HBO Chief Defends ‘True Detective,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape Controversy

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Despite polarizing season 2, HBO still interested in more True Detective.

Someone might want to tell “Game of Thrones” show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss that HBO programming president Michael Lombardo let the dragon out of the bag: The fantasy drama will last at least eight seasons — despite frequent declarations by its Benioff and Weiss that they were only interested in making seven. “’Seven seasons and out’ has never been the conversation,” Lombardo told critics Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. “The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do. [Benioff and Weiss] feel like there’s two more years after six. LOS ANGELES — Your days in Westeros are numbered — like most of the characters on Game of Thrones — but the number isn’t quite as low as we once thought.

I would always love for them to change their minds.” “I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do,” Lombardo said. “It really would depend fully on what they want to do…. I’d love to do another season with him.” “Here’s what I think, I think Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today,” Lombardo said. “He takes a big swing and all I can tell you is I think the show ending is as satisfying as any show I’ve seen.”

Lombardo, in what he billed Thursday as his first solo outing at the TV Critics Assn. tour without network chief Richard Plepler, seemed well-prepared for both questions, given some of the complaining, most recently, about “Detective’s” current run. Sister-network Cinemax’s “The Knick” will encore its first season on digital platforms HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand for 10 weeks starting Aug. 14 and a marathon of the first season will play on HBO2 starting at noon Oct. 10. When HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo addressed critics during the 2015 Summer TCA press tour, he was immediately asked about when the highly popular fantasy series might come to an end, especially since the show has now caught up to George R.R.

HBO opened the executive session with footage from two eagerly anticipated upcoming dramas, set to premiere next year: an adaptation of “Westworld,” and the reunion of “Boardwalk Empire’s” Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, joined by Mick Jagger, on the 1970s musical drama “Vinyl.” Lombardo said that a new series featuring “Sex and the City’s” Sarah Jessica Parker would likely premiere next spring or summer, and that he hasn’t given up hope on additional seasons of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” recognizing that creator Larry David works on his own timetable. I think he takes risks in how he lays out stories and the pacing of stories and I think it pays off.” And while Lombardo has discussed the future with Pizzolatto, he said there are no caveats or network notes on what would have to change next season.

What Pizzolatto is creating is “so much bolder and braver and ultimately, for me, satisfying than so much of what I see in film that I would happily be in business for him for a very long time.” Lombardo said. “I think he wants to have something to say. … I certainly see this as a continuing dialogue with him – a long one, but a continuing one.” Someday Mr. Chase’s next series, “A Ribbon of Dreams,” about the early Hollywood film industry, but so far nothing has been filmed. “I think it’s really challenging to come back to television after a show like ‘The Sopranos,’” Mr.

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