Popular series to end?: Game Of Thrones Ending After Season 8

Published: July 31, 2015

Popular series to end?: Game Of Thrones Ending After Season 8, Here’s a roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:

GAME OVER?

“Game of Thrones” fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga’s end is perhaps just a few years away.

HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said that the drama series’ producers are leaning toward three more seasons after the just-concluded season five.

“I’m always hoping they’re going to change their minds, but I think that’s what we’re looking at right now,” Lombardo told a Television Critics Association meeting.

Asked about the possibility of a prequel series, Lombardo said he believed there’s “enormous story material” to be mined for such a project. But the focus now of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is season six of “Game of Thrones,” he said, which is in production now for 2016.

Lombardo was asked if the popular character of Jon Snow, who appeared to die last season, was actually a goner.

“Dead is dead is dead,” said Lombardo, adding, “Everything I’ve seen, heard and read,” Snow is dead.

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TS-EX- DEVIL MADE TS-EX-M DO IT

Destination America is upping its scare factor for Halloween by scheduling what it describes as a live exorcism to air Oct. 30.

“Exorcism: Live!” was announced Thursday at a news conference in Beverly Hills, California. The event will be held at the St. Louis-area house where teen Roland Doe underwent the ritual in 1949. It became the inspiration for 1973’s “The Exorcist” movie.

The paranormal investigators featured on Destination America’s series “GHOST ASYLUM” will appear on the show with psychic medium Chip Coffey. Cameras will roll as they explore the home to find whatever is believed to have haunted it for years.

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S-EX-R CLAWS ARE OUT

Betty White, a passionate animal activist, has harsh words for the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe this month.

“You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man,” the 93-year-old actress said.

“It’s such a heartbreaker. You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in very way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

Cecil was drawn from a wildlife preserve and shot by American hunter Walter James Palmer on July 1. Palmer released a statement this week through a publicist saying he was with professional guides and believed the hunt was legal. The firm is no longer helping Palmer.

White, who said she’s “loved animals since the womb,” was promoting a new block of programming in August on Discovery Family Channel called “Pawgust,” with shows, specials and movies about animals. White will serve as the host of “Pawgust,” and be featured in promos.

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LOUGANIS MAKES A SPLASH

Greg Louganis said he was unaware of fellow Olympian Bruce Jenner’s gender identity struggle when their paths crossed at the Summer 1976 Games and in later years.

The diving great, among the first prominent athletes to come out as gay, said Thursday he has yet to speak with the now-Caitlyn Jenner but can appreciate what she’s going through.

“We all have our journeys. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, we all have our own journeys,” Louganis, 55, told reporters during a Q&A session on the HBO documentary “Greg Louganis: Back on Board,” debuting Tuesday.

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