Friday, July 11, 2008

Can HBO regain its grip on cable?? Maybe the movies can help out!

Word on the street is with the surprise success of the Sex and the City film that HBO is more than interested in working on a second flick. Michael Lombardo, president of the HBO programming group said at an event this week that Warner Brothers and HBO were incredibly excited about the success of the feature film and that if all the right people were on board, there would most definitely be a second film. Lombardo also alluded to an interest in a Sopranos feature length film, as long as executive producer and creator David Chase was interested.

HBO has been hitting some high notes recently after a decline in ratings and passing the coolness torch to Showtime. The cable network recently joined forces with the successful online comedy property of Will Farrell, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow, FunnyorDie. They also have cast Jason Schwartzman as the lead in dark comedy "Bored", slated to begin in September. And to really bring back the network, a "Sex and the City" style show, based in Washington D.C. and executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker herself will be part of the 2009 channel lineup, as well as a post-Katrina Louisiana based drama in the vein of the critically acclaimed "The Wire". Lombardo said that he is not nervous about HBO working its way back to the top, especially with another series coming to the network from one of my favorite movie men, Martin Scorsese. Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Big Love" and "Entourage" are also set to come back in 2009.