HBO has announced that it's ordered two additional seasons of Game of Thrones, which just started its fourth season this past Sunday. It makes sense, as the show was recently recognized as the most torrented television show out there, proving its popularity. Even with the rampant piracy, the season 3 finale was seen by over 5 million people.
If you didn't realize, Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It's comprised of five books, which two more to come. This means that Game of Thrones producers have plenty of content to pull from. In fact, Game of Thrones seasons 3 and 4 are based on Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series.
"Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other," said Michael Mobardo, president of HBO programming. "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling."
The Game of Thrones season 4 premier garnered 6.6 million viewers. To put that into perspective, that is the most-viewed HBO show since the last episode of The Sopranos brought in 12 million viewers in 2007. Game of Thrones is expected to have a 7 or 8 season run when all is said and done.
With the success of its shows Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow, it's no surprise that The CW has announced an early renewal of their veteran series' seasons for the 2014-2015 TV season.
Next season would mark Supernatural's tenth, Arrow's third, and The Vampire Diaries' sixth. The network - which tends to favor programming geared towards a younger audience - also renewed rookie series The Originals and Reign.
"This season we've had great success with our new hit series The Originals paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years... The Vampire Diaries is No. 2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and Reign growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I'm very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season," CW president Mark Pedowitz said.
The network has yet to decide whether it will renew its other veteran series Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, and The Carrie Diaries.
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Things are going well for Netflix's production team. Even before airing the political drama's second season, the entertainment rental company has greenlit its third season - despite originally planning it for only two!
House of Cards - which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright - will now run lon ger than producers planned, with both Netflix and the showrunners in agreement over the extended adjustment. The series was the first of Netflix's original content - subsequently followed by Orange Is the New Black and the return of Arrested Development - and based off a British series of the same name.
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Kiefer Sutherland is "terrified" about returning to 24.
The 47-year-old actor is reprising his role as terrorism agent Jack Bauer - whom he played for almost nine years until 2010 - in 24: Live Another Day and is feeling the pressure to live up the previous eight seasons of the real-time drama.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association's meeting at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California on Monday, he said, "I'm terrified. I won't lie to you. Until we start shooting, I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time. I'm very nervous. Without patting ourselves on the back too hard, we made eight very strong years. We always would look back every season and wish something had been better, but I was very proud. So to make 12 more episodes and not make them the best 12 we've ever made, I'm terrified."
The series - which will run for half the length of time than previous seasons with just 12 episodes - will begin filming in London in the coming weeks and the actor, who was born in the city, is "anxious" about getting back to work: "I've spent big chunks of my life there, but I'm anxious. We plan to be shooting outside. I'm sure we'll be hated by a large portion of London for snarling up their traffic, and for that I apologize in advance."
Considering American Horror Story's jump in ratings from previous seasons as well as its increasing popularity, it comes as no surprise that FX has decided to renew the horror anthology - they just made it official.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions released a statement regarding the announcement:
"Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer. Time and time again he reinvents the form. What he, co-creator Brad Falchuk and their producers... and the entire production team and cast responsible for the American Horror Story franchise have done is nothing short of extraordinary. Every year, they create a riveting and brilliant new miniseries. AHS: Coven is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the next installment will be even better."
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+ Octavia Spencer has been cast as the lead for the upcoming NBC remake of Murder, She Wrote. While on the one hand I'm rejoicing that there's one more woman of color starring in a network program, I can't help but worry that TV is going to fall into Hollywood's current habit of incessantly choosing to produce remakes over original shows.
+ Speaking of unoriginal television, it has only been 7 years since Charmed aired its final episode, but apparently executives over at CBS think that it should already be rebooted. I guess perhaps this is the price we pay for American Horror Story: Coven being so damn good.
+ Apparently people are still tuning into MTV shows, because the former music video network has renewed Catfish for another season. I suppose it beats putting out another show involving teenagers and their unplanned pregnancies.
(American Horror Story: Coven spoilers after the jump!)
Kesha wants another season of her reality TV show.
The first six-episode run of the 26-year-old singer's show My Crazy Beautiful Life - which is based on footage filmed by her brother Lagan - has already aired on MTV and Kesha hopes it will return for a second series.
"We have so much amazing footage that didn't make it, you don't understand. [Lagan] followed me around for two-and-a-half years... There was one moment after a show I played, where I hit some guy in the eyeball with a piece of cauliflower. We just don't have enough hours to show all of it," she told MTV News.
While Kesha caused outrage in one episode which featured her drinking her own urine, which she claimed she had been told was healthy, she insists she has no regrets about airing the controversial footage. "I know you want me to say I wish I didn't drink my pee, but I'm happy I did. I don't go online because it gives me anxiety. I know everyone's always talking about 'How dare I fill-in-the-blank.' [But] It's my pee!" she explained.
If you're finally done binge-watching Arrested Development's fourth season and back in the real world (and by real world, I mean the internet), you'll be happy to know that there may be more episodes featuring the Bluths in the future.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously threw out the idea of seasons following the one his company produced, on the grounds that "We don't anticipate being able to do seasons five, six, seven. We have less of a stake in it. Arrested Development is a wildly successful tactic as opposed to fundamental to the strategy." But now that season four has aired and he's probably seeing more
dollar signs benefits in producing later seasons, Hastings has somewhat retracted his statement: "Arrested is unique because that’s really up to the talent. If the talent were willing to do more… I’m sure we would be willing."
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Glee has been renewed for two more seasons. The musical/comedy show has been confirmed for series five and six after impressing Fox bosses with its ratings in its fourth season.
"Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture. Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show and I'm absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons," said Fox president Kevin Reilly.
The Following has been renewed for a second season. The serial killer drama - which stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy - has been picked up by Fox thanks to its high ratings for season one.
"From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I'm delighted to have this thrill ride continue on Fox for another season," Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement.
Fox has also renewed comedies New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope, with Mr. Reilly adding, "These shows are creatively vibrant, they have established a loyal and passionate audience and they will continue to define and grow the Fox comedy brand next season and beyond."
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