Friday, 15 January 2010

GAME OF THRONES TV series update

It's been a little while since the last news. As previously related, HBO completed filming of the pilot for Game of Thrones in late November 2009. The pilot has been undergoing post-production since then, with news emerging that HBO are planning to make a formal announcement on the project being picked up or not by the end of March 2010.

At the Television Critic Association press tour today, HBO were full of news and announcements regarding their big 2010 shows, namely the returning True Blood, new ongoing series Treme and Boardwalk Empire, and the major mini-series event The Pacific (the follow-up to Band of Brothers). They also let slip a tidbit about Game of Thrones, revealing that they expect the completed pilot to be delivered in two weeks (around the end of January/start of February). If they really like the pilot it's not impossible that there will be an earlier decision to pick up the show. However, quite a few sources seem adamant that the news, positive or negative, will not be announced before March.

If they do pick up the show, it is likely that production will resume in the late spring or summer. We already know that the production will last for 30 weeks, taking us up to the end of the year, making a spring or early 2011 air date quite likely. However, it's worth reiterating at this point that the series has not been picked up yet and although the vibes are positive, it isn't in the bag yet.

Update update: The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that, according to HBO, the series they've seen so far 'looks fantastic' and that, barring a catastrophe, the series will be picked up in March for a March or April 2011 premiere. It's still not the final green light, but a huge statement of confidence in the show.


Jeff said...

It is so hard to be patient for this show to get on the air. In the past I have always started watching HBO shows after the fact so I have not had to wait through this grueling process. I didn't start watching The Wire, Deadwood and Rome until they were well into their final seasons.

I just hope it makes the cut and gets a full season at least. The casting looks pretty damn good although I have no idea about their acting abilities, besides Sean Bean and Lena Headey. Hopefully everything turns out well.

Adam Whitehead said...

Check the update and the link from THR ;-) Looking very good.

Bill, the Wildcat said...

Thanks for the update! Keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

Anonymous said...

What happens to the pilot if they don't do the series? Will they sell it on DVD or just throw it away?

Adam Whitehead said...

It goes into their archives, in case another series falls through or they decide to revisit the project a year or two down the line.

After the last statment by HBO, I'm increasingly confident that the show will get picked up though.