The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: A victor in the Quality TV war has been decided, a gang of British teens snubs the White House, and some exciting theater news.
In the epic battle between two shows that only a very few people watch but that everyone who writes about TV writes about ad nauseam forever, Game of Thrones has defeated Mad Men. Well, for a night anyway. Thrones' second season premiere wrangled in some 3.9 million viewers last Sunday night, while Mad Men on the same evening only snagged 2.9 million. So, that's it! Game of Thrones wins, Thrones wins! Eat that, Don Draper. If you don't want to eat it, Betty can help you. (Fat Betty!) Winter may be coming to Westeros, but it's already there on Madison Avenue. Boom. There it is. Definitive. Can't believe the long war is over. Let us stand in awe for a moment and gaze at the scorched battlefield. And then, sure, you can go back to watching whatever it is the vast majority of you are watching on Sunday nights. The Amazing Race? It's The Amazing Race, isn't it. That's fine. Enjoy it. [The New York Times]
British boy band sensation
The Beatles One Direction has turned down an invitation from Yankee First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at the White House's annual Easter Egg roll. (Not a Chinese appetizer they eat on Easter, they actually roll eggs.) The band's people cited a prior commitment, but what do you think the *real* reason is?? Are Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall, and Zayn all Tories who wouldn't be caught dead at an American liberal shindig? Are they all, true to their British heritage, Druid pagans who reject their fertility holiday being co-opted by the Christians? These are very likely explanations, far more likely than a supposed "prior commitment." This is the First Lady we're talking about. You don't just turn her down for nothing. The truth is out there. Tell us your truths, boys! [Politico]