Get ready for a heaping helping of swords and secrets as HBO’s highly anticipated Game of Thrones is only a few weeks away from hitting the small screen. But just as graphic as the decapitations is the serious amount of sex on display. Will audiences be titillated or taken aback by the amount of intercourse? What will hardcore fans of the novels think of the adaptation? And where does this new epic adventure stack up next to other mammoth HBO productions like Rome and Boardwalk Empire? Jennifer Armstrong — who was on set in Belfast for production (and wrote a story on the show in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly) — and super fan James Hibberd join Annie Barrett and yours truly on the latest installment of the InsideTV Podcast to break down if the show has what it takes to become HBO’s next big thing.

Then we turn our eyes to reality television, as Kristen Baldwin stops by to chat about the big American Idol double elimination. Why are the women dropping like flies? What was up with Naima’s fake Jamaican accent? And why does James “God of Fire” Durbin have Kristen rolling her eyes again this week? Finally, Annie and I head to the dance floor to chat Dancing with the Stars. Annie thinks a new frontrunner has emerged. But who is it? Who’s going home next? And which friend of the podcast made a cameo in the audience?

To join in the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Are you beyond excited for Game of Thrones? Did Naima’s fake Jamaican accent make you uncomfortable? And are Annie and I the only ones rooting for Sugar Ray Leonard on Dancing with the Stars? Hit the message boards and let us know!

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