As Game of Thrones fans get increasingly heated and worried over whether author George R.R. Martin will finish his book series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the hit drama is based, the powers that be at HBO aren't nervous at all.
The series, which is the proud new recipient of 19 Emmy nominations, is already catching up to the five published novels in the planned seven-book series, and HBO President Michael Lombardo recognizes that the network must decide how to proceed when the series outpaces its source material. "George is an integral part [of the story]," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on Thursday. "Certainly next year we'll have to figure it out with George."
However, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said there's nothing that will stand in the way of the network seeing the story completely through to the end of the seven books.
Here's what else the network's bosses had to say:
True Detective heats up: "The two [Season 2] scripts that we have are more exciting than the first season," Plepler said, not confirming that the second season will feature two lead males and one lead female. "I think you will be pleased with the show." As for who will be cast, Lombardo said, "The people who we will cast will be well-known names. Great writing attracts great actors."
All hail Meryl: The network announced that Oscar winner Meryl Streep will star in an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play Master Class. The HBO Films project will be directed by The Graduate's Mike Nichols, who worked with Streep 10 years ago on HBO's Angels in America. Master Class will begin production in early 2015.
Who runs the world? HBO will film the final two shows of Beyonce and Jay Z's "On the Run" tour in Paris this September to air on the network.
Network newbies: Lombardo said that the network is happy with and in conversations about the futures of both Silicon Valley, which just scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, and The Leftovers, which has somewhat struggled to find a solid audience. "It's a tough show in a sense that it deals with tough and challenging human emotions," he said. "But creatively the show is really exceptional."
More Curb? Curb Your Enthusiasm has been absent from the airwaves since 2011, but Lombardo still has high hopes that Larry David will decide to do another season. "As long as he's still thinking about it, we have a place for him," Lombardo said.
Is Open closed? Ryan Murphy's pilot about the exploration of human sexuality and relationships seems like it's on the back burner for now. "Our hope is that this fall when the actors become available to do some more shooting on the pilot, we'll try to figure it out," Lombardo said. "Our experience with Ryan has been nothing but exciting and productive."
Who do you think should join True Detective? And do you want to see more Curb Your Enthusiasm?