HBO Teaming with BBC for J.K. Rowling Miniseries Adaptation THE CASUAL VACANCY; Filming Begins This Summer

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The miniseries adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel The Casual Vacancy is getting a high-profile partner.  We learned last year that the BBC was developing an adaptation of the novel in miniseries format, and now HBO has come aboard the project to co-produce the three-hour event.  In a story that is wildly different from the Potter universe, The Casual Vacancy revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member.  In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface.  Rowling uses the story to explore themes like social class structure, the welfare state, drugs, and politics, making the miniseries format an excellent fit for the story.

Hit the jump for more on HBO and BBC’s plans for The Casual Vacancy miniseries, including how soon it might come to the small screen and which creatives will be bringing it to fruition.

Amazon Prime Strikes Exclusive Streaming Deal with HBO; Will Provide THE WIRE, THE SOPRANOS, GIRLS, and More

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While, “Can I get that on Netflix?” still remains the primary question people have when it comes to streaming a title, Amazon Prime refuses to play runner-up.  Today, the company announced they had struck an exclusive deal with HBO to stream some of the network’s biggest series including The Wire, The Sopranos, Eastbound & Down, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, and eventually seasons of Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep.  It’s a savvy move by both companies.  When an increasing number of consumers are ditching their cable subscriptions, HBO can’t rest its streaming business entirely on HBO GO.  However, they can’t undermine the service entirely, so they’re carefully selecting what can be shared with another company.

Meanwhile, Amazon may not get the crème-de-la-crème of HBO’s current programming (the press release makes no mention of Game of Thrones or True Detective, the two shows that were so popular they crashed HBO GO), but it gets more than enough to woo more subscribers.  The only big loser here is Netflix, who recently announced they’ll probably increase prices for new subscribers. When it comes to streaming, we may now start asking, “Can I get that on Prime?”  Hit the jump for the press release.  The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime on May 21st.

HBO Renews SILICON VALLEY and VEEP

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Though Twitter on Sunday nights is usually dominated by discussion about the excellent Mad Men and Game of Thrones, HBO is also airing a killer comedy block in the post-Game of Thrones slot with Silicon Valley and Veep.  As such, it comes as great news that HBO has renewed Silicon Valley for a second season and Veep for a fourth season.  The former is the new series from Mike Judge that revolves around a tech startup in the titular Silicon Valley, and though we’re only three episodes in, it’s quickly proving itself to be one of the funniest shows on television.  Moreover, Judge is offering up a weekly dose of brilliant satire that takes aim at our current culture of tech giants.  If you missed them, be sure to catch up on Allison’s recaps.

As for Veep, the ensemble comedy remains as sharp and mean as ever in its current third season, which sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ lead character heading down a promising new path.  If you’re not already watching Silicon Valley and Veep, I would highly suggest checking them out at some point in the near future.  Watch trailers for the next episodes of both after the jump.

Full Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Julia Roberts

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HBO has released a new, full-length The Normal Heart trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer stage play.  The film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and it looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  Though Murphy is a bit hit and miss (his last two films were Running with Scissors and Eat, Pray, Love), I’m encouraged by The Normal Heart’s stellar ensemble cast and the fact that Kramer penned the screenplay.  Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, in particular, look to be standouts, and the tone feels reminiscent of the heartwrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague, in which Kramer plays an integral role.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length The Normal Heart trailer.  The film also stars Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart premieres on HBO Sunday, May 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

HBO Officially Announces GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and Season 6

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In news that should be shocking to absolutely no one, HBO has ordered two more seasons of Game of Thrones.  This makes sense since not only did season four premiere to record ratings, but three weeks ago showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff signed on for two more seasons.  It’s a little funny that they would sign on to a show that hadn’t “officially” renewed (theoretically, what does someone do if they’ve signed on to a show that doesn’t exist?), but fans who unreasonably worried that the show wouldn’t continue can put their fears to rest.  Your beloved characters are sure to die for years to come.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The fourth season of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.

Watch the First Episode of Mike Judge’s New HBO Comedy SILICON VALLEY Online Now

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Though last night’s big HBO premiere was the solid season four opener for Game of Thrones, the episode was followed by two other excellent debuts: the series premiere of Silicon Valley and the season three premiere of the fantastic Veep.  The former comes from creator Mike Judge (Office Space), and fresh off the highly positive response to the pilot, HBO has now made the full episode available online for free.  The comedy is Judge’s take on the modern tech world, revolving around a computer programmer who tries to build a Silicon Valley start-up with his roommates.  Judge’s encapsulation of the ego-fueled and hypocritical nature of today’s tech world is spot-on and hilarious, showing shades of his excellent 2006 satirical feature Idiocracy, and the ensemble cast is on-point and works extremely well together.  I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season.

Hit the jump to watch the full, half-hour pilot for Silicon Valley and click here to read Allison’s full recap.  The show airs on HBO Sundays at 10pm ET, directly after Game of Thrones.

Teaser Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston

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HBO’s spring season began in earnest tonight with the premieres of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, which gave the network the opportunity to start promoting what they have coming up this summer.  Last week, they provided the teaser trailer for the final season of True Blood, and tonight they debuted the first teaser for Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  This teaser starts out like it could be for a cell phone commercial even though HBO doesn’t run ads for anything other than HBO programming.  But for people who are only going to see this online, the teaser has a nice twist at the end, and I’m definitely excited for what this show has to offer.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 15th at 10pm.

Premiere Dates Set for HBO’s New Series THE LEFTOVERS and the Final Season of TRUE BLOOD; Teaser Trailer for TRUE BLOOD Released

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HBO’s much-anticipated drama series The Leftovers, from Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perotta, has finally been given a premiere date.  The series, which deals with The Rapture, will straddle the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of True Blood‘s final season on the schedule.  Hit the jump for the exact dates, and more on both series (including a True Blood teaser).

20 New GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Images Featuring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Some Very Big Dragons

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The fourth season premiere of HBO’s massively popular drama series Game of Thrones is just a few short days away, and in anticipation of the event, the network has unveiled a new gallery of images teasing the new season.  These 10 episodes will cover roughly the second half of the third book in George R.R. Martin’s series, A Storm of Swords, and as we can see in these images, many characters will find themselves in precarious situations.  Most notably, this new image gallery gives us a close look at Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons, which have grown considerably since we last saw them.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The show also stars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, and Jack GleesonGame of Thrones season four premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th.  Check back here on Collider after the episode to read Allison’s full recap.

Challenge Accepted: HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Will Compete in Drama Series Category at the Emmys

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Well this certainly makes things interesting.  HBO’s stellar True Detective is an anthology series, with each season telling a standalone story with different characters and a different cast, but it appears that the network is feeling rather bullish and will be submitting True Detective in the highly competitive Drama Series category at the upcoming Emmy Awards.  Many assumed HBO would be submitting True Detective as a Miniseries, where it would no doubt clean up with awards for the show as a whole, director Cary Fukunaga, writer/creator Nic Pizzolato, and actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

However, with this interesting turn of events, True Detective will now square off directly with Breaking Bad’s final season in the fiercely competitive drama series field.  Hit the jump for more.

HBO in Talks with Lisa Kudrow to Resurrect THE COMEBACK

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One of the best comedy series of the modern era only lasted one season, but it appears that it’s due for a comeback of its own.  Deadline reports that HBO is in talks with The Comeback creators/executive producers Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King to revive the comedy as a limited event series.  The show only ran for one 13-episode season in 2005, but quickly gained cult status as a criminally underseen gem.  Kudrow played Valerie Cherish, a washed-up sitcom actress whose “comeback” on a new sitcom is captured by a documentary crew.  The series was Kudrow’s first project following the conclusion of Friends, and her stellar performance earned her a Best Comedic Actress Emmy nomination.

Hit the jump for more on the potential return of The Comeback.

George R.R. Martin Says a GAME OF THRONES Movie Is Being Discussed; Outlines Plan for the Show Not to Catch Up to His Books

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Game of Thrones is a juggernaut of a TV series.  Not only is it incredibly popular on HBO, but home video sales are a massive money-maker for the network and the fandom surrounding the series has reached massive proportions.  The series is, of course, based on author George R.R. Martin’s sprawling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, and while the production value of the HBO adaptation is impressive, fans have often wondered what Game of Thrones would look like on the big screen.

According to Martin, the prospect of a Game of Thrones movie is actually in active discussion, though it appears to be very, very early in the process so nothing’s quite firmed up.  Read his full comments after the jump, which include his plan for how the TV show (hopefully) won’t catch up to his book series.

Watch: Humorous Video Reveals the History and Production Secrets Behind HBO’s GAME OF THRONES

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While many lament that 10 episodes for each season of HBO’s incredibly popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones just isn’t enough, the amount of work that goes into producing those episodes is absolutely massive; it’s exhausting just to read about, let alone actually do.  In anticipation of the fourth season premiering in just a few short weeks, HBO has released a really funny 5-minute behind-the-scenes video that runs down the history of the series and how it’s made.  Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the difficulty of getting the pilot made, its less-than-enthusiastic response from HBO executives, their initial meeting with author George R.R. Martin, their writing process for the show, and much more.  It’s a really fun watch, but those who aren’t caught up should beware: it does get into spoiler territory from the previous three seasons.

Hit the jump to watch Game of Thrones: Long Story Short.  The fourth season premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th.

Watch: 25-Minute Recap of GAME OF THRONES Season 3

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The fourth season premiere of HBO’s incredibly popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is less than a month away, but given the massive amount of characters involved in the show, there’s no shame in admitting you might need a bit of a refresher before the new season begins.  The first three seasons are available in their entirety on On Demand and HBO Go, but if you don’t have time to rewatch full episodes, the pay cable network has unveiled a 25-minute recap of the bloody events from last season.  It’s a fun watch even if you’re just a fan of the show and don’t necessarily need a recap, and it serves as a suitable appetizer for what’s sure to be an interesting fourth season.  And now, with the news that the series will likely end after season seven, savoring every last bit of Game of Thrones goodness seems prudent.

Hit the jump to watch the video recap.  Game of Thrones season four premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th at 9pm ET/PT.

New Trailers for VEEP Season 3 and Mike Judge’s New HBO Comedy Series SILICON VALLEY

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Before the excellent True Detective finale last night, HBO debuted a number of trailers for its upcoming series and specials. We’ve already shared the new Game of Thrones trailer and the first teaser for the HBO movie The Normal Heart, so now it’s time to get to something a bit lighter: Veep and Silicon Valley.  The comedy series Veep really hit its stride in season two as one of the best comedies on TV, and this brief new trailer for season three promises it hasn’t lost its step.  As for Silicon Valley, we’ve already seen a few short trailers for creator Mike Judge’s new series, but this one delves a bit deeper into the plot, which revolves around a tech start-up company in Silicon Valley.

Hit the jump to watch the trailers.  Silicon Valley premieres on HBO April 6th at 10pm ET while Veep season three premieres April 6th at 10:30pm.

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