SOPHIE TURNER TALKS GOT SPIN-OFF: Sophie Turner rose to fame as Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now that the show is over, many are hoping the 23-year-old will consider a spinoff. She told The Hollywood Reporter: "No. It's time for me to say goodbye. She's ended up in a place that I'm so happy with. I don't know. It would be different if someone actually came and said, ‘We want to do a Sansa spinoff show,’ but I'm pretty sure I'd say no. It's been 10 years of watching this character grow, and she's at her peak right now. I'm sure if she carried on and did a spinoff show, it would just be downhill from there. She'd have to go through some other terrible traumas or something, and I don't want to do that."
SHERMAN’S SHOWCASE TRAILER DROPS: Tiffany Haddish is loving some good soup. Last year, IFC ordered a musical-sketch-comedy show from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon alums Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, and the first trailer of the Soul Train-inspired show has arrived. John Legend, Tiffany Haddish, Common, and Quincy Jones are among those slated to guest star. The show premieres on IFC on Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m.
MORGAN FREEMAN TALKS GOD: For the past three seasons, Morgan Freeman has hosted The Story of God with National Geographic. At a recent screening, Deadline reports he said: "My curiosity about God goes way back. Amazing, you look at this, how similar people are around the world. They have belief systems that may be different from each other on some level or other but they all aspire to goodness and almost every religion promises life ever after." Each episode focuses on a different theme, and producers say their access has been incredible. James Younger explains: "We have a fairly big team to move around the world—about 15 or 20 people, which is quite large for a documentary team," Younger notes. "Then we have to get access to places—to the Vatican, to monasteries in Kathmandu, Notre Dame de Paris… Collaborating with the top local producers in different countries who can help us secure access through foreign governments."
PHYLICIA RASHAD ON COSBY: Phylicia Rashad, 70, was honored with the Award in Televesion Excellence at the Austin Television Festival Friday, and she discussed with The Hollywood Reporter that honor and her career overall, especially in the wake of Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault. While she declined to discuss Cosby directly, she did address its absence from TV.. "Well, Dreamgirls can't be seen anymore. The Wiz can't be seen anymore," she says of her past Broadway gigs. "Most of the work I've done isn't seen anymore. But you keep going." Speaking of her creative choices, she said: "It's just finding truth in it — how the character thinks, why a person thinks the way they do. Honest interactions make the comedy funnier and make the drama more heartfelt."