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Game Of Thrones is the HBO mega-hit, the fantasy series which made grim & gritty cool again and flooded the Internet with a deluge of nascent nerds and incest jokes. However, according to the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the TV adaptation of The Song Of Ice And Fire series was almost never made in the first place, thanks to their first, disastrous pilot episode. According to a recent interview by the creators on the ScriptNotes podcast… (more…)

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Westworld is one of those science fiction TV shows that have become development hell teases, almost on par with Preacher and Arrested Development. Over the years, the series has gone through considerable rewrites, production issues and delays starting all the way back in 2013, when HBO first ordered a pilot episode and the production of a complete season in 2014, only for it to be halted halfway through 2015, just when it was about to hit the small screen. HBO went ahead to attempt to make amends for the delay, promising that the series would finally air in early 2016.

But now, with 2016 well underway, it looks like we might have to curb our expectations…

Again.
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Yesterday, HBO announced the return date for the Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones (that’s Sunday April 24 in case you missed it). Today, the talk is about the more distant future, life for Thrones beyond season six, and the talk is fairly certain that there’s still a lot of life left in this show. And why wouldn’t there be? It’s one of the most popular shows on television, it’s got a huge fan base, the adulation of TV critics, lots of awards consideration, and on top of it all, its the most pirated show on the internet. For all those reasons, and more, HBO isn’t ready to give up Game of Thrones yet. (more…)

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Game of Thrones is one of the best shows on TV, without a doubt. It’s large cast of complex and engaging characters make every season, every episode, a veritable dramatic feast for the millions of viewers that tune in on a weekly basis, plus, it’s got kick ass action, and follows age old themes about power and destiny. But suppose we were to make a list of things you don’t like about Game of Thrones, short though it maybe, what would be at the top? Chances are it might be the shows treatment of women, particularly the recurring use of sexual violence against them. (more…)

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The year-end trailer that HBO posted to Twitter was an ode to all the amazing work they’ve been doing-something that the 43 Emmys they earned this year illustrated pretty well also. The footage also includes clips of returning shows like Silicon Valley, Veep, and Girls; new shows like Vinyl, Westworld and High Maintenance; and some upcoming movies such as All the Way and Confirmation. And, of course, Season 6 of Game of Thrones.  Being as Game of Thrones isn’t the only HBO series that is featured in the clip, we really just get little peeks here and there. It’s not much, but it’s enough to hold us over (for now!). (more…)

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Spring is almost half a year away, but that doesn’t mean fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones have stopped wishing and waiting and hoping for that magical time of year filled with dragons and white walkers.  The last season ended with an uproar when a main character and fan favorite was unceremoneously offed in the finale.  Of course, this was not the first time such a thing had happened, so after the initial shock, fans broke into two groups: those who were sure he would return, and those who were sure he was dead.  Basically, those who had read the books or had the theories explained by their friends, and those who live under a rock.  In either camp, though, the minute the season five finale ended, they began counting down the days until the season six premiere.  To whet the proverbial whistle, HBO just released the first teaser for the show, and among other things, it shows that Bran is a royal pain. (more…)

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Now it’s too early to start any celebrating, because nothing is set in stone (or even really set at all), but reports have it that filmmaker/director Zack Snyder has been in talks with HBO concerning the possibility of a Watchmen TV series.  HBO confirmed such to Deadline, stating that “preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred,” but made sure to stress that there are no deals in place. (more…)

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Winter cannot come any sooner. Fans of HBO‘s Game of Thrones will, sadly, have to wait until 2016 for their beloved show to return, but until then, people will continue to flood the internet with all kinds of theories and possible spoilers (whether true or not). In the latest rumor roundup, there is speculation that George R. R. Martin may have revealed a potential spoiler for season 6. Heed this as your only warning, because beyond these walls are potential spoilers. (more…)

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Most fans of True Detective have decided that season two was a bust, which adds fuel to the narrative that aside from Veep and Silicon Valley HBO isn’t having a very good year. Ah well, there’s always next year, and it seems like HBO is thinking the same way. Before last night’s True Detective finale, HBO ran the first trailer for Westworld, its highly ambitious made-for-TV remake of the robots-run-amok-in-an-Old-West-theme park novel and movie by Michael Chrichton. From a team that includes Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, and starring actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, you better believe that expectations for Westworld will be huge. Will this 30 seconds throw fuel on that hype? (more…)

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HBO‘s Game of Thrones is taking a different approach to casting for season six of the series. Usually, they cast a relative unknown who then goes on to be incredible and make themselves known to the world. For this sixth season HBO is bringing out the big casting guns with the addition of Ian McShane (Deadwood) last week and now Max Von (OMG!!!) Sydow. What role might he be playing?

*Spoiler warning if you don’t really want to know, don’t click-through. (more…)