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Another Nomination

January 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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The Directors Guild has announced this year’s nominations for its annual award, and I’m delighted to report that Tim Van Patten has been nominated for his direction of our first episode, “Winter Is Coming.”

Van Patten faces some tough competition, sharing the ballot with Michael Cuesta (HOMELAND), Vince Gilligan (BREAKING BAD), Patty Jenkins (THE KILLING), and Michael Waxman (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), but I’ll be pulling for him… to win the award, and to come back and direct some more episodes for us in future (though BOARDWALK EMPIRE is keeping him plenty busy).

With this DGA nomination, and the SAG and WGA nominations previously reported here, it means that GAME OF THRONES has been recognized by all three of the major Hollywood guilds.

Pretty damn cool.

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Speaking of the Show…

January 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm
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… HBO has scheduled the second season debut for APRIL 1 (no foolin’).

Promotions are already underway. While I was travelling, two new “Making Of” videos were released by HBO. I think you’ll like ’em.

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Sad to say, I was not able to visit any of the sets this season while the shoot was going on (I wanted to, but after spending so much of the summer and fall on the road promoting A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, I needed to stay home and get some writing done), so most of this is as new to me as it is to you. I’m thrilled. Season two looks as though it will be a feast for the eyes.

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Win One, Lose One

January 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm
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So I’m back from LA, once more catching up and digging out.

If you watched the Golden Globe telecast on Sunday, you already know that GAME OF THRONES lost out to HOMELAND in the Best TV Drama category. Ah, well. It IS an honor just to be nominated, of course, and HOMELAND is an excellent series and a very worthy winner. My congrats to their cast and crew… especially to my old friends (scary to realize just how old) Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the showrunners. Back in the dawn of time, when Vincent ruled the underworld and dinosaurs roamed the earth, Alex and Howard and I all worked together on the writing staff of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. If we had to lose, I’m glad it was to “the Lads” and their show.

And GOT had its taste of victory too: Peter Dinklage won for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. A well deserved win over a stellar group of actors.

So… one win, one loss, but a great day, even for those of us who were “differently victorious” (to steal a line from Michael Cassutt). I got to walk the red carpet with my lady Parris, meet Paul Giamatti and Steve Buscemi, visit with Amy Poehler, party with David and Dan and Peter and Emilia and Bryan, not to mention lovely Lisa Bonet and sensational Stana Katic. And Jason Momoa almost twisted my head off. ((I really need to find some way to bring Khal Drogo back from the dead, I do, I do)) That doesn’t happen every day.

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