‘Game Of Thrones’ Draws 6.3 Million Viewers To Shocker; ‘Silicon Valley’ & ‘Veep’ Steady

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

hbo45__130924185923-275x112HBO‘s Game Of Thrones on Sunday drew 6.3 million viewers at 9 PM, a 48% gain in comparison to last season’s second episode. Last night’s installment, which features yet another shock surprise (we won’t tell you about that in this post … Read More »

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‘Veep’s Reid Scott Cast In Trio Of Features

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 4:10pm PDT

reid scottVeep‘s Reid Scott is keeping busy with three film roles while on hiatus from the HBO comedy. (Veep returned last week for a ten-episode third season.) He’s joined Jessica Alba and Lily Rabe in Universal and Blumhouse Productions’ Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Hits New High, ‘Silicon Valley’ Debuts Strong, ‘Veep’ Returns Down

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT

game of thrones season 4 debut 2With swords in hand and palace intrigue in the shadows, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was back for its fourth season last night with a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers. That’s up 52% over the 4.4 million who tuned in for the Season 3 debut on March 31, 2013 – no wonder GoT crashed HBO Go last night. Sunday’s viewership result is not only the most watched GoT episode ever but is the second-best result HBO has seen since the 11.9 million who watched the series finale of The Sopranos back in 2007. The Season 4 opener also soared 23% up from the 5.4 million viewers the Season 3 finale drew on June 9. Until last night, the most-watched GoT episode ever was the May 5, 2013, airing that pulled in an audience of 5.5 million. With two more plays last night, GoT had a gross audience of 8.2 million on Sunday.

Related: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets “Welcome Back” From ‘House Of Cards’

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PaleyFest: ‘Veep’ Reps Discuss Bad ‘House Of Cards’ Acting, Political Cameos & President Schwarzenegger

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 9:46pm PDT

Veep 1“They’re very welcoming in Washington [D.C.] – the fools!” Veep creator Armando Iannucci told PaleyFest attendees tonight. He and the HBO comedy’s cast reminisced about all the politicos in Washington who were only too happy to divulge personal secrets to them as they did research for the show – like the woman who kept her phone on her pillow at night and said “whoever dates me dates [my boss].” President Clinton, meanwhile, recently told Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won an Emmy last year for playing VPOTUS Selina Meyer, that the best part about her character is “no term limits.”

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Paleyfest 2014 logoIannucci declared that there never will be a crossover episode of Veep and Netflix’s House of Cards, as one PaleyFest ticket-buyer suggested during the Q&A period. That’s because “the cast is very talented in Veep – more talented than the ones in House of Cards. There’s some basic staring at cameras while you say your lines [in House of Cards], which is a fundamental mistake. It should be rooted out – Acting Class 101,” he joked.

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Hot Teaser: ‘Veep’ Season 3

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 4:25pm PDT

Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back as Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, which returns for its third season April 6 following the series return of Game of Thrones. Check out the new trailer:

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TCA: HBO Sets Season 4 Premiere Date For ‘Game Of Thrones’, Slots ‘The Normal Heart’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:12pm PST
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gameofthronesHBO‘s flagship drama series Game Of Thrones will return for a fourth season on April 6, the network announced at the top of its TCA presentation today. It will be followed by the third-season debut of VeepRead More »

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Matt Lauer To Host ‘Going For Gold’

NBC announced this morning Matt Lauer will host GoingMattLauer__130326235800-e1364342305297-200x272 For Gold — and yet,  it’s not a Sochi Olympics walk-up. It’s a celebrity-studded walk-up to the network’s broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards, is an NBC News production, and will air Friday at 8 PM. If it’s Sochi Olympics walk-up you’re looking for, NBC will broadcast Shaun White: Russia Calling on January 25 — an hour-long program examining how the two-time gold medal winner balances work and play while prepping for the Games. It is not produced by NBC News, instead by Shaun White Enterprises, with Shaun White exec producing, and promises, modestly, to be “a rare inside look into the challenges and sacrifices that are made in order to be the best in the world.”

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Primetime Emmys 2013: Political Series Win In A Landslide

Though D.C. rarely returns the favor, Hollywood continued to fawn over Washington at the Emmys. Neither Netflix’s political thriller House Of Cards nor Showtime’s domestic terrorism drama Homeland took home The Big One — best drama series — but plenty of trophies were handed out to Washington-centric shows.

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HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave the night’s best acceptance speech, when she repeated her win for best comedy actress with her made-for-TV assistant Tony Hale standing behind her, holding her evening bag, and tactfully cueing her when she forgot to thank her family. Hale had, moments earlier, been named best supporting actor in a comedy. In what was maybe the night’s biggest surprise, Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series for his starring role in HBO’s political/media fantasy The Newsroom — his first win, he said, since winning a Golden Barcalounger from the AARP as Best Actor over 50 for The Squid And The Whale. Backstage, Daniels insisted he’d tweeted correctly when he said The Newsroom has been renewed for a third season, but they’re still trying to work out the schedule.

House Of Cards — the first online show to be nominated in Emmy glam categories — took home one statuette, for best drama director.  Sadly, David Fincher was not there to pick up his trophy. House Of Cards had won two Emmys the previous Sunday during the Creative Arts portion of the two-night Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, for best drama-series casting and best single-cam cinematography.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pierre Lescure Honorary Chief Of Dijon Event; Sky Atlantic HD Sets ‘Hello Ladies’, ‘Veep’ Bows; More

Pierre Lescure Named Honorary President of Dijon Film Meetings
Former Canal Plus president Pierre Lescure has been named the honorary president of the annual Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dijon, set to take place next month in the French town. The executive, who was co-director general of Vivendi Universal following the French giant’s ill-fated acquisition of the studio in 2000, recently completed a government-commissioned study on anti-piracy laws and France’s fiercely protected Cultural Exception in the digital era. The film meetings in Dijon are organized by writers, directors and producers association ARP. The annual three-day confab includes several panels on issues facing the French and European film industry and regularly attracts heavy-hitters from the media and film sector as well as the Motion Picture Association and some of the U.S. guilds. Michel Hazanavicius is president of the org, but will be absent this year due to a scheduling conflict. VP Costa-Gavras will run the show in his stead. The event is set for October 24-26. Read More »

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HBO Comedy ‘Family Tree’ Debuts Soft; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Record Streak Ends

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 10:04am PDT

HBO’s Family Tree hasn’t started with very strong viewing roots. The 10:30 PM debut Sunday of the new comedy pulled in 794,000 viewers. That is a big drop off from the 1.2 million who watched its lead-in … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Veep’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 12:19pm PDT
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HBO has renewed comedy series Veep for a 10-episode third season, which will air next year. The pickup comes on the heels of the Washington DC-set comedy hitting a season high in total viewers this past Sunday, drawing 1.3 million viewers, up from 1.1 million on April 21 and 1.2 million for the season debut April 14. Created by Armando Iannucci, Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer, a role which earned her an Emmy last year. Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Veep’ Hit New Highs

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 7:48am PDT

HBO had a good Sunday night. Not only did the cable station’s flagship series Game Of Thrones break another viewership record, but also its political satire Veep pulled in the largest … Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Hits Another High

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 8:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Another week, another viewership high for HBO‘s Game Of Thrones. The Sunday episode of the fantasy drama drew 4.9 million viewers at 9 PM, a new series-high mark. GOT has now set series viewership records with three of … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Hits Record High, ‘Veep’ Season 2 Premiere Dips

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 8:32am PDT

Sunday was a night of new highs and a season return on HBO. In the third week of its third season, HBO’s flagship series Game Of Thrones hit a viewership record with 4.7 million. The series’ previous high was the 4.4 million who tuned in for the season premiere March 31. Meanwhile, Veep was back at 10 PM for its second season with 1.2 million viewers. The political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus was down from the 1.4 million who watched the Season 1 premiere on April 22, 2012 but the second-best result Veep has had, following its Season 1 debut. Sunday’s show was also up 11% from Season 1 finale  June 10. Over two plays, Veep garnered 1.5 million viewers. Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Veep’ Meets The Real VP: Photo

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 6:08pm PDT

Just two days before the Season 2 debut of HBO’s Veep, real life Vice-President Joe Biden spent some time with his fictional counterpart. Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Friday. The meeting was part of the Being Read More »

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Maryland Gov. Set To Sign New Film-TV Tax Credit Bill Into Law Next Week

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 10:39am PDT

Film and TV production in Maryland just got a big boost — a  $17.5 million boost to be specific. Earlier this week, the state’s House of Delegates passed a bill increasing Maryland’s film tax credit program from its current $7.5 million for the fiscal year 2014 to $25 million. It now heads to Gov. Martin O’Malley to sign. The Democratic Governor was a big supporter of the bill and, according to a spokesperson from his office, “could sign the bill as early as Tuesday.” Intended to bring out-of-state production to Maryland, the bill also extends the state’s program for another two years until June 30, 2016; the current tax credit program was set to expire on July 1 this year. The legislation benefits productions that spend at least $500,000 in Maryland. In recent years, the state has been a  destination for political-themed productions, with Netflix’s House Of Cards and HBO’s Veep shooting there. Game Change, the Emmy-winning HBO movie about the 2008 Presidential election, also filmed there.

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Kevin Dunn Upped To Regular On ‘Veep’, David Wilson Barnes Joins AMC Pilot ‘Halt’

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 5:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kevin DunnKevin Dunn has been promoted to regular on HBO’s comedy Veep. Dunn, who plays Ben, President’s pragmatic Chief of Staff, along with Gary Cole, joined the comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus for major recurring arcs … Read More »

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Hot TV Teaser: HBO’s ‘Veep’

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy last fall for her role as self-absorbed Vice President Selina Meyer, and now she’ll get even more help in Season 2 of Veep with cast additions Kevin Dunn and Gary Cole. The second-season premiere of HBO’s White House satire is April 14.

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‘Veep’ Sets Season 2 Premiere For April 14

By | Monday February 11, 2013 @ 1:28pm PST

HBO‘s comedy Veep is coming back April 14, the cable network announced today. The 10 PM debut of Season 2 will immediately follow airings of Game Of Thrones, which returns for its third season March 31. VeepRead More »

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