HBO CEO Richard Plepler and the cable channel's programming president Michael Lombardo took the stage last Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
HBO just walked away with 99 nominations at the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be histed by Seth Myers on Monday, 25 August 2014.
At the TCA press panel, they spoke about the future of the HBO shows, Game of Thrones, Beyonce and Jay Z and more.
The anthology drama series, which was one of the biggest hits of the 2013/14 TV season has left us wanting more. It garnered 12 noms at the Emmy's, including two Best Actor nominations for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson.
The TCA was the perfect place to announce the leads and the cast for the second season, but the HBO execs didn't. However, Lombardo promised that the cast will be revealed shortly. What they did reveal was that the cast will be very well-known actors.
Game of Thrones:
There's a general feeling that the TV series will soon take over the books. Lombardo and Plepler assured the press that with George R.R. Martin extensively involved in the TV series that, based on his A Song of Fire & Ice book series.
In 2005, Friends' Lisa Kudrow and Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King created a TV show called The Comeback. It was cancelled after 13 episodes. Now it's back and tha's mainly because it's become a cult classic and fans have been begging for it. A couple of HBO junior execs asked the head honchos if the show can be reprised and after a meeting with the creators, it's back on. The show is about Valeria Cherish, who might be the original reality TV star.
Beyoncé and Jay Z:
HBO continues it's relationship with pops most powerful couple. After the channel showed documentaries about Beyoncé (Life is but a Dream) and Jay Z (Picasson Baby: A Performance Art Film) they will also be airing their first tour together, On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z. The special will be recordings of their September performances at the Stade France in Paris. It will air in September.