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Pro­duc­tion net­work HBO has teased fans ahead of Game Of Thrones (2011-cur­rent) sea­son 7 in July with pho­tos of char­ac­ters with their new out­fits. The most strik­ing is Khaleesi Daen­erys Tar­garyen (Emilia Clarke), who’s swapped her baby blue frocks for a pow­er­ful, war-like mil­i­tary blazer.

Fans who were hop­ing for Top Gear (2002- cur­rent) host Matt LeBlanc to re­unite with his Friends (1994-2004) co-star David Sch­wim­mer won’t see it any­time soon. David pulled out of all work com­mit­ments fol­low­ing the re­cent break­down of his mar­riage to Zoe Buck­man, his wife since 2010 and mother of his five-year- old daugh­ter Cleo.

Zoe Perry’s keep­ing the fam­ily act­ing busi­ness alive and well. In 2016 she played Samantha in po­lit­i­cal drama show The Fixer (2012-cur­rent) along­side her dad Jeff, who’s starred as Cyrus Beene since sea­son 1. Now Zoe’s been cast as young Mary Cooper in Young Shel­don (2017), the spin-off from The Big Bang The­ory (2007-cur­rent). And who plays older Mary in the orig­i­nal show? Zoe’s mom Lau­rie Met­calfe. “It was just like any other act­ing job,” says 33-year-old Zoe. “I au­di­tioned and got the part. I have been re­hears­ing with my mom to get Mary’s Texas twang just right.”

Oprah Win­frey, the queen of talk TV, will be mak­ing her first ap­pear­ance on panel chat­show The Talk (2010- cur­rent) in the very near fu­ture. While other top­ics are sure to come up, fans have been teased with news that Oprah will talk ex­clu­sively to hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gil­bert, Sharon Os­bourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Un­der­wood about her new film The Im­mor­tal Life Of Hen­ri­etta Lacks and her role as a “spe­cial correspondent” on long-run­ning news show 60 Min­utes (1968- cur­rent).

Keep­ing with the hosts of The Talk, Julie Chen will be head­ing to soapie Y&R (1973-cur­rent) to guest star as her­self. While the sto­ry­line’s still be­ing kept se­cret, we can tell you that Hi­lary (Mishael Mor­gan) will travel to Hol­ly­wood to in­ter­view her idol – Julie – for fic­tional gos­sip paper the Genoa City Buzz.

Adolfo “A” Martinez and his char­ac­ter Ed­uardo are leav­ing Days Of Our Lives (1965- cur­rent). The ac­tor, who’s been on the soap since 2015, says that “as Ed­uardo is taken off the can­vas on Days, I want to ex­press my grat­i­tude to all who’ve sup­ported him – and me.” He’s leav­ing due to pro­duc­tion clashes with his sched­ules (he’s got two other shows in the works) but adds that “I’d al­ways be open to re­turn­ing one day, if the show and fans want me to”. SA fans will still get to see him un­til about 2020 as we’re three years be­hind the US broad­casts.

Mike “The Sit­u­a­tion” Sor­rentino from re­al­ity show Jersey Shore (2009-2012) is in trouble with the tax­man again. Af­ter tax avoid­ance is­sues in 2011, he’s now be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for “tax eva­sion, struc­tur­ing and fal­si­fy­ing records”, as well as in­dis­cre­tions linked to his cloth­ing line Sit­u­a­tion Na­tion.

And if you’re not al­ready tired of Kar­dashi­ans on just about every chan­nel, youngest daugh­ter Kylie Jen­ner has scored her own re­al­ity spin- off show called Life Of Kylie. En­ter­tain­ment chan­nel E! green­lit the eightepisode se­ries that “will give fans an in­side look at Kylie’s per­sonal life, projects she’s work­ing on as well as the time spent with her friends,” says a spokesper­son. Model Jordyn Woods will co-star, un­less you’re skip­ping it en­tirely to rather go play out­side.

Kylie Jen­ner’s get­ting her own show.

Oprah is head­ing back to talk TV.

New-look Khaleesi. The old look.

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