Salman Rushdie is working on a Showtime series, and he tells Haaretz that to prepare for the new gig, he's been gobbling up other cable dramas. Among the shows he's liked are The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Dexter, and Deadwood, but not everything gets an unequivocal rave from Rushdie, who goes on to say, "There was a series called Game of Thrones which was very popular here in the United States, a post-Tolkien kind of thing. It was garbage, yet very addictive garbage — because there's lots of violence, all the women take their clothes off all the time, and it's kind of fun. In the end, it's well-produced trash, but there's room for that, too." Even the most sacred television drama of all-time came in for unimpressed scrutiny: "Everybody loves The Wire and I think it's okay, but in the end it's just a police series," Rushdie says. Fightin' words! [Haaretz]
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016
The Highs and Lows of Hairspray Live!
When Did Billy Eichner Become a Total Hunk?
Prince’s Friends Fondly Remember All the Times He Expertly Insulted Everyone From Madonna to Eddie Murphy
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season-Premiere Recap: Studio Fifty Bore
How Do You Direct a Sex Scene? 10 Directors Tell Their Secrets
The Best Westworld Fan Theories, Post-Finale
A Non-Judgmental Guide to All the Questions You Might Have About Rogue One
Xavier Dolan on Blink-182, Bottoming, and Being the World’s Biggest Kate Winslet Fan
What’s New on Netflix: December 2016
Latest News from VultureDonald Trump Will Keep His Celebrity Apprentice Executive Producer Credit
The show returns with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger in January.American Film Institute Names Its Favorite Films and TV of 2016, Gives O.J.: Made in America a Special Honor
Zootopia and The Night Of made the institute's short lists.Not Even Oscar-Winning Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Can Convince Trump to Care About Climate Change
Best-case scenario: Leo saves the planet. Worst-case scenario: Trump develops a taste for newsboy caps; nothing else changes.How an America’s Next Top Model Contestant Unwittingly Ended Up on Westworld
But what could it mean?Take Our Game of Thrones Quiz and Win a Song of Ice and Fire Box Set
M'athchomaroon, Game of Thrones superfans!Good Girls Revolt Star on the Show’s Cancellation: ‘It Doesn’t Make Any Sense’
"I've been on canceled shows before. This one didn't make any sense."Now That We’re Governed by Contagions, At the Drive-In Have Finally Decided to Return With a New Song
They apparently have an album coming, too.Which New TV Shows Will Get Surprise Golden Globe Nominations?
Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominate Stranger Things? Let’s see what the blinking Christmas lights have to say…Kylie Bunbury on Pitch’s Season Finale and the Future of #Bawson
"Romantically speaking, people are going to be shocked."Jasmine Cephas Jones, One of Hamilton’s Last Original Cast Members, Is Leaving the Show
Schuyler Sister no more.
The numbers for Hairspray suggest live musicals are no longer a no-brainer for the network.Prince Was in Talks With Netflix for a Paisley Park Reality Show Before He Died
But he didn't want to be in it.Black-ish Recap: Blowing the Whistle
Dre’s ego is back … and it’s such a downer.Prince’s Friends Fondly Remember All the Times He Expertly Insulted Everyone From Madonna to Eddie Murphy
"Let me ask you a question: Do you see me stop my show to do comedy?"Jeopardy! Contestant Who Competed With Stage 4 Cancer Posthumously Donated Her Winnings to Charity
Cindy Stowell died on December 5.Assessing the Wild Careers of Four Acclaimed Authors Who Returned to Their Roots in 2016
All of them followed similar trajectories — brilliant success, the subsequent backlash, some dallying in genre and nonfiction, and now a return to their roots.Mel Gibson Doesn’t Think It’s Fair That Nate Parker’s Past Affected The Birth of a Nation
"You have to follow the system there."The (Longish) Short Version of Why Silence Took Three Decades to Make
The story behind the wait.Xavier Dolan on Blink-182, Bottoming, and Being the World’s Biggest Kate Winslet Fan
The young director also talks about his new film and the surprising story behind his gigantic Adele video.Why Was Hairspray Live! Tamer on TV?
The bouffant isn't quite as big and bubbly onscreen.