Rome wasn't built in a day, but it was toppled almost that quickly. After only two seasons, HBO decided to pull the plug on the program and conclude the series in 2007. The critically lauded drama wasn't exactly a ratings hit, but when it came time for awards shows and best-of lists, Rome was front and center.
HBO is developing a miniseries about the Third Crusade, the 12th-century clash between Islam and Christianity.
The project, a coproduction with Britain's Channel 4, will be told through the eyes of their respective leaders, Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. HBO is no stranger to the sword-and-sandal genre, having finished work on two seasons of the BBC coproduction Rome, which returns next month.
The new miniseries is being written by Kario Salem, who won an Emmy for his script for HBO's 1997 biopic Don King: Only in America and an Emmy nomination for another HBO biopic, The Rat Pack.
"This is not some dry historical costume drama," Salem said. "This is a personal story. I think it of it as a medieval gangster epic."
Salem was particularly enthused about offering a fresh angle on the storied life of Richard the Lionheart, best ...Read more
When in Rome, renew it. The city wasn't built in a day, but ratings for the new series were encouraging enough that HBO decided to order a second season. The show has averaged about 3 million viewers a week since its premiere August 28.
The first season of the $100 million series tells the story of the year leading up to Julius Ceasar's assassination, including Ceasar's betrayal at the hands of Pompey Magnus and the Roman Senate. If history holds, subsequent seasons will present the rise of Augustus Caesar and the eventual fall of Rome.
The series utilizes HBO's special ability to portray adult situations to the fullest, with each episode featuring graphic sex scenes, such as a Roman centurion pouring red wine on the back of a prostitute, and brutal violence, such as ...Read more
HBO was the big network winner in the Creative Arts Emmys, which took place Saturday, August 19. The cable network earned 17 Emmys; ABC was closest, with 10. The network scorecard broke down like this: HBO won 17, ABC scored 10, NBC earned 8, and CBS and Fox tied with seven each.
Cloris Leachman grabbed an Emmy--her eighth career win--for her role in Malcolm in the Middle, making her the world record holder for female individual Emmy wins. The 80-year-old actress has also won for the 1983 daytime movie The Woman Who Willed a Miracle, 1984's Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, a 1998 episode of Promised Land, a 1974 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, two in 1975, for episodes of Cher and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, respectively, and in 1973 for the TV movie A Brand New Life. She also won an Academy Award for ...Read more