HBO Execs Talk Thrones' Future: No Book? No Problem! — Plus: True Detective, Boardwalk, Curb Updates

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HBO execs are not losing any sleep over the next Game of Thrones book – or the lack thereof, to be precise.

“We’re not concerned about it,” HBO Programming chief Michael Lombardo admitted at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, in response to worries that the TV series may outpace author George R.R. Martin’s ability to finish the next novel.

“We’re not off on our own,” he noted. “George is an integral part of the creative team [and] every move is being choreographed very closely with him. We’ll have to figure it out with George. We’re in conversations with him.”

As for Martin’s desire to cap the series with a film, Lombardo shut down the idea – for now – admitting there have been “no conversations” about sewing things up on the big screen.

“[Martin] is 100-percent focused on his books and the series” right now, HBO Chairman & CEO Richard Plepler said. And that’s a good thing, since the pay cabler’s execs are “not talking about ending the show in the next two years,” Lombardo added.

Other tidbits from the exec session:

* Lombardo was mum on the cast make-up of True Detective Season 2, save for hinting that “some announcements will be happening in the next week.” “We’re going to do the next season with puppets,” he joked, adding, “[T]he two scripts we have are…more exciting than the first season.”

* Boardwalk Empire‘s eight-episode Season 5 will premiere Sunday, Sept. 7, while The Newsroom‘s third/final season will premiere sometime this fall.

* Don’t count out another edition of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Lombardo recalled a recent run-in with series creator Larry David: “I said, ‘So Larry, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?’ He says, ‘No, no, no.’ As long as he’s still thinking about it, we have a place for him.”

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13 Comments
  1. TraciTV says:

    if the series passes the books, maybe the book readers will finally be able to enjoy a great tv show without knowing whats coming and constantly comparing the visual to the books. just enjoy hbo’s game of thrones.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Though thats factually true….can you blame them? I mean its just human nature to do that. When you have consumed the source material (and found it to be great) and then its re-created on another form of media and there are differences, big or small. I mean hell even GRRM has said hes concerned cause those small changes they are making in GOT (show) have huge impact later on in the books. Some small character they kill or have do some small thing…the butterfly effect in the book has huge impact..but the show killed that person off (or something) so what does the show do to get to there?

      • The show simply shifts plot over to other characters. Or drops it entirely. GRRM is consulted about these things. Exec producers don’t always do much but he does know what’s going on and would be able to stop anything too problematic.

  2. J says:

    Will “The Newsroom” air with “Boardwalk Empire” or after “Boardwalk” completes it’s run? The sooner the better.

  3. Joe says:

    oh god more curb would be so awesome!

  4. Teag says:

    Ugh, too bad about shortened Boardwalk but at least it’s something.

  5. Daniel says:

    So funny that Larry can just do it whenever he wants.

  6. What?! says:

    Woo hoo! Great news all around. More Curb please!

  7. EB says:

    Yesterday, GRRM flipped his middle digit to those fans who feared he would die before completing the Song of Ice and Fire series. At this point, I’d be hard-pressed to believe that he even gives a sh*t about wrapping up the story in *any* medium.

  8. topoopon says:

    Where’s that “Deadwood” movie/miniseries?

  9. rubytu says:

    yay for True Detective, though I don’t know if I want to watch with a different cast. So totally awesome.

    Don’t they have a way to go before they need the next GoT book? I heard it was to be out in 2015 anyway. Hope so!

    Hope Aaron Sorkin doesn’t make any apologies on Newsroom. It was so brilliant. Everyone watched the “speech” on YouTube – even Bill Ayers, I do believe.

  10. R.O.B. says:

    Excerpt from a meeting 6 months from now: (minor spoiler)

    GRRM – “Sooo…. I just finished one of the last chapters and turns out in this new book that Tyrion dies at the end”
    HBO – “Yeahhh. No he doesn’t”
    GRRM – “But he does.”
    HBO – “No he doesn’t.”
    GRRM – “But–”
    HBO – “Zip it”
    GRRM “–”
    HBO – “Zip it.”

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