HBO picked a good day to have their sessions at the summer edition of the Television Critics Association annual conference.
After receiving a stunning 99 Emmy nominations this morning, network executives were only too happy to face the media and discuss the premium giant’s future plans.
Among the highlights:
-True Detective 2.0 – While no casting announcements were made, HBO CEO Richard Plepler and network programming head Michael Lombardo did assure critics they would have some news soon maybe even as early as next week. The pair also discussed the network’s decision to submit the original one as a drama verses a mini-series by saying “Nic [Pizzolatto] pitched an anthology series, we marketed it as an anthology series and we think about it as an anthology series.”
-Game Of Thrones’s future – Despite author George R.R. Martin’s comments that he would like to potentially end the series with a movie, Plepler and Lombardo both were quick to put those rumors to rest with Pleper saying Martin was “100% focused on the books and series” and only “held out a movie concept as something way down the road.” The pair also said they weren’t “losing sleep” over the fact that Martin hasn’t actually finished the final two books in the series and were adamant that the network and series showrunners are in contact communication with him about potential upcoming seasons since the show chew through all of it source material.
-Boardwalk Empire’s return – The drama from executive producers such as Martin Scorsese and Terrence Winter will indeed wrap in 2014 with a eight episode final run starting on September 7th. In a change from past seasons, the show will begin to explore what a post-Prohibition future may be like for Steve Buscemi’s Enoch “Nucky” Thompson as the impact of the 1930’s Depression Era really begins to sink in.
-Run This Town – In the tradition of HBO airing big concert events, the network announced their latest partnership and it’s a big one. The “On The Run” tour featuring Beyonce and Jay-Z will air this year and be taped this September 12th and 13th while in Paris and showcase the power couple performing over 40 songs complete with special guests.
-Curb continues? – It wasn’t a long conversation, but it was enough to get critics excited as Lombardo mentioned that he recently met with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s notorious curmudgeon Larry David and the talented writer alluded to the fact the series may indeed make a return…but gave no indication of any sort of timetable.
The 2014 summer edition of the Television Critics Association press tour runs through July 23rd.