Gonna get some of the little news items out of the way as I prepare to leave for LA tomorrow.
- The New Year celebration is over, but the year-end lists continue and Game Of Thrones seems to be on just about all of them. James Poniewozik of Time has it at the top of his “TV to Look Forward to in 2011” list, HitFix has it on their “20 Anticipated New Shows for 2011” list, Ken Tucker of EW.com has it at the top of his “10 TV events to look forward to in 2011” list and IGN calls Thrones their most anticipated show on their “2011 Midseason TV Preview.” UPDATE: We can add Blastr.com, MercuryNew.com (first entry), and Metacritic to the list as well.
- All the hype surrounding the show seems to be translating into book sales. A Game of Thrones appeared at #25 on the New York Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks last week and then climbed a spot to #24 in the most recently published list. I expect it will continue to climb as the show gets closer, and especially when Bantam releases the HBO tie-in edition.
- Sibel Kekilli (Shae) added another nomination to her name for the lead role in the German film When We Leave (Die Fremde). Kekilli has won a number of awards for that role and others, while the film leads the nominations lists of the German Film Critics Awards and is this year’s German candidate for the foreign language film Academy Award.
- Lastly, a site note of interest to our international readers, we just created a page that will track and list all the channels planning to air Game Of Thrones around the world. Check back often for up-to-date air times and stations as we plan to keep it updated.