10:03am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Game of Thrones,' 'Silicon Valley' and 'Veep' Renewed at HBO
HBO has renewed three of its biggest original series.
Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep have all been renewed for 2017, the pay cabler announced Thursday.
The news comes days ahead of the trio's return on Sunday. Game of Thrones is going into its sixth season, Veep is entering its fifth season (and first with new showrunner Dave Mandel) and Silicon Valley is entering its third season.
The renewal for Game of Thrones is slightly surprising since it is only for one season. In January, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the premium cable network was nearing a two-season deal for the fantasy series, which draws impressive ratings and also won the Emmy for best drama series last year.
Just last week, THR reported that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are mulling two short-order final seasons for the drama based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin. The short-order seasons would include seven episodes for season seven and six for a likely eighth and final season.
No episode count for season seven was announced Thursday, and the same is true for Veep and Silicon Valley.
The renewals also come after some turmoil for the pay cabler, which just replaced Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) as showrunner of freshman drama Vinyl. HBO's other original drama, The Leftovers, also is about to enter its third and final season.
Comedy has been stronger for HBO, which has enjoyed critical success with Silicon Valley and Veep, the latter of which received the best comedy series Emmy in 2015 in addition to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' four wins for her star turn on the political satire. The network's head of comedy, Casey Bloys, was upped in January to president of HBO series.
On the comedy side, HBO also has Ballers, which returns this summer, and Girls, which just wrapped its penultimate season.