We just told you about such things as the premiere for “Game of Thrones” and that “Boardwalk Empire” will end after its fifth season, and now, we’re transitioning into the much-anticipated project “The Normal Heart.” Based on the successful play, this production features the likes of Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Denis O’Hare, Jonathan Groff, and many more. It is directed by Ryan Murphy of “Glee” fame, and will officially air on HBO in May, per the announcement today.
May we be so forward as to possibly pencil in a date for the film already? Think along the lines of May 25. This is pure speculation, but it was the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend that HBO decided to air “Behind the Candelabra,” their last TV movie that we would argue was this high-profile. This would push “Game of Thrones” for a week, but that wouldn’t be a bad thing since the war could need a break on a weekend when people may be off doing other things.
While some of Murphy’s work is pretty polarizing, remember that he has a knack for delivering outstanding first seasons of things. Since all this show has is first seasons, there is no reason to worry about it hitting a sophomore slump or getting to the point where it really makes no sense to anyone. It should stay stellar throughout, and it better with the sort of outstanding cast that he has assembled here.
In case you are wondering why there is a mountain of HBO news today, it is largely because the network was a part of the winter TCA press event today. You can expect similar streams of news about other networks over the course of the next several days.
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