‘House of the Dragon’ Teaser, ‘Doctor Strange,’ and More Releases This Week: Showbiz Pop 5

Listen up, Game of Thrones fans — HBO released another House of the Dragon trailer this week. August 2022 feels about a decade away, but there’s plenty of other entertainment news to talk about.

From the theatrical release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to Ozark‘s final season, a lot went on this week! We’ve also a list of tv shows coming out this week that you need to know about.  

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen in 'House of the Dragon' from HBO
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen | Ollie Upton/HBO

HBO drops another ‘House of the Dragon’ teaser

Get ready, Game of Thrones fans. The Starks, Velaryons, Baratheons, and Targaryens are back in another epic saga. HBO released another trailer for the upcoming series on May 5, which teases bloodshed, dragons, and plenty of blond Targaryens. 

‘House of the Dragon’s first episode will come out on August 21

George R.R. Martin might not be done with that Game of Thrones book yet, but fans will get to feast their eyes on the prequel series beginning August 21. The prequel series will have 10 episodes total. Catch up on every episode of Game of Thrones on HBO.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ in theaters May 6

Marvel fans can now see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in theaters. Our chief movie critics are calling it “the most adrenaline-pumping and action-packed Marvel Cinematic Universe movie yet.” 

Directed by horror guru Sam Raimi, the latest Marvel installment combines everything fans love about the MCU with elements of campy horror. Read our spoiler-free Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review

TV show premieres and cancellations 

HBO Max released the first three episodes of The Staircase on May 5. This is the fictionalized retelling of the Michael Peterson case as discussed in Netflix’s The Staircase.

Other TV premieres you should know about include: 

  • Peacock
    • Girls5eva (5/5)
  • Paramount+ 
    • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (5/5)
  • Prime Video
    • The Wilds (5/6)
    • The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith (5/6)
  • Apple TV+ 
    • The Big Conn (5/5)
    • Tehran (5/6)
    • To Mom (and Dad), With Love (5/6)
  • Netflix 
    • Blood Sisters (5/5)
    • Wild Babies (5/5)
    • The Pentaverate (5/5)
    • Clark (5/5)
    • Selling Sunset Reunion (5/6)
    • Welcome to Eden (5/6)

Additionally, we learned that the Batwoman series, the Saved By the Bell reboot, and Space Force were canceled this week. On the other hand, Matt Reeves confirmed The Batman 2 and HBO Max’s Julia got picked up for a second season. 

Is ‘Ozark’s Wendy Byrde a hero or a villain?

Netflix released the last seven episodes of Ozark on April 29, but we’re still talking about them. Like much of the rest of the world, we’ve got a lot of feelings about Ozark matriarch Wendy Byrde.

Laura Linney’s performance is undeniably good, but after seeing the final episodes of the Netflix series, fans are divided — is she a hero or a villain? Ozark is a show about family, but depending on how you perceive Wendy’s actions in the final season of the Netflix series, you could see her either way.

TL;DR: Is Wendy Byrde the new Skyler White (Anna Gunn)? 

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