The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: HBO has a real hit on its hands, Zooey Deschanel will be back in the fall, and the Eastwood reality show drops.
HBO's second season of Game of Thrones, a prequel to Sex and the City about Carrie and the gang's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents having brunches of mead and grog and wild boar, continues to thrive in its second season. The ratings for last night's episode, the second of the season, essentially matched the premiere episode's numbers, which is pretty good considering how big the premiere's numbers were. Better yet, at this point the second season of the show is "on track to best its freshman average by more than 50 percent." So that is pretty good for ol' Arry Bradshaw and Melisandre Hobbes and Sandor Blatch and everyone. It's good news for us too, as we really, really need to get to at least next season so the crazy events of the third book can happen and omg you guys you will not believe what happens. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Speaking of television success and renewal, Fox has announced that they will give a second season to the Zooey Deschanel face-making comedy New Girl, as well as Raising Hope and America's answer to the question "What if it got progressively worse while also getting better?", Glee. This is unsurprising for both New Girl and Raising Hope, they're well-watched shows with nice critical followings, but we are surprised about Glee. Well, at least if we're to believe those rumors that in this year's season finale, Finn, Rachel, and Kurt, instead of graduating, are beheaded in King's Landing. We thought the show would just end after that, but apparently not! Still, can't wait, like really cannot wait, to watch that scene. [Vulture]