Over at AMC, the network has been busy maximizing the brand value of “The Walking Dead” as much as possible, launching the spinoff series “Fear The Walking Dead,” and live talk show, “Talking Dead.” And now, HBO is taking a page from their rival’s playbook.
The network has announced today the launch of the talk show, “After The Thrones.” Hosted by “Watch The Thrones” podcast team Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, episodes will be available on Mondays on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand, as well as on HBO proper. And given that the network won’t be sending anything to press, everyone will be in the same boat as Greenwalk and Ryan break down the latest events, and try to predict what will be coming next.
It’s a smart move by HBO (frankly, I’m a bit surprised it look them this long), and only serves to grow the pop culture conversation around the show. Check out the press release below.
Each week, AFTER THE THRONES will recap the latest episode, explaining the who, what, when and where, exploring the complicated politics and history of “Thrones,” and offering absurd and not-so-absurd theories about future episodes. Greenwald and Ryan will discuss the show as only they can.
Greenwald and Ryan previously hosted Grantland’s hit Watch the Thrones podcast, and currently host The Watch on Channel 33’s podcast feed for The Ringer. Greenwald has established himself as one of America’s premier television critics, and is currently working on the book “How To Watch TV” (Ecco Press). Ryan is the executive editor of The Ringer. The Watch was hailed as one of the best pop-culture podcasts on the Internet by Vulture and Entertainment Weekly.
The executive producers of AFTER THE THRONES are Bill Simmons and BSMG President Eric Weinberger, with Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald serving as co-executive producers.