Is This the Real Reason the New Game of Thrones Season Has Been Pushed Back?

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Game of Thrones season 6 may debut later than you think.

On Thursday, HBO announced the February premiere dates for Martin Scorsese’s ’70s-set record label drama Vinyl, along with the return of comedies Girls and Togetherness. HBO announced today that their new drama Vinyl will premiere in February, likely pushing the new season of Game of Thrones back further in the year than it has ever premiered.

Vinyl, HBO’s new drama from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, has scored the holiday premiere date, the network announced on Thursday. HBO usually airs its original programming for up to two hours on one night a week (Sunday), and Thrones tends to start after the network’s late-winter shows conclude – usually very late March or early April (last year Thrones returned April 6). Bobby Cannavale stars as Richie Finestra on the show, the president of a struggling record label in the 1970s just as punk, disco, and hip-hop are ascending to the mainstream. With real-life rock legend Mick Jagger on board as an executive producer (among others), and Martin Scorsese directing the premiere episode, the show is getting serious buzz.

But given that the winter programs have 10 episodes each, Thrones couldn’t return in early April, or even mid-April,even if all three shows ran for 10 weeks straight. Those who are familiar with HBO programming realized that also didn’t seem right to pair the premiere of the epic fantasy series with the finale of “Girls” and “Togetherness” when it usually goes with “Silicon Valley” and “Veep“, making a May 1 premiere more likely (and the latest the show has ever premiered).

In theory, the show could return April 17 if it was paired with the winter comedies for two weeks, but only if HBO decided to no longer air Thrones with fellow Emmy favorites Silicon Valley and Veep for the start of its run – something the network has done the past two years. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, this Emmy®-winning series is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their 20s. We’ve previously mentioned the possibility that HBO, as a courtesy to Martin, is trying to allow the author this last chance to tell the next chapters of his saga. HBO doesn’t usually air back-to-back dramas, preferring to pair their hour-long winter/spring shows with comedies like Girls, Togetherness, Veep, and Silicon Valley.

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