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Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
PETA slams HBO for using abused elephants on Westworld
Six years after the animal rights group successfully fought HBO's horse racing drama Luck, PETA is coming down hard against the pay cable network after it used real elephants on Sunday's episode. In an open letter sent to HBO's Casey Bloys, PETA pointed to footage of one of the elephants from last night's episode being abused, saying in a statement: "HBO’s Westworld—a show that presents riveted viewers with the rape and murder fantasies of rich patrons in a romanticized version of white colonization—couldn’t contain the violence to fictitious humans and robots. The cruelty spilt over into the real world when the show’s creators used a live and notoriously abused elephant in a recent episode. Now, PETA is calling on the network to do away with all animal exploitation." PETA has previously come down on HBO for its use of lions, tigers and bears on Silicon Valley, Vice Principals, and The Leftovers. Lauren Thomasson, PETA's manager of animals in film and television, added: “Considering the realistic and cruelty-free CGI technology that exists today, all wild animals in HBO series should be computer-generated.” HBO has yet to respond to PETA's letter.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
HBO boss says "money is obviously very nice, but it doesn’t automatically mean quality" when asked about Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel
Asked about reports that Amazon is spending $1 billion on its Lord of the Rings series, HBO programming boss Casey Bloys says it's imperative not to focus on money. "We’ve got to stay focused on our goal, which is curating excellent content — not ignoring the outside world because you can’t but also trying not to get too distracted by Amazon has this money or Apple has that money. Money is obviously very nice but it doesn't automatically mean quality. It's very hard to curate content, and it matters how you engage with talent and how you treat them. And it's the game we've been playing for a long time."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
HBO went back and corrected any gender-based pay disparities in response to the Time's Up movement
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was asked about HBO salaries, particularly with regard to one of his executives' recent gaffe of using the word "raped" to describe the contract negotiations with the Big Little Lies cast for Season 2. Bloys says the pay raise "was 100 percent earned and well worth it." He also described one of the affects of working with Reese Witherspoon: "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently," he says. "We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Time's Up movement."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
HBO boss on Netflix: “They’re in the volume business, we’re in the curation business"
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys took aim at Netflix at the INTV conference in Jerusalem, saying HBO's brand of curation offers something valuable to producers and subscribers in a saturated TV marketplace. "That curation is more valuable now than it was five years ago, as we doubled the amount of scripted series, knowing you’re going to a place where you’re going to have a proper launch and attention paid to,” says Bloys.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 10:04PM EDT
Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelley are reuniting for HBO limited series The Undoing
The Big Little Lies collaborators are reteaming for a miniseries in which Kidman will play a therapist who, in the wake of a "very public disaster," dismantles her old life and starts a new one with her young child. The project is based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel You Should Have Known. “We’re thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David,” says HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “and can’t wait to bring this show to life.”
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
Maisie Williams tells Jimmy Kimmel she doesn't think Game of Thrones has the budget to film multiple endings
When Kimmel pointed out that HBO's president was the one who brought up that there would be multiple endings. Williams shot back: "But as we know, sometimes presidents don't always tell the truth."
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
HBO boss: Game of Thrones won’t return until 2019 because “these things take time,” and showrunners are “perfectionists”
“Here’s what I’ll tell you: They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality,” HBO programming chief Casey Bloys tells EW. “As the show has gone on, it’s gotten bigger — big battle scenes, big special effects. These things take time. Here’s the one thing I can assure you: Dan and Dave were not sitting around on a beach waiting to go back to work. They’re perfectionists and this is the soonest it can come back at a level of quality that they are comfortable with.”
- Game of Thrones prequels won’t premiere until at least 2020
- Bloys says David Benioff and D.B. Weiss won’t proceed with Confederate for a year to a year and a half
- HBO hopes to start filming the long-awaited Deadwood movie in fall 2018
- Big Little Lies and True Detective are expected to return in 2019
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
HBO boss: We went to great lengths to make sure Big Little Lies Season 2 could and should be done
“Everybody approached it from a place of love and care (for) these characters and this property, and again, with a little dose of skepticism along the way,” says HBO programming chief Casey Bloys. He emphasized that Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are too busy to do another season if it wasn’t worth it. “It was done, in my mind, for the right reason,” says Bloys. “They set a really high bar, and I think everybody involved believes it’s either going to hit that bar and exceed it, or we wouldn’t do it. We didn’t start with, ‘We must do this.’”
- A second season is unnecessary
- 11 things that should be part of Big Little Lies Season 2
- Four new characters will be introduced in Season 2, including one who befriends Shailene Woodley’s character
- Big Little Lies was the most influential show of 2017, setting the record for “Most Star Power in a Given TV Project”
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 3:02PM EST
Big Little Lies is officially returning for Season 2, with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman aboard
Shailene Woodley is not confirmed to return for the seven-episode second season, but HBO says that “most of the cast is expected to return, and negotiations are underway.” HBO programming president Casey Bloys added: “I’m excited to announce the return of Big Little Lies. David Kelley wrote beautiful scripts and Reese and Nicole were, once again, a force to be reckoned with, reuniting the cast and recruiting the talented Andrea Arnold to direct. We look forward to working with this amazing group of artists.”
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 4:46AM EST
Game of Thrones won’t be back until 2019, says Sophie Turner
“Game of Thrones comes out in 2019,” the actress said in an interview with Variety. Although it’s not confirmed that the final season will air in 2019, Turner’s comment is the latest hint that Game of Thrones fans are in for a long wait for the final season. HBO programming president Casey Bloys has hinted at a 2019 start for Season 8 and actor Liam Cunningham said that the final season would be shooting through summer 2018, which would make a 2019 premiere more likely because of the lengthy post-production process.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Game of Thrones plans to shoot multiple endings to throw off leakers
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” HBO president of programming Casey Bloys was quoted as saying while speaking last week at Moravian College in Bethlehem. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.” HBO isn’t confirming or denying what Bloys said. PLUS: Dominic West insists he never turned down Game of Thrones.
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 11:14PM EDT
Veep's departure means HBO will soon be without its signature comedy and drama series
The revelation by Julia Louis-Dreyfus today that Season 7 will be the HBO comedy’s last will mark the end of an era for the pay cable network. "It became clear that this season should be the last season," Louis-Dreyfus tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series." HBO president Casey Bloys calls it a “bittersweet” decision. And with one more season of Game of Thrones left, it will soon be the end of an era for HBO. As Michael Schneider notes, "The double whammy is reminiscent of how HBO also lost its two biggest shows in the 2000s, when The Sopranos and Sex and the City went off the air around the same time. Back then, pundits wondered whether HBO would recover — but of course, along came Thrones and Veep, which have both been ratings and awards juggernauts.”