HBO announces dates for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Game Change,’ ‘Veep’


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HBO announced at the Television Press Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena that April 1, will be the return date for Season 2 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Several major characters were killed off in the first season, leaving room for a bunch of new actors; a preview of the new season offered glimpses of some incoming characters, including Stannis Baratheon, played by Stephen Dillane, and Carice van Houten as his magical advisor Melisandre.


[For the record, 10:50 a.m. Jan. 13: This post originally listed the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere date as Aug. 1. The show will premiere April 1.]

Also launching on HBO in April is ‘Veep,’ a political comedy created by Armando Iannucci (“In the Loop”) and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as vice president, which premieres April 22.

Coming to HBO on March 10, ‘Game Change’ is another production with a political orientation. This film features Ed Harris as John McCain, whose 2008 presidential campaign pulls in then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. It’s based on a book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong (HBO’s “Recount”).

Finally, there’s ‘Girls,’ a new comedy series created by and starring indie film ingenue Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. Premiering April 15, it’s a lo-fi look at a quartet of young New York women, starring Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet as well as Dunham.


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