‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Confirms Summer 2017 Return, Shorter Episode Count

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Winter is coming…but in the summer.

HBO has confirmed that the award-winning series Game of Thrones will begin shooting the seventh season later this summer, with the seven-episode season debuting in summer 2017. Fans are usually used to an April premiere, so this is basically our nightmare coming true along with a shorter season. Gasp!

“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement where Game of Thrones received a whopping 23 Emmy nominations including best drama series along with first-time nominees Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams.

Season seven credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

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HBO Renews ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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HBO has renewed Game of ThronesVeep and Silicon Valley for a seventh, sixth and fourth season respectively, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. The news comes just days before all three shows return on Sunday, April 24, solidifying one of the best Sunday night lineups on HBO.

The Emmy®-winning Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode sixth season Sunday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Based on the bestselling fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, the fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Series regulars this season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Jonathan Pryce.

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The Emmy®-winning comedy series Veep kicks off its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). The show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer, for whom the most banal action can set off a ripple effect with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The ensemble cast also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.

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The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show returns for its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). Series regulars include Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Trailer is Finally Here: ‘I Choose Violence’ (WATCH)

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Oh. Em. Gee.

HBO has finally released the first full trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. There is so much anticipation for the sixth season, mostly because of all the back and forth about Jon Snow, but mostly because this is the first time the show will extend beyond George R.R. Martin’s series of novels.

The network has provided teasers here and there, but this is the first actual footage we’ve seen from the new season. With regards to Jon Snow, well, “he’s gone,” is the first thing you hear in the new trailer. So, there’s that.

Meanwhile, we see Cersei after the hell she went through last season and her and Jamie want to fight back and take what’s rightfully theirs. “I choose violence,” is a pretty good indicator of what’s to come.

The trailer is set to James Vincent McMorrow’s version of “Wicked Game,” giving you a sense of the calm before the storm.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 24 at 9/8 on HBO.

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HBO Sets Return Dates for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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At the Television Critics Association winter session, HBO announced that Game of the Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will premiere back-to-back on Sunday, April 24 starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fans are freaking out about the upcoming season as we don’t even know if Jon Snow is alive or dead or has he come back as something else? Plus, the trailer doesn’t help answer any of those questions! Also, George R.R. Martin hasn’t even FINISHED the sixth Game of Thrones book, “The Winds of Winter.”

Do you have any theories? If so, please share with the class!!

Game of Thrones’ ten-episode sixth season will premiere at 9/8c followed by Season 3 of Silicon Valley at 10 p.m. and Season 5 of Veep at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Teaser Trailer: ‘They Have No Idea What’s Going to Happen’ (WATCH)

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HBO just dropped the first teaser trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.

Not only did they put Jon Snow front and center on the new key art, but now he’s one of the main characters in the first trailer for season 6?! What is happening?

Let’s start at the beginning shall we? The 40-second clip starts off with the voice of the Three Eyed Raven, played by Max von Sydow, saying “We watch, we listen and we remember. The past is already written. The ink is dry,” and then goes into a montage of all the horrible deaths that have happened over the last five seasons, including Jon Snow’s. Does that mean he’s officially dead? But then we see Bran Stark, who is finally back after taking a season off, have some sort of vision and says, “They have no idea what’s going to happen.”

AND THEN THAT’S IT!! That’s all we know. Literally. Now we’re at the point where not even the people who read all the books know what’s going to happen next.

Game of Thrones premieres in April 2016.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Poster Revealed: Jon Snow is Back?!

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HBO has just released the new poster image for Game of Thrones’ upcoming season which will premiere in April 2016.

Last we saw, poor Jon Snow was stabbed to death by his fellow brothers of the Night’s Watch…or so we thought.

Fans have been speculating about Snow’s so-called death ever since the season 5 finale. Kit Harrington has been spotted roaming around Belfast where the show shoots and fellow cast members continuously state that he’s dead and to leave it alone. BUT HOW CAN WE???

The key art features Snow and Snow alone…are they teasing his return? Is HBO just playing along and toying with our emotions? I mean, they wouldn’t put him on the poster without him somehow coming back, right?! I have so many questions!

 

TV Shows Invade Week One of SXSW

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SXSW isn’t just for the tech, music and film industry anymore. The TV world is officially making its presence known with cool installations, photo opportunities, branded transportation and more. Networks and studios are coming up with new and interesting ways to grow their audience by expanding on their existing brand recognition and just stepping it up a notch.

Here’s what we saw in Austin this week:

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HBO celebrated the upcoming season premiere of their hit series Game of Thrones by creating a #SXSWesteros interactive exhibit. Fans were able to sit on the Iron Throne,  participate in an interactive sword training game and even taste the new Game of Thrones-themed beer, a Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale from the Ommegang brewery. HBO joined forces with a production company called Red Paper Heart, along with Civic Entertainment Group, to create an interactive sword-fighting experience whereby attendees would pose for a portrait, then step up onto a stage and hit a target using a replica of Arya’s wooden practice sword. The more accurate you were, the more your picture would project onscreen. Users were then able to email themselves their portrait at the end.

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In celebration of the release of Catch the Thrones: The Mixtape, Vol. 2, HBO set up a social media vending machine that gave out prizes including a Catch the Throne iPhone case. Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli are just a couple of artists that are featured on the mixtape that you can check out below.

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FOX decided to get in on the food truck bandwagon in Austin by sending out a Simpsons-themed Kwik-E-Mart Truck of their own. The popup served over 3,400 squishees and claim to have given out the frozen sugar water at a rate of “2.6 Squishees per minute.”

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National Geographic Channel presented attendees with an opportunity to check out their “Escape the Cold” simulator in advance of the season 3 premiere of Life Below Zero on April 9. Fans entered the cold climate of Alaska and had to complete challenges in order to get back to the warmth of Austin, TX.

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The cable networks upcoming hacker series Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, definitely made their presence known by sending out a street team of guys wearing all black with Mr. Robot black hoodies and sunglasses on, walking around Austin in silence. Kind of like how the guards outside of Buckingham Palace don’t speak or move. It was sort of creepy, but it goes along with the vibe of the show which premieres in June 2015. The series will debut at SXSW on March 17 and was selected as one of five TV series to appear in the Episodic Screenings, a relatively new category for SXSW Film. Other shows included The CW’s iZombie, Lifetime’s UnReal, Rashida Jones’ Angie Tribeca and FX’s The Comedians. 

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FX did a little something different. They took over an already existing establishment, creating the “FX Fearless Factory” where they told SXSW-goers to be Be Fearless. The installation had something fun for everyone including:

  • Interactive FXNOW App Wall
  • The Strain Evolution Gallery
  • The FX FEARLESS Social Vending Machine
  • Free Craft Coffee From Austin’s Flat Track
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Custom Giveaways And More

Visitors were treated to donuts from Little Lucy’s of Austin and could even get their own custom rigged Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll T-shirt.

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What better way to promote the second season of a show than by kicking off a comedy tour featuring the stars of the series. Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman performed at Esther’s Follies on Saturday night and I’m not gonna lie, they were pretty freaking hilarious. Make sure to tune in to the season 2 premiere of Undateable on Tuesday, March 17 at 9/8c.

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Saturday Night Live had a 40th Anniversary Virtual Reality Experience Presented by Samsung Gear VR on site. Cast member Vanessa Bayer, producer Erik Kenward, and filmmaker Chris Milk were on hand to guide attendees through the experience, which allowed users to sit in on pieces of the SNL 40th (specifically, Jerry Seinfeld’s audience Q&A) as if there were part of the audience.

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SXSW wouldn’t be complete without a replica of the Bates Motel to help promote the new season which premiered on March 9. In just three days, A&E had built The Bates Motel, a fully-immersive live activation based on the hit thriller by the same name. The motel will open its doors throughout the festival to let fans truly experience the world of Norman Bates, complete with authentic décor, show props designed with the series producers, a Bates-themed Tumblr GIF booth and eerie surprises around every (dimly-lit) corner.

Fans could even enter to win a night’s stay in one of the three fully-functional replica rooms which included:

·       “Special” brownies – often found in White Pine Bay – from local bakery Delish;
·       Maid and turndown service from leading-service booking platform Handy;
·       Bates Motel-themed welcome packages from Austin-based Tito’s Vodka; and
·       “Minibar room service” from liquor delivery service Drizly.

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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CBS provided free rides for attendees of SXSW courtesy of Battle Creek and CSI: Cyber.

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Last but not least, was The CW / Buzzfeed party in celebration of the series premiere of iZombie on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The “Party Til You’re UNDEAD” party came with everything you hoped for in an undead party, including 3D printed candy brains and even zombie hosted bartenders serving “Brain Appétit”-themed drinks.

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New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Trailer Debuts at Apple Event

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HBO made quite the announcement today regarding their stand-alone streaming service called HBO Now.

The service, which was revealed at Apple’s “Spring Forward” keynote event, will launch exclusively on Apple TV for $14.99 a month, and just in time for the season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones. During the event, HBO released the newest action-packed trailer for the upcoming season, which gives away quite a few nuggets but just enough to get us ready for what’s to come.

Winter is coming…but so is Daenerys and her dragons.

Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 12th at 9/8c on HBO.

‘Game of Thrones’: Season 5 Key Art Revealed

HBO has just released the new poster image for Game of Thrones’ upcoming season.

Last we saw, Tyrion was headed out of King’s Landing and the artwork shows him on the ship’s bow, with Daenerys’ uncontrollable dragon, Drogon, in the foggy background.

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What does it all mean? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

Season 5 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 12th at 9/8c on HBO.

HBO Sets Return Date for ‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

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At the Television Critics Association winter session, HBO announced the return dates for Veep, Game of the Thrones and Silicon Valley. Winter is coming on Sunday, April 12!

The network also announced that Real Time with Bill Maher has been renewed for Seasons 14 and 15.

A Bessie Smith biopic starring Queen Latifah is also slated to premiere this spring.

Game of Thrones will premiere at 9/8c followed by Silicon Valley at 10 p.m. and Veep at 10:30 p.m.