GAME OF THRONES REVEALS FATE OF ED SHEERAN’S CHARACTER: Fans were not impressed with Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones cameo last season, and in Sunday night’s premiere of the HBO mega-hit, they learned the fate of “Eddie.” Sadly, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) discovers that he was a victim of dragon fire. As one of the three women he was sleeping with on the show told him, “That boy Eddie came back with his face burned right off. He’s got no eyelids now.” Sheeran got so much criticism for his appearance—which included a campfire sing-along—he deleted his Twitter account. HBO also dropped a preview for episode two of the show’s final season.
KRISTEN WIIG, MAGGIE SMITH, SALLY HAWKINS JOIN A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS: Studiocanal, Netflix and Blueprint Pictures have launched production on a live-action family film dubbed A Boy Called Christmas, Deadline reports. Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct the film, which follows the origin story of Father Christmas. Stars include Jim Broadbent (Paddington 1 & 2), Zoe Colletti (Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark), Toby Jones (Infamous), Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water), Michiel Huisman (Game Of Thrones), Henry Lawfull (Les Miserables), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Rune Temte (Captain Marvel), Indica Watson (Sherlock) and Kristen Wiig (Wonder Woman 1984).
AIDY BRYANT’S SHRILL RENEWED: Hulu is keeping Shrill around for a second season. The Warner Bros. TV comedy is exec produce by Lorne Michaels and stars Aidy Bryant. The show follows the travails of Annie, a fat woman intent on changing her life but not her body. “I think there is a world where we can squeeze a couple more [seasons] in. I’m not going to stay at SNL forever, even though I love it — it’s just really grueling to do both,” Bryant told The Hollywood Reporter last month. “Particularly this fall, we were editing and doing all the music supervision and all that stuff while I was at SNL. So I would do that in the morning, then go to SNL and work all night. And I can’t sustain that forever. I can’t do it.”
NETFLIX COMMISSIONS 10 NEW ORIGINALS IN INDIA: Netflix has commissioned 10 new original films in India. The streamer will partner with major local directors and producers, and genres include drama, horror, comedy and sci-fi. “When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films,” said Srishti Behl Arya, Director, International Original Film, India for Netflix. “Given our diversity, history and culture, India is home to powerful stories waiting to be told to audiences around the world. The depth of talent and vision of our creators is enabling us to create films our members will love. We want to be a home for India’s finest filmmakers where their stories travel to more people than ever before.”