SHOCKER! HBO Renews ‘Game Of Thrones’ For Season Four Within 48 Hours Of Season Three Premiere

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Considering that HBO renewed Game of Thrones for seasons two and three within 48 hours of the premieres of seasons one and two, respectively, this really should come as a surprise to no one.  I’m just going to copy and paste this piece and save it in my “Drafts” folder for next year.

Via Press Release:

HBO RENEWS GAME OF THRONES FOR FOURTH SEASON

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Season Three Soars To Highest Viewership Yet

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hbo_logoblueLOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 – HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Emmy®– and Golden Globe-winning series launched its ten-episode third season Sunday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Among the early critical praise for the third season, the Hollywood Reporter called GAME OF THRONES “addictive and outstanding,” while Newsday termed the series “superb,” awarding the show an A+. The Chicago Tribunehailed the show as “spellbinding” and the Washington Post described it as “masterful.”

According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. GAMES OF THRONES improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, GAME OF THRONES had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.

For more on the series, visit facebook.com/GameOfThrones and twitter.com @GameOfThrones #GameOfThrones.

Season three credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor; produced by Chris Newman, Greg Spence.

TV-Tastic’s Midseason Network And Cable 2012 – 2013 Schedule

Instead of doing a crap-ton (yes, that’s a legitimate unit of measurement) of pieces on the upcoming midseason 2012 – 2013 midseason schedule, we decided to make it really easy for you and just give you the rundown on the new shows that are premiering and the returning shows that we have an interest in and we know you do, as well.  If your show isn’t covered, drop us a line and we’ll get you caught up! As a bit of an aside, and before anyone asks, we have no idea when season six of Mad Men will be premiering because, as usual, Matthew Weiner and AMC are being obnoxiously tight-lipped about it. That being said, John Slattery (Roger Sterling) expects it to be premiering around the same time as season five did last year.

(All times Eastern, * Indicates a New Series/Show Premiere)

the following

January

Date

Title

Network

Time

January 4th

Merlin

SyFy

10:00 p.m.

January 6th

Downton Abbey

PBS

9:00 p.m.

January 7th

Deception* (Formerly Infamous)

NBC

10:00 p.m.

January 8th

Justified

FX

10:00 p.m.

January 10th

1600 Penn*

NBC

9:30 p.m.

January 11th

Fringe

FOX

9:00 p.m.

January 11th

Banshee*

Cinemax

10:00 p.m.

January 14th

Continuum*

SyFy

8:00 p.m.

January 14th

Being Human

SyFy

9:00 p.m.

January 14th

Lost Girl

SyFy

10:00 p.m.

January 15th

Face Off

SyFy

9:00 p.m.

January 17th

Archer

FX

10:00 p.m.

January 19th

Ripper Street

BBC America

9:00 p.m.

January 21st

The Following*

FOX

9:00 p.m.

January 25th

Spartacus: War of the Damned

Starz

9:00 p.m.

January 30th

The Americans*

FX

10:00 p.m.

January 31st

Do No Harm*

NBC

10:00 p.m.

BSGBC Official

February

Date

Title

Network

Time

February 1st

House of Cards*

Netflix

(N/A)

February 5th

Smash

NBC

9:00 p.m.

February 6th

Spies of Warsaw(Miniseries)

BBC America

8:00 p.m. (Assumed.  No Time Given by Network)

February 7th

Community

NBC

8:00 p.m.

February 8th

Touch

FOX

8:00 p.m.

February 10th

The Walking Dead

AMC

9:00 p.m.

February 10th

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome(Film)

SyFy

9:00 p.m.

February 14th

Zero Hour*

ABC

8:00 p.m.

February 26th

Robot Combat League*

SyFy

10:00 p.m.

Game of thrones S3

March

Date

Title

Network

Time

March 3rd

Red Widow*

ABC

9:00 p.m.

March 5th

Golden Boy*

CBS

10:00 p.m. (Series Premiere)

March 8th

Grimm

NBC

9:00 p.m.

March 8th

Golden Boy*

CBS

9:00 p.m. (Regular Timeslot Premiere)

March 25th

Revolution

NBC

10:00 p.m.

March 30th

Orphan Black*

BBC America

9:00 p.m.

March 31st

Game of Thrones

HBO

9:00 p.m.

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April

Date

Title

Network

Time

April 8th (Assumed. No Official Date Yet, Only Month)

Doctor Who

BBC America

8:00 p.m.

April [?] (No Official Date Yet, Only Month)

Warehouse 13

SyFy

8:00 p.m.

May

Date

Title

Network

Time

May 1st

Family Tools

ABC

8:30 p.m.

Game Of Thrones Season Three Premiere Date Announced by HBO

Season three of Game of Thrones will premiere on March 31, 2013.  If you watch other HBO series such as Boardwalk Empire or you have the Internets (thank you, Al Gore) then you probably already know this because although the premium cable network didn’t bother to issue a press release, they’ve been running this teaser trailer for about two months.  And, again, yes we know… we’re late.

HBO: Game Of Thrones Renewed For Third Season

Shocker!

Via Press Release:

HBO RENEWS GAME OF THRONES FOR THIRD SEASON

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First Episode Of The Second Season Has Already Grossed 8.3 Million Viewers

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LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2012 – HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a third season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them,” said Lombardo. “We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we’ve received for the series, and can’t wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season.”

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES is an epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning fantasy series began its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Among the early critical praise for the second season, Newsday called GAME OF THRONES “the best show on television,” while the Los Angeles Times termed the series “a cinematic feast” and “masterful.” The Wall Street Journal hailed the show as “magnificent” and USA Today called it “near perfection.”

According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season two premiere has already accumulated a gross audience of 8.3 million viewers, and is on track to easily surpass the season one average of 9.3 million viewers.

Season two cast members include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson and Alfie Allen.

Season two credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger; co-executive producers, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, Alan Taylor, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis; produced by Bernadette Caulfield.