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HBO Talks 'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective' and 'Boardwalk Empire'

By Cindy Davis | True Detective | July 10, 2014 | Comments ()


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HBO executives hit the Television Critics Association press tour today, and programming president Michael Lombardo dropped a few tidbits about our favorite series. Here are the highlights:


Game of Thrones: HBO is aware of fans worried the series will overrun George R. R. Martin’s writing, but they’re not concerned. “We’re not off on our own. George is an integral part of the creative team [and] every move is being choreographed very closely with him. Certainly next year we’ll have to figure it out with George.”

As to Martin’s wish to end the series with a film, Lombardo said that has not been discussed. Richard Pepler, HBO CEO and Chairman added, “[Martin] is 100-percent focused on his books and the series” right now.” The cable channel is “Not talking about ending the show in the next two years.”


Boardwalk Empire: The fifth and final season will premiere Sunday, September 7th.


Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David is still thinking about doing another season, and Lombardo says, “As long as he’s still thinking about it, we have a place for him.”


True Detective: Joking that the next season will be done with puppets, Lombardo called the two scripts he’s seen “…more exciting than the first season. The people we will cast will be well-known names;” a cast announcement is expected next week.

The Daily Beast also scored an interview with Nic Pizzolatto, who reiterated that casting still has not yet begun, and said the Season 2 leads have “ballooned” from three to four. The creator/writer would not comment on whether any leads are female, said there will be multiple directors this time around, and he may or may not be backtracking on the theme of the secret occult of the U.S. transportation system — when asked about that specific quote, Pizzolatto replied, “I would actually just stick with ‘set in California.’” It’s an interesting interview, so I recommend reading the whole thing.


Additionally, the TCA panel revealed HBO will tape (and later air a special) Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Paris On the Run Tour, September 12th and 13th, and The Newsroom will return sometime in the fall. Westworld is headed to pilot (“…on of the most exciting scripts they’ve seen in some time”) — no Yul Brynner, though. Wah wah.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) might be the most riled up over Westworld.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Molly

    Wait, so a True Detective casting announcement is expected next week but casting has not yet begun? Are they just drawing names from a hat? Are they throwing actor's faces on the wheel from Price is Right and giving it 4 spins?

  • Art3mis

    Yeah, that was confusing. Both of those statements were made within a day or two of each other, so some wires must have gotten crossed somewhere.

  • treatment_bound

    Boardwalk Empire..."The Greatest Show No One Can Write Even Five Words About"

  • Emran Huq

    The final season of BW is only going to be 8 episodes, which just shows how important this show is for HBO.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Just bought Pizzolatto's novel Galveston off of Amazon. Very excited for the next season. Game of Thrones speculation is killing me, too much time until the resolution to think about it but a movie to end the series would be cool providing the ending is cinematic enough and not like the 12 endings to lord of the rings.

  • Ola Wysocka

    Galveston is a great novel, I read immediately after watching (and obsessing over) True Detective.

  • Only one thing for it: True Detective with Muppets. In Spaaaaaaaaace.

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  • e jerry powell
    Additionally, the TCA panel revealed HBO will tape (and later air a special) Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Paris On the Run Tour...

    Ugh. BTW, when do these two have time to work on potty training Blue Ivy?

  • They don't. They don't need to. You ever have a piss or a shit that feels a little bit different from the rest? That's because this particular progeny was born into such a rarefied, privileged position in the universe that any and all waste matter she may produce is immediately teleported directly into the bowels of lesser beings like us.

  • John G.

    there's that, of course, but also the vast army of nannies

  • Uriah_Creep

    That would explain why I've been feeling so backed up lately.

  • When it does come out, have some pliers ready, it'll be jewel-encrusted.

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