‘Game of Thrones’ could wrap af­ter 8 sea­sons: HBO

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Here’s a roundup of news Thurs­day from the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tiona sum­mer meet­ing, at which U. S. 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.

The Devil Made Them 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.

Demi Goes ‘ Dusk Till Dawn’

Robert Ro­driguez had been wait­ing for a chance to work with Demi Lo­vato since she au­di­tioned for his 2003 movie “Spy Kids 3- D: Game Over.”

The El Rey Net­work cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of its TV se­ries “From Dusk Till Dawn” said the show was a nice fit, so a char­ac­ter was writ­ten specif­i­cally for the 22- year- old.

Aside from her per­sonal con­nec­tion to the se­ries, which is her re­la­tion­ship with cast mem­ber Wilmer Valder­rama, Ro­driguez said, “I’ve al­ways been a big fan of hers and she’s on tour a lot, so when she’d come to set to visit I threw out that we’d love to put her in some­where.”

Ro­driguez was cagey about the part, which will be in­cluded in the show’s sec­ond sea­son, pre­mier­ing Aug. 25 at 9 p. m. EDT.

“From Dusk Till Dawn” is based on the 1996 film of the same name that went on to be a cult fa­vorite.

Wait­ing Pa­tiently for ‘ So­pra­nos’ Cre­ator

It’s been six years since HBO first an­nounced that “So­pra­nos” cre­ator David Chase has a new pro­ject in the works, and ac­cord­ing to the net­work’s pro­gram­ming chief, it’s still hap­pen­ing.

“He’s writ­ing. I have seen pages,” Michael Lom­bardo said.

The story was first pre­sented in 2009 as a minis­eries called “A Rib­bon of Dreams,” dra­ma­tiz­ing the timeline of the Hol­ly­wood film in­dus­try.

“I think he has some­thing re­ally un­be­liev­able, but he had to fig­ure out is it a lim­ited se­ries, an open- ended se­ries? He showed us two hours’ worth of ma­te­rial, and I trust I’ll see ( more) by the end of the year. And I’m sure we’ll go from there. I fully ex­pect we’ll be back up here dur­ing my ten­ure with David Chase and a new show.”

Rock Takes On Hulk

Dwayne John­son says he was dis­ap­pointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Ho­gan us­ing racial slurs.

John­son, also a for­mer pro wrestler said that the re­marks didn’t match his per­sonal history with Ho­gan, whose real name is Terry Bol­lea.

“I’ve known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the ’ 70s when he was break­ing into the busi­ness. I come from a very long line of lin­eage of pro­fes­sional wrestlers. I had not known the man to be racist,” said John­son, who was at the TV crit­ics’ meet­ing to talk about his HBO se­ries, “Ballers.”

“We’ve all talked trash, you know, es­pe­cially in pri­vate. He said what he said, and he’s pay­ing the price,” John­son said.

The 61- year- old Ho­gan has suf­fered back­lash de­spite apol­o­giz­ing in a state­ment for us­ing “of­fen­sive lan­guage.”

World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment Inc. sev­ered ties with him this week.

AP

This im­age re­leased by HBO shows Kit Har­ing­ton as Jon Snow, left, in a scene from “Game of Thrones.”

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