“Game of Thrones” crossed a threshold when Season 6 premiered Sunday night. No longer were David Benioff and D.B. Weiss working from pages already written. They were writing the pages themselves. While it’s hard to judge how that change will affect the season after only one chapter in a 10-chapter story, the question of quality was high on viewers’ minds.
The drama wasn’t alone, though. “Veep” entered into a new era, as well, when its Season 5 premiere marked the first episode with series creator Armando Iannucci at the helm. A new showrunner has taken over — David Mandel — and even if fans were considering his prestigious former projects like “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” a lingering fear had to persist. “What will happen to my favorite show?”
Moreover, what will happen to the best shows on television? The Emmys crowned HBO’s well-received power programs as such last year, but both are facing more substantial changes in their subsequent seasons than previous winners. Both, too, have been running for a substantial period of time using the same systems. How might a change affect them, and what shows could threaten — or are already threatening — their rule?
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