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HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) -- While many Game of Thrones fans are still upset with the unexpected turn that Emilia Clarke's character Daenerys Targaryen took during the show's eighth and final season, the actress says she's only really concerned about one person's opinion: Queen Bey.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Clarke revealed that she met Beyoncé earlier this year at Jay-Z’s Oscars after-party at the Chateau Marmont. During the event, Clarke said Bey came up to her to confess her love for the Mother of Dragons, calling Clarke "brilliant."

During that moment, however, Clarke felt conflicted, considering she knew her character would soon go on a genocidal rampage, killing the citizens of King's Landing with dragon fire.

"All I wanted to scream was 'Please, please still like me even though my character turns into a mass-killing dictator!'” she said. "'Please still think that I'm representing women in a really fabulous way.'"

As for her character's dramatic shift? Clarke says she could understand why Daenerys decided to go rogue.

"We all have that thing," she said. "Whether it's binging on chocolate or drinking seventeen bottles of wine or having an affair."

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar winner Mel Gibson is reportedly trying to rustle up an A-List posse for his next directorial foray, a remake of Sam Peckinpah's seminal western The Wild Bunch.

According to Deadline, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is on Gibson's radar, as is Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender, and Game of Thrones veteran Peter Dinklage, for what's being called a "contemporized remake" of the film, which followed past-their-prime gunslingers looking for one last score.

Gibson's last job behind the camera was 2016's Hacksaw Ridge, which won two technical Oscars, and was also nominated for Best Picture and earned star Andrew Garfield a Best Actor nomination.

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Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for THR(NEW JERSEY) -- Oprah Winfrey had a major surprise for a high school in Newark, New Jersey after she found out that its Lights On program is instrumental at keeping kids off the street. 

According to ABC News affiliate WABC, Winfrey surprised West Side High School's Principal Akbar Cook on Friday night by donating $500,000 to help keep his Lights On program up and running. 

The program is designed to offer students a safe place to hang out on Friday nights. Til 11 p.m., kids can shoot pool, play video games, hit the hardwood, practice cheers or even lay down tracks in a recording studio. 

"I haven't lost any more kids to gun violence since the start of the school year," Principal Cook said in April. 

He says those life saving results can't be ignored. 

Cook garnered headlines last summer when he installed a laundry room after some students were bullied because of dirty clothes which led to them consistently missing school. 

He says there has been a 10 percent increase in daily attendance since he opened the laundry room. 

Winfrey's gift will help the program operate three nights a week over the summer. 

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- While many people were disappointed with the Game of Thrones series finale Sunday night, the show satisfied at least one famous fan.

Julianna Margulies stayed up to watch the episode despite her early morning call time at Good Morning America on Monday and for her, it was worth it.

"I have to say, I know a lot of people are sad about the ending and I'm sad it ended, but I thought it was fantastic," she tells ABC Radio. “I loved it. I loved the ending. I thought that's exactly right, that's how it should end."

The self-proclaimed "geeky fan" was particularly excited to get to work with Liam Cunningham -- who plays Ser Davos on GoT -- on the upcoming mini-series The Hot Zone. She says her husband, who introduced her to the show in the first place, has never been more impressed with her job.

"So my husband led me through the journey of Game of Thrones and actually I think of everything I've ever done, being able to work opposite Liam Cunningham was the biggest feather in my cap for my husband," she says.

The Hot Zone debuts on NatGeo on May 27.

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HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) -- Two weeks after a stray coffee cup was spotted on a table in Game of Thrones -- spawning a million memes, and billions in free advertising for Starbucks, even though it wasn't a cup from the coffee giant -- fan saw water bottles on the set of the final show.

Millions tuned in to watch Sunday night's series finale of the HBO sword-and-sorcery show, and one of those was Twitter user BethIsLoco -- who recorded "a water bottle in King's Landing!"

The offending conveyance was poorly hidden behind the boot of actor John Bradley, who played Samwell Tarley on the show.

Another eagle-eyed fan saw another bottle in the same scene, set in the amphitheater. User Bala Yogesh noted, "It's not just there, I actually found the second water bottle next to Ser Davos. So water bottles are a common thing in Westeros."

"At this point they trolling us," commented Mihrimah Irena.

More than one commenter sniped that the continuity errors were emblematic of a final season some saw as lackluster. "...Even the editors didnt want to watch it," KC jabbed.

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Photo Credit: ANDREW COOPER; © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Much like Joe and Anthony Russo did for their Avengers: Endgame, Quentin Tarantino is urging those who are about to see his latest film not to spoil it.

While certainly softer than #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, Tarantino's open letter to the Cannes Film Festival crowd who will see his hush-hush new movie Tuesday night is no less direct. "I love Cinema. You love Cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time," he said in the missive posted to social media.

"I'm thrilled to be here in Cannes to share 'Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood' with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way. Thank you."

The Oscar winner signed off with "#NoSpoilersInHollywood".

Not much is known about Once Upon a Time, save that it takes place in 1969, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fading TV star, and Brad Pitt as his friend and stunt double. Their story apparently intersects with the Charles Manson murders that shook Hollywood. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate who -- at least in real life -- was murdered while pregnant with the child of director Roman Polanski by some of Manson's cult members.  
Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, and the late Luke Perry also star. The film opens July 26.

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuck(LAS VEGAS) -- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been canceled after 17 years in syndication, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The long-running game show has been hosted by The Bachelor's Chris Harrison since 2015, and had been shooting in Las Vegas.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an adaptation of a British game show that premiered on ABC in August 1999 with Regis Philbin as the host. It quickly became a phenomenon, airing four nights a week on the network.

Other past hosts include Meredith Vieira, Cedric the Entertainer and Terry Crews.

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HBO(CHICAGO) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) There are potentially as many weekly Game of Thrones viewing parties, big and small, around the world as there are fans.  But one of the biggest -- and best-known, thanks to the tremendously entertaining reaction videos posted on YouTube -- happens at The Burlington bar, located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.

So what did the die-hard regulars there -- dozens of people packed into two rooms -- think of Sunday night's Game of Thrones series finale?  The majority of them, super fans that they are, thought it did the trick.

"It was definitely a good episode, it was actually great," said Tommy Doss, who's been a regular at The Burlington's Game of Thrones viewing parties since season four.  "I think they ended it all in a good way."

Fan Justine Krueger was surprised by how many people survived.  "I did think more people were going to die this episode," she said.  "Was a little surprised that they didn't, but Sansa got a crown, which is truly all I wanted because she's the best character."

Not everyone was happy, though.  "It was more of an epilogue than an episode, you know what I mean?" said Eric Lee. 

"The emotional high point was a dog? The last part of the episode was a sitcom?  That was kind of a bummer," said Nathan Thompson, referring to Jon Snow's reunion with his direwolf, Ghost, and the banter around the council table, led by Tyrion Lannister as Hand of the King to new King Bran the Broken. 

Love it or hate it, you can be certain record numbers of people will have watched the Game of Thrones finale.  The penultimate episode, "The Bells," earned a season high 18.4 million total viewers across all platforms, and the finale's sure to be higher.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- The votes are in, and our new American Idol is -- Laine Hardy.

This season came to a close with an epic three-hour finale Sunday night, complete with a real-time vote that whittled the finalists from three down to two, until finally the winner was crowned.

After the first round of solo performances, Madison VanDenberg was the first to go, leaving Laine and Alejandro Aranda facing off for the title. Despite Alejandro impressively performing all-original music the entire night -- and the judges hinting that he was their favorite -- America clearly wanted to party with Hardy, voting Laine as their American Idol. It was a second chance for the 18-year-old Louisiana native, after first having appeared on the show last season.

Laine delivered flawless and confident performances throughout the night, including songs that reflected his roots, like “Home” by Marc Broussard and “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” by Hank Williams. Alejandro’s original tunes included tunes titled “Millennial Love,” “Tonight,” and his heartfelt audition song, “Out Loud.”

While Laine duetted with country singer Jon Pardi on two songs, Alejandro opted to perform an original composition called “10 Years,” backed by an orchestra wearing signature Alejandro beanies.

After Laine was announced the winner, he performed the winner's song, "Flame," to close the show.

The finalists weren’t the only ones who got stage time last night. Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also performed, along with a couple of American Idol alumni and various country, rock and pop acts.

Here are some of the highlights:

Lionel opened the show with his classic song "Dancing on the Ceiling" with the top 10. Katy performed her latest single, "Con Calma," with Latin star Daddy Yankee, and sang her hit "Unconditionally" with top-10 finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Luke sang "Every Breath You Take" with Laci Kaye Booth, as well as his current single, "Knockin' Boots."

Madison returned to the stage after her elimination to sing "Speechless" with country duo Dan Shay.

American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, one of this season's mentors, sang his new single, "New Eyes," and also rocked out to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" with top-10 finalist Dimitrius Graham.  American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood performed her latest hit, "Southbound."

In an unexpected emotional moment, this season’s blind contestant, Shayy, returned to sing a powerful rendition of “Rise Up” with Andra Day.

Other performances included a Kool & the Gang medley with the band and the top eight finalists, rock band Weezer and, in the most bizarre performance of the night, Montell Jordan performed “This Is How We Do It” backed by Katy Perry lookalikes doing the worm. During audition rounds, Katy infamously did the worm to that song.

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Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) -- Avengers: Endgame star Scarlett Johansson and her boyfriend of two years, Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Jost are engaged, a rep for the actress tells Entertainment Tonight.

Adds the rep, "No date has been set for the nuptials."

This will the first trip down the aisle for the 36-year-old Jost, who co-anchors SNL's "Weekend Update" with Michael Che.

Johansson, 34, has has been married twice before, first to actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011, then to French journalist Romain Dauriac between 2014-2017. Johansson and Dauriac share a five-year-old daughter, Rose.

Johansson will next be seen in Taika Waititi's war dramedy Jojo Rabbit, opening nationwide October 18.

Saturday Night Live just wrapped its 44th season over the weekend.

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live ended its season last weekend on a musical note, with Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump and his crew delivering a parody of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now."

Baldwin introduced the musical number by announcing, “I’m very excited about summer, getting in those things that I never have time for -- golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs.”

“It’s been an incredible year for our economy, it’s on fire,” he continued. “I’m on cruise control for a second term and there’s nothing the Democrats in Congress can do about it.”

The faux president opens the song with “Tonight, I’m gonna have myself a real good time."

He's then joined by SNL regulars Cecily Strong as first lady Melania Trump, Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence, and Aidy Bryant as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, all of whom chime in with “Don’t stop him now.”

In a callback to Kanye West's famous SNL meltdown that ended the season opener, cast member Chris Redd, wearing a red MAGA hat, stepped in as the rapper.

Trump's sons, Don Jr. and Eric -- played respectively by Mikey Day and Alex Moffat -- completed the celebration, along with Kate McKinnon as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller briefly steps in with a "very important" massage for the American people, only to be abruptly cut off by Baldwin's Trump, who yells, "No collusion!" 

In a nod to Sunday's Game of Thrones finale, Baldwin closes the sketch with “Tune in next season to see who lives and who dies.”

Paul Rudd hosted the show's season 44 finale, his fourth time as guest host, with musical guest DJ Khaled.

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Niko Tavernise/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum ended Avengers: Endgame's three-week run at number one, beating expectations with an estimated $57 million opening weekend.

The third chapter in the John Wick film franchise, starring Keanu Reeves as the master assassin, also topped both of its predecessors' opening weekends: the first and second films in the franchise debuted, respectively, with $14.4 million and $30.4 million. It's also Reeves' second-biggest opening ever, behind 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, which collected $91.8 million.

Overseas, John Wick 3 grabbed an estimated $92.2 million, also a franchise high.

The aforementioned Avengers: Endgame dropped to second place in its fourth week of release, earning an estimated $29.4 million. It's now the second-highest grossing film domestically, surpassing Avatar's $761 million and trailing only 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $937 million.

Endgame's worldwide totals currently stand at 2.62 billion, placing it second behind Avatar's $2.78 billion.

Finishing in third place was Pokémon Detective Pikachu, delivering an estimated $24.8 million. The motion-capture/live-action adventure still dominated the international box office with $53.8 million.

A Dog's Journey, the sequel to 2017's A Dog's Purpose, once again starring Dennis Quaid and featuring the voice of Josh Gad, opened with an estimated $8 million haul. The Hustle, in its second week of release, rounded out the top five with an estimated $6.1 million.

The weekend's third new release, The Sun Is Also a Star, starring black-ish's Yara Shahidi and Riverdale's Charles Melton, disappointed in its debut, delivering an estimated $2.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, $57 million
2. Avengers: Endgame, $29.4 million
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu, $24.8 million
4. A Dog’s Journey, $8 million
5. The Hustle, $6.1 million
6. The Intruder, $4 million
7. Long Shot, $3.4 million
8. The Sun Is Also a Star, $2.6 million
9. Poms, $2.1 million
10. Uglydolls, $1.6 million

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Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) So it's come to this -- the very last episode of Game of Thrones. The 73rd and final installment of HBO's massive fantasy epic premiered Sunday night, with only 80 minutes to close every storyline, satisfy every character arc and try to win back the more than one million grumpy fans who signed a petition to remake the season with "competent writers." 

Here's what went down on the series finale of Game of Thrones, "The Iron Throne."

We open with Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Ser Davos Seaworth walking through the remnants of King's Landing -- burned to a crisp following Daenerys Targaryen's "Mad Queen" moment last week, when she ignored the bells of surrender and laid waste to the city and its people.

Jon finds Grey Worm about to execute survivors and unsuccessfully tries to stop him. Meanwhile, Tyrion stumbles upon the rubble that crushed his brother and sister: Jaime and Cersei Lannister, confirmed dead.

Jon goes to meet with Dany while Arya Stark, following her dramatic escape last episode, watches him from afar. Before he can talk to her, Daenerys gives a victory speech to her Dothraki and Unsullied soldiers, and names Grey Worm her Master of War. She also declares that she won't stop until all people in the world have been liberated from tyranny -- which, as we've seen, involves a whole lot of dragon fire. 

Following her speech, Tyrion sidles up beside Dany, who tells him he's committed treason for freeing Jaime when he was her prisoner. "I freed my brother," Tyrion admits, "and you slaughtered a city." He rips off his Hand of the Queen brooch and throws it to the ground, and Dany orders her soldiers to take him away. 

After a brief encounter with Arya, who doesn't have kind words for Daenerys, Jon finds Tyrion in his cell. Tyrion asks if Jon would've done the same thing Dany did. He says he doesn't know, but Tyrion isn't having it.

"I doesn't matter what I'd do," Jon declares. "It matters more than anything," Tyrion insists.

After some back and forth about the meanings of love, reason and duty, Tyrion appeals to Jon's sense of right and wrong. "You always try to do the right thing, no matter the cost," Tyrion says. "Who is the greatest threat to the people now?"

Still, Jon says he won't betray his Queen.  Tyrion makes one last effort, pleading with him to imagine what his sisters Arya and Sansa would think. "Sansa doesn't get to choose who's queen!" Jon yells angrily. "No," Tyrion replies. "But you do."

We then cut to Dany, who's about to take her seat on the Iron Throne for the first time, when Jon enters the throne room. He begs her to forgive Tyrion and her other enemies, but she says she can't -- and that she and Jon alone know what will make a good world, a better world.

"What about everyone else, all the other people who think they know what's good?" Jon asks. "They don't get to choose," Dany replies. Hey, that sounds familiar!

Dany appears to convince Jon that they can "break the wheel" together. It seems that they're back in love -- until Jon's knife pierces her flesh and he kills Daenerys Targaryen. The Mother of Dragons is dead.

As Jon weeps over Dany's dead body, her last living dragon, Drogon roars above him, mourning the loss of his mother.  Jon prepares for the blast of fire that will now kill him, but Drogon directs his fire not at Jon, but at the Iron Throne, melting it into slag.

Drogon then gently picks up Dany's body in one massive, clawed foot, and flies away with her.

After a fade to black, we return to Tyrion in his cell. Grey Worm brings him out in shackles before an array of unfamiliar and familiar faces, including Sansa, Arya, Bran, Sam, Davos and Brienne.  It's revealed that Jon is now a prisoner of the Unsullied, too, and Grey Worm wants them both executed. After some bickering and negotiating that goes nowhere, Tyrion speaks up. "You're the most powerful people is Westeros," he says to the assembly, and suggests that they just pick a king or queen to rule

Edmure Tully, uncle of the Stark children, stands and starts to list his resume, but Sansa interrupts him: "Uncle, please sit," she says firmly. Sam suggests democratic vote by the people, which earns a hearty laugh from everyone else.

They then ask Tyrion who he thinks should be ruler. He gives a long speech about the power of "good story" -- and no one, in his estimation, has a better story than Bran the Broken, aka Bran Stark. After all, as the Three-Eyed Raven, he's the "keeper of all our stories."

Everyone's surprised by Tyrion's suggestion.  Sansa says her brother probably doesn't want the title, and, besides, he can't father children. Tyrion sees this as a good thing. Rulers will no longer be born, Tyrion suggests, but chosen. When Tyrion asks Bran if he'll accept the title, Bran replies, "Why do you think I came all this way?"

Everyone votes yes to install Bran as King, until we get to Sansa, who declares that the North will remain an independent kingdom. That's fine with Bran, who nods in agreement. And thus, Brandon Stark is named King of Westeros. Chalk one up for the so-called cripples, bastards and broken things.

Bran then declares Tyrion Hand of the King, who says he'll spend the rest of his days fixing the mistakes he's made. Grey Worm, however, still demands justice -- and here's where Jon Snow comes back into the picture.

Jon Snow, it's been decreed, will return to the Night's Watch, which apparently still exists even after the Night King and the Army of the Dead have been defeated. So after eight seasons, Jon Snow is right back where he started.

Now clad once more in his signature giant hairy coat, Jon prepares to return to Castle Black. He walks beside Grey Worm, who tells his soldiers they'll be sailing for Naath, the home of his late lover, Missandei.

Jon then meets with siblings Sansa, Arya and Bran to share a tearful goodbye. He offers Arya a chance to visit him, but she says she's not returning North. She plans to travel west of Westeros, where "all the maps stop." 

Now we cut to Ser Brienne of Tarth, who's flipping through a book of knights. She gets to Jaime's page, and writes out his entire history. The passage ends, "Died protecting his queen."

It's now time for the first meeting of Bran's new council, which includes Tyrion, Sam, Davos and even Bronn. Sam lays down a book titled A Song of Ice and Fire -- which, of course, is the name of the George R. R. Martin book series on which Game of Thrones is based. Sam explains it tells the story of Westeros following the death of King Robert Baratheon. After Tyrion asks how he's represented in the book, Sam sheepishly admits that he's not mentioned.

Bran arrives in the room, his chair pushed by Brienne, and comments that his council is still missing a few members. He also asks about the whereabouts of Drogon and suggests his time is better spent looking for the dragon, presumably by using his warg powers. Podrick, now a knight, then takes him out of the room.

The council then proceeds to discuss different matters, such as feeding hungry people, finding clean water, and, at Bronn's suggestion, rebuilding the brothels. 

Meanwhile, Jon arrives back at the Wall to find his old friend, Tormund Gaintsbane. Off they ride and, as Jon gives a final backward glance, the doors close behind them.

We then get a montage of Jon, Arya and Sansa preparing for their next journeys. Arya sets sail, Sansa is declared Queen of the North, and Jon finds Ghost, who's missing an ear, and reaches down to pet his beloved direwolf, righting a wrong from an earlier episode. 

The final shot: We see Jon and Tormund lead a group of Wildlings north of the Wall as the Game of Thrones theme song swells. 

Game of Thrones' watch has ended, but Jon Snow's has just begun.

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HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will sit on the Iron Throne?  We'll find out Sunday night at 9 p.m. as HBO's Game of Thrones airs its final episode. After last week's shocking turn of events, it's anyone's guess as to what will happen, but Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd, who got a sneak preview, says it's going to be memorable.

"I was on set 13 months ago and I think I know how it ends," Hibberd tells ABC Radio. "I don't know for sure...but I can say the final episode deals with the aftermath of Dany's devastating attack on King's Landing and how that impacts all the characters."

"Plot-wise, I can't really say much more than that," he notes. "But I do think it's an episode that fans won't wanna miss and will be talked about for a very long time."

Hibberd says the ending won't be like The Sopranos finale, which baffled and enraged fans, but it won't please everyone.

"I think it's going to be a bit more of a traditional, satisfying ending in a lot of respects," he says, adding, "I don't expect the divided reactions to end with the finale."

As for the legacy of Game of Thrones, Hibberd believes that the show made TV networks realize that series in genres previously deemed "too geeky or too niche" -- like adult fantasy -- could actually work.  In addition, he says the Emmy-winning series changed TV with its scope and its bravery.

"It certainly blew apart the notion that TV shows have to have a limit to their scale of production," he explains.

"And I think its bold storytelling moves...make difficult for a standard TV drama nowadays to do the usual TV thing of telling basically the same story week after week without any the characters."

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Michael Yarish/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Last night's series finale of CBS' The Big Bang Theory drew 18 million viewers -- the show's highest numbers since 2015, Variety reports.

The two-part episode -- which saw Jim Parson's Dr. Sheldon Cooper and his onscreen wife, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Miyim Bialik, share the Nobel Prize for physics -- won Thursday night's highest-rated show.

The show's spin-off, Young Sheldon, which aired after The Big Bang Theory finale, drew a strong 13 million viewers, and those fans who stuck around were rewarded with a touching coda.

On Young Sheldon, we saw a lonesome young Sheldon, tearfully regretting his lack of friends -- only to have the camera cut to the bedrooms of children who were revealed to be the younger versions of his future Big Bang BFF's Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Leonard, and his future wife, Amy.

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