About two weeks ago I canceled our cable premiums, HBO and Showtime because, well, because they both deserved punishment. Showtime canceled Dead Like Me, Huff, and HBO canceled Deadwood and Rome.
They make great stuff, but then they cancel it because… well, the reasoning is complicated: it has to do with production schedules, financing cycles, the way that ratings are reported and insufficient attention to aftermarket DVD sales, but mostly because the marketing schmoes are morons.
But, I’m going to have to pick HBO up again next year.
HBO has ordered a pilot episode of A Game of Thrones. Based on George R. R. Martin’s outstanding Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels. The plan is to use each book in the series to fuel a season’s worth of shows–which would mean that each book would get a lot of attention.
I’m thrilled and hopeful; the books are great.