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New HBO Show 'Confederate' From 'GoT' Showrunners Causes Controversy


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In the light of their ongoing massive success as directors of ‘Game of Thrones’, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced their newly approved HBO project ‘Confederate’ this week – and have caused sharp division on social media in doing so.

‘Confederate’ is to create an alternative universe of parallel history, in which the Civil War led to the secession of the southern states and in which therefore slavery is still legal.

The show “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution,” according to the HBO press release on Wednesday (July 19th) according to Entertainment Weekly.

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HBO Smash Ratings Record With 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere


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Bosses at HBO are likely to be smiling wide like Cheshire Cats this week, as it's being reported that 16.1 million viewers tuned in for the 'Game of Thrones' season 7 premiere across all of the network's differing distribution platforms. Giving the show its biggest number of viewers to-date, it's up a whopping 50% on last season's premiere, which took in what now looks like a minuscule number of 10.7 million viewers.

Lena Headey's Cersei Lannister currently sits on the Iron ThroneLena Headey's Cersei Lannister currently sits on the Iron Throne

The number is not only hugely impressive because it beats out all 'Thrones' episodes that have come before it, but because the show premiered later than usual this time round. Usually taking a higher-performing slot in the spring, the season 7 premiere was held back until the middle of summer, in a position that's usually one of the weakest for performance.

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Westworld And Saturday Night Live Lead The Way At The 2017 Emmys


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It was a successful day for Westworld and Saturday Night Live as both received 22 nominations each as they led the way at the 2017 Emmys. The popular NBC late-night sketch and comedy programme achieved more nods than it had ever previously done with the huge figure.

Alec Baldwin attends the 40th Anniversary of SNL

The two programmes could not be any more different in style or tone, but it will be the two programmes which lead the way upon the awards in September; Westworld has just finished its huge budget first series, whereas Saturday Night Live has now moved onto a whopping 231 nominations - breaking its own record for most nominations ever at the awards.

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'Game Of Thrones': 5 Most Memorable Moments So Far...


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To-date, throughout six incredible seasons, hit fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' - based on George R R Martin's currently incomplete novel series 'A Song of Ice & Fire' - has entertained audiences with more twists, turns, surprises and tense action sequences than anyone could have ever predicted. Now, with a seventh season right around the corner, we've decided to take a look back at five of the most memorable moments the series has presented us with to-date, before the penultimate season hits screens next week!

5. The Battle of Blackwater

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George R R Martin Teases 'Game Of Thrones' Spin-Offs


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Set to conclude with its eighth season and, with its seventh season right around the corner, fans of HBO fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' - based on the uncompleted novel series 'A Song of Ice & Fire' by George R R Martin - can rest assured that they'll likely still be visiting the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, even when 'GoT' has left the small screen.

George R R Martin promises 'Game of Thrones' spin-offs are moving forwardGeorge R R Martin promises 'Game of Thrones' spin-offs are moving forward

For some time, the team at HBO who have been working on 'GoT' have been coming up with some ideas for a number of potential spin-off shows, working closely with author Martin to allow authenticity. Earlier this year, it was revealed that four different ideas were in development, with a number of high-profile writers involved such as Jane Goldman, Max Borenstein, Carly Wray and Brian Helgeland. Martin then revealed a fifth idea was also being floated around, but didn't reveal a writer attached.

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John Oliver And HBO Being Sued For Defamation By Coal Tycoon Robert E. Murray


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British comedian John Oliver, along with broadcaster HBO and his team of writers for his US show ‘Last Week Tonight’, is being sued for defamation by coal industry tycoon Robert E. Murray.

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday this week (June 21st) cites the most recent episode of ‘Last Week Tonight’ and claims that Oliver and his team “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies,” according to a report by The Daily Beast.

Back on Sunday (June 18th), Oliver took aim at Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, in a segment that suggested the coal executive doesn’t do enough to protect his employees in the workplace.

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Critics Won't Get 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Episodes Early


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Based on the best-selling but incomplete novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' by author George R R Martin, HBO fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' has entertained audiences for six full seasons now, with a seventh right around the corner. As the most-watched show in the TV network's history, you'd think they'd want to hang on to it for as long as possible. When season 8 eventually comes round however, it'll be the last in the series and consist of just six episodes, as opposed to the usual 10 or the next season's seven.

Could the White Walkers take over in season 7?Could the White Walkers take over in season 7?

This weekend it's been revealed that the network will be following suit when it comes to the critics with what they did last year. They won't be releasing any episodes, check discs or the likes to journalists ahead of the seventh season's premiere, in a bid to tackle the leaking of episodes which happened with season 5 and prior. As television's most expensive show to make, leaks are a huge deal. They take away from overall viewership and make a big impact.

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Nell Tiger Free Reveals Original 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 Death Plans


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There's no denying the immense popularity of HBO fantasy series 'Game of Thrones'. With six seasons aired to-date and a seventh right around the corner, the show - based on the incomplete 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novel series by George R. R. Martin - continues to surprise its viewership with shocking twists and turns.

Myrcella was mourned by her brother and father in 'Game of Thrones'Myrcella was mourned by her brother and father in 'Game of Thrones'

One of the curveballs the show likes to continue chucking at those watching is the death of fan favourite characters. Nobody's safe in the Seven Kingdoms, Westeros and beyond, as Nell Tiger Free discovered during season 5 when her character Myrcella Baratheon was poisoned and died on a ship back to King's Landing.

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There Will Likely Only Be One 'Game Of Thrones' Spinoff


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There's no denying just how popular HBO fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' has become across the six seasons to-date, and with a seventh season on the horizon made up of just seven episodes, the appetite for new information regarding the franchise is higher than ever before.

Could the White Walkers take over the Seven Kingdoms?Could the White Walkers take over the Seven Kingdoms?

Whilst we now know that next year's eighth season will be the last for this particular series, there have been reports of a number of spinoffs being in production at HBO. This doesn't mean we'll be getting more than one when the time comes, however.

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HBO And Jon Stewart Cancel Animated Shorts Project


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HBO and Jon Stewart have mutually decided to cancel the proposed and much-anticipated ‘animated shorts’ project that had been announced more than a year-and-a-half ago because of technical problems, it has been announced.

The project, first revealed way back in November 2015 shortly after Stewart had signed off from Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ after presenting it for 16 years, had been vaunted as the next step in Stewart’s career after his late night hosting duties.

“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project,” the network said Wednesday (May 24th), according to the New York Times.

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Tina Majorino and HBO - Wednesday 12th January 2011 at Directors Guild Of America Los Angeles, California

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Tina Majorino and Hbo
Tina Majorino and Hbo
Tina Majorino and Hbo
Tina Majorino and Hbo
Tina Majorino and Hbo

Lisa Vidal and HBO Tuesday 24th February 2009 Los Angeles Premiere of HBO's new mini series 'The Pacific' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater Hollywood, California

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Lisa Vidal and Hbo
Lisa Vidal and Hbo

Matt Lucas and HBO - Matt Lucas as Vicky Pollard USA - Film stills from HBO's 'Little Britain USA' Season 1 Thursday 1st January 1970

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Matt Lucas and Hbo
Matt Lucas and Hbo

David Walliams, HBO and Matt Lucas - David Walliams as Tom and Matt Lucas as Mark USA - Film stills from HBO's 'Little Britain USA' Season 1 Tuesday 22nd July 2008

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David Walliams and Hbo
David Walliams and Hbo
David Walliams, Hbo and Matt Lucas
David Walliams, Hbo and Matt Lucas
David Walliams, Hbo and Matt Lucas

Kevin Connolly and HBO Thursday 10th July 2008 The cast of HBO's 'Entourage' filming a scene at the Urth Cafe on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood Los Angeles, California

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Kevin Connolly and Hbo
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