News Briefs: HBO Is Considering Adding Two More Seasons of Game of Thrones

BIG GEEKY RUMOR THAT'S AS GOOD AS TRUE

... Game of Thrones hasn't even started Season 2, but it's never too soon to talk about Seasons 3 and 4. Rumors that are currently circulating on the internet hint that HBO is already thinking hard about greenlighting two more seasons of the fantasy drama, with the idea that the two seasons would be shot back-to-back. As you likely know, each season is supposed to correspond with a book from the novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire." And if you've read the books, you know that the third book of the series, A Storm of Swords, is a frickin' monster with enough awesome material for two seasons. And since you're smart, you can figure out that shooting two seasons back-to-back can only mean one thing: A Storm of Swords will be split into Seasons 3 and 4, and I think we all know exactly where Season 3 will end. [Winter is Coming]


RATINGS AND SCHEDULES

... FX's Sons of Anarchy has had a fantastic season, both critically and performance-wise. Last night's episode led all of cable with a 2.3 rating and 4.42 million viewers, and its encore added another 1.37 million and a 0.7 rating. In fact, Sons beat everything on television at 10pm except for CBS's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (10.39 million viewers, 4.6 rating). I bet even Jax was watching that. [TV By The Numbers]

... BET has announced a premiere date for The Game's fifth season: January 10. [EW]


BUSINESS AND SUCH

... Lifetime has picked up ten more episodes of Army Wives, which is the number-one show among people I don't know. Season 6 will consist of 23 episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Finally, some awesome news! Steven Seagal is returning to television, and this time it won't be real. Fresh off the reality show that filmed him making traffic stops in Louisiana, Seagal will star in True Justice on ReelzChannel (the same network that won The Kennedys bidding war). It's a drama about undercover Seattle cops who snap people's femurs first and ask questions later! Because that's how Seagal does justice, punk! [Deadline Hollywood]

... David Milch, the man behind Deadwood and Luck, has extended his deal with HBO. He'll executive-produce TV translations of author and playwright William Faulkner's works. [Deadline Hollywood]


CAST BLAST

... Glee is pursuing Gloria Estefan, but not her Sound Machine, to play the role of Santana's mom. In related news, the show has booked Ricky Martin for a cameo, exposing its plan to become the number-one show in Miami. [TV Line]

... Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 2) will play Lavon's dad on The CW's Hart of Dixie. Sorry, Ernie. [TV Line]

... Ryan McPartlin, Chuck's Captain Awesome, is headed to TV Land's Hot in Cleveland for an episode in Season 3. $20 says he bangs Betty White. [TV Line]

... Those wacky lawyers from Franklin & Bash are having some friends over. Comedy legends Kevin Nealon and Martin Mull will guest-star in the second season of TNT's legal dramedy as a big corporate lawyer and a judge, respectively. [E! Online]

... The Vampire Diaries' Sara Canning (she played Aunt Jenna) will guest-star on Supernatural as a lady who Dean takes to PoundTown. Dean's words, not mine. [TV Line]

... Former Law & Order: SUV actor Chris Meloni is eying a major role in the fifth season of HBO's True Blood. Rumor has it he's in line to play a vampire. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... Barbara Walters has selected the Kardashians as one of her "Most Fascinating People of 2011," proving that it's time to send Barbara Walters to the nearest black hole. [Deadline Hollywood]


Please, no GoT spoilers in the comments!


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I don't know if Gloria Estefan is right to play Santana's mom. I think that Roselyn Sanchez or Rosie Perez may be better choices. As far as Chris Meloni playing a vampire on True Blood will be brilliant. I miss him on SVU but the show is still good even though I don't care for Kelli Giddish''s character.
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Game of what? All I saw was that Sons of Anarchy beat every other single show in its slot on tv except Victoria's Secret haha. I approve both those shows.
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Brilliant news!
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Just finished the first book in the Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones) and am hesitant to start reading the next before the show starts. I enjoyed the surprise of watching the show, and found it interesting to read the book after the fact. One interesting thing about it was to see how the scriptwriters economized the dialogue and story for the TV adaptation. I'd say they did an amazing job, and made some excellent choices. I'm glad the characters in the show are actually adults and not teeny-boppers, for one.



Anyway, once again I'm thrilled they're making more seasons, and I'll probably end up getting into the second book and even third before the next season airs.
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What? There was a reality show with Seagal making traffic stops? How did I manage to miss that? Sounds hilarious!
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LOL, "Law & Order: SUV"? The only SUV abbreviation I know about is car-related. Shouldn't that be SVU? Or am I mistaken?
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hahaha .. I'm quite sure he means SVU
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well said TIM. Barbra Walters is going senile.....Kardashians indeed. :/
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That's excellent about the two seasons. It would hopefully also mean full 12 ep seasons, unlike season 2 which will only be 10 because it took too long to get renewed and then have enough time to film 12. I've only read the first two books, though I've seen the third split into two properly separate books, so I'm going to guess that wherever that split occurs, so will the seasons.
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I got sick of Army Wives a season or two ago. Perhaps I'll catch up someday.
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I hope Game of Thrones has many seasons!
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chris meloni shouldn't play a vamp no no no he should play someone from the books who is bald, his favorite colors are orange and black, and has mommy issues if u read the books u kno who im talkin bout
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Now that the fall TV season is slowing down it might be worth getting back into Game of Thrones. I've only bothered to watch the first couple episodes which had more exposition than action. I found myself watching Camelot instead.

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Kardashians... fascinating? Walters must be going senile.



Also, yay for Game of Thrones.
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Chris Meloni is going to camp it up in True Blood? Personally i don't think that's a good mix. How can i ever take him seriously again after that?
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There better be two more seasons of Game of Thrones.
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awesome
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cool! a Seagal comeback! I'd watch anything that involves someone getting beat up by this guy...he's the master of bone crushing.
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Winter is coming, b*tches!!
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An exact quote.
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Was this not obvious from the beginning? Even if ratings start to drop, it will probably get a full 7 seasons, thats if they dont drag it out longer.
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More Game of Throne, go for it HBO, you can do it!
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Giving Game of Thrones a season 3 and 4 so they can get through book 3 should be a no brainer tbh. Considering book 1 and 2 are fantastic, and book 3 still manage to be twice as good.

And yes, we all know where an eventual season 3 will end.
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Television has totally and completely gone down the toilet in recent years, mainly due to stupid shows like this.



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everything except game of thrones
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Just finished book 3. I've never had my mind blown so many times in one book. I actually stopped reading halfway through I was so upset. But a few weeks later I had calmed down, and curiosity got the better of me. I'm glad it did. The ending is AMAZING!



CAN'T WAIT FOR SEASON 2!!!
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You making it very hard for me to resist. After watching season 1 I read the first book and was amazed, but still I refuse to "read on", because I thought to maybe spoil coming seasons a little bit. But right now , its killing me ...
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Agreed - book 3 is by far the most mind-blowing literary experience I've ever had. I'm stuck halfway through the next one - it's mostly just journey. And while the journey is interesting, it's not nearly as captivating as the last book. I've heard from a couple friends that the last chapters for each character are worth the read, though, so I'm sticking with it. Book 3 though = Best. Ending. Ever.
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Book 3 is my clear-cut favorite out of the 5 he has written to date. You might wanna temper your expectations for the next 2....Sorry devout GRRM lovers--just being my opinionated self ;)



Also, filming the seasons back to back ala LOTR style will ensure the success and survival of the show. So I am definitely all for that!
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Dear HBO,

Just like to offer 2 words in regard to a potential season 2 + 3 of Game of Thrones.



DOT IT!!!
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Exactly, it's like Zoolander (or one of Ben Stiller's countless stupid characters) always says: Do it!! Do it!!

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Steven Seagal returned to non-reality TV last year and the news comes now?? True Justice has already aired one season...
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Why is Barbara Walters kissing the Kardashians' butts? No pun intended. My idea of her having class just went down the drain.
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Book 3 is my absolute favorite book and I am so excited that they're already thinking about renewing for two more seasons. So. Excited. This news made my morning.
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I think the Game Of Thrones ptb should all be given a big hug :)
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Good news about Sara Canning! She's very underrated...too bad they made Aunt Jenna boring on TVD
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Good one Tim, I think that's were that bunch of K girls belong. I feel bad for people with real problems one piece of their jewelery would save a life!
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Hell yeah!! I say get a contract for the actors on GOT for (7 books) 10 seasons!! And I wish HBO would increase the episodes each season to atleast 16. 10 is way less for this awesomeness.
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Maybe Tim should compile a list of people to send to the nearest black hole!.. i would read that!..
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So would i
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Yes please tie down all those awesome actors to do 6 or 7 seasons of Game of Thrones like yesterday!!!
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Tim is wrong a lot. But he does get some pretty funny digs in sometimes. Kardashians? So fascinating...
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The Game of Thrones news is awesome.
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How exactly is Steven Seagal returning to TV awesome news? More like worst news in quite awhile...
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What? "Most Fascinating People" has ALWAYS been a popularity contest. Wasn't Bieber on it last year? And I guarantee.....I GUARANTEE Walters will be interviewing Rebecca Black. Remember, I warned you first!
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Yes to Game of Thrones Season 3 and 4!



Sorry Ernie.



Chris Meloni back on HBO, only this time as a vampire? F#ck yea!



Barbra Walters is an idiot. Defining definition.
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More seasons for GoT? Damn. I vehemently oppose!



Just kidding. You know I'm kidding, right? Oh no, there are already some fanboys and girls outside my door with pitchforks! How did they already find out what I was writing before I even posted the comment? Frickin' tech savvy nerds...

Geez people! I love GoT, it was a joke. You don't have to break down my door, I was just - - -
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Good news about Game of Thrones, but not so much about Steven Seagal being on tv. I definitely do not need to see anything else with him in it. No thank you, throw him back. Blech. There are way more awesome action guys w/mediocre to no talent you could use for a show like that.
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If Game of Thrones gets greenlit for Season 3 and 4 that would be AMAZING!
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PLEASE send the Kardashians to the black hole as well.
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Chris Meloni as a vampire! Awesome!!
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Agreed. (for the Barbara Walters comment).



Also it totally bums me out when I'm behind on a show and there are all these reviews and I want to read them so badly, but I'm behind so it wouldn't be a good idea. but I wanna read it, but I can't. Lol, no one pay attention to me. :P (Btw, that comment was for SoA, I just found it 2 weeks ago, I'm on season 2 :P)
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Out of this entire story SoA is the only thing that is relevant to me. MOAR.
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I love SoA, but Its a step below Game of Thrones in show quality. GoT is top tier TV matched only by Breaking Bad, and a few other shows that were so good they were cancelled for it. (Arrested development, firefly, etc)
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