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Second Season!!!

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Just received from HBO:

HBO RENEWS GAME OF THRONES FOR SECOND SEASON

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2011 – Following strong critical and viewer response to the series’ April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said Lombardo. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”



Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show “a crowning triumph” and “brilliant,” while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES “a great and thundering series,” as well as “wild and bewitching.” The Hollywood Reporter praised the “excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,” and the New York Post observed that the “art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.”

The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.



The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Season one credits: GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.



That from HBO.

From me again: I'm thrilled.

Ten more episodes! A CLASH OF KINGS.

Looks like I'll be writing the Battle of the Blackwater. David & Dan give me the easy stuff.

P.S. A late correction. Actually, I don't KNOW how many more episodes. Could be ten. Could be more. Could even be fewer, I suppose, though I don't really think so. Myself, I'd love to see twelve episodes this second time around, since CLASH is a hundred pages longer than GAME. But that's a call for HBO and Dan and David, and I am sure they will let us know once it's made.

Comments

UsePsychology
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ok now hold on.

It's not going to be HBO's biggest hit ever. Let's not be crazy. It's going to be a successful show. Is it going to be bigger than The Sopranos or The Wire? Probably not.

If it does better than True Blood we can be happy. If it does better than Rome but only lasts 2 seasons (like Rome) we might be really unhappy. Like Rome, the show is quite expensive.

I'm more disappointed that Ginia Bellafante decided to double-down on her "girls don't like fantasy" line in her blog at the NY Times:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/pull-up-a-throne-and-lets-talk/
spitphyre
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
I like that she ignores everything everyone has said to her that might have been seen as productive criticism. "Geeks are mean! See what they say to me!!!" instead of "So a lot of people pointed out that in saying women can't follow story lines like this I'm a bit of a shitfuck and by saying things like 'global warming horror story' and not mentioning a SINGLE character I proved to the whole world that I didn't actually WATCH the show..." Awesome.

And fwiw, to all the literary snobs showing up in support of her: You characters are vapid and annoying and focus on such trivial crap. How can you really invest your life in 200 (or less) pages of this drivel?! ^.^ At least good speculative fiction involves real and changing characters who focus on world events.

(And yeah, we need to keep interest in the series. Hound friends!)
mshah
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
The Wire was not a ratings success. It kept on being renewed primarily due to the critical acclaim. So if you want it to continue,it needs to do a _LOT_ better than The Wire.

True Blood is by far HBO's best show so to do better than that would be amazing.
UsePsychology
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Not quite the point...
Guys, I didn't mean to suggest that The Wire was a huge ratings hit. While Sopranos was the most popular HBO show ever (from what research I can do), The Wire was treated as some kind of magnum opus about society and culture and all that - a different kind of hit. I really doubt anyone is going to say "yeah GoT really illuminates the our country's current social problems, like racism, the drug war, failing schools, etc." It's a different type of good.

The really sad thing is that the 2nd most popular HBO show, if we're talking about ratings, probably is Sex and the City. Bellafante isn't going to be alone in her sexist, dismissive attitude of fantasy fans, male and female.

People might really want to consider writing polite and expressive letters to the editor of the NY Times.
bahimiron
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
The Wire was never a ratings hit. And if it does better than True Blood, it will be one of the biggest original shows HBO has ever had.
brudewollen
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
The Wire was actually not a big hit at all. Very poor ratings when it aired, but they kept it on because it was cheap to produce and had such tremendous artistic quality.

Since then the show has found a much wider audience on DVD and in foreign markets, but it took its time for people to find it. It's the best show ever, IMO, and I think HBO knew what they had and why it would eventually find an audience in the long term and sometimes there is a benefit to that even if they aren't seeing huge numbers up front.

The good will alone that HBO has earned for sticking with that show has meant a lot for the network and probably has earned them a lot of loyal viewers.
Elena Amici
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
ginia 2: the revenge -_-"

I don't think it'll do better than TB. True Blood is HBO's biggest hit. All i want is the show to be renewed, and renewed, and renewed.. well, you got the point :D
Carey Wilson
Apr. 19th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Well, True Blood is the biggest current show. I am sure The Sopranos is HBO's top show.

I am hoping that polt and character wise we are way closer to the Sopranos. Stumbling block is the fantasy theme which some people will just not check out. Everyone is cool with Mobsters.

So, I am thinking that GoT will end up around the True Blood level and maybe a tad lower. But GoT will sell more DVDs and long term have more seasons.

Of course just guesses. My only fear is that it is just to dark for people. It does get really cutthroat and only being able to watch an hour then wait another week to find out what happens will be interesting to see how people react to. With the books you could skip ahead a couple chapters to see if everyone was ok then go back to where you were.

Congrats though! I will watch each episode!
mimystery
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Well, this girl just bought her first subscription to HBO for a rather complex fantasy. Love vampires (Fevre Dream, anyone?), didn't bother for True Blood. Mobsters? Please and no thank you. Vapid fashionistas? I think not. Now give me a true fantasy with so much going on I practically have to take notes (well, not really) and I'm in heaven!! So excited they picked it up already for season 2. Hope they make them all! Loved it!!

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