Michael-Lombardo

So, Mike Lombardo was arrested.

Full story here. It is the natural conclusion to the FBI investigation he was under.

There will be a lot said about this in the next few days. I want to say this. Blame these girls just once, even a little, and it’s probably best you (in this order) look up the definition of informed consent, unfollow me, and stop thinking about ever saying words to me.

Cast of HBO's Looking opens up to Gay Star News about their hopes for the show's future

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

20 March 2015 | By Greg Hernandez  

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

But whether the show’s loyal viewing audience is big enough for Looking to survive is the burning question as the show heads towards its season two finale on Sunday (22 March).

The show has never been a huge ratings hit compared to Girls which follows it on the Sunday schedule.

Gay Star News asked HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo about the show’s fate last weekend at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles where he was being honored.

‘It hasn’t been (renewed) yet,’ he said. 'Wait and see.’

At the Paley event, GSN chatted with cast members Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese about their characters, fan reaction, the show’s future and more.

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Game of Thrones will not extend past 10 episodes
Game of Thrones will not extend past 10 episodes
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Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo, who are both executives at the network HBO, which airs the hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones, have admitted that, although they hope to have a long running show, it will never extend beyond ten episodes per season. The decision is due to the fact that they are more interested in quality over quantity.   Michael Lombardo, who is the programming president at HBO, explained, “I hope it lasts for 20 years. I promise you we won’t stop it before it’s ready to stop. There’s a great relationship fans have with the show and we appreciate that. We’ve never seen people get so excited about casting [decisions].”   While Richard Plepler, the co president at HBO added, “If we could do 12 [episodes], we would. To produce those shows in the time they have, there’s no way they could physically do more than ten… without diluting the quality.” Game of Thrones season two is expected to premiere on HBO next April.

Following his successful run as host of The Daily Show over the summer, John Oliver has signed a deal with HBO for his own show.

HBO describes the new program as a “weekly topical comedy series presenting a satirical look at news, politics, and current events.” The show will air Sundays beginning sometime in 2014.

“We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on ‘The Daily Show,’ we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said president of HBO programming Michael Lombardo in a press release. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.“

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Likely To Last Eight Seasons, Prequel Series Possible


Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said at the Television Critics Association press event today that the oft-quoted “seven seasons” plan for Game of Thrones is now out the window. Lombardo was responding to a question over whether HBO’s attitude was going to be…

Pleased with stellar ratings for its season 4 premiere on Sunday, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for seasons 5 and 6.

“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” noted Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, during today’s announcement. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

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La HBO rinnova Treme

Anche quest’anno Treme ha ottenuti ascolti e rating molto bassi (circa 1 milione a episodio), ma il canale sembra deciso a premiare la qualità, come già spiegato l’anno scorso dal presidente Michael Lombardo, che aveva affermato: “Dobbiamo essere un luogo in cui questo tipo di eccellenza ha la possibilità di continuare”. L’ordine per la seconda stagione era arrivato subito dopo la trasmissione del pilot.

Così si ragiona! La HBO è sempre una garanzia di qualità.