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July 10, 2008

Live blogging HBO's executive session

TCA -- The HBO executive session opens with an untruth. Not an intentional fib, mind you, but a common network executive spin to try and promote a tricky type of project.

"It has nothing to do with politics," says Richard Plepler, HBO's co-president, regarding the network's upcoming Iraq war miniseries "Generation Kill." "It's really the story of this particular Marine reconnaissance as they went through Iraq without politics. It has nothing to do with the bureaucracy of war ... the politics of the war."

Any fictional depiction of a war, when the war is still going on, is inherently political. Just because the story doesn't take a side, bringing to life the reality of war, forces an audience to re-evaluate their feelings about the issue.

Three pilots greenlighted

-- David Simon's "Treme," dealing with post-Katrina New Orleans

-- "The Washingtonienne," based on book by Jessica Cutler... Sarah Jessica Parker, executive producer

-- "N/A" – Showrunner Terry Winter ("The Sopranos") project about 1920's Atlantic City, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Based on book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City"

On another "Sex and the City" movie

Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming group: "There is enormous interest by Warner and New Line to do another 'Sex and the City' and we're trying to put that together now. There's absolute interest."

Another Chris Rock stand-up special

... his fifth, 90 minutes, is planned for September 27 ...

"Big Love" returns ...

... shooting now, planned for first quarter next year

"Band of Brothers" follow-up "The Pacific"

... will air either in late 2009 or early 2010

On HBO passing on AMC's "Mad Men"

Plepler: "It’s a wonderful show. I wished it were on HBO ... sometimes that happens … Matt's an extraordinary  talent, and I hope one day he'll come and do something for us ..."

On "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returning

Beginning of next year, the execs say. Hopefully. The deal is there, for another 10 episodes, but, as always, it depends on Larry David.

On a "Sopranos" movie ...

"Whatever David [Chase] wants to do ... he’s in France on vacation" (as always ...)

On the chances of doing that "Deadwood" movie

"Slim to none ..."

On the pressure to have another "Sopranos"-like mega-hit

Lombardo: "It would be a mistake for us to be swinging for home runs. We would love for our shows to engage as many people as possible, but if they don’t and they engage a sizable group who are very loyal that's [good too] …


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