While not writing the final two Game of Thrones novels, George R.R. Martin revealed in his blog that there is a fifth Game of Thrones project in the works.
Some of the reports of these developments seem to suggest that HBO might be adding four successor shows to the schedule to replace GAME OF THRONES. Decades of experience in television and film have taught me that nothing is ever really certain… but I do think it’s very unlikely that we’ll be getting four (or five) series. At least not immediately. What we do have here is an order for four — now five — pilot scripts. How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen. (If we do get five series on the air, I might have to change my name to Dick Direwolf).
Martin also revealed that the series will be prequels that will not feature any characters on Game of Thrones:
None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them.
He also shot down two of my suggestions for series ideas:
We’re not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with GAME OF THRONES itself, where the show gets ahead of the books. When the day comes that I’ve finished telling all my tales of Dunk & Egg, then we’ll do a tv show about them… but that day is still a long ways off.
We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either. I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition… but by the time I finish writing A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That’s not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.
So adjust your guesses. I am still interested in seeing “Dance of the Dragons” or a series set in ancient Valyria. A series about how the Targaryens conquered the seven kingdoms might also be cool. What stories would you like to see? I MEAN ASIDE FROM THE COMPLETED GAME OF THRONES NOVELS. GEORGE.
In Other TV News
It looks like this coming episode of Saturday Night Live is going to be Bobby Moynihan’s last. We already miss you, Drunk Uncle.
Thanks to last night’s batshit insane episode of The Leftovers, there are actors whose IMDB pages will credit them as “Vigorous Handjob Guy.”
If you have The CW’s app, you can watch epilogues to Frequency and No Tomorrow in case you were dying to know what happened to Frank.
This is Us is going to be the Super Bowl follow-up this year, and they are contemplating a Christmas special. You gotta milk that cow while you can.
So, as you probably heard, Timeless is back from the dead, and it’s because fans freaked out over it being cancelled.
Laura Dern is saying there’s “talk” about doing a second season of Big Little Lies. Which I am not certain is a great idea, but no one asked me.
If you wanted to see some spoilery photos of American Crime Story: Versace, you can go right here. (Although, is it possible to “spoil” a true crime story?)
Next season The Simpsons will have aired more episodes than any other series. TAKE THAT, GUNSMOKE.
- The Son has been renewed at AMC for a second season.
- TruTV renewed Impractical Jokers, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, The Carbonaro Effect, Hack My Life, and Comedy Knockout.
- Freeform cancelled Baby Daddy apparently.
- Jason Bateman has signed a deal for a fifth season of Arrested Development.
- Bravo has ordered All That Glitters, a miniseries about the relationship between Anna Wintour and Tina Brown.
- USA has ordered Damnation, a drama from the creator of Longmire.
- TruTV has ordered Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, At Home with Amy Sedaris, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters.
- The head of 20th Century Fox wants to revive How I Met Your Mother.
- American Idol is close to signing Katy Perry as a host (will probably announce it at the upfronts this afternoon).
- Tina Fey will appear in the second season of Great News.
- Ryan Eggold is returning to The Blacklist now that The Blacklist: Redemption is dead.
- Lucy Liu will be in the third season of Difficult People.
- Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin & Jared S. Gilmore are indeed leaving Once Upon a Time after this season.
- This is your new Reggie on Riverdale.
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Brad Grey, Legendary producer of The Sopranos, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Newsradio, It’s the Gary Shandling Show among many others, and countless films as the head of Paramount Pictures.
Mommy Dead and Dearest: This documentary is about one of the weirdest true crime stories I’ve ever heard of involving a mother and daughter who were not who they seemed. You should read this Buzzfeed piece about it, it’s completely insane. 9 p.m., HBO
Man with a Plan: Season finale. 7:30 p.m., CBS
Scorpion: Season finale. 9 p.m., CBS
Quantico: Alex and the team take a stand against a dangerous Constitutional amendment in the season (possibly series) finale. 9 p.m., ABC
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