 2022 is "his best guess" for when the show will debut. In late June, George R.R. Martin revealed that while the coronavirus pandemic has impacted much of Hollywood, the writing team on House of the Dragon was still hard at work on the series and things were "flying along wonderfully." 

Casting has begun. According to Entertainment Weekly, the casting process for the prequel series has officially begun. Unfortunately, we don't have any character descriptions for the roles they're casting yet. 

The project has enlisted some Game of Thrones greats behind the scenes. The series was co-created by George R. R. Martin and Colony's Ryan Condal, the latter whom will pen the script and serve as co-showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik. Sapochnik, who directed major Game of Thrones episodes like "Battle of the Bastards" and "The Long Night," will helm several House of the Dragon episodes, including the pilot.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not be involved. The Game of Thrones showrunners will not be involved in House of the Dragon. It's probably for the best.

Martin won't be writing episodes anytime soon. The author announced that he won't script any episodes for the show until he has finished Winds of Winter, the next installment of his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

"I expect to be involved in all of this to some extent... and, who knows, if things work out, I may even be able to script a few episodes, as I did for the first four seasons of Game of Thrones," Martin wrote in a blog post. "But... let me make this perfectly clear... I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter. Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I'd love to write an episode of House."

The series is headed to streaming. In addition to airing on HBO, it will also be able to stream on HBO Max, the network's streaming service which launched on May 27.

HBO dropped the first poster for the series. Check it out below.

No official premiere date has been set for House of the Dragon.



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Superman and Lois Arrowverse Spin-Off: Premiere Date, Spoilers, and Everything Else to Know

Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch, Supergirl | Photo Credits: Katie Yu, Katie Yu/The CW

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's -- another Arrowverse series. The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, Black Lightning, and Stargirl will need to make room for another show joining the Arrowverse: Superman and Lois.

Created by former Flash showrunner Todd Helbing, the Supergirl spin-off puts Lois (Bitsie Tulloch) and Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) front and center as they juggle parenthood with demanding jobs. Balancing saving the world with tight newspaper deadlines and raising rambunctious twin boys is sure to keep this dynamic duo on their toes, setting the stage for an interesting journey ahead. And given everything they went through in this year's crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths, we're hoping life in Smallville won't be quite as traumatic. 

With so many questions looming about the show, which is still in its early stages of development, we're snatching up all the intel out there to keep you updated. Here's everything we know about Superman and Lois so far.

Superman and Lois will arrive in 2021. Make way for the Arrowverse's newest series, which is currently scheduled to debut in January 2021. Although we don't have an exact date, we do know that the series will air Tuesday nights at 9/8c following The Flash.

Season 1 will consist of 13 episodes. Though a pilot hasn't been filmed, the CW has already given a 13-episode order for the Supergirl spin-off. The show will go straight into production on Season 1 once it's safe to begin filming.

The show has enlisted some heavy hitters behind the scenes. In addition to creating and writing the series, Helbing will serve as an executive producer alongside Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti, super-producer Sarah Schechter, and former DC Entertainment COO and producer Geoff Johns.

Get ready to see Superman and Lois struggle with parenting. The series will follow the famed superhero and renowned journalist as they deal with the stress and complications that come with being working parents in today's world. According to Tolluch, we're going to see the pair in a different light.

"When Todd Helbing, who's our showrunner, was telling me about the story for the pilot script for Superman & Lois, I got chills," Tolluch previously told TV Guide. "It's so good, and it's so something we haven't seen before with them, so I think it's going to be great."

Crisis on Infinite Earths confirmed that they have two sons--Jonathan and Jordan--which probably means the pair is in for twice the trouble.

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The series has found its Lana Lang. Emmanuelle Chriqui is set to take on the iconic role, previously played by Kristen Krevk in Smallville. In Superman and Lois, Lana Lang-Cushing is a loan officer at Smallville Bank who stayed behind while everyone else went on to pursue bigger and better things outside of the small town. According to Deadline, she reconnects with her old friend Clark Kent during a difficult time in her life.

The rest of the cast is starting to come together. Graceland's Erik Valdez will play Lana's husband, Kyle Cushing, Smallville's heroic fire chief who doesn't like the big city and often clashes with people from there. Inde Navarrette will also star as Sarah Cushing, Lana and Kyle's super smart wild child with some demons of her own who befriends Lois and Clark's sons.

In addition, Nip/Tuck and Blue Bloods alum Dylan Walsh will portray Lois' father, General Lane. The no-nonsense army general's main concern is protecting his country and the world from threats, both within the planet and beyond. Per Deadline, he's a workaholic with high standards for everyone in his life, including his daughters Lois and Lucy. Glenn Morshower previously portrayed the character in a recurring capacity on Supergirl.

We know of at least one villain. Deadline reports that The Vampire Diaries alum Wolé Parks has joined the cast of Superman and Lois as a mysterious villain called The Stranger. All we know about this character so far is that he'll be a visitor hellbent on proving to the world that it no longer needs Superman.

Superman wants you to wear a mask. A poster released by The CW showcases the Man of Steel in a mask with the caption, "Real heroes wear masks."



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The 25 Best Performances in The Masked Singer History

Nick Cannon and Chris Daughtry, The Masked Singer | Photo Credits: Fox

The Masked Singer has been both a bonafide hit for Fox and a really good time; either in spite of or perhaps because of a constant barrage of terrible news as of late, watching celebrities including Chris DaughtryJesse McCartney, and Joey Fatone on the show week after week has been a source of real joy for three seasons. 

As much fun as it's been to watch the heads get yanked off the celebrities and marvel at the gorgeous costumes, it's sometimes easy to forget The Masked Singer is more than a family-friendly guessing game, but also a singing competition. Indeed, some of the competitors are truly outstanding, and the show has done a sometimes shockingly good job of stuffing the competition with a balanced menu of B-listers (oh hey Bret Michaels) and real musical superstars (Chaka Khan, for starters). In its three seasons, The Masked Singer has been the forum for some pretty mind-blowing performances -- sometimes from the same singer. Can you remember where you were when you saw Flamingo blow the roof off the place, or Rottweiler stun everyone with his gorgeous voice?  

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While we await what's to come in The Masked Singer Season 4, let's take a look back at the best performances, and suss out which performance is the best of all time so far. 

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