HBO plans to increase the amount of original programming it puts out by around 10% in 2020, rising from 150 hours this year to 160-165 hours in 2020.
The reveal comes at the Television Critics Association press tour where HBO content chief Casey Bloys was on hand to discuss the future of the network. Despite WarnerMedia’s forthcoming HBO Max streaming service, HBO itself isn’t changing its linear strategy beyond a slight expansion and Bloys says:
“My job is to be able to program at that level where we’re not sacrificing quality. HBO, as it exists, will be the core of any [streaming] offering and [John Stankey and Bob Greenblatt] have given us the funds to ensure that it continues to be healthy in its programming. It’s not going to change anything that HBO decides to program or how we’re going to program.”
Onto HBO shows themselves. First up, shooting on the “Game of Thrones” prequel series pilot has wrapped and Bloys says: “we haven’t seen a cut. I’m excited but no timeline yet… the cast looks really, really good; it’s exciting. There are no plans to have it anywhere else but on HBO.”
He also took the time to address the fan petition demanding for a remake of the final season of ‘Thrones’, saying: “The petition, I think, shows a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the show, but it wasn’t something we seriously considered. I can’t imagine another network would, but who knows.”
Former ‘Thrones’ showrunners Benioff and Weiss’ controversial slavery drama series “Confederate” which had been greenlit looks dead at this point as the pair have been shopping around a giant global overall deal and once they sign up to wherever they land, Bloys says: “I think anything they have with us would likely not go forward”.
Next up, the J.J. Abrams-created “Demimonde” series has lost its showrunner as “Jerusalem” creator Bash Doran has exited from the project and a search for his replacement is underway. Not much movement is expected to happen on that project until Abrams fully wraps “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.
“Silicon Valley” will return for its seven-episode, sixth and final season in October but a specific date was not announced. Issa Rae’s “Insecure” will begin filming its ten-episode fourth season this September. The Fred Armisen-led comedy “Los Espookys” has been renewed for a second season.
Finally, Bloys also confirms the fourth season of “True Detective” is still a while off as, while creator Nic Pizzolatto has ideas for the new season, “I don’t think he’s landed on anything that he feels passionately about” says the network programming chief.
Source: TV Line