TV News: HBO, Upstairs, Dexter, Maher

HBO’s new comedy “Veep” with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss premiered to 1.7 million viewers for the night on Sunday night – a solid start.

On the same network both “Game of Thrones” and “Girls” held steady from last week with 4.6 million and 1.1 million viewers respectively across their double airings.

‘Thrones’ is averaging about 10.4 million viewers across all of HBO’s platforms each week. [Source: EW]

Upstairs Downstairs
The BBC has confirmed they’ve axed their revival of the period drama “Upstairs Downstairs” after two seasons.

The first episode drew 8.8 million viewers back in 2010, that had dropped to 5.22 million by the end of the second season. [Source: BBC]

“Rome” and “Punisher: War Zone” actor Ray Stevenson is joining the cast of the upcoming seventh season of Showtime’s “Dexter”.

Stevenson will have the recurring role as the leader of a Russian organized crime syndicate. [Source: EW]

Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher has signed a new three year deal with HBO which includes a two season renewal of his talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher, ensuring the series will stay on HBO through 2014. [Source: TV Series Finale]

Keeping Up with the Kardashians
E! Entertainment has reached a deal for three more seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in a deal said to be worth $40 million, making it the most profitable deal in reality TV history. [Source: Forbes]