At an early age, most are taught that success equals happiness, but in the end, what is success? Money? Adoration? Love?

Aside from the few hopeless romantics, success is power. With power, you get the money, you get the fans, you can even get the girl – but most importantly, power gives you the green-light to do whatever you want, or so it would seem. The struggle for power is a central theme in our world, so it makes sense that it’s also a central theme in Hollywood…and not just behind the scenes. In fact, two of today’s most popular shows, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s House of Cards, are so strongly grounded in this theme that I would venture to declare that the ultimate geek’s wet dream that is Thrones and the heartless ego-fest that is Cards are essentially the same thrillingly addictive show.

House of Cards is a remake of a U.K. show based on a book of the same name by Michael Dobbs. The hour-long drama follows one man’s rise to power in present day Washington DC. After watching even just one episode, or simply listening to a few minutes of Kevin Spacey’s voice-over, it is entirely clear that the lead character is obsessed with power. The core of the show follows the various tactics that Spacey’s character, Francis Underwood, and those in his inner circle (his wife, his mistress, his former protege, his present protege) use in the pursuit of this insatiable endgame.

Similarly, Game of Thrones is an hour-long drama based on a book of the same name by George R. R. Martin. Set in a mythical ancient world, the show follows the simultaneous stories of various “houses” in their rise to power. From those who feel power is rightfully theirs (due to their royal bloodline) to those who feel their wealth and wits gives them the right to rule, each schemes and manipulates in their crusade for the throne.

Now, some might argue that one basic difference is that Cards follows one lead character in one city, where as Thrones follows the story of multiple characters spread across the globe. However, I would argue that the supposed secondary characters in Cards, all chess pieces in Francis’ game, are crucial to the plot and are therefore equal players.

Furthermore, each of these additional characters enter the story with their own agenda – each uses Francis just as much as he uses them, and all are equally on a similar quest for…you guessed it, POWER (just like Thrones!). With regards to Cards taking place in one city, I would actually argue that although the majority of characters represented reside in a similar area, each come from backgrounds as diverse as the characters in Thrones.

Now on to the most fascinating part of each of these shows: the characters. Some we love, some we love to hate, some we’d love to love. I would say that the U.S. President in Cards is presented as a powerless pawn, identical to Thrones’ King Joffrey. Sure, each might have powerful titles and a large audience at their disposal to pad their egos whenever needed; however, deep down, neither are in control of their own fate.

Then, to the royal beyatches – Thrones’ Queen Cersei Lannister and Cards’ Claire Underwood – both extremely unhappy individuals who use their family’s clout to gain a false sense of power, both insecure underneath their tough exteriors and extremely reliant on the men in their lives.

Next, the tie for this generation’s Samantha Micelli (who didn’t want her in the 80s…am I right?!) – Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen and Cards’ Zoe Barnes. Although neither is viewed with much respect at the start, both exemplify the strong, independent women that Cersei and Claire strive to be. While both require external assistance in their rise (Daenerys is given the gift of dragon’s eggs, while Zoe is given the gift of insider info – and I would argue that insider information is the equivalent to the power of three dragons by your side when it comes to DC politics), both combine this aid with their sexuality, strong guttural instincts and surprising loyalty to become self-made successes. Plus, both have the cojones to stomp on anyone who crosses them.

True, Thrones is gruesome with its castrations and red weddings, but it’s set in a different time where violence is, shall we say, a bit more socially acceptable. In modern day society, its intriguingly considered more socially acceptable to do a smear-campaign and destroy another’s career, family and life, rather than a public beheading, but in many ways, they serve the same purpose. Both shows present backstabbing at its worst: do not forget that Cards’ Francis Underwood also commits murder while climbing his ladder to power… he simply does it in a more cowardly way. So yes, the battles presented in Cards are fought with words instead of swords, but in both, regardless of physical strength, the best chess player wins.

And now to one of the only glaringly apparent differences between these two Emmy-nominated masterpieces – the lack of “good guys” in Cards. The Stark clan is all over Thrones, flaunting their morality at every turn. They seem to be only fighting for power in order to “keep it out of the hands of the bad guys.” However, I would argue that power went to the head of Thrones’ young stud, Robb, and ultimately brought about his end.

More importantly though, Thrones is based on a fictional time of sorcery and dragons where the good guy could truly have a heart of gold. Some may say that is simply not how the “real world” works, but being the ultimate idealist, I remind you that Thrones is entering into its fourth season, whereas Cards is only entering its second; therefore, I believe there’s still hope for a Stark or two, with genuine intentions, to pop up in DC when Cards season 2 premieres this Friday. CHECKMATE.

Kevin Seldon is a writer and producer, born & raised in Los Angeles. He is also a leading cause-marketing consultant and branding strategist through KELDOF Marketing, an LA-based activation agency he founded in 2004. After graduation from Northwestern University, Kevin began his illustrious career in entertainment as a mechanic bull operator at Saddle Ranch Chop House. He loves the color orange and his wife.

Uh oh — fans of Nick and Jess aren’t going to like this news! Megan Fox is returning to New Girl in season 6 for a major arc.

Last season, Megan Fox stepped in to fill in Jess’ place while Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave. During that time, Fox’s character Regan grew quite close to Nick! They even ended up going to Cece and Schmidt’s wedding together and made plans for the summer. With awful timing too, since it seemed like Jess was just about ready to admit her feelings for Nick.

Now TV Line is reporting that Fox will be returning for a huge story arc in New Girl season 6. It’s believed that Nick will return home from his summer with Regan alone, but she will appear around the middle of the season. The timing of her appearance is due to Fox’s own pregnancy with her third child.

If we had to guess, we’d say that the writers will definitely be throwing some angst into the script. It always seems like either Jess or Nick is pining for the other while they’re in a relationship. Will Jess try to get over her feelings for Nick with someone else? Or will she just try to show him why they should be together? Fans will have to wait and see when the show returns!

New Girl season 6 returns to Fox on September 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET!

Are you excited to see Megan Fox return to ‘New Girl’?

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Tyler Hoechlin as Superman! We have our first look at the Man of Steel on Supergirl.

Supergirl has released its first look at Teen Wolf alum Tyler Hoechlin as the Man of Steel. Hoechlin will appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2, and he and Kara won’t be completely on the same page.

“Clark has a very different experience of what it means to have super powers on earth,” EP Sarah Schechter said at SDCC. “There’s some head-butting and philosophical approaches that are different. We’ll get into that.”

Check out the shot of the super-cousins below. The Superman suit was designed by Kiersten Ronning, the Supergirl costume designer.

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Clark Kent/Superman appeared in a mostly off-screen capacity in season 1 as Supergirl sought to keep the focus on Kara and establish her as the hero of her own story. With Kara’s story now established and the audience invested in her as a person, the show will be bringing in her famous cousin.

“In season 1, the show is about Kara and the show is about Supergirl. It would confuse matters to have Superman there,” Schechter explained. “This show is about family, the family you make as an adult and the family you came from. It makes sense for Kara to reconnect with him now.”

Hoechlin previously said of his approach to Clark/Superman:

“I don’t think that I’m going to try to take any inspiration from previous ones. For me it’s more about finding who he is in this story that we’re telling, and pulling that from the tradition of Superman as a whole, so I really want to be able to get through as many of the comics and things that I haven’t seen and really pull from things like that, and then within the story that we’re telling, find how that best serves that story.”

Supergirl season 2 premieres Monday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW.

What do you think of Superman’s look for ‘Supergirl’?

Intellectual property law may prevent Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report from appearing on The Late Show, but it cannot stop his identical twin cousin.

Last week, Stephen Colbert brought a familiar face to visit The Late Show. Tucked away in the woods living happily ever after with Jon Stewart was Colbert’s character, host of The Colbert Report, champion of America, Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World** featuring Flo Rida La Premiere Dame De France. Or Stephen Colbert for short.

Colbert resisted bringing the character to The Late Show, choosing to introduce the world to the real Stephen Colbert. But the Republican National Convention selecting Donald Trump as their candidate for President demanded that Colbert dust off his Captain America shield and return to glory for one night only. And one night only is all we are going to see of that man.

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Colbert announced on The Late Show that immediately after the live show on July 18, 2016, Viacom’s lawyers called up CBS and said that “the character Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property.” And so, Stephen Colbert revealed that Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report would never be seen again.

Luckily, Stephen Colbert had an identical twin cousin! How might that work, you ask? Well Colbert’s mother was an identical twin and she and her sister married identical twins and gave birth at the same time and both named their sons Stephen Colbert. Rest assured attorneys, the two men are very different people. The banned Colbert went to Dartmouth, the cousin Colbert only applied there. The banned Colbert wears smart fitting suits, the cousin Colbert prefers a breezy American flag button down. Night and day those two.

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Real Stephen Colbert (are you confused yet?) asked cousin Colbert if he’d be willing to make himself available for future appearances on The Late Show, a task cousin Colbert was more than willing to take on. Loopholes!

Another intellectual property to fall to the wayside was “The Word,” a segment Colbert revived from The Colbert Report to introduce the word, “Trumpiness.” There’s a way around this one too. Introducing, “The Werd.”

Watch all of the Stephen Colberts in action and get the lowdown on “The Lesser of Two Evils” in the full segment from July 27.

The Late Show continues its live coverage of the Democratic National Convention tonight at whatever time Hillary Clinton is done speaking on CBS.