TCA 2011 News: HBO says they hope GAME OF THRONES lasts for “20 Years”

Sean Bean and Julian Glover in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

With HBO finding success with the fantasy series GAME OF THRONES based on the books by George R.R. Martin, the question is how long the series can continue since the source material spans so many novels. At today’s TCA press tour for HBO, Co-President Richard Plepler and HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo spoke about their plans for THRONES. One of the most important things Plepler and Lombardo are excited about is that executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss are getting noticed for their seamless vision in bringing Martin’s vision to the small screen – particularly with the recent writing […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Fire and Blood”

Richard Madden in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley, Charles Dance, Sibel Kekilli Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alan Taylor Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 19, 2011 On last week’s episode of GAME OF THRONES, it looked like all hell was going to break loose. This week, it does – just not in the ways we […]Read On »

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Interview: GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin on the future of the franchise – Part 2

Kit Harrington and John Bradley in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

While HBO’s GAME OF THRONES – which ends its first season tonight at 9 PM – closely follows the plotlines, characterizations and dialogue of George R.R. Martin’s novel of the same name, the series is run by its executive producers David Benioff and D.B. (Dan) Weiss. Did Martin have qualms about giving up control? “Yeah, to some extent,” the novelist acknowledges in Part 2 of this interview. “I use the analogy it’s a little like sending your kids off to school. They’re your kids and you’ve had them since they were born and you’ve been in total charge of them […]Read On »

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Interview: GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin makes his move – Part 1

GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

George R.R. Martin’s novels in his A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series about the mythical kingdom of Westeros are each almost the size of a piece of furniture. The saga of the battle for the crown is now being played out on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, which concludes its first season Sunday night at 9 PM. The series was picked up for a second season almost immediately after its first episode premiered. Martin says he is among those who are surprised that his huge tome – the HBO show takes its name from the first volume – was brought […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Baelor”

Lena Headey in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 |©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley, Charles Dance Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alan Taylor Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 12, 2011 Beware, those who haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s first Westeros novel and have remained otherwise unspoiled – the end of the GAME OF THRONES episode “Baelor,” may cause you to sit […]Read On »

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Interview: GAME OF THRONES executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on their epic HBO fantasy

Sean Bean and Julian Glover in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

HBO’s new hit GAME OF THRONES airs the penultimate episode of its first season tonight at 9 PM. All hell appears prepared to break loose, what with eldest Stark son Robb (Richard Madden) preparing to lead troops into battle against the wealthy Lannister clan, in the hopes of freeing Robb’s imprisoned father Ned (Sean Bean), who is facing the wrath of Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Across the Narrow Sea, the Dothraki hordes led by Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and his bride Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) are preparing to invade. At the northern edge of the seven kingdoms, the monstrous White […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “The Pointy End”

Sean Bean, Miltos Yeromelou, Maisie Williams in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley, Charles Dance Writer: George R.R. Martin, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 5, 2011 The winds of war are blowing strong, though armies are not quite clashing yet in “The Pointy End” (a sword reference), a GAME OF THRONES episode that sets up what seems to […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “You Win or You Die”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Ian McElhinney in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa, John Bradley Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 29, 2011 By the end of the GAME OF THRONES episode “You Win or You Die,” the viewer’s head is spinning, trying to figure out what’s going to happen. It looks likely […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “A Golden Crown”

Harry Lloyd in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: Jane Espenson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Dan Minahan Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 22, 2011 World-building is a slow and tough process, but GAME OF THRONES is doing the work adroitly, balancing information about the Seven Kingdoms with the engrossing character drama. […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 1 – “Lord Snow”

Kit Harington in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Nick Briggs

Stars: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Brian Kirk Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 1, 2011 “Lord Snow” is a set of strong scenes that lead up to big events in the future. Nothing too huge or dramatic happens here – sure, there’s a pregnancy and […]Read On »

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