TV News: Thrones, Blood, Driver, CBS, Monkeys

Game of Thrones
Queen Elizabeth II visited the Belfast set of “Game of Thrones” during her trip to Northern Ireland today. Cast and crew were on hand to greet the monarch who toured the sets and spoke with the show runners and actors like Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Conleith Hill and Sophie Turner.

True Blood
The seventh and final season premiere of HBO’s “True Blood” pulled in a gross audience of 5.8 million viewers Sunday night across its four plays, up 3% from last season’s debut night (5.6 million viewers). Four million tuned in for the live broadcast alone. [Source: TV By the Numbers]

Big Driver
Lifetime is developing the TV movie “Big Driver,” based on the novella from Stephen King’s 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars”. Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett and Will Harris star in the revenge tale which begins production in Nova Scotia this Summer ahead of a premiere this Fall.

Bello plays a revered mystery writer who becomes stranded on a lonely stretch of New England road. Another driver (Harris) offers assistance, and she quickly discovers her savior is actually a serial killer who repeatedly assaults he and leaves her for dead in a drainage pipe with his other victims. She escapes and becomes determined to seek revenge. [Source: The Live Feed]

CBS has unveiled the premiere dates for its Fall shows. Most will take place in the last week and a half of September, though some have been pushed back until the last week of October. Here are the dates:

Sunday, September 21st: Madam Secretary, The Good Wife
Monday, September 22nd: The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion
Tuesday, September 23rd: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans
Wednesday, September 24th: Survivor
Friday, September 26th: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
Saturday, September 27th: 48 Hours

Sunday, September 28th: CSI
Monday, September 29th: Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles
Wednesday, October 1st: Criminal Minds, Stalker

Monday, October 27th: 2 Broke Girls
Thursday, October 30th: The Millers, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthy’s, Elementary