Thursday, July 30, 2009

TCA: HBO renews 'True Blood,' 'Entourage' and 'Hung,' makes more announcements

Because I was busy interviewing Ted Danson (who's in HBO's new comedy "Bored to Death," with Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis, which will be paired with the new season of "Curb") during HBO's executive session, I missed a whole bunch of announcements. But I'm now caught up on everything that happened, and I have a full account -- which will be of interest to anybody who cares about most current, in limbo, or major in-development HBO series -- up at NJ.com

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boardwalk Empire sounds very cool. I find it kind of surprising that HBO would try another big budget period piece after canceling Deadwood and Rome.

I'm glad that Hung will get a second season and I also can't wait to see Treme.

Matt said...

Wow, Eastbound and Down isn't shooting until late 2010? So it's not going to air till early-to-mid 2011? Bummer.

alynch said...

Matt, the article says that Eastbound & Down will film in late winter or early spring (i.e. early 2010), so it could very well be ready to air in 2010.

One small correction Alan, I'm pretty sure that Ed Burns isn't involved with Treme.

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Q Ball said...

Alan, I don't blame you for not blogging about True Blood (because Sookie is pretty annoying and there isn't much to analyze), but that show is one of the more pure entertaining shows out there, like Chuck. I'm glad it got picked up for a third season.

Craig Ranapia said...

"Little Britain USA," on the other hand, will not be back, but HBO is working on a deal with its creator/stars to do a new project.

Thank God for that: The old characters from their BBC show where tired, and the new ones? Well, to put it politely, I've had fits of projectile vomiting that were more amusing. Good on HBO for taking a chance, but its a shame they good on a Britcom bandwagon well past its prime.

Both execs figure a third season of "Flight of the Conchords" will happen at some point, but could take a while, since stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie not only have to write the episodes themselves, but an album's worth of music for it.

"When they're ready, we're ready," said Plepler.


What a shame that in every interview I've seen with Clement and McKenzie they don't sound terribly keen. Why doesn't HBO sign them up to a development deal, because I'm a damn sight more interested in what these guys do than Little Britain.

Daniel said...

Is there any indication on what Scorsese's continuing role in Boardwalk Empire will be if (or I suppose, when) the show does get picked up?

dez said...

Just saw your tweets. Why did Thomas Jane get mad at you for that question? He sounds kinda touchy.

Karl Ruben said...

No news on A Song of Ice and Fire?

Anonymous said...

Any news on the Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy The Wonderful Maladys?

Anonymous said...

Yay for J.B. Smoove returning to Curb Your Enthusiasm! Any word on how many episodes he might in? Love the Seinfeld cast and excited about the "reunion" but probably even more psyched about Leon coming back.

andythesaint said...

Does anyone know what will be replacing True Blood on Sunday nights in the fall? All I've heard about is Curb and Bored to Death, which I imagine will be taking the Hung/Entourage hour.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Curb and Bored will air from 9 to 10. I'm not sure what, if anything, will be at 10 in the fall.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Guys, I literally listed every show that was mentioned during the session. No talk of the GRRM project or anything else.

Anonymous said...

I think A Song of Ice and Fire is still in the preproduction stage for its pilot. Casting news has been trickling out for the past couple of months (Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, Sean Bean as Ned Stark, etc.) and I think the pilot will be shot soon.

Since the pilot isn't filmed yet, it would make sense that there would be no news yet on a pickup.

Anonymous said...

Divya has gotten so annoying on Royal Pains that I have taken to fast forwarding through every scene she is in. Is this deliberate? It would seem a foolish long term strategy.

JanieJones said...

I was not surprised to hear of the renewal of TB, Entourage, and Hung. I thought the Scorsese production was a done deal but I was incorrect. However, I am looking forward to seeing it with Buscemi and Pitt. I'm excited about Treme from the very talented Simon. I can't wait for Curb in the Fall (it seems like it been forever without new episodes). I'm tentative about Bored To Death but will definitely give it a go.
I'm not surprised to hear about the news of In Treatment. I will keep my fingers crossed that a 3rd season will come to fruition.

Anonymous said...

Alan, was Life and Times of Tim officially non-renewed? My wife and I loved that animated series.

Vic said...

Anon: Tim renewed a while ago, no news ago when in starts up though. I've watched and rewatched the show so many times, I really need some new eps.