Game of Thrones Returns Early 2019, Plus HBO Confirms Deadwood Movie

Jane Fonda also teases 9 to 5 reunion at Television Critics Association Press Tour.

by | July 25, 2018 | Comments

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

The final season of Game of Thrones will air in the first half of 2019, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said during his executive session with the Television Critics Association on Wednesday. For those still itching for a more definitive answer, one thing to remember is that the Emmy eligibility period ends in May, which is likely to have an impact on the air date of the final, six-episode season.

Bloys also reaffirmed previously reported news that they have chosen a Game of Thrones prequel script and are putting it into production. (Read: “Everything We Know About HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel.”)

“The update I will give, we are doing a pilot that Jane Goldman wrote,” Bloys said. “We’re just starting the search for a director [and] casting director. We hope to be shooting sometime in the year. Beyond that no plans.”

That still leaves more Game of Thrones prequel scripts out there that could just as well be produced and give fans more Westeros. Bloys was coy about whether the remaining prequel scripts were scrapped or could still be viable.

“A combination,” Bloys said. “Our thought going in, the reason we did multiple scripts, [was that] out of five, we’d be lucky to get one we’re very excited about. We did get that. That’s the update.”

Deadwood Movie Confirmed

Deadwood (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

Bloys offered some good news for Deadwood fans, too: HBO will begin production on a Deadwood movie to wrap up their Western series that ended in 2006. Since cast members Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, John Hawkes, Paula Malcolmson, and others are all busy working on new shows and movies, it was not easy to get them all scheduled to film in October.

“Dan Minahan will direct.” Bloys said. “Gregg Feinberg, Carolyn Strauss, and David Milch worked very hard. It was a nightmare getting cast members schedules aligned, but they are there and it’s greenlit.”

Don’t ask him when it will air yet.

“I don’t wanna be too optimistic,” Bloys said. “I would hope Spring ’19, but let’s get cameras rolling before we worry about that. Let’s take the green light and celebrate that.”

Jane Fonda Teases 9 to 5 Reunion

9 to 5 keyart (20th Century Fox)

(Photo by 20th Century Fox)

During a panel on the HBO documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Jane Fonda herself gave an update on the 9 to 5 reboot in development with Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton set to reprise their roles from the original.

“Right now, Dolly, Lily, and I are intending to be in it,” Fonda said. “My involvement is as an executive producer, with Lily, working with the writers, talking to the writers.”

Those writers may include Rashida Jones who Deadline reported was sought to cowrite with original 9 to 5 writer Pat Resnick. The rumored premise is that a new trio of women plot revenge on their sexist boss, but this time they seek advice from the original three.

Fonda is pushing for the new movie to address changes in the modern workplace.

“I’m sorry to say the situation is worse today,” Fonda said, “and I’ll tell you why: Back in the day the company was called Consolidated, which it still is. You worked for the company, if you had problems you went to the company. Today a lot of the company is hired outside and subcontracted back to Consolidated. Who do you go to? Who do you complain to? Who do you fight with? Social media, the internet, computers, you can be spied on a lot more easily.”

She did, however, imply that sexual harassment may decline thanks to movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up.

“I do think probably sexual harassment will tend to drop because guys are scared,” Fonda said with a laugh.

Watchmen Pilot Holds Promise

WATCHMEN, Rorschach, as drawn by co-creator Dave Gibbons, 2009. ©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

(Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)

HBO has already filmed a pilot for the Damon Lindelof–created Watchmen adaptation. Once Bloys sees the finished show, he will decide whether or not to order the series, but he expects to soon, and he is optimistic about it, saying that they can greenlight Watchmen “as soon as possible.”

“That’s our hope,” he said, “but we’ve got to see the pilot. I’ve got very, very high hopes. He wrote a phenomenal script, and Nicole Kassell did a phenomenal job shooting the show. We’ll see in a few weeks.”

True Detective Season 3 Update

True Detective season 1 (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

Season 3 of True Detective hit a bit of a snag when director Jeremy Saulnier exited after two episodes. The season is still in production and Bloys is optimistic about when it might air.

“My hope is top of the year,” Bloys said.

Season 2 was a setback for the HBO phenom (it even ranked in our article about TV shows with the biggest sophomore slumps), but Bloys said season 3 measures up to the first.

“The scripts that [Nic Pizzolatto] wrote did all the talking for him,” Bloys said. “When I read the scripts, I was sure. It wasn’t based on conversations. It was on the page.”

Bloys Defends Westworld

Westworld Episode 14 (season 2, episode 4), debut 5/13/18: Jeffrey Wright. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)

Westworld ended its divisive second season with some fans unsure if they like where the series might go in the third season. Bloys assured fans that the show’s creators expected that reaction.

“I’m not sure that I would agree that the backlash was widespread,” Bloys said. “What I love about Westworld is the people who love it really love it. Even the people who dislike it feel the need to talk about it, discuss it and debate it. For a show to arouse that kind of feeling, that’s what we want. It is not for casual viewers. It requires your attention. I think Jonah [Nolan] and Lisa [Joy] like to challenge their viewers. Many feel they’re rewarded by that.”

Comedies News: Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep Final Season

Curb Your Enthusiasm - June Diane Raphael, Larry David, Ed Begley, Jr. (John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO)

(Photo by John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO)

On the comedy side, Bloys confirmed Larry David is writing another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, though he has no estimate when it will be ready. The final season of Veep is being written and will film this fall, no air date plans yet.

Controversial The Confederate on Hold

Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D. B. Weiss attend the 17th annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Finally, HBO’s controversial upcoming series The Confederate is on hold indefinitely. Created by Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the original series is about an alternate history in which the confederacy wins the Civil War, and modern day has evolved under a victorious slave owning South. The idea was controversial when announced, but the creators are busy with other projects and have not been able to focus on it. HBO is still committed to The Confederate though.

“David and Dan have got to finish the final season of Game of Thrones,” Bloys said. “[Writers] Malcolm [Spellman] and Nichelle [Tramble Spellman] have a show at Apple. Malcolm has multiple project. Dan and David have the Star Wars movies. When they figure out their schedule they will come back. No changes.”

Tag Cloud

Pacific Islander screenings OWN sitcom Classic Film Emmy Nominations Video Games ABC Family kaiju Nat Geo History prank Women's History Month PlayStation TCM Showtime sports E3 MTV Amazon Studios diversity child's play critics Superheroes ViacomCBS trailers psycho Hallmark Christmas movies HBO Max scene in color PBS elevated horror unscripted Marvel crime thriller Disney+ Disney Plus Best and Worst ESPN Winter TV dark Family LGBTQ marvel cinematic universe Reality Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Marvel Studios thriller MCU Adult Swim Turner Lifetime Amazon Prime Video Netflix cooking popular theme song french TNT WGN cults Watching Series rom-coms A&E crime drama independent Musicals Trailer versus mission: impossible CNN spider-man Captain marvel Hear Us Out japanese Tomatazos police drama Photos President olympics zombie Valentine's Day canceled SXSW Set visit revenge anime Amazon basketball DGA Creative Arts Emmys biography Mary Poppins Returns Film Festival golden globe awards Pirates sag awards Interview kids golden globes toy story social media stoner dceu PaleyFest new zealand VH1 Academy Awards Tumblr Nickelodeon dogs Warner Bros. blockbusters TCA Winter 2020 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards mockumentary CBS All Access crime Schedule TCA 2017 Fox Searchlight The Walt Disney Company Biopics parents Song of Ice and Fire Binge Guide mutant politics vampires pirates of the caribbean facebook WarnerMedia Marathons book adaptation Disney 2021 USA Western scary movies transformers 71st Emmy Awards blaxploitation VOD FX on Hulu scorecard SundanceTV Universal 2017 Dark Horse Comics psychological thriller universal monsters ghosts Mary Tyler Moore batman war classics Election period drama ITV discovery toronto DirecTV jurassic park Acorn TV Music TV renewals hispanic all-time Awards Oscars New York Comic Con Comic-Con@Home 2021 rt archives Discovery Channel Broadway richard e. Grant Toys The Purge Year in Review fresh 2016 Box Office 2018 USA Network Comedy satire romance italian NBA venice harry potter slashers hollywood casting Avengers A24 Disney Plus Paramount Network Television Critics Association reboot science fiction dragons TCA Awards king kong YouTube Red Country cats Baby Yoda historical drama ratings Winners Black Mirror cancelled Wes Anderson adenture Mary poppins aapi cinemax Comic Book FXX The Walking Dead space BET Awards medical drama festivals teaser japan Thanksgiving series comic books APB telelvision Martial Arts indiana jones binge worst movies heist movie emmy awards stand-up comedy MSNBC CBS ABC GLAAD Ovation spanish Spring TV Heroines news Teen BBC foreign Cosplay National Geographic San Diego Comic-Con Shudder Sony Pictures james bond comic Syfy video on demand Bravo Mindy Kaling Podcast Rocketman king arthur TBS Travel Channel The Arrangement Black History Month Pop Image Comics renewed TV shows crossover Starz Sneak Peek high school ABC Signature movie Christmas true crime The CW CW Seed Netflix Christmas movies know your critic nfl docuseries Disney streaming service strong female leads TLC wonder woman australia Funimation children's TV Spike 2015 streaming movies superman 24 frames cancelled TV series monster movies die hard Sci-Fi breaking bad robots Comics on TV Brie Larson Calendar black Nominations dc cancelled television Anna Paquin TV One Fall TV Superheroe TV Land Extras First Reviews 20th Century Fox remakes Masterpiece Lifetime Christmas movies 21st Century Fox festival Pop TV indie superhero razzies new york Rock nature women Tokyo Olympics NYCC political drama Exclusive Video Lucasfilm Countdown Apple TV Plus zero dark thirty BBC One Vudu HBO directors quibi TV movies Infographic YA streaming Pet Sematary joker asian-american suspense El Rey Opinion Paramount boxing Sundance Character Guide YouTube kong cops BBC America dramedy Hulu DC streaming service boxoffice award winner Paramount Plus miniseries Epix book films Fox News criterion football Walt Disney Pictures Drama Film IFC Crackle Rom-Com Star Wars Trivia Ellie Kemper comics docudrama archives Peacock talk show composers OneApp Tubi Marvel Television cancelled TV shows 2019 saw Emmys GoT Grammys Trophy Talk Star Trek Polls and Games BAFTA hist spanish language technology canceled TV shows Super Bowl Tarantino tv talk 93rd Oscars movies CMT Horror documentaries Fantasy Awards Tour The Academy justice league Quiz godzilla a nightmare on elm street christmas movies cars Alien American Society of Cinematographers TCA comedies FOX Disney Channel DC Universe Apple Arrowverse Rocky franchise television legend werewolf Summer chucky documentary spain halloween Shondaland lord of the rings Turner Classic Movies Animation X-Men AMC Spectrum Originals TIFF 2020 witnail international Kids & Family animated Esquire travel singing competition based on movie sequels Pixar jamie lee curtis cartoon finale Legendary green book zombies spy thriller Television Academy sequel Britbox BET supernatural nbcuniversal aliens concert reviews VICE Amazon Prime Certified Fresh halloween tv target LGBT First Look Food Network latino spinoff RT21 deadpool Cannes romantic comedy Stephen King 45 Logo rotten RT History game show GIFs Sundance TV south america NBC Action 90s blockbuster Apple TV+ laika Columbia Pictures 72 Emmy Awards TV Elton John name the review best Crunchyroll 4/20 Writers Guild of America Mudbound adaptation 007 Lionsgate Endgame Hallmark worst serial killer YouTube Premium Chernobyl free movies natural history See It Skip It Chilling Adventures of Sabrina obituary TruTV rotten movies we love 99% Red Carpet HBO Go The Witch IFC Films Musical new star wars movies live action DC Comics FX Holiday twilight stop motion doctor who video screen actors guild Pride Month game of thrones comiccon adventure anthology disaster Sundance Now what to watch ID Reality Competition Freeform Holidays Ghostbusters SDCC Premiere Dates Mystery fast and furious E! hidden camera Comedy Central Cartoon Network 1990s