With “Game of Thrones” wrapping up and “True Detective” about to begin, HBO Programming Chief Michael Lombardo has spoken to THR about what’s ahead for the prestige cable network and has confirmed some exciting ideas.
First up, there are plans in the works for a follow-up to the Robert Durst docuseries “The Jinx” following the wild success of it this year.
Then, “The Wire” creator David Simon is developing “The Deuce” which will explore the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. From the roughness of midtown Manhattan to the rise of HIV, the cocaine epidemic and the rejuvenated real estate market that ended it all.
Simon will also reportedly ‘take a pass’ at an American adaptation of acclaimed Danish political drama series “Borgen”.
In a sad bit of news though, Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ “Westworld” TV series will NOT be premiering this year as hoped. The network loves the pilot, but extending the concept to a series sounds like it’s proving more of a challenge:
“The pilot is a really powerful starting point, but when you’re doing a series, you go, ‘OK, so what’s the next episode? What’s bringing you in?’ You can’t just be a spectacle every week.”
The network is also in talks with former ESPN personality Bill Simmons about a TV show with heavy digital extensions that tie-in to their HBO Now service.