TGL Round-Up: Justin Bieber Cancels Tour, George R.R. Martin Gives Game of Thrones Book Update, Doctor Who Showrunner Responds to Backlash
George R.R. Martin has given fans an update on his long-awaited and long-delayed book series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
“I’ve seen some truly weird reports about [‘Winds of Winter’] on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth,” Martin wrote on his Livejournal. “I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.”
Martin is also working on a history anthology called Fire and Blood based on the series.
“Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream,” he said. He cautioned fans by saying that no publication date has been set for “Fire and Blood” at this point, though he expects volume one to be published in 2018 or early 2019.
Steven Moffat, the outgoing showrunner of Doctor Who, has responded to the backlash over the casting of female actress Jodie Whittaker as the titular character.
“There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the ‘Doctor Who’ fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday at Comic-Con. “There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative ‘Doctor Who’ fandom has utterly embraced that change completely — 80 percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. And yet so many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t.”
Justin Bieber has cancelled the remainder of his Purpose World Tour.
No reason was given for the decision beyond “unforeseen circumstances.”
Bieber had 15 more shows remaining.