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.