In news that will surprise no one but should make everyone ecstatic, HBO renewed its Sunday night lineup of “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” Much discussion has been made about whether or not “Game of Thrones” will be ending soon, but those plans are in place for post-2017, making this announcement more of a formality. “Veep,” meanwhile, hired a prominent new showrunner (David Mandel) for this season (after creator Armando Iannucci left), indicating they had no plans of phasing out the best comedy on TV. “Silicon Valley” has been a ratings and critical hit for the company, even though it’s the weakest Emmys contender of three despite being nominated twice for Outstanding Comedy Series. “Veep” won the title last year, and “Game of Thrones” took home Outstanding Drama Series. HBO obviously doesn’t want to break up the party, and neither do we.
Read below for more of today’s breaking news stories:
– The Archer School for Girls will be holding holding their fifth annual Archer Film Festival, with an emphasis on empowering female filmmakers, and J. J. Abrams will be the keynote speaker. The festival will take place April 27 & 28, and tickets are available here.
– Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” will have its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on Thursday, May 19. The film will world premiere on opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in May. “Cafe Society” stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Steve Carell and more.
– Jerry Seinfeld’s chat show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is returning June 15 for an eighth season on Crackle, and the guest list is a doozy: Margaret Cho, Lorne Michaels, Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver, JB Smoove and Judd Apatow will all go for a spin with the iconic star.