Joy Press of Showtracker, our must-read sister blog, has the latest on HBO’s highly anticipated fantasy series…
The TCA press tour panel for “Game of Thrones” was one of the most eagerly anticipated on a day full of interesting sessions. HBO finally announced a launch date for the series — April 17 -– which is based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy saga written by George R.R. Martin. And they brought three of the vast ensemble cast (Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage), the author and the showrunners on stage to discuss the show.
Martin cut a quirky figure onstage with his puffy white beard, cap and suspenders as he pondered why there’s been such fervent excitement about the series. Noting diplomatically that “fantasy and science fiction fans are very intense,” Martin also blamed TV. “There’s relatively little out there” for science fiction fans, he said. Television is full of legal shows and comedies, not to mention all those real housewives, Martin said. “Fantasy has been largely restricted to books for a long time.”
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— Joy Press
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