I’m just back from ten days in LA, and the Emmy Awards… where GAME OF THRONES once again won the Big One as the Best Drama. It’s the fourth win for GOT… and, along with Peter Dinklage’s fourth victory as Best Supporting Actor in a drama, and all the trophies our amazing crew snagged the previous weekend at the Creative Arts awards, helped HBO once again take home more Emmys than any other network, channel, or streaming service.
Of course, we lost a few as well. Alfie Allen and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau were also finalists in Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Peter. GAME OF THRONES had three directors nominated (David Nutter, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, and Miguel Sapochnik), David & Dan were up again for writing, and we had no fewer than FOUR finalists in Best Supporting Actress in a drama (Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, and Gwendoline Christine, all of them superb), but as often happens when a show has more than one nominee in a category, they ended up splitting the GOT vote. Kit Harrington was nominated as Best Actor in a leading role, and Emilia Clarke as Best Actress, but the Emmys went to others. The Emmys are nothing if not competitive, and there were some wonderful performances last year… from a whole host of shows.
But it IS a honor just to be nominated, especially now, in this day and age of peak television… a sentiment all of our finalists share. They can all be proud of the work they did, and of the recognition they received from the members of the Academy.
After eight seasons, GAME OF THRONES leaves the air with more Emmys than any other primetime series, comedy or drama, in the entire history of television. Not too shabby, I’d say. I am very pleased to have been a part of setting that record.
Parting is such sweet sorrow, though… it was wonderful to share the moment with all the friends I’ve made during our run, but there was a bittersweet feel to the occasion as well, knowing that this would be the last time all of us would be together. I could not help but think back to my days on TWILIGHT ZONE and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the 80s. I still see some of the writers and actors I met on those shows from time to time, but others I have lost track of entirely. That’s the way it goes in television and film. Will I ever again have the privilege of working with some of these incredible talents who helped bring my books to life? One never knows…
One thing I do know. I’m not done with Westeros, and HBO isn’t either. I have WINDS OF WINTER to finish… and A DREAM OF SPRING… and more Dunk & Egg stories… and the second volume of Archmaester Gyldayn’s history. And we hope to have some exciting news about the successor shows soon as well.
Yes, yes, I know. The internet is full of stories about a second GAME OF THRONES prequel moving closer to production. There are stories in the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, DEADLINE, dozens of other places. You’ve seen them, I suppose. Since one cannot put the genie back in the lamp, here’s a link to one of the most complete, from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
Many people have been emailing me since these stories hit the web, asking me to confirm or deny.
Sorry. Can’t. Well, not much, in any case. Yes, I can confirm that HBO put several GAMES OF THRONES successor shows in development at one point. There were four to start with. Then five. Then three. I’ve said all that before. Jane Goldman’s as yet untitled show, which I am still not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT, is one of those. The pilot on that one wrapped a month ago and has been in post-production. I am expecting to see her first cut soon. (Last month in Belfast, I got a behind-the-scenes look at some of her sets, and they were spectacular).
The show stirring up all the internet headlines right now is one of the others. Also a prequel. Set thousands of years after Jane’s show in the history of Westeros. And yes, it is based on material from one of my books.
((FWIW, those who have read FIRE & BLOOD will realize it contains enough materials for a dozen shows)).
This one has a title, but no one else has revealed it, so I had better not either. ((But it’s not the obvious title)).
It has a script and a bible, and both of them are terrific, first rate, exciting. They’re the work of RYAN CONDAL. I first met Ryan when he came to New Mexico a couple of years ago to shoot a pilot for a fantasy western called THE SIXTH GUN, based on the comic book. That show did not go, though I had the pleasure of screening the pilot at my theatre, the Jean Cocteau. Later we also did a premiere for COLONY, the aliens-in-LA series that Ryan created and ran. He’s a helluva strong writer, and a huge fan of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, Dunk & Egg, and Westeros in general. I’ve loved working with him, and if the Seven Gods and HBO are kind, I hope to keep on working with him for years to come on this new successor show, the title of which is…
Ooops. Almost slipped. Can’t say yet.
I can say that there will be dragons. Everyone else has said that, so why not me?
I do want to point out that “moving closer to a pilot order” is NOT the same thing as “getting a pilot order.” Would that it were. This is encouraging, this is exciting, but don’t buy the couch just yet. When HBO actually gives us a pilot order, you will hear me shouting it from the rooftops. A series order, and I’ll be shouting even louder. But we’ll see. Right now all the signs are good, but nothing is confirmed.
Some websites are suggesting that the news about Ryan’s show moving forward means that Jane’s show won’t. If that’s so, no one has told me. I don’t think it’s so. I love what Ryan has done, but I’m excited about the possibilities for Jane’s series as well. Jane and I had dinner in London (at Rule’s, great spot, oldest restaurant in England, Charles Dickens and H.G. Wells ate there, it was a thrill to break bread with their ghosts), and her enthusiasm was palpable. The world of Ice & Fire is a WORLD, boys and girls. Huge continents, ten thousand years of history, cities, deserts, oceans, mysteries, triumphs and tragedies. If there were indeed eight million stories in The Naked City in the 50s, surely there are eight billion stories to be told about Westeros, Essos, Sothoryos, and the lands beyond the Sunset Sea, south of Oz and north of Shangri-La…
And in these days of a hundred networks, channels, and streaming services, I think television has plenty of room for two shows set in Westeros… or hell, maybe three or four… I still want to do SPEARCARRIERS, after all.
No, no, sorry, no news about the Wild Cards television shows being developed by UCP for Hulu. Except, well… some scripts have been written, and we’re all very excited. Our fingers are crossed. Toes too.
Meanwhile, however, it is never too early to play the casting game. Even writers are powerless to resist. Witness this video, of interviews made two years ago in Santa Fe, when the development process was just beginning.
((Comments permitted, but ONLY about casting the Wild Cards tv shows))
The nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood, and HBO and GAME OF THRONES both set new records. GOT collected 32 nominations, a new record for the number of nominations for one show in a single year.. and by doing so, extended its previous record for the most nominations ever earned by one series, drama or comedy. And HBO racked up a total of 137 nominations, 20 more than second-place finisher Netflix who came in with 117.
GOT is a finalist in the Best Drama category, and also earned nominations for directing (three finalists out of five), writing, and acting, among many many others. Of special note is the Best Supporting Actress Drama category, where four of the six finalists are from GAME OF THRONES: Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, and Sophie Turner. A pretty spectacular showing for our amazing cast.
My congratulations to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, our producers, directors, and all the rest of our amazing cast and crew… those who were nominated and those who were overlooked alike, they all have reason to be proud. They came together to create the most popular television show in the world, and the most acclaimed, nominated, and awarded series in the entire history of television. And they did with a fantasy, a genre that previously had gotten very little respect. GAME OF THRONES changed television, and let us hope that all the fantasy shows that follow — some GOT prequels, many not — will take the torch we lit and carry it proudly.
This year’s winner will be announced in LA on September 22.
Everybody (well, everybody who has been paying attention) knows that we are developing two Wild Cards television series for Hulu. Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.
What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come. Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting. That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however. We wanted to surprise the world.
It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however. And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown.
Of course, there’s a lot of green screen there. No SFX in yet. Very early days.
Showrunner Andrew Miller has forwarded me this statement about the leak, and the footage:
Dear Wild Cards Fans,
This past week there was a security breach from one of our very own team members on the Wild Cards set. Although the PA in question was terminated, we were unable to stop the leaked footage from being disseminated online.
The premature and largely negative reaction is completely unfounded. As any intelligent Wild Cards fan will know, this footage is raw and incomplete, with a great deal of VFX work still to be done. Not to mention sound, editing, music and color correction.
We have pledged to develop the Wild Cards book series into the greatest daytime soap opera ever produced and we stand by that pledge.
We know you have likely already seen the footage in question but in an effort to take hold of this unfortunate narrative we present the leaked clips here, unfinished but unashamed. Knowing that you, the discerning fan will be able to see the brilliant potential in what we’re creating.
The cast seen in these clips are just a few of the brilliant daytime actors we have lured to our adaptation. Daytime Emmy Award winner GREG RIKAART (Days of Our Lives, Young and the Restless), Daytime Emmy Award winner EDEN RIEGEL (All My Children, Young and the Restless) and multiple Daytime Emmy Award nominee THORSTEN KAYE (Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children).
We are so proud of their work and that of our brilliant crew. And are counting the minutes until we’re able to share the final results with you… Every single afternoon at 1pm.
My friend, minion, and collaborator Raya Golden has been blitzing the Pacific Northwest this week, promoting her graphic novel STARPORT, based upon an unproduced pilot of mine from 1994. Raya did the adaptation and the art.
She started out at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, where she was joined by a couple of buds of the Lobh.
After the con, she headed down to Portland, to sign copies at Powell’s, surely one of the great bookstores. (I have signed at Powell’s myself in years past. My name is scrawled on one of their pillars, amongst all the other writers who have had signings there).
STARPORT is now available from your favorite bookstore or on-line bookseller. It’s one of my favorites of my unproduced pilots, and Raya did an amazing job with the adaptation. If you like SF, give it a try.
Oh, and where was I, you ask? Why wasn’t I with her? Well, I’ve been busy at home.
STARPORT is now available for order from your favorite online bookseller, and it should be on the racks at your local comics shop or brick ‘n mortar bookstore. Buddy Lohb, the Topman, Staako Nihi, and children of the endless night await you in Starport Chicago.
(For those who missed my earlier blog post, I am of course talking about the new graphic novel from Bantam (in the US) and HarperCollins Voyager (in the UK), adapted and illustrated by Raya Golden from my teleplay).