HBO Announces Game of Thrones Premiere, 2016 Slate


NEW YORK: The sixth season of the international hit drama Game of Thrones is due out on HBO this spring, leading a roster of original scripted programming and documentary premieres in 2016 for the premium network.

The latest ten-episode run of Game of Thrones is scheduled to premiere April 24. It will be followed by back-to-back debuts of the comedies Silicon Valley, back for a third season, and the fifth season of Veep.

In February, the network will roll out a ten-episode first season of Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s Vinyl, which chronicles the sex- and drug-addled music business of 1970s New York. Terence Winter also executive produces the drama.

On the original-films front, HBO is presenting in May All the Way, starring four-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Directed by Jay Roach (HBO’s Game Change and Recount), the original movie will be an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Additionally, the network will debut in April Confirmation, a film about the controversial 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. Kerry Washington leads an all-star cast that includes Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Eric Stonestreet and Jennifer Hudson.

HBO also confirmed a diverse array of documentaries for the first half of 2016. Those titles include Mavis!, a celebration of music legend Mavis Staples; Everything Is Copy, a candid portrait of writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron; Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s study of the controversial artist; and Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, revealing a mother and son’s family history.