In a New Yorker personal essay, Clarke -- who is launching the charity SameYou today to help people recovering from brain injuries and stroke -- reveals for the first time that she had to undergo brain surgery after filming Game of Thrones Season 1 and Season 3. "Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life," she writes. "I’ve never told this story publicly, but now it’s time." Clarke says she first started feeling neurological symptoms in February 2011, at age 24, after filming Season 1 and two months before the Game of Thrones series premiere on HBO. The first surgery was "minimally invasive," meaning they didn't open up her skull. "Brain surgery? I was in the middle of my very busy life—I had no time for brain surgery," she writes. Because of her recovery, filming on Season 2 proved challenging. "On the first day of shooting for Season 2, in Dubrovnik, I kept telling myself, 'I am fine, I’m in my twenties, I’m fine,'" she writes. "I threw myself into the work. But, after that first day of filming, I barely made it back to the hotel before I collapsed of exhaustion. On the set, I didn’t miss a beat, but I struggled. Season 2 would be my worst. I didn’t know what Daenerys was doing. If I am truly being honest, every minute of every day I thought I was going to die." The second aneurysm occurred in 2013, while she was living in New York City to work on the Broadway play Breakfast at Tiffany's. Clarke writes that she went in for a brain scan, when she learned that a growth on the other side of her brain had doubled in size. After a minor procedure to take care of it failed, Clarke said doctors "needed to access my brain in the old-fashioned way—through my skull. And the operation had to happen immediately. The recovery was even more painful than it had been after the first surgery. I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced." Clarke said she feared that news of her second surgery would leak -- she even denied it when asked by a National Enquirer reporter. A few weeks after the surgery, Clarke had to promote Game of Thrones at San Diego Comic-Con, where she was so ill she feared she was going to die amid all the promotion and interviews. "I figured, if I’m going to go, it might as well be on live television," she recalls. Clarke adds: "But now, after keeping quiet all these years, I’m telling you the truth in full," she writes. "Please believe me: I know that I am hardly unique, hardly alone. Countless people have suffered far worse, and with nothing like the care I was so lucky to receive."
The Washington Post's Geoff Edgers interviewed the major parties involved over the Twitter obsession that got Barr fired from Roseanne last May -- going so far as to accompany Barr on a trip to Israel. ABC was always concerned about her tweets, says Edgers. But Barr's tweet shortly after Christmas 2017 -- three months before the Roseanne revival's premiere -- was especially alarming. “i won’t be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I’ve had enough. bye!" Barr tweeted. "Thus," says Edgers, "began an unusual, behind-the-scenes battle, as ABC and Barr’s producers tried to protect their TV property, and Barr continued to speak out on Twitter, her preferred medium for pushing tales of Pizzagate and George Soros as well as profane blasts at TV personalities such as Stephen Colbert and Rachel Maddow. The network didn’t propose a no-tweet clause in Barr’s contact. Instead, as revealed by interviews with people close to the show and messages shown to The Washington Post, they spent months nudging her to stop while also trying to keep from offending her." As James Moore, Barr’s longtime publicist, says: “It was always this back and forth of ABC not wanting to appear they were censoring Roseanne but also not quite pulling out the big guns. Going, ‘You’re one tweet away from us canceling the show.’ Something that would jar Roseanne.” At one point, Barr's youngest son changed her Twitter password so she would stop tweeting. Meanwhile, executive producer Whitney Cummings now admits she didn't know what she was in for. "I had not gone through the years of past tweets, and that was my mistake," says Cummings. Edgers also goes behind the scenes of the Valerie Jarrett tweet that would ultimately get Barr fired. Edgers also reports that the deal Barr signed allowing The Conners to proceed without her "now infuriates Barr" because she had hoped to one day return to the show.
The long-awaited Deadwood movie arrives on May 31, the final day of eligibility for this year's Emmys.
Charles will star opposite Naomi Watts, who is playing Carlson on the Showtime limited series The Loudest Voice. He'll play Casey Close, a sports agent, who comforts his wife amid her sexual harassment battle with Fox News.
Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike will take on the respective roles in Stephen King book adaptation, which has yet to receive a pilot order.
Entertainment Weekly, which has 12 covers devoted to the departing HBO comedy, spent the final days of the HBO series as it wrapped production after seven seasons. “I was never going to walk away from this, under any circumstances,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus says of filming Season 7 following her breast cancer battle. “It never occurred to me not to do the show. For a couple of days — not knowing this road I was about to walk down, not fully understanding, and possibly in a sort of state of denial too — I was thinking, ‘Well, we’ll shoot around chemo. We’ll figure it out.’ I had that idea, which is, of course, absurd. But I didn’t think of it as such until reality came crashing in.”
Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle’s hybrid stand-up/music live show is finally set to premiere two years after it was first announced. “Our series gets its title and its mission from a book named The New Negro by Alain Locke," the co-hosts says of their eight-episode series. "That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance."