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How do you push HBO’s Late Week Tonight segment in which Jon Oliver goes after the FDA? Don’t mention the FDA — boast  the segment “features surprise cameos by Game of Thrones novelist George R. R. Martin and actor Steve Buscemi.”


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‘Game Of Thrones’ Hits Finale High With 7.1M Viewers

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 11:56am PDT

‘Game Of Thrones’ Hits Finale High With 7.1M Viewers

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Record Season Finale For 'Game of Thrones'

HBO's blood-drenched drama draws 7.1 million viewers, up 32% from last season's final episode and just shy of a series record. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

There was blood, there were battles, there was murder and there was vengeance last night on Game Of Thrones‘ Season 4 finale. Not that any of that nor the fifth and deciding game of the NBA Finals did anything to dampen viewer fervor for the blockbuster series’ latest ender. The HBO drama based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novels drew 7.1 million viewers last night for its 9 PM airing. That’s up 32% from the 5.4 million who watched the series’ Season 3 finale on June 9 last year. That’s also up from the 6.6 million who tuned in for the Season 4 premiere on April 6. That night, which saw the series crash HBO Go, was a record for the show up to that point. However, leaping from strength to strength, GoT then hit a new series high of 7.2 million viewers on May 4 this year. The penultimate episode of Season 4 of GoT on June 8 this year had 6.9 million viewers, taking some impact from the NBA Finals Game that night. Over two plays last night, Game Of  Thrones pulled in 9.3 million viewers in total.

Related: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners On “Terrifying” Finale, Next Season’s Direction & Why ‘The Sopranos’ Rules

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Emmy Q&A With ‘Game Of Thrones’ David Benioff And D.B. Weiss

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Taking the reins of a book series with a devoted following can be daunting for any producer. But for Game of Thrones executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the solution to adapting George R.R. Martin’s fantasy bestsellers was to be diehard fans of the source material. Weiss and Benioff also enjoy a fruitful open dialogue with the author, who Weiss says “ultimately understands that we live and breathe this show. Our devotion to it is total. It’s like a cult.” Their ambition also shows in the scope of the HBO series, which Benioff reveals has a budget of “more than $5 million” an episode, making it among the most expensive epic series produced.

DEADLINE: Last time we spoke was when we first revealed you were doing Game Of Thrones for HBO.
: Yeah, and you remember that whole Sopranos and Middle Earth thing we first said to you, when you asked for a one-line description of what we wanted to do? Do you remember that line? That line has been haunting us for like 7 years. I always cringe when I hear it.

: It’s insulting to both Sopranos and Lord of the Rings. It’s one thing where you’re trying to sell, and you say, “My movie is Die Hard meets Above the Law.” Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin Signs Overall Deal With HBO

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 3:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: George R.R. Martin, on whose fantasy book series HBO‘s hit drama Game Of Thrones is based, has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay cable network. Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. Attached to Martin’s upcoming HBO development is his long-time representative, manager Vince Gerardis. In addition to co-executive producing Game Of Thrones, Martin has written multiple episodes of the fantasy series. His TV writing credits also include The Twilight Zone and the original Beauty And The Beast. He is with WME. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Game of Thrones’ Sets March 31, 2013 Season 3 Premiere, Adds Diana Rigg To Cast

Game Of Thrones will be back for its third season on March 31, 2013, it was announced today at Comic-Con. Also announced was that Diana Rigg has officially joined the HBO fantasy drama. Rigg, the star of 1960 TV spy series The Avengers, will play Olenna Redwyne the Queen of the Thorns and is one of several actors to join the fantasy drama this upcoming season. Richard Dormer, Pirates Of The Caribbean regular Mackenzie Cook have also joined the show it was revealed in a video shown to Hall H this afternoon. The new castmembers were made known after a Season 2 highlights video was played. George R.R. Martin, author of the books on which the series is based, moderated the panel that included series regulars Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, former Downton Abbey regular Rose Leslie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden. Executive producer Carolyn Strauss also appeared. As if to illustrate the turnover on a show on which a lot of characters are killed off, Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, is the only member of the cast to return to Comic-Con from last year. The absence of a number of the show’s other main cast was due to the series being deep into filming on Season 3, according to Martin. A source tells Deadline that Game Of Thrones has filmed nearly two episodes … Read More »

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Syfy Films Finds Its First Project: George R.R. Martin’s Anthology ‘Wild Cards’

By | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 12:53pm PDT

Syfy Films, the company created by Syfy Ventures and Universal Pictures, has acquired rights to Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin’s superhero anthology Wild Cards with an eye on launching a franchise. The successful sci-fi book series was first published in 1987 and is based on stories by several writers; one of those scribes, Melinda Snodgrass, has been tapped write the feature screenplay. Martin and Snodgrass will executive produce. The deal marks the first for Syfy Films, which launched in December with plans to make two movies a year by 2012 and hired former DC Comics exec Gregory Noveck in May as SVP Production. “Wild Cards presents a terrific franchise opportunity given the volume of material from this compelling fantasy series,” Noveck said in the release announcing the deal. In Wild Cards, the superheroes live in a shared universe in which different authors contribute new characters and storylines. Martin and Snodgrass were among the authors that included Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams and more recently Cherie Priest and Paul Cornell. The books have also been adapted into comic books and role-playing games.

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TCA: HBO Playing a New ‘Game’

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:

The cast and producers of HBO’s hotly-anticipated fantasy series Game of Thrones (launching on April 17) met critics late Friday afternoon at the TCA gathering in Pasadena. And the question of the day seemed to be why fans of the genre are so ardent in their passion and obsession not only with Thrones but seemingly every sci-fi/fantasy project of similar ilk.

In the case of Thrones, the author of the book series on which the series “A Song of Ice and Fire” on which it’s based — George R.R. Martin (who is also a co-executive producer and writer for the show) — believes the answer is that there simply isn’t very much of the genre to go around in terms of cinema and TV. “There’s relatively little of it out there,” Martin reasons. “TV is full of lawyer shows and cop shows and situation comedies. But fantasy has largely been restricted to books for a long time. And those people are very hungry to find this stuff on television.”

Martin, himself a colorful character who resembles a mash-up of Santa Claus and Captain Kangaroo,  went on, “The success of the Lord of the Rings films shows the enormous appetite there is for this stuff out there. Of course, it’s always question of how well the project is done.”

Currently working on the fifth book in his Song of Fire and Ice series, Martin — whose TV … Read More »

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TV TEASER: HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’

Nellie Andreeva

Here is the third teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones, which premiered tonight on the pay cable network. Game of Thrones, which is based on the books by George R.R. Martin, is now filming in Ireland for a 2011 premiere.

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