HBO Boss Talks Thrones End Date, Recasting James Gandolfini, Enlightened's Demise

Jul 25 2013, 4:54pm CDT | by TV Line

HBO Boss Talks Thrones End Date, Recasting James Gandolfini, Enlightened's Demise
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There is no end in sight for Game of Thrones and True Blood, HBO’s top programming exec maintained to reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

“It can go on as long as there are stories to tell,” network president Michael Lombardo said of Thrones‘ future. Regarding True Blood, which was just renewed for a seventh season, Lombardo pointed to anew energy under new showrunner Brian Buckner, adding, “No decisions have been made.”

Other highlights from HBO’s exec session:

* The shortened final season of Treme bows Dec. 1.

* The final season of Eastbound & Down will find Kenny “struggling with marriage, suburbia and his continue demons,” teased Lombardo.

* Julia Louis Dreyfuss’ Veep alter ego Selina will be running for POTUS in Season 3. “Next season we’ll see her on a bus a lot,” confirmed Lombardo. “She’ll be out on the campaign trail.”

* “We’re having conversations on how to proceed” with Criminal Justice in the wake of James Gandolfini’s passing, said Lombardo. “I can’t imagine us airing the pilot with James in it. Jim’s passing took the wind out of our sails at HBO.” The most likely scenario has HBO “reshooting” the pilot with a new actor in Gadolfini’s role.

* Enlightened‘s low ratings were a factor in the show’s cancellation after two seasons, but it wasn’t the only factor. “We felt creatively that Amy’s story had come to a natural resting place,” said Lombardo. “We felt it was best to end it where we did.”

* A new project, potentially a spin-off series, featuring Melissa George’s Hunted alter ego Sam Hunter is in development.


Source: TV Line

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