Is HBO starting to come close to a programming logjam when we get into early 2019? We’re starting to think so when it comes to some of the shows we know they are working on. There are no official premiere dates yet for any of them, but personal expectations suggest that all three are going to surface on the air at some point in the new year.
Big Little Lies – While we suppose it’s possible that the return of the critically-acclaimed limited series could air at the end of this year, that feels unlikely — the Nicole Kidman – Reese Witherspoon series is slated to start filming next month. With that, signs point to a launch in early 2019. January or February is probably a safe bet, given that this is when season 1 aired and this show is good counter-programming against some of the series / specials that air on other networks in January or February.
Game of Thrones – There was some misinformation out there from Maisie Williams recently suggesting that the final season for the HBO series could air in April 2019; yet, that’s actually the most-likely premiere window for the series. It pays homage to when the show aired some of its early seasons, and when you consider the current production cycle that makes the most sense.
True Detective – Meanwhile, our feeling is that the third season of the crime thriller will be the last of the three shows to air, presumably as early as June. This is when season 2 of True Detective aired and it should generate good buzz around this time of the year when there’s no football and no substantial network TV programming.
Remember, these are projections
If there is one thing that could easily fluctuate, it would be True Detective and Game of Thrones swapping spots given the latter probably has a much lengthier post-production process with all of the effects that need to be added.
These three shows are all spinning around on a premiere-date carousel; the real wait just comes in seeing which one will jump off first.
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