Game of Thrones rules.
On the heels of its explosive fourth-season premiere, HBO has renewed the epic fantasy series for two more years. The network promised more dazzling storytelling in those fifth and sixth seasons.
Based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is set on the exotic, often war-torn continent of Westeros. Cast regulars include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance and Natalie Dormer.
Sunday’s season debut was seen by 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s most-watched program since the finale of The Sopranos in 2007. Its audience was 50 percent larger than for last season’s premiere.
Weather Channel trims reality shows
The Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV with a significant compromise that affects all of its viewers: It promises to focus more on the weather.
After a three-month dispute with DirecTV that saw the channel dropped to about 20 million U.S. viewers, the two sides came to a new deal that will restore service today.
The biggest change to its programming will affect all Weather Channel viewers, not just DirecTV subscribers. It said it will reduce its reality programming by half on weekdays. That means fewer airings of TV shows such as Coast Guard Alaska and Hurricane Hunters.
‘Sharknado’ sequel sets summer date
Sharknado 2: The Second One takes a bite out of New York City on July 30 in Syfy’s sequel to the campy classic televised last summer.
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return from the original film that attracted nearly 1.37 million viewers. They’re joined by Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath, along with Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Perez Hilton. Matt Lauer and Al Roker of Today and Robert Klein make cameo appearances.
The original film was a trending topic on Twitter, generating nearly 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak.
Oxygen focuses on younger women
Oxygen Media on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 programming slate in New York, which will include seven new reality series aimed at modern young women.
The new lineup will include two competition series. In Nail’d It, hosted by Adrienne Bailon, top nail designers will vie against each other for a $100,000 prize, while Street Art Throwdown will feature up-and-coming street artists aspiring to be the next Banksy.
The new projects were announced ahead of a rebranding later this year that is designed to target younger female viewers with programming centered on authentic and relatable characters with extraordinary stories. Oxygen has the youngest-skewing audience of any women’s network.