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‘Game of Thrones’ & ‘Veep’: Are They Still TV’s Best Shows?

'Game of Thrones' & 'Veep': Are They Still TV's Best Shows?

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. 

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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?

Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers suss out the various sides in the latest episode of Very Good TV Podcast, as well as offer reaction to what they’ve seen of each new season. Don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes, and follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news. Check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more — plus, don’t forget to listen to Indiewire’s other podcastsScreen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Indiewire Influencers, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris and featuring various guests relevant to anyone tracking independent film or the entertainment industry in general.
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– Check out Indiewire’s newly-formed “Game of Thrones” critics panel for all the relevant thoughts on the Season 6 premiere. 

Vote for the best simile from the “Veep” premiere and break down the Meyer White House power rankings to boot.

– Not to be forgotten, HBO also debuted a new season of “Silicon Valley” last night. Guess what? It’s still great

– Have you seen the “Twin Peaks” revival’s cast list? You have to see the “Twin Peak” revival’s cast list. 

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