Let the bloodshed begin.
American Idol and Game of Thrones--two shows known for slaying their castmembers, if only metaphorically in the case of the reality competition--are soon starting production on their new seasons, Fox and HBO announced today.
Get all bloody good deets--including the latest scoop on True Blood and Glee--after the jump...
Nationwide auditions kick off for Fox's American Idol's 11th season in St. Louis on Tues., June 28. If you're 15 to 28 years old and think you've got what it takes to be the next singing superstar, you can also try out in Portland (July 2), San Diego (July 8), Pittsburgh (July 15), Charleston (July 22) and Denver (July 29).
Across the pond, Game of Thrones is set to begin production on its second season July 25 in Winterfell Northern Ireland. The well-executed (particularly in the case of Sean Bean's Lord Stark) HBO series' first-season finale airs this Sunday on HBO.
More Game of Thrones, True Blood: The carnage continues at Comic-Con, where HBO confirmed today that Game of Thrones will host its first TV panel. Creator George R.R. Martin himself will guest-moderate the gathering, slated for Thurs., July 21. True Blood will make its fourth consecutive appearance at the San Diego gathering of geeks (which includes us).
Glee: Cocreators/executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan will be joined by a full-time writing staff in its third season, Deadline reports. The six new-hires include Buffy and Angel veteran Marti Noxon, who should be a huge help with Murphy's plans to incorporate story arcs (how fresh!) next season, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who did the famous rewrite for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette Pilot: The separated spouses are close to signing a deal with CBS for their game-show pilot Identity Crisis, per The Hollywood Reporter, with the Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson to host and executive produce. But David Arquette's rep tells E! News: "It's been in the works awhile, and they've always had their production company so really no story there." As you were, then.