• ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘House of the Dragon’ Likely to Premiere in 2022
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘House of the Dragon’ Likely to Premiere in 2022

    Hotly anticipated "Game of Thrones" straight-to-series spinoff "House of the Dragon" is likely to premiere in 2022, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Variety at the Television Critics Assn. tour on Wednesday, calling that his "best guess." He was not able to narrow down a more precise premiere date at this stage of development. No […]

  • Ronan Farrow and HBO Team up on Documentary About Journalist Intimidation
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    Ronan Farrow and HBO Team up on Documentary About Journalist Intimidation

    HBO announced Wednesday that the first project in its multi-film deal with Ronan Farrow is a documentary on threats, intimidation and violence against journalists.Farrow will work with Academy Award-nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films on the project, which will use domestic and international examples to focus on journalists working to expose corruption and abuse by governments, corporations and other powerful interests.“Around the world, journalists are under fire. They’re being spied on using new surveillance technology, imprisoned, even murdered. And we’re seeing evolving tactics deployed against reporters in the United States, too, against the backdrop of a new era of misinformation campaigns and rhetoric that seeks to undermine the very idea of objective reporting. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Rachel, Heidi, and HBO to tell these stories,” Farrow said.Also Read: Ronan Farrow Praises Fox News' Handling of Sexual Misconduct Accusations: 'Great Job' (Video)Farrow has experience being targeted himself.“Harvey Weinstein hired former Mossad agents with a firm called Black Cube who in turn hired contractors who surveilled me, tracked me, built dossiers on both me and survivors of alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein to try to squash this story,” Farrow said on “Good Morning America” last October, reiterating details from his best-seller, “Catch & Kill.”Farrow said that he’d been advised by sources to buy a gun and had been forced to move out of his home, then added, “Around the world, the stakes are even higher: journalists get killed for reporting stories. It’s gotta stop and we have to protect this precious institution.”“Now more than ever, as evidenced by Ronan’s recent reporting, unbiased investigative journalism is both essential and under siege,” said president of HBO programming Casey Bloys Wednesday. “We’re excited to provide a platform for Ronan, Heidi and Rachel to shed light on the harrowing circumstances thrust upon journalists in their tireless pursuit of the truth.”Read original story Ronan Farrow and HBO Team up on Documentary About Journalist Intimidation At TheWrap

  • 'His Dark Materials' reviews – UK and US critics split over new BBC HBO series
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    'His Dark Materials' reviews – UK and US critics split over new BBC HBO series

    The first episode of the new dramatisation of Philip Pullman's beloved His Dark Materials aired on BBC One last night.

  • 'Game of Thrones' Targaryen series confirmed as Jane Goldman prequel is axed
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    'Game of Thrones' Targaryen series confirmed as Jane Goldman prequel is axed

    In a combination of good news and bad news from Westeros, HBO has announced that it has ordered a 10-episode series about the turbulent Targaryen family from George R.R. Martin's epic novel series.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO

    HBO has ordered “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” straight to series, HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced during WarnerMedia’s media event on Tuesday.Co-created by George R.R. Martin and “Colony” co-creator Ryan Condal, the 10-episode spinoff is set in the early days of Westeros and focused on House Targaryen. “House of the Dragon” is based on Martin’s “Fire & Blood” book, and takes place 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” which wrapped its eight-season run earlier this year.House Targaryen is the family that Emila Clarke’s Daenerys belonged to, along with her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and nephew Aegon Targaryen a.k.a. Jon Snow (Kit Harington).Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Pilot Starring Naomi Watts Scrapped by HBOMiguel Sapochnik — who directed several fan-favorite episodes of “GoT,” such as “The Long Night,” “Battle of the Bastards” and “Hardhome” — and Condal will serve as co-showrunners on the series and executive produce alongside Martin and Vince Gerardis. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes.“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” Bloys said. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”The “House of the Dragon” announcement came hours after news broke that the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot starring Naomi Watts had been scrapped at HBO. Ordered to pilot last year, that untitled project from Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman was set thousands of years before the events of the original “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the Age of Heroes.Also Read: HBO Max Finally Sets PriceProduction on the now-dead pilot wrapped over the summer, Bloys told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour in July. At the time, he also told TheWrap the pay TV channel has one or two more “GoT” spinoff scripts it is “possibly” considering ordering to pilot, “But we’re gonna see what happens with this one.”And now we know what happened.See the logo for “House of the Dragon” below.HBORead original story ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO At TheWrap

  • New Adventures for ‘Adventure Time': HBO Max Orders 4 New Specials of Series That Ended in 2018
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    New Adventures for ‘Adventure Time': HBO Max Orders 4 New Specials of Series That Ended in 2018

    HBO Max is bringing us back to the Land of Ooo: Just over a year after “Adventure Time” came to an end on Cartoon Network, WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service has ordered four new, hour-long specials featuring Jake, Finn and the gang.Collectively dubbed “Adventure Time: Distant Lands,” the quartet of specials “will continue the ‘Adventure Time’ stories that captured imaginations and introduced unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buds who traversed the mystical Land of Ooo and encountered its colorful inhabitants,” according to HBO Max.The first two installments, “BMO” and “Obsidian,” will debut on the streaming service in 2020, though no specific date has been given, as the service itself doesn’t have a launch date yet (or price). The other two specials, “Wizard City” and “Together Again,” will premiere at a later date.Also Read: 29 Most Iconic TV Witches, From Samantha Stephens to Sabrina Spellman (Photos)Here are the descriptions for each special:*”BMO” follows the lovable little robot from “Adventure Time.” When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!*”Obsidian” features Marceline & Princess Bubblegum as they journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom–and deep into their tumultuous past–to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.*”Wizard City” follows Peppermint Butler, starting over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?*”Together Again” brings Finn and Jake together again, to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.Also Read: 17 New Fall TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From 'Batwoman' to 'Prodigal Son' (Photos)Created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Adam Muto, “Adventure Time” ran for 10 seasons and 283 episodes on Cartoon Network, from 2010-2018. “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” will be produced by Cartoon Network Studios.“The enchanted world of ‘Adventure Time’ has mesmerized viewers and critics alike as Finn and Jake right wrongs and battle evil,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said. “The addition of these specials to the HBO Max kids and family programming lineup is sure to make kids everywhere say ‘Slam-bam-in-a-can!'”“‘Adventure Time’ was a groundbreaking series and a creative playground for so many talented creative artists,” Rob Sorcher, chief content officer at Cartoon Network Studios, added. “Producing ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands’ for HBO Max will allow our studio to explore this beloved world in an all-new format.”Read original story New Adventures for ‘Adventure Time': HBO Max Orders 4 New Specials of Series That Ended in 2018 At TheWrap

  • The one item Emilia Clarke wanted to steal from 'Game Of Thrones' set
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    The one item Emilia Clarke wanted to steal from 'Game Of Thrones' set

    Emilia Clarke opens up about wanting to steal a particular item from the Game Of Thrones set, but HBO have still not obliged.

  • 'Game of Thrones' stars still puzzled over fan fury during final season
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    'Game of Thrones' stars still puzzled over fan fury during final season

    It appears that time has not healed the wounds inflicted on Game of Thrones over it's final, controversial season.

  • ‘Boondocks’ Reboot Heads to HBO Max With 2-Season Order
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    ‘Boondocks’ Reboot Heads to HBO Max With 2-Season Order

    Aaron McGruder’s “The Boondocks” reboot is coming to HBO Max with a two-season order. The new series will debut in Fall 2020 with a 50-minute special, followed by 24 more episodes.McGruder will return as showrunner. Additionally, all 55 episodes of the original series that aired on Adult Swim will be available on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service when it launches next spring.“The Boondocks” reboot, which is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, updates the cult, subversive satire for the modern era. It chronicles the adventures of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules the fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist.Also Read: 'The Big Bang Theory' to Stream Exclusively on HBO Max in $500 Million-Plus Deal“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of ‘The Boondocks’ and do it over again for today,” McGruder said. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”Sony announced that it was rebooting the series at the Annecy Festival in June.“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TBS, TNT and truTV. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style of storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”Norm Aladjem from Mainstay Entertainment will serve as executive producer, along with Seung Kim and Meghann Collins Robertson.Read original story ‘Boondocks’ Reboot Heads to HBO Max With 2-Season Order At TheWrap

  • Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Adaptation Gets Premiere Date From HBO
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    Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Adaptation Gets Premiere Date From HBO

    HBO has set the premiere date for Damon Lindelof’s highly-anticipated adaptation of “Watchmen.”The series will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. A week later, “Silicon Valley” will return for its sixth and final season, which will air at 10 p.m.The series is based on Alan Moore’s acclaimed 1980s set graphic novel series. The logline from HBO is as follows: Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.Also Read: 'Watchmen': Damon Lindelof Expects a Divided Reaction to His Take on Acclaimed ComicNicole Kassell directed the pilot, based from a script written by Lindelof.Not much is known about HBO’s take on the famed comic series, except that it will not be a straight retelling of the 12-issue graphic novel series, but rather something new that takes place roughly 30 years later. “It’s canon,” Lindelof said of the events of the novel, during the Television Critics Association press tour in July. “Everything that happened in those 12 issues could not be messed with. We were married to it. There’s no rebooting happening.”“Watchmen” stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.“Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.Read original story Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Adaptation Gets Premiere Date From HBO At TheWrap

  • More stars join 'His Dark Materials' voice cast
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    More stars join 'His Dark Materials' voice cast

    Poirot legend David Suchet and Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory have joined the voice cast of the BBC and HBO's star-studded fantasy drama His Dark Materials.

  • Robin Thede hopes 'A Black Lady Sketch Show' will make you think and change the way that black women are perceived
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    Robin Thede hopes 'A Black Lady Sketch Show' will make you think and change the way that black women are perceived

    When Robin Thede is asked about the best piece of advice given to her, she says it came from fellow comedian Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show. “He told me that as a boss, you are not responsible for making people happy, your only job is to provide an environment where they can thrive.”

  • Michael Shannon to Play Lakers Owner Jerry Buss in HBO Pilot About Dominant ’80s Team
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    Michael Shannon to Play Lakers Owner Jerry Buss in HBO Pilot About Dominant ’80s Team

    “Boardwalk Empire” breakout Michael Shannon has been cast to play former Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss on HBO’s now-untitled pilot about the iconic 1980s team.Shannon joins Jason Clarke, who was previously announced for the key Jerry West role, in the pilot from Adam McKay.The prospective hour-long series is a true story based on Jeff Pearlman’s non-fiction book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.” The pilot had previously been referred to by HBO as “Showtime,” the team’s nickname for that dominant decade, but it is now being called “The Untitled Showtime Lakers Project.”Also Read: How 'Barry' Avoided a Sophomore Slump and Allowed Bill Hader to Embrace His Dark SideThough an HBO spokeswoman told TheWrap she is “not sure about the reason for the switch,” it’s probably not a major stretch to speculate that HBO may not want a show’s title to have the same name as one of its key premium-cable channel competitors.Anyway, here is the logline: “A fast-break series chronicling the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties-a team that defined its era, both on and off the court.”And HBO’s description of the Buss character: “A self-made millionaire whose success has only amplified his proclivity for risk.  Buss redefines American sports, celebrity, and wealth by transforming the Lakers into a dynasty but his house of cards threatens to collapse on him–and the people he loves most.”Also Read: Jason Clarke to Star as LA Lakers Legend Jerry West in HBO's 'Showtime' Pilot From Adam McKayMcKay, an executive producer through his yet-to-be-named new company, is currently casting the pilot, which will go into production in September. McKay will also direct the pilot. Kevin Messick, who works at McKay’s new production company, is also an executive producer.Max Borenstein is writer and executive producer. Jim Hecht is co-writer of story and an executive producer. Jason Shuman is an executive producer.Clarke, who will star alongside Helen Mirren in upcoming HBO miniseries “Catherine The Great,” is represented by WME, Robert Stein Management, attorney Carlos Goodman and Narrative PR.Read original story Michael Shannon to Play Lakers Owner Jerry Buss in HBO Pilot About Dominant ’80s Team At TheWrap

  • Kit Harington donates a surprise £8000 to help Mencap 'Game of Thrones' appeal reach its target
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    Kit Harington donates a surprise £8000 to help Mencap 'Game of Thrones' appeal reach its target

    Kit Harington shocked those behind a Game of Thrones-based online charity appeal for Mencap by chucking in a $10,000 donation.

  • Deleted 'Game of Thrones' scene disproves popular Cersei fan theory
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    Deleted 'Game of Thrones' scene disproves popular Cersei fan theory

    Lean Headey has revealed that scene that was left on the cutting room floor from the penultimate season of Game of Thrones would have dealt Cersei Lannister a severe blow.

  • Lena Headey was 'gutted' by Cersei's death in 'Game of Thrones'
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    Lena Headey was 'gutted' by Cersei's death in 'Game of Thrones'

    The demise of the brilliantly awful Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones was so anti-climactic that many fan theories mused that she couldn't actually be dead.

  • Russian Communist Party wants 'Chernobyl' series banned
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    Russian Communist Party wants 'Chernobyl' series banned

    The Marxist-Leninist Party in Russia is also calling for a libel action against the HBO series.

  • The Kremlin wants to remake 'Chernobyl' but with the CIA as the bad guys
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    The Kremlin wants to remake 'Chernobyl' but with the CIA as the bad guys

    HBO's harrowing drama series Chernobyl became the highest-rated series ever on IMDb this week, with almost universal praise coming from critics too.

  • Which show just beat David Attenborough's 'Planet Earth II' as TV's top-rated series?
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    Which show just beat David Attenborough's 'Planet Earth II' as TV's top-rated series?

    Planet Earth II was indeed jaw-droppingly spectacular, but it's just been knocked off the top spot as TV's best-rated show.

  • The boss of HBO on the fan backlash that blighted the 'Game of Thrones' finale
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    The boss of HBO on the fan backlash that blighted the 'Game of Thrones' finale

    Casey Bloys, the programming president of HBO, has said that it would have been impossible to please all fans with the finale of Game of Thrones.

  • 'Game of Thrones' viewers are going wild for 'hot' Robin Arryn
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    'Game of Thrones' viewers are going wild for 'hot' Robin Arryn

    Last time we saw Robin Arryn, Lord of the Eyrie, he was being beaten around the backside with a wooden sword by the Knights of the Vale, in a futile attempt to toughen him up.

  • George R.R. Martin addresses whether that was 'the real ending' of 'Game of Thrones'
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    George R.R. Martin addresses whether that was 'the real ending' of 'Game of Thrones'

    Say what you like about who ended up as the ruler of the seven – well, six – kingdoms, there aren't many who thought it would be...

  • How will HBO fill the void left by 'Game of Thrones'?
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    How will HBO fill the void left by 'Game of Thrones'?

    Can the US network stem a potential exodus of deserters?

  • 'Game of Thrones' petition to have season 8 re-made surges towards one million signatures
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    'Game of Thrones' petition to have season 8 re-made surges towards one million signatures

    Game of Thrones fans a pretty serious about this whole re-making season eight of the HBO fantasy show, but 'with competent writers'.

  • Furious 'Game of Thrones' fans are trying to 'Google bomb' the show's 'bad writers'
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    Furious 'Game of Thrones' fans are trying to 'Google bomb' the show's 'bad writers'

    For the show-runners to betray Daenerys's character in this way has landed disastrously among much of the show's fandom.