The daily gossip: Aziz Ansari gets married, Kit Harington to return as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones sequel series, and more

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Serena Skov Campbell and Aziz Ansari.
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1. Aziz Ansari gets married in Italy

Treat yo self ... to marriage. Aziz Ansari has secretly tied the knot in Italy, marrying Serena Skov, a Swedish forensic data scientist, according to Page Six. The Tuscany wedding reportedly had about 120 guests, including Riz Ahmed. The Parks and Recreation star met Skov back in 2018 in the wake of taking a step back from the public eye due to a sexual misconduct allegation. Earlier that year, the now-defunct website published a controversial article interviewing a woman who accused Ansari of sexual misconduct; he said their encounter was "completely consensual" but that he was "surprised and concerned" to learn she felt uncomfortable with it. Ansari, who wrote the book Modern Romance, previously joked in his stand-up that marriage is the "most insane thing you could ever ask another person to do," a quote we're guessing didn't quite make it into his vows.

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2. Kit Harington returning as Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones' sequel series

If you thought HBO was about to leave the ending of Game of Thrones alone, you know nothing, Jon Snow. A Game of Thrones sequel series centered around Jon Snow is in development, with Kit Harington expected to return, according to The Hollywood Reporter. By the end of the original series, Jon (spoiler alert!) went into exile after murdering Daenerys to save Westeros, and the final shot showed him riding north. No plot details about the sequel series were revealed, but the Reporter noted it wouldn't be surprising to see some fan favorites pop up, including Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). HBO has already been working on a number of Thrones spinoffs, including this summer's House of the Dragon. Notably, though, this will be the first one that's a sequel rather than a prequel, extending a story that seemingly concluded in 2019. What is dead may never die, indeed.

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3. Drake surprise drops a 'pretty miserable' new album

Beyoncé decided against giving her next album a surprise drop, so Drake apparently wanted to pick up the slack. The "Hotline Bling" singer dropped his seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, on Friday after announcing it just a few hours before. This came only nine months after Drake's last album, Certified Lover Boy. But Honestly, Nevermind is "almost entirely a front-to-back club record of deep house music," the Los Angeles Times noted, declaring it "pretty miserable, even by Drake standards" and predicting it would be his most divisive album yet. Indeed, early reactions seemed a bit mixed, with Consequence arguing Drake says "nothing new" on this one, NME giving it three stars out of five, and one fan dismissing it as "Forever 21, Hot Topic, H&M a-- music." Is Honestly, Nevermind named after what listeners are expected to say a few minutes in?

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4. Lauren Graham and Peter Krause split after over a decade together

You can't take a picture of this — it's already gone. Lauren Graham and Peter Krause have split up after over a decade together, Graham's representative confirmed to People. The actors have known each other since the '90s, but they only started dating after playing siblings on Parenthood beginning in 2010. They made their first red carpet appearance as a couple that year, though they weren't necessarily super public about the relationship, and Graham noted she wanted to make sure viewers could still "buy us as brother and sister." They worked together again after Parenthood ended, as Krause had a cameo on the Gilmore Girls revival. But Graham's representative told People they "quietly ended their relationship last year," deciding to bury it six feet under.

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5. Emmys reportedly approach Dwayne Johnson, Chris Rock about hosting

The producers of this year's Emmys haven't settled on a host, though they're apparently good with anyone named Rock. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Chris Rock have both been approached about hosting the Emmys, according to Deadline. The Rock would definitely make sense considering the Emmys will air on NBC, home of the sitcom Young Rock. But according to Deadline, Johnson "does not appear likely" to host. Meanwhile, the other Rock — Chris Rock — could provide a major ratings boost if everyone tunes in hoping he'll talk about The Slap. But Rock reportedly turned down the offer. Oh, and Deadline reports Seth Meyers isn't interested either. Is the possibility of getting slapped just going to scare everyone away from hosting any awards show from now on? Might Chris Rock say yes if he's assured The Rock will lay the smackdown on anyone who tries to pull a Will Smith? And if NBC hopes to draw in younger viewers with the host, does anyone have Vecna's number?


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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.