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Aziz Ansari wants 'Scandal' to crossover with 'Parks and Recreation': Here are 5 other crossovers we want to see

Odds are, if you’re a television lover, you have more than one favorite show. And sometimes, you might get to thinking about what it would be like if those worlds collided. And while most of the time, it doesn’t work — Mad Men and The Carrie Diaries?! — there are a few instances where things just might click. For Aziz Ansari, that moment involved an intense binge-watching session of Scandal and dreaming about being in the presence of the woman-in-white, Ms. Olivia Pope.

“I’m such a big fan of the show,” Ansari told the LA Times. “I watched it in a few days. I was obsessed with Oliva and Fitz. I was obsessed with the voting card thing. I was obsessed with the weird naked fight. I was obsessed with everything.”

So how does he think a crossover between Scandal and Parks and Recreation would work? “I secretly believe they are in the same universe. I think Harrison and Tom are college roommates and they used to have an R & B group together called … Too Much is Not E-Nuff. We have to shoot that, the crossover episode. It’s really simple: There’s some sort of issue that Leslie needs to deal with, and then Tom’s like, ‘Duh, lemme call my guy’ and then it’s like boom, boom, boom, glitter, glitter, glitter, Pope & Associates magically appear. Ann who? It’s Knope and Olivia Pope now.”

We don’t hate this idea. Leslie does have a few things that could be “handled.” And seeing the perfectly dressed Harrison in any sort of R & B outfit would just be heavenly. And this got us thinking: What other shows would we love to see collide?

Here are a few crossovers we dreamed up:
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Character Rehab: How to fix Daenerys from 'Game of Thrones'

Here at EW, we have a new weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

There are plenty of reasons why Game of Thrones should not have worked as a TV show, and one of them is Daenerys Targaryen. Or Daenerys Stormborn, or the Mother of Dragons, or Dany, or Khaleesi, or whichever nickname honorific you prefer. The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series was always going to have a massive cast, but at least in the early days, most of that massive cast is located in roughly the same place. We meet the Starks and Lannisters in a memorable get-together at Winterfell; and even now, three seasons into the TV show, most of the key characters on the show are still living on the same continent.
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Ten life lessons for the royal baby... from 'Game of Thrones'

It’s official: The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to the future monarch of the United Kingdom. Of course, as I write this mere moments after the blessed event, very little is known about the newest member of the House of Windsor. Will the little prince have its mother’s good looks or its father’s good looks pre-baldness? Where does it stand on the phone-hacking controversy? Will he marry North West or Blue Ivy Carter?  READ FULL STORY

The 10 movies, TV shows, and brands that ruled Comic-Con on social media

The buzziest project at the four-day geekfest known as Comic-Con must have been something with elaborate costumes, breathtaking special effects, and an epic battle between good and evil… right?

Interestingly, not so much.

EW has partnered with General Sentiment to develop aggregate scores that record not just what’s trending on social media, but also what users are actually saying about those topics. And according to our analysis, the most talked-about thing on social media at the Con wasn’t superhero, sci-fi, or fantasy-related — it was CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, a sitcom entering its ninth and final season this fall.

Those who feel that TV has taken over the Comic-Con crown from movies in recent years have reason to feel validated in this data as well: four of the top five topics trending this year were TV shows (X-Men being the lone movie in that short list).

Check the list below to see which other TV shows, movies, and brands made the top 10 list.

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The Red Wedding hotel breakfast! Too soon?

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What could be more appetizing than a breakfast item named after a womb-shanking wedding masscare?

And yet, there it was, right on the “healthy” menu at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego: The “Red Wedding Fruit Plate.”

It was part of the hotel’s Comic-Con themed menu, which contained an assortment of dishes with names inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones. The assorted fruit plate was right under the “Dragon Smoked Salmon” and, my personal favorite, the gluten-free “White Walker Frittata.” READ FULL STORY

New 'Game of Thrones' products unveiled, including awesome Ned Stark doll and 4D puzzle -- PHOTOS

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HBO has debuted new Game of Thrones merchandise at Comic-Con. Top of the list is a Comic-Con exclusive Pop! Ned Stark figurine that has his head held to his body by magnets. If you don’t know why that’s awesome, we won’t spoil it for you. (Though it’s fairly obvious.) Limited quantities are on sale at booth #5343 (and at the HBO online store for those of us not in San Diego). Other new products:

Factory Entertainment plushes: We’re talking adorable 8″-tall Direwolf cubs (available later this year), and 6″-tall dragon eggs and 10″-tall three-eyed raven (due in early 2014). Check them out at booth #3351. And, 4D Cityscape’s 4D Puzzle Map of Westeros: Sneak a peek at booth #2401, because this won’t be on sale until November. “Featuring three different layers and more than 1,200 jigsaw pieces, this puzzle replicates the topographical landscape of the Seven Kingdoms and includes miniature replica models of famous Westeros cities and castles, including King’s Landing, Eyrie, the Wall and many more.” Pics below, plus more merch! READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Florence + the Machine turned down 'Rains of Castamere' -- who's on your Westeros playlist?

I don’t want to bring it up. I really don’t, but I’ll get it out of the way very quickly, as if I’m ripping off a band-aid, getting my eyebrows waxed, or having my heart ripped out in one swift motion: The Red Wedding. There, I said it! Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill anything of major importance here. But can we at least talk about “The Rains of Castamere”? Man, is that a song. I’m talking an eerily foreboding, spine-tingling, tear- and fear-inducing piece of music.

Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi (try to argue with me that the GoT theme song is not as iconic as Harry Potter‘s) came up with the melody for “Rains of Castamere.” Hit indie band The National, however, was asked to utilize said melody and create the actual song that we mostly hear now (besides when characters are simply whistling it): “It was us saying internally, ‘Hey, it would be cool if we took this theme and had a band do it.’ We asked them, ‘This is what we’re thinking — would you guys be into it?’” Djawadi told New York magazine.

They obviously agreed and everyone is pretty much fond of the result. Need a refresher? Take a listen:
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'Game of Thrones': Here's what the Iron Throne should look like

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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin recently posted on his blog that the HBO hit’s version of his stabby Iron Throne isn’t exactly what he had in mind. The TV edition is great and all, he writes, but what he described in his novels is a tad … bigger. More pointy. And intimidating. The throne is supposed to be a potentially lethal chair made of thousands of swords, helping ensure that nobody ever rests easy while ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Martin posted an image by artist Marc Simonetti that showed his version of the coveted ruling throne of Westeros (click the button above to see the really impressive full-size version).

“Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it,” Martin wrote. “This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Asymmetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few. This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.”

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'Game of Thrones' favorites as 'Simpsons' characters

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You’ve seen Game of Thrones characters in retro clothes. Now, courtesy of a designer from Brussels (see his blog here), we present Thrones favorites drawn as Simpsons characters (why not, it’s summer!). Having pointed out the similarity between Tywin Lannister and Monty Burns before, I have to give props to the Lion of Lannister image, though The Hound might be my favorite here. See what you think.

'Game of Thrones' gets an online dating makeover

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Game of Thrones is filled with blood, sweat, and tears. But you know what? It also features some incredible acts of love. Sure, that love is often tainted with incestual hunger for your twin sister, and sometimes the love of your life becomes an evil, sadistic, murderous young king hellbent on destruction, but hey: love is love, right?

Unfortunately, characters on the HBO hit don’t always have the best luck with love (I’m looking at you “Red Wedding”), which can make one wonder if access to online dating could help out any of these warring Westerosians. READ FULL STORY

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