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HBO Europe Expands Non-English Language Original Dramas

American audiences know HBO for its premium programming: TV shows like "Game of Thrones," "Girls," "Veep" and films like "The Normal Heart." What they probably don't know is that HBO produces original content abroad--original content, its worth noting, in languages other than English.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 13, 2014 12:33 PM
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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto: Casting Rumors Are Bunk, Third Season Might be the Last

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the film's second season. Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:22 PM
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Neil Marshall Talks Directing Epic 'Game of Thrones' Battle--and that Long Take

Neil Marshall is quickly becoming 'the battle director' for "Game of Thrones"--and he doesn't mind a bit. First, the "Centurion" director helmed the ambitious nautical Battle of Blackwater from last season, and now he's brought us the Battle of Castle Black from this Sunday's "The Watchers on the Wall." Like "Blackwater," this episode focused on just a single plot line, and is the most expensive ever produced in the HBO series's history.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 2:25 PM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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New Details on 'True Detective' Season Two: A California-Set Noir with Three Leads

As long-term anticipation builds for the second season of HBO's "True Detective," new details have emerged about what the next focus of the anthology will be -- and who will be at the center of the mystery.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 27, 2014 1:49 PM
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J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' Will Be an HBO Mini-Series

Author J.K. Rowling is bringing her bestseller "The Casual Vacancy," her first novel following the "Harry Potter" series, to HBO and the BBC for a three-hour miniseries.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 11:28 AM
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Amazon Prime Makes Exclusive Multi-Year Deal to Stream HBO Classic Series

Amazon and Netflix are in an intense race for premium content. Now Amazon.com Inc. has nabbed HBO. People have speculated about when and how HBO would make its wealth of programming available to consumers on a wider basis separate from its bundled arrangement with the cable companies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2014 1:10 PM
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HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

It's a good day for HBO's two strongest comedies, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Both got renewed for additional seasons.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 3:01 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Renewed for Fifth and Sixth Seasons UPDATED

UPDATE: "Game of Thrones" is a major ratings coup for HBO (see Season Four premiere numbers below). So it's a no-brainer that the premium cabler would renew the series for a fifth and sixth season, which it announced today.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 8, 2014 2:19 PM
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WATCH the HBO Series Premiere of Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' Now

Twas a big a night for HBO. On Sunday, Season Four of "Game of Thrones" kicked off, allegedly crashing streaming service HBO Go, "Veep" returned in the form of Season Three and Mike Judge's tech comedy "Silicon Valley" series-premiered. Watch the episode here now, for free.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 12:54 PM
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