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HBO 2012 Summer Press Tour at TCA

Director Rory Kennedy, left, and Ethel Kennedy at HBO's TCA panel at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Rory Kennedy’s documentary Ethel to air Oct. 18 on HBO. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Director Rory Kennedy, left, and Ethel Kennedy at HBO’s TCA panel at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Rory Kennedy’s documentary Ethel to air Oct. 18 on HBO. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Ethel Kennedy a strong and independent woman who raised all her children to be just as strong and  independent

By: Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/2/12 –  “Our development production schedules take the time they take,” says HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. “We weren’t going to jam something, another drama in. Aaron Sorkin’sNewsroom returns as doesHard Knocks on August 7. Due to “Luck” being pulled there was a hole to be filled in January, so scheduled to plug that hole are second season originals “Girls” and “Enlightened”. A Rolling Stones documentary about one of the greatest bands in the world is in the works in recognition of their 5o year anniversary. With the Larry David movie in the works, but having not officially closed the door to another season of Curb  we had to wonder what the thinking at HBO was, “we always say, he has essentially carte blanche with us,” said Plepler, “Don’t quote us on that because he’ll take it. But he does, and when he wants to come back and do Curb,” we’d be thrilled.” Along the lines of things on hold, series Curb Your Enthusiasm remains in limbo alongside, the Fatty Arbuckle film project and “Entourage” the movie. “Doug {Ellin}, as of this week, is on page 65”, said Lombardo. “I think after we take a look at the script, we will see if there is any interest. We still have to make deals with the cast and then figure out whether this is something that makes sense or not.” The program Lombardo is most proud of he said, was Game of Thrones. He explained, “there’s every reason in the world for us not to do that show. It was genre, fantasy genre which has been done very well in the film world, hard to replicate in television”. Ratings aren’t bad, either. “we’re not developing, thinking about shows that will get us the highest rating. We’re thinking about shows that sound fearless, brave. And hopefully, if we continue to do our job right, we try not to be fear based, and so we take some swings. And “Game of Thrones” on paper was something that wouldn’t have seemed like an HBO show and then we read the script and it was exceptional and we went from there.” “What we did say to ourselves five years ago, and we say it over and over again, is we want to be proud of everything that we greenlight to put on the air. And we are proud of everything that’s on the air”, tanned and half unbuttoned shirt – Richard Plepler – Co-President, HBO followed up. At each journalists chairs were HBO laptop bags filled with full season of  ” True Blood”, “The Girl” cookies, Silver photo frame, and much more.