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HBO has been known the last decade or so for their incredible original programming. Lately, they seem to have some of the best television series congregated on one channel during any given year. Out of five new shows they put out, three will likely be amazing. Whether they have a good eye for ordering new shows, or they have had insanely good luck, I am happy and hope whatever they are doing continues.
If you are a poor soul, who hasn’t had a chance to watch the shows below, take a day to marathon them. Binge watch them. Whatever you want to call it. Do it. These are the best shows HBO has given us.
(These are not in any particular order.)
Creator: Terence Winter. Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jack Huston, Gretchen Mol. »
- Sarah Sommer
Watch out, Bran Stark - Max von Sydow is coming for you!
The legendary actor ("Minority Report," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") is joining the cast of "Game of Thrones" in season 6 as the Three-Eyed Raven, a mystical being who teaches Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) to use his gifts as a warg. The character was last seen in the season 4 finale, played by Struan Rodger.
Von Sydow won't have a ton of screen time, but will be highly influential Bran's storyline was put on hold this year, to allow space for other plots, but the young Stark will return having spent time under the Three-Eyed Raven's tutelage. Showrunner David Benioff likened it to Luke Skywalker's training with Yoda.
"Like, it would be far less interesting, after 'The Empire Strikes Back' to have an hour-long movie in between 'Empire' and 'Return of the Jedi' where Luke is training," he told Entertainment Weekly. »
- Kelly Woo
Just days after veteran actor Ian McShane joined the cast of Game of Thrones for Season 6, the hit HBO series has added another highly-respected veteran actor. Entertainment Weekly reports that Max von Sydow has signed on to play the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones this season. Both Ian McShane and Max von Sydow are not expected to have major roles, but each character is described as "crucial." No details were given for Ian McShane's character.
At the end of Season 4, the Three-Eyed Raven finally appeared before Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), after he reached the Weirwood Tree. The Raven was played by a different actor in the Season 4 finale, but now we'll see Max von Sydow as this mystical tutor to Bran. Last season, Bran and his travelling companion Hodor (Kristian Nairn) did not appear at all, since their story was already caught up to the George R.R. Martin books. »
The Three-Eyed Raven is getting a makeover in season six of “Game of Thrones” — Variety has confirmed that Max von Sydow will take over the role, which was originated by Struan Rodger in the season four finale of the HBO drama.
The enigmatic character is responsible for teaching Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) about his supernatural gifts, including his ability to transfer himself into the body of other creatures through the process of “warging.” Although Bran and his allies were absent throughout season five, they are confirmed to be making a return in the new season, which has commenced filming in Europe.
While von Sydow is not expected to have much screen time in season six, he will reportedly play a major role in the events of the new season. The same has been said of fellow new cast member Ian McShane, who is playing an undisclosed role.
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- Laura Prudom
Could Ian McShane be the key to happiness for Game of Thrones fans everywhere? The Emmy nominee is heading to Westeros to play…Surprise! His role is being kept under wraps. Could it have something to do with … Jon Snow? Who knows! But the Golden Globe winner is going to be on the show! McShane, who is known for his roles on Deadwood and the short-lived Kings, will reportedly have limited screen time in season six, EW reports. Season six of Game of Thrones is now in production in Belfast and is the first season to not have source material from author George R.R. Martin's books. That's not to say Game of Thrones is going rogue. Martin has told executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff his »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? One crafty fan creates an incredible replica of Game of Thrones' Iron Throne, Ice-t voices characters from 1980s cartoons and the late Chris Farley becomes a part of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. But first, we have senior citizens reacting to the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Elders React To Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. debuted the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in front of a packed crowd in Hall H during Comic-Con. The fine folks at Fine Brothers Entertainment have put together a video where "elders" react to this epic trailer. »
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have said that they plan on having the show last seven seasons - meaning that next season, season six, would be the next-to-last. If you're already grieving that, there may be some hope that the show could go longer than that. Speaking at the Summer TCA, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo batted away the idea that seven seasons was definite. "That's definitely open," he said. "Seven seasons and out has never been the conversation. The question is, how much beyond the seven are we going to do?" What's that? Good news and Game of Thrones?! That's right. Lombardo had some more specifics, adding that Weiss and Benioff are "feeling like there are probably two more years after six. As I've said before, I'd always love for them to change their minds, but I think that's what we're looking at right now. »
"Game of Thrones" is rolling. After a successful, though controversial, fifth season, the series garnered the most Emmy nominations of any show this year - a massive 24. At this point, even the smallest rumor of a filming location is big news. With prestige and popularity that keeps climbing it may seem strange to be talking about the end. But the end is coming whether we or HBO's head of programming, Michael Lombardo, want it to or not. Speaking at the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour, Lombardo weighed in about the future of the network's flagship series. In the current TV landscape where the showrunners can be as famous as their series, it is no wonder David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will have to be comfortable with any plan that is set in place. The Wrap pulled a few choice quotes from the TCA event but one stands »
- Michael Hindle
Game of Thrones will rage on for at least eight seasons, says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo – despite claims from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss that they were only interested in creating seven.
"'Seven seasons and out' has never been the conversation," Lombardo said Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, according to the L.A. Times. "The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [Benioff and Weiss] feel like there's two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds. »
Production is already under way on Season 6 of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, which will be the first season that isn't based on any of George R.R. Martin's books. While fans impatiently wait for the author to complete the last two books in his A Song of Fire and Ice series, many have also wondered if the show will run for seven seasons, one for each book, or if it will go even longer, given its massive popularity. During HBO's TCA press tour presentation, HBO president Michael Lombardo revealed that series creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently planning to end the show after eight seasons.
"Seven seasons and out was never the case. The question is how much beyond (seven seasons) it will go. David and Dan are feeling there are two more years after Season 6, that's what we're looking at right now. »
The Television Critics Association summer press tour took place today which means there’s tons of television news coming out of California this evening. HBO president Michael Lombardo dropped one of the most eye raising bits of info: their flagship show “Game Of Thrones” is looking to close up shop after season eight. According to Lombardo, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six.” The HBO president admitted he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now”(previously, the HBO chief said he’d hoped the show would run at least a decade). Makes sense as eight years, plus development is a long time to do one project. Benioff and Weiss have probably earned the clout to do anything they want and could possibly pull off some big feature film work if they so aspired to. »
- Rodrigo Perez
The Television Critics Association summer press tour took place today, which means there’s tons of television news coming out of California this evening. HBO president Michael Lombardo dropped one of the most eye-raising bits of info: their flagship show “Game Of Thrones” is looking to close up shop after season eight. According to Lombardo, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six.” The HBO president admitted he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.” Previously, the HBO chief said he’d hoped the show would run at least a decade. This certainly makes sense as eight years, plus development, is a long time to do one project. Benioff and Weiss have earned the clout to do anything they want, and could pull off some big feature film work if they aspired to. »
- Rodrigo Perez
At first thought to be on track for seven seasons, HBO and showrunner duo David Benioff and Dan Weiss have informed fans of Game of Thrones that we can now expect eight seasons of the megapopular series based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. At least eight.
According to EW, at today’s TCA press tour, HBO boss Michael Lombardo also said he would (of course) be open to a prequel series if Weiss and Benioff were interested after Game of Thrones proper concludes. Personally, while I respect the idea of maintaining creative/visual continuity to a prequel, I’m not so sure I’d be put off with new takes in the setting.
For fans who cringe at the term “prequel” and who experience Grrm’s world only through the tv show, don’t worry, because Martin has published prequel material that’s »
- Jay Tomio
“‘Seven seasons and out’ has never been the conversation,” Lombardo told reporters during HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Thursday. “The question is, how much beyond the seventh season are we going to do?”
According to Lombardo, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six,” noting that he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Lombardo has previously gone on record admitting that he wants to see “Game of Thrones” run for a decade: “We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the »
- Laura Prudom
Other than “When will George R.R. Martin finally finish his book?”, the most consistent question from “Game of Thrones” fans is: “How long will the series last?” At today’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, HBO head of programming Michael Lombardo said that the series will likely run through Season 8. However, he added that he’d like co-executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to change their minds and to move forward with additional seasons. In fact, the network is in favor of staying in the Westeros business for as long as they are able. Lombardo is open to a prequel series – if the creative team feels they have a compelling story to tell. As to the mixed response to this past season -- particularly in regards to Sansa Stark's frightful arc -- Lombardo said that violence has been a thread throughout the series. Adding that he fully supports Benioff and Weiss artistically, »
- Roth Cornet
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss might as well give up all hope — like so many of their characters, there's a chance they're not going to escape the show alive. That much was made clear Thursday afternoon during the Television Critics Association's press tour, when HBO president Michael Lombardo revealed that he sees the show continuing past the long-rumored seventh-season endpoint. "Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation,” he said. "The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do." This, despite the showrunners perhaps not being entirely onboard with an indefinite run, and the growing problem of how to reconcile George R.R. Martin's source material with the increasingly divergent show. But while the length of the show's run is still very much up in the air, Lombardo did provide a concrete answer to another question. When the subject of Jon Snow came up, he »
- Neil Janowitz
Good news and bad news, Game of Thrones fans. The good news? We're probably getting more than the originally-predicted seven seasons. The bad news? Game of Thrones still has to end sometime, and that sometime is probably after season eight. When HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo addressed critics during the 2015 Summer TCA press tour, he was immediately asked about when the highly popular fantasy series might come to an end, especially since the show has now caught up to George R.R. Martin's books. The answer, in a nutshell, is that the show will end whenever executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss want it to end. "I think »
The end of “Game of Thrones” is in sight. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo predicted Thursday that the Emmy-winning fantasy series will likely end after its eighth season. “Obviously we’re shooting season six now, hopefully discussing seven,” Lombardo said Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. He indicated that the final word on when to end the series will rest with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “I think their feeling is we’re looking at two more seasons after six. I’m hoping they’ll change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now. »
- Daniel Holloway
As Game Of Thrones films its sixth season, speculation continues about the end of the hit fantasy drama. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had been quoted as saying that they’d envisioned the series to run for seven seasons. “Seven seasons and out was never the onversation,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, in his first solo executive session today at TCA. “The question is how much beyond (seven seasons) it will go.” “David and Dan are feeling… »
The first five seasons churned through the first five books in George R.R. Martin's novel series. While the remaining two novels have yet to be published it seemed like seven was a good 'guess-timate' for seasons, and show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had previously indicated they'd like to end things before the show outstays its welcome.
The network however isn't so fast to let its biggest cash cow go. Appearing at the Television Critics Association's press tour late Thursday, HBO president Michael Lombardo says: "Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do."
He then adds that Benioff and Weiss are: "feeling like there's two more years after six. »
- Garth Franklin
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