News Roundup: Liberace & GIRLS Casting; GOT Production News & NEWSROOM Numbers

There is no big news out there this week about HBO but, HBOWatch has got a few tidbits to offer for those interested.

  • Casting News I

There is HBO casting news this week but, alas, it is not pertaining to GAME OF THRONES Season Three. It has been announced that two more actors have been signed for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. The HBO Film production is about the entertainer Liberace Rob_Lowe1starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Added to the cast are Rob Lowe and Tom Pappa.

Mr. Lowe (lately of Parks and Recreation) is slated to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon and Mr. Pappa (lately host of The Marriage Ref) plays Ray Arnett, a good friend of the flamboyant piano man. Casting for this movie should be wrapping up soon as production in Las Vegas and Los Angeles is slated to begin yet this summer. HBOWatch will have an In Production article detailing more after shooting gets underway.


  •  Casting News II

Patrick_WilsonWe already know that Season Two of GIRLS is underway and that Dunham and Apatow are making changes in the production of the show. They have one story arc upcoming that will feature actor Patrick Wilson. He was last seen on the big screen in Prometheus and on CBS’s The Gifted Man. He is slated to play a character called Joshua who is a doctor who lives near where Lena Dunham’s Hannah works.

There is speculation that an intimate relationship will develop between the two characters but such news has not been revealed yet. Fans will have to wait for Season Two in the spring of 2013 to find out.




  • GAME OF THRONES Production News

Since we here at HBOWatch know that any scrap of news about the epic work GAME OF THRONES is greatly appreciated by its fans we’ll throw you a bone with this next news items. First, HBO has announced that filming of Season Three gets underway in early July. With a huge production slate ahead of them the production team will be filming for a few months.Iceland_set

Productions crews, that include cinematographers and directors of photography, have been at various locations around the world looking for the perfect shots of vistas to film their cast in. Locations required for GOT include Iceland for the above The Wall scenes; Ireland for most of Westeros and Croatia for castle & city scenes. And, for the first time, filming will happen in the country of Morocco. It is believed this locale will be used in the scenes involving a certain Dragon Queen. If fans are lucky they may get to see some Invitations to the Set pieces once production gets rolling.

Also announced by HBO, added to the list of directors rolling the cameras in Season Three will be David Benioff and D. B. Weiss themselves. We are sure it will be made clear in advance which episodes they will each be helming.

And lastly, the revised version of GAME OF THRONES is now available. In other words, plastic surgery has taken place on the George Bush-like head on a pike making it a more nondescript personage.  The CGI-ed fix doesn’t look that good does it?


  • THE NEWSROOM”s Numbers

Not everyone follows the ratings listed for a show but for those who do here are the facts pertaining to the premiere episode of Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM. The drama was watched by 2.1 million viewers on Sunday, June 24th. That makes it the third highest series debut for HBO. The stats were also able to factor in its encore airing the same night to make it an overall total of 2.7 million viewers.

For those who really like the numbers here are the stats as they relate to other series on HBO:

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Series Premiere – 4.8 million viewers       newsroom_logo

GAME OF THRONES Series Premiere – 2.2 million viewers

THE NEWSROOM Series Premiere – 2.7 million viewers

TRUE BLOOD Series Premiere – 1.4 million viewers

TRUE BLOOD episode airing right before THE NEWSROOM – 4.7 million viewers.

Of course fans of the show don’t need or care for the numbers, but there are those that follow them; it is all about the ratings. Even Will McAvoy knows that.

HBOWatch will keep you apprised of other news related items as they come available about the exciting programs and personalities of HBO.


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