HBO Submitted Game of Thrones's Worst-Reviewed Episodes for Emmy Consideration

Jacob Anderson and Kit Harington in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale.
Jacob Anderson and Kit Harington in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale.
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HBO is in some serious denial.

It has been almost a month since Game of Thrones aired its final episode, causing an uproar of disappointment from fans. As BGR reports, the series's eighth season included the three worst-rated episodes in the show's history: “The Last of the Starks,” “The Bells,” and “The Iron Throne,” which earned 5.6, 6.1, and 4.3 stars, respectively, out of a maximum of 10 on IMDb. On top of that, “The Bells” and “The Iron Throne” are the worst-reviewed episodes in the show’s history on Rotten Tomatoes, with ratings of 49 percent apiece, while “The Last of the Starks” earned a 58 percent approval rating.

It's partly because of these episodes that more than 1.6 million people (and counting) have signed a petition asking HBO to remake the final season with “competent writers.” But after spending $90 million on Game of Thrones's swan song, there is little hope that will ever happen—no matter how many people sign their names.

The good news is that some people—namely, the network itself—believe these episodes are Emmy-worthy.

According to TV Guide, HBO is ignoring the backlash the final season received and putting forth some of fans' most-hated episodes for Emmy consideration. The network submitted three episodes for the Best Directing award, including Miguel Sapochnik’s "The Long Night," David Nutter’s "The Last of the Starks," and D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s "The Iron Throne."

And, though “The Iron Throne” was ripped apart by fans as the worst storytelling on the show, HBO submitted the finale’s script for the Best Writing category.

BGR points out that the less-hated episodes of the season—“Winterfell” and “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”—were not submitted for consideration.

HBO also reportedly submitted actors Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Pilou Asbæk, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Richard Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Carice van Houten for their performances.

While the actors might deserve all the awards in the world, Game of Thrones—as a series—might not clean up at the Emmys the way it has in the past.

[h/t BGR]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Warner Bros. Television/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.