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While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Boardwalk Empire, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's recent/current primetime scripted shows.
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The daytime Emmy party circuit hit full swing on Saturday afternoon. At BAFTA's TV Tea, Brit crossover Stephen Merchant upholding the integrity of the event's title, teacup in hand. Gervais’ co-conspirator on the pioneering British version of “The Office” and “Extras” said he will weigh in on Gervais’ feature on David Brent, “Life on the Road.” Meet the Merchants: Stephen Merchant +2 (his family) on Saturday afternoon. (Getty Images) Also read: Ricky Gervais Creating Big-Screen Sequel for His ‘Office’ Character “I don't know if I'll give (formal) notes, but I'll offer what I can,” the “Hello Ladies” he told TheWrap at BAFTA La's TV. »
- Mikey Glazer
Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, The Comeback, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Ballers, The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Jonah From Tonga, Looking, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Banshee, The Knick, Strike Back, Transporter »
Yesterday Andrew reported in from the Sdcc panel for "The Walking Dead," the Season 5 trailer arrived, and we took part in roundtables with the cast and crew, the highlights of which you'll find right here.
The press room for the series was, as usual, quite hectic, resulting in our not being able to chat with a few of the principals, but those we did have a chance to grill about the upcoming season revealed just enough to leave us anxiously awaiting October 12th, when Season 5 will debut.
We asked Danai Gurira about Michonne's state of mind as things resume, and she said the character is "dealing with circumstances" in an "intensely macro and micro" way. She has "some great interpersonal relationships" going on, like with Carl and Rick, but it's "intense getting to know the new people."
As for working without her trusty sword, Gurira said it's not an issue because "she doesn't need it. »
- Debi Moore
Marvel may have found a new director for Ant-Man in Peyton Reed (Down with Love), but it seems the fallout from Edgar Wright’s exit has now led to the departure of three cast members, with Deadline revealing that Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Matt Gerald (Dexter) and Kevin Weisman (Hello Ladies) have all left the film.
According to the site, Marvel executives “adamantly dispute” that any of the departures are due to creative issues, with Wilson said to have encountered a scheduling conflict due to the delay in production, and Gerald and Weisman’s characters having been written out of the lastest draft of the script.
Ant-Man is set to feature as part of Marvel’s big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con tomorrow night, with Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) featuring on the panel and Evangeline Lilly also tipped to appear.
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- Gary Collinson
Earlier in the week we heard some comments from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about Peyton Reed (Down with Love) being the right man to succeed Edgar Wright on the Phase Three-launching Ant-Man, and now the producer has spoken candidly to The Guardian about the reasons for Wright’s departure from the project:
“We sat round a table and we realised it was not working. A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production. We said let’s do this together and put out a statement. What do we say? ‘Creative differences’. I said: ‘That’s what they always say and no-one ever believes it.’ Edgar said: ‘But in this case it’s true … ‘”
“The Marvel movies are very collaborative, »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was in London today to present footage from Guardians of the Galaxy [read our first impressions here], as well as a special first look sneak peek at Avengers: Age of Ultron [read our thoughts on that footage here]. While he was here, IGN caught up with the producer to ask him about the issues surrounding Ant-Man, and the appointment of director Peyton Reed (Yes Men) as successor to Edgar Wright…
“Number one – thank you for asking the question in that way, which is doing what we’re doing which is thinking about the movie and the end result of the movie. Peyton is someone that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and »
- Gary Collinson
Melissa Maerz: Jeff,
When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices »
- Melissa Maerz
As has become customary over the past few years, Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation looks set to be one of the highlights of the San Diego Comic-Con International later this month. Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron are sure to feature heavily, and now Michael Douglas has confirmed to Collider that he’ll be in attendance as part of the panel for Ant-Man. The Phase Three offering has had its share of troubles, and Douglas also went on to share his thoughts on the departure of director Edgar Wright (The World’s End)…
“[Edgar] is a wonderful talent. It was very disappointing, yeah. It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote. I’m not the producer on »
- Gary Collinson
Some might start to think that this movie is turning into some sort of trainwreck…
Latino-Review is reporting that Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer have been hired by Marvel to act as production writers as the crew moves out to Atlanta to start production, as well as work over the script last looked over by Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues).
As pointed out by Latino-Review, hiring production writers to re-write things while out on set is common practice in Hollywood productions, so it depends on how the Writer’s Guild see their level of input to whether they will have on-screen credits.
Ferrari and Barrer are unknowns in Hollywood at the moment, but they have written a script for the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot for Sony, which is apparently how they got the gig with Marvel on Ant-Man.
- Luke Owen
No other details are given, though the site says that Marvel is keeping his role under wraps. Either he’s landed a big part, or some small supporting role. Either way, expect a flood of predictions from fans to hit the web soon.
Directed by Peyton Reed (Down with Love, Yes Man) from a story by Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and rewrites from Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd (Anchorman), Michael Douglas, Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Michael Pena (Cowboys & Aliens), Matt Gerald (Dexter), and Kevin Weisman (Hello Ladies).
The film begins production soon, and hits theaters on July 17th, 2015.
- James Garcia
Another week has flown by in telly land and, as ever, the Tube Talk Q&A crew have spent our week wrestling with your latest questions, queries and quibbles.
Any update on the Hello Ladies special? I know it was axed but there was supposed to be a special on the way.
Ryan Jordana ain't wrong. Though it was cancelled after a single eight-episode run, Stephen Merchant's totes awks Us sitcom will return for a final one-off special to cap off the series.
As for when we'll get to see the finale in the UK, Sky Atlantic's hands are tied right now, since HBO is yet to confirm a Us air date for the special.
But we can confirm that after shooting throughout May, the final Hello Ladies is now in the editing »
What a fantastic inaugural season for Mike Judge's Silicon Valley. The show fired on all cylinders through its run, and is probably the funniest comedy HBO has produced in years. A lot of HBO's recent comedies have been dark or subversive -- Girls, Hello Ladies, even Looking (which was excellent, and never really a comedy). Silicon Valley is very smart, very sharp, but never dark. The season was tight, reflexive, funny, weird, and deeply satirical. Hit the jump for more adjectives. "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency" ended things in a way that would have been perfect for a series finale, had HBO not already renewed it. Pied Piper was victorious, but in an unexpected way. It was the right choice to have them prevail, as expected, because the way it happened could not have been predicted. Richard, who started everything, brought it home to finish it. His speech wasn't suddenly eloquent or inspired, »
- Allison Keene
Remember the days when network cancelations felt absolutely irreversible? I’m sure networks do. But a world with Kickstarter, Netflix, Hulu, social media, and all things interactive, cancelation has morphed from a death knell to a possible new beginning.
As Veronica Mars fans know, if you want more of your favorite story, it’s not impossible to get your wish — and in their case, they helped to make the revival happen. The latest example: Community getting canceled, only to be in talks for a Hulu pickup. If Community ends up getting its #sixseasons, could Hulu become TV’s newest superhero? »
- Samantha Highfill
Over the past week, Emmy voters received the HBO Fyc box. Inside were two booklets containing these DVDs below. Check out their contents and compare to our detailed report on what HBO is campaigning in the chief races. Fyc Book 1: TV Series (Sample episodes) "Boardwalk Empire" – "Erikonig," "Farewell Daddy Blues" "Eastboard & Down" – "Chapter 23," "Chapter 27," "Chapter 29" "Family Tree" – "Treading the Boards," "Civil Wars," "Cowboys" "Game of Thrones" – "The Lion and the Rose," "Breaker of Chains" "Getting On" – "If You're Going to San Francisco," "Dumped," "Nightshift" "Girls" – "Beach House," "Flo," "Two Place Rides" "Hello Ladies" – "The Dinner," "The Wedding,..."' »
HBO has renewed Veep and Silicon Valley for a fourth and second season, respectively, the channel announced today. Great news for Zach Woods, who is on both of those shows! And on The Good Wife sometimes, making him Sunday's most popular white guy. HBO already renewed Game of Thrones for two more seasons, plus Girls, Looking, and Getting On will all be back; mainstays True Blood and Boardwalk Empire are going into their final seasons later this year, as is The Newsroom. Fear not, though. As the HBO bible tells us, to everything there is a season; a time to renew, a time to cancel; a time to order 12 episodes of a comedy, a time to order a scanty 8; a time to order a one-off finale special for Hello Ladies, a time to let Larry David make his own decisions about whether Curb Your Enthusiasm will ever return. »
- Margaret Lyons
Imagine the soliloquy Rust Cohle could spin about the philosophical reasoning behind Emmy submission strategies.
HBO has thrown down the gantlet, making the decision to enter “True Detective” into the Primetime Emmy drama series categories rather than the miniseries field. It’s a statement that HBO feels it has more than a fighting chance with the Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson starrer in the top series category — even against such heatseekers as “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Homeland” and its own “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire” — as well as the lead drama actor race.
“True Detective” likely would have had an easy trot to victory at the Emmycast in August in the miniseries category. The series fits the objective definition of a miniseries in that it is designed to be reinvented with an entirely new cast, setting and premise each year.
But the eight-episode drama caught fire for HBO in its January-February run, »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Looking” is no one-season stand for HBO. The pay cabler has renewed the dramedy about three gay friends in San Francisco for a sophomore year.
“Looking” premiered last month to a small audience, but has grown its audience with each of its last three episodes. The pickup comes as HBO sorts out its comedy slate with a renewal last week for “Getting On,” and cancellations after maiden seasons for comedies “Hello Ladies” and “Family Tree.”
Production on the next batch of episodes is slated to begin later this year in San Francisco.
- Cynthia Littleton
Fox's comedy pilot "Weird Loners" has one of the standout titles of this development season, and its cast is shaping up to be pretty strong as well.
Becki Newton has signed on to play one of the title characters in the pilot, which comes from writer Michael Weithorn (creator of "The King of Queens") and director Jake Kasdan ("New Girl," "Freaks and Geeks"). It's about four social misfits who form a bond with one another via living in the same townhouse in Queens.
Newton's character, Caryn, is a "high-strung" dental hygienist with a tendency to go all-in on relationships way too quickly. Her co-stars thus far are "Happy Endings" alum Zachary Knighton and Nate Torrence ("Hello Ladies," "Super Fun Night"); the fourth member of the core group has yet to be cast.
Despite its less-than-stellar performance in the ratings, HBO has decided to renew "Getting On" for a second season. The order is for six episodes -- a figure that matches the total number of episodes in the current season -- and comes on the heels of HBO's decision not to renew its other freshman comedies, "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." Co-created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer -- the duo behind HBO's long-running and critically acclaimed series "Big Love" -- "Getting On" chronicles the day-to-day of three women who work in the female geriatric ward at a hospital. Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, the series uses humor to expose the absurd bureaucracy of the healthcare system. Olsen and Scheffer adapted the series from a British format of the same name, which ran for three seasons on BBC4.
- Shipra Gupta
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