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Second ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Nears Pilot Order at HBO

  • The Wrap
HBO is going to back to Westeros… again. The pay-cable network is nearing a pilot order for a second spinoff of its hugely popular “Game of Thrones” series, this one based on the Targaryen family, TheWrap has learned.

HBO declined to comment on the potential spinoff, which was first reported by Deadline, but an individual with knowledge of the project confirmed the report’s accuracy to TheWrap.

The series is from “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin and “Colony” co-creator Ryan Condal. It would be set 300 years before the events of the HBO fantasy series, which wrapped its eight-season run earlier this year. Representatives for Condal and Martin did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: Production Has Wrapped on 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Pilot, HBO's Casey Bloys Says

During this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Casey Bloys
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David Hare turns his attention to the new political order

The playwright’s latest project; Tom Hiddleston picks theatre over TV; and the Pm’s wife is silent on the men in her family

He’s an opportunistic and populist Tory MP, who rises inexorably through his party. Remind you of somebody? I hear that David Hare is creating a new four-part drama series for BBC One, which is not – well, at least, not directly – about Boris Johnson, even if some of the characteristics are familiar. Interesting that Hare will have a Conservative at the centre of this series. The politicians in his dramas until now have been Labour, kicking off with 1993’s The Absence of War at the National, about a party leader who fails to win power, loosely based on Neil Kinnock in the 1992 election.

Last year Hare portrayed a male Labour MP - played by John Simm - in his BBC Two series Collateral, and then, in
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HBO Is Still ‘Possibly’ Considering 1 or 2 More ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Scripts, Casey Bloys Says

  • The Wrap
HBO Is Still ‘Possibly’ Considering 1 or 2 More ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Scripts, Casey Bloys Says
Turns out George R.R. Martin may not have been getting your hopes up about additional “Game of Thrones” spinoffs after all.

Soon after HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday that production had wrapped on the untitled “GoT” prequel pilot starring Naomi Watts, he told TheWrap the pay-tv channel is still “possibly” considering ordering pilots for additional spinoff projects that are in development.

“I think we have one or two more scripts,” he told us. “But we’re gonna see what happens with this one.”

Bloys wouldn’t say if he meant the decision to order another pilot will be made after this one (which is now in editing) is or isn’t ordered to series, or after the potential show airs. Actually, he wouldn’t
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Production Has Wrapped on ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot, HBO’s Casey Bloys Says

  • The Wrap
Production has wrapped on HBO’s Naomi Watts-led “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot, which began shooting in Belfast, Ireland this summer, Casey Bloys said during the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday.

The HBO programming boss also addressed the online petition that was started by fans asking the pay-tv channel to remake the final season of “GoT” with “competent writers” (a dig at showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) which he says “shows a lot of enthusiasm.”

“Look, I take all of the activity around the finale as — there are very, very few downsides to having a hugely popular show, but one I can think of is when you try to end it, many people have big opinions on how it should end,” Bloys told reporters. “I think that just comes with the territory.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Star Conleth Hill Calls Final-Season Backlash 'a Media-Led Hate Campaign'

“The petition,
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George R.R. Martin Reveals Game Of Thrones Prequel’s Potential Title

HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel has yet to be given an official title, but that’s not stopping George R.R. Martin from trying to dub it himself. The author has referred in the past to the series as The Long Night, which the network has denied as being the name. In a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, however, the writer revealed what he hopes to be the moniker for the show when all is said and done.

“I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn’t mind,” he says. “That would be pretty good.”

Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but such a title would be a fitting representation of how many fans feel on Sunday nights now that the original series is over. The prequel has been filming under the production label of Blood Moon, though
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David Tennant’s Final Doctor Who Episodes Getting Blu-Ray Steelbook Release

Get ready to experience the Tenth Doctor’s last adventures in the best possible way. The BBC is releasing a limited edition Blu-Ray Steelbook containing David Tennant’s last five episodes of Doctor Who. Whovians might already own the stories but they won’t want to miss this due to the incredible artwork and abundance of special features.

The Steelbook contains every episode from Christmas 2008 to New Year 2010. There was no full season that year and instead the Tenth Doctor’s era was rounded out with a few specials linked by an ongoing storyline. The episodes in question are “The Next Doctor,” “The Planet of the Dead,” “The Waters of Mars” and “The End of Time: Parts 1 and 2.”

From the first special in which he encounters a man who appears to be his next regeneration (The Walking Dead‘s David Morrisey), the unifying theme of the run is the Doctor
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‘Inspector French’: ‘Agatha Raisin’ Producer Free@Last TV Adapting Classic Crime Novels With ‘Cold Courage’ Writer Brendan Foley

‘Inspector French’: ‘Agatha Raisin’ Producer Free@Last TV Adapting Classic Crime Novels With ‘Cold Courage’ Writer Brendan Foley
Exclusive: Agatha Raisin producer Free@Last TV is developing a TV detective drama based on Freeman Wills Crofts’ classic Inspector French novels with Cold Courage writer Brendan Foley.

Wills Crofts, a railway engineer turned author, was a peer of Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler and was thought to be highly regarded by these writers.

Set in 1920s Ireland, Scotland and England, Inspector French is a dogged world-class detective banished from Scotland Yard to post-partition Northern Ireland where he battles to introduce modern policing techniques to a reluctant force.

Books include Inspector French’s Greatest Case, Inspector French and the Cheyne Mystery and Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy.

Foley, who recently wrote John Simm-fronted Finnish political drama Cold Courage for Viaplay and Lionsgate, initially tracked down the rights to Crofts’ books at the Society of Authors before penning a script.

He told Deadline that the adaptation would be “as
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Naomi Watts Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans ‘Won’t Be Let Down’ by Prequel (Video)

  • The Wrap
Naomi Watts Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans ‘Won’t Be Let Down’ by Prequel (Video)
The “Game of Thrones” prequel might be the cure for what’s ailing fans who did not care for how Dan Weiss and David Benioff’s ended the main series last month. If Naomi Watts, the star of the currently untitled HBO pilot, is to be believed, you “won’t be let down” by this one, guys.

“It makes me very excited, yeah, goosebumps all over,” Watts, who leads the cast as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret, told the Associated Press earlier this week. “It is intimidating. It’s very exciting. And yes, having just come off the last series, where the world was blowing up over it. Everything was ‘Game of Thrones’ related. All the advertising on TV, every article — everyone’s jumping on that bandwagon. So, it is scary.”

“But hopefully those fans come along and get to find something new and interesting in this world as well,
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Everything We Know About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels (So Far)

  • Variety
Everything We Know About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels (So Far)
Prequels are coming.

Fans looking for their next fix after “Game of Thrones,” rest assured, plans are already in the works to cash in on George R.R. Martin’s expansive fantasy universe. HBO has been tight-lipped about details, but at least one prequel series has already been ordered with four others in development.

Ancient History

The one confirmed prequel is set thousands of years before the original series. That means we won’t see any familiar faces, but there still could be some recognizable Starks, Lannisters or Baratheons running around Westeros.

The series will show the world plunge into its darkest hour after the Age of Heroes ended long ago. Martin informally referred to the series as “The Long Night” in a blog post, alluding to the winter that lasted a generation nearly 10,000 years ago, and caused widespread terror and famine. The show will explore the origins of the White Walkers,
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New Doctor Who Audio Drama Pits The Eighth Doctor Against Four Masters

The 1996 Doctor Who television movie remains an intriguing footnote in the history of the franchise, bridging the gap between Classic and New Who without capturing the tone of either. Still, the movie gave us Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, who has become the star of many official audio dramas from Big Finish, as well as a cameo appearance in a recent Doctor Who season. This October will see the release of the new audio drama Ravenous 4, which will pit McGann against not one but four Masters in a conclusion to the Ravenous series that kicked off in April 2018.

This fascinating premise will feature Geoffrey Beever’s old-school Master, Derek Jacobi’s War Master, Michelle Gomez’s Missy, and in his first reappearance since Doctor Who: The Movie, Eric Roberts’ version of the character. The multi-Master idea, teased to an extent in the recent series with Gomez and John Simm, has
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‘The Feed,’ ‘La Jauria,’ ‘Vernon Subutex’ Among Top Titles at MipTV

  • Variety
‘The Feed,’ ‘La Jauria,’ ‘Vernon Subutex’ Among Top Titles at MipTV
The number of big-ticket dramas coming to the international market continues to increase as viewers embrace shows from all corners and consume them on a dizzying range of channels and platforms.

In a cluttered landscape, movie-inspired shows and book adaptations have built-in marketing appeal and bring a fan base, which is one way to cut through. There are multiple examples of both at MipTV,

from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “To Catch a Thief,” to Canneseries opener “Vernon Subutex,” based on the hip French novel.

The Walking Dead” producer Channing Powell envisages a dystopian future about a technology embedded inside our heads, while other series tackle the populist politics taking hold in many parts of the world. Immigration tales from the past, but with a modern-day relevance are also to the fore.

As thousands of acquisitions execs land in Cannes with checkbooks at the ready, Variety highlights the scripted
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European Drama & Quirky Entertainment Formats Lead Mip TV Slates As Cannes Confab Faces Major Challenges

This year’s Mip TV in Cannes is facing a major challenge as a slew of the largest international companies have shunned the April market and A-list buyers and producers have joined them.

The increasingly active London screenings in February have taken a noticeable chunk out of the market for the bi-annual Reed Midem-organized show, which is struggling to attract the volume, and quality of participants that attend its October equivalent Mipcom. The spring confab has always been quieter than the fall event but this year many of the big companies are treating it as a secondary sales market rather than the glitzy launch pad for their hot new shows.

Next week’s event will be without the full participation of Endemol Shine Group, BBC Studios and Fox Networks Group Content Distribution, while the beachside will be very quiet as Fremantle is sending less staff than usual and Disney
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Michelle Gomez Wants To Return To Doctor Who And Face Jodie Whittaker

2017 was truly the end of an era for Doctor Who. Not only did the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, exit the show, but so too did longtime showurnner Steven Moffat. Seeing as her Doctor and the man who first brought her on board were departing, Michelle Gomez – who’s played the female Master Missy since 2014 – decided to step down from the world of Who as well.

However, the character could still one day return, as the actress has now suggested – and not for the first time – that she’d be open to doing more of the hit BBC series and bringing Missy back to our screens. Talking to Radio Times, here’s what Gomez had to share when asked if she’d still be interested in returning.

“Oh gosh, yeah, of course I would,” she told the outlet. “I’d love to have a little run-around with [Jodie].

“I don’t know
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Games of Thrones prequel pilot adds five series regulars

With the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones fast approaching, HBO is pressing ahead with its plans for a spinoff prequel, adding five new series regulars to the cast of the pilot.

Marquis Rodriquez (Luke Cage), John Simm (Doctor Who), Richard McCabe (Collateral), John Heffernan (Luther), and Dixie Egerickx (Patrick Melrose) have all signed on for as-yet-unrevealed roles in the potential series.

The new additions join the previously announced Naomi Watts (Gypsy), Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Colette), Jamie Campbell Bower (Camelot), Shella Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Georgie Henley (The Spanish Princess), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter) and Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).

See Also: HBO announces Game of Thrones documentary The Last Watch

“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world
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GoT prequel adds five more series regulars

The "Game of Thrones" prequel plot is beefing up its cast. Marquis Rodriquez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx have all been cast in series regular roles, reports variety.com. As with all things "Game of Thrones," the exact nature of the characters each will be playing is being kept under tight wraps.

Rodriguez will next be seen starring in the Netflix miniseries "When They See Us" from director Ava DuVernay, which is based on the true story of the Central Park Five. He also had a role in the Marvel-Netflix shows "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist".

Simm's previous television credits include "Collateral", "Doctor Who", "The Catch" "Life on Mars" and "The Canterbury Tales".

McCabe has appeared in shows such as "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams," "Harlots," "Collateral," and "Peaky Blinders."?

Heffernan's TV credits include "Dracula," "Brexit," "Collateral," "The Crown," and "Luther".

Egerickx recently wrapped
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TVLine Items: Gmw Vet to Snowpiercer, Thrones Prequel Adds 5 and More

TVLine Items: Gmw Vet to Snowpiercer, Thrones Prequel Adds 5 and More
Rowan Blanchard is boarding TNT’s Snowpiercer train: The Girl Meets World vet has joined the upcoming thriller series as a guest star with an option to become a regular in Season 2, our sister site Deadline reports.

Based on the 2013 movie of the same name, the show is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. As a result, the remnants of humanity now inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe.

Blanchard will play a 17-year-old who’s wise beyond her years and has mysterious connections to the history of Snowpiercer.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets?
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Adds Five More Series Regulars

  • Variety
‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Adds Five More Series Regulars
The “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot at HBO is beefing up its cast.

Marquis Rodriquez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx have all been cast in series regular roles. As with all things “Game of Thrones,” the exact nature of the characters each will be playing is being kept under tight wraps.

Rodriguez will next be seen starring in the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” from director Ava DuVernay, which is based on the true story of the Central Park Five. He also had a role in the Marvel-Netflix shows “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist.” He is repped by Paradigm, Sinclair Management, and Jackoway Tyerman.

Simm’s previous television credits include “Collateral,” “Doctor Who,” The Catch,” “Life on Mars, and “The Canterbury Tales.” He is repped by Independent Talent Group.

McCabe has appeared in shows such as “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” “Harlots,” “Collateral,
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel HBO Pilot Adds Five Series Regulars To Cast

  • Deadline
HBO is rounding out its ensemble cast for its Game Of Thrones prequel pilot. Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us), John Simm (Strangers), Richard McCabe (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), John Heffernan (Dracula) and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden) are set as series regulars in the drama pilot from writer Jane Goldman and author/Got co-executive producer George R.R. Martin.

Created by Goldman and Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin, the untitled prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. It chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot at HBO Adds 5 More Cast Members

  • The Wrap
HBO continues to add Westeros residents to its “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot, announcing the addition of five more actors.

The new cast members are Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, Dixie Egerickx, which brings the cast list for the untitled prequel to 16.

No character details are currently available for any of these parts on the prequel pilot, which is currently untitled (unless you are going by Martin’s recent blog post) and set to go into production this summer. However, lead Naomi Watts has been cast as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel: Here's Everything We Know About the HBO Pilot So Far

Along with Watts and Richardson, the cast includes “Harry Potter” alum Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie (who will next appear in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” franchise), Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim (“Harlots
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'Game of Thrones' Prequel Adds 5 More to Cast

HBO's Game of Thrones prequel pilot has added five more actors to what is becoming a very large cast.

The addition of Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us), John Simm (Doctor Who, Life on Mars), Richard McCabe (Harlots), John Heffernan (Collateral) and Dixie Egerickx to the cast brings the total number of series regulars to 16 — suggesting that the prequel will not shy away from the epic scale that's a trademark of Game of Thrones.

As has been the case with most of the rest of the cast, HBO is mum on the characters the new additions will ...
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