‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners to Receive Founders Award at International Emmys

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“Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will receive the Founders Award at this year’s International Emmy Awards in November.

The Founders Award is given annually to those whose “creative accomplishments have contributed in some way to the quality of global television production.” The HBO fantasy epic has almost exclusively filmed aboard in locations Northern Ireland (mostly in Belfast), Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. The series airs in over 207 countries.

“The International Academy does us all a great honor. From cast to crew to locations, the ‘Game of Thrones’ effort was truly international, and this award rightly belongs to all the people who worked so hard for so many years to bring the show to life,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement Monday.

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“David and D.B. are absolute game changers, visionary storytellers who have created, with their first foray into television, a record breaking global cultural phenomenon with an international following like no other,” Bruce L. Paisner, president & CEO, International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, added. “We look forward to honoring their extraordinary talent and the ‘Game of Thrones’ legacy, with our Founders Award.”

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The International Emmy Awards will be held Monday, Nov. 25, in New York City.

“Game of Thrones” is heading into its eighth and final season, which will premiere April 14. The series finale is slated for May 19.

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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Greenlight, Tim Van Patten to Direct and Executive Produce

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HBO has given the greenlight to its long-gestating “Perry Mason” limited series, which will be directed and executive produced by “Boardwalk Empire” alum Tim Van Patten.

Matthew Rhys stars as Perry Mason “at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.” Rhys, who wrapped up his starring role in FX’s “The Americans” last year, stepped in for “Avengers” star Robert Downey Jr., who departed the project as an actor earlier this year. Downey remains on board as an executive producer.

Van Patten was a director, executive producer and writer for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and also helmed episodes for “The Sopranos” and the pilot for “Game of Thrones.”

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Here’s logline for the series, per HBO: 1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

The series is based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner. Raymond Burr starred as the character on CBS’ “Perry Mason” which ran from 1957 to 1966.

“Perry Mason” has been in development since 2016, with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto originally on board to pen the script, before departing to work on the third season of his HBO drama. Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who were brought in to replace him, will serve as showrunners. Downey will executive produce alongside Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell.

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‘Deadwood’ Movie: HBO Unveils Premiere Date – and a Teaser

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HBO’s “Deadwood” reunion movie finally has a premiere date, with the pay cable network announcing Thursday that the long-in-the-works follow-up to David Milch’s HBO series will premiere on Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In the two-hour film — officially titled “Deadwood: The Movie” — the indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds reopened as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

“Deadwood” aired on HBO for three seasons from 2004-2006. The series focused on the colorful characters that inhabited the unincorporated frontier town of Deadwood, South Dakota, in the 1870s, and starred Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker and many others.

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It was canceled due to a dispute between studio Paramount Television and HBO, with the network and series creator/showrunner Milch agreeing to wrap things up with two two-hour TV movies as a finale. Rumors continued for years, with HBO finally confirming a movie was in the works last summer.

McShane, Olyphant and Parker are all returning for film, alongside other original cast members Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes , Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens, Gerald McRaney, Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown and Keone Young. The film will also feature new cast member Jade Pettyjohn.

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Does ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Poster Reveal Who Will End Up on the Iron Throne? (Photo)

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HBO just revealed the key art for the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” a poster that might actually tell us who will be sitting on the Iron Throne when all of this ends.

In the image (seen below), we get a close-up shot of the infamous chair made of swords that is coveted by all the leaders who have been trying to conquer the Seven Kingdoms over the last seven seasons. But there is one big alteration to the fictional royal furniture: a fiery set of dragon eyes.

So, does that mean Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) aka the Mother of Dragons will actually take control of Westeros after so many years of planning? Did HBO just prepare us for another Targaryen reign? We’ll find out soon, as the show’s Season 8 debut arrives on April 14 — well after winter has come and gone.

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Speaking of the long-awaited premiere, last week, HBO confirmed the air dates and estimated runtimes for the final six “GoT” episodes. And though the first two are just shy of an hour — as TheWrap previously reported they would be– the final four are all super-sized installments.

And yes, that includes the series finale, which clocks in at an hour and 20 minutes, and Episode 803, the big Battle of Winterfell one that took 55 nights’ worth of shooting to complete.

See the key art below.

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