HBO Talks About the Future of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Blood’ and ‘Newsroom,’ No More ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm?’
Earlier today we learned from the HBO panel at the ongoing TCA press tour that in-development projects like 'Criminal Justice' and a 'Transporter' TV series had largely been stalled, but the premium cable network had nothing but good things to say about the futures of its current flagship hits, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'True Blood' and 'The Newsroom.' Less certain however, is the fate of Larry David's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'
As far as 'Game of Thrones,' HBO president Michael Lombardo denied that the network had held any conversations about a specific end date, particularly the seven-season run rumored to round out the series. "As far as I'm concerned, it can go on as long as there are stories to tell," says Lombardo of the future, adding that they've urged George R.R. Martin to continue writing the novels.
The longer-running 'True Blood' faces more pressing questions of an imminent end, but Lombardo insisted the addition of Brian Buckner as showrunner has revived the series, that "it feels like there is a new energy this season, and the show still has a large fan base.” Both 'True Blood' and 'Game of Thrones have been renewed for additional seasons, while Lombardo says of 'The Newsroom':
The odds are excellent, we’re enormously happy with the show. Conversations with Aaron Sorkin are all about scheduling as he he has other commitments. If we can figure the scheduling, I will be shocked if you would not be hearing about a renewal soon. The numbers this season are surpassing last season.
'Seinfeld,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Clear History' creator Larry David appeared in a later panel to answer press questions, one of which naturally asked about the state of David's erratic HBO series. "I have not [decided]," said David. "I don't know. I really don't know. I couldn't say. Ask me in six months, I'm an indecisive fella. It's a big decision to decide to do a season of that show. I don't take it lightly."
'Clear History' will hit on August 10, with news of 'The Newsroom' likely sometime in between, so what say you? Are you glad to know HBO's main spring and summer dramas are secure for the moment?