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

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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]


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