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TCA: HBO Keeps ‘Game of Thrones’ Out Of ‘Walking Dead’ Zone

Fantasy drama to bow a week later this year; ''Leftovers' to debut in summer

HBO has set an April 6 premiere date for “Game of Thrones,” skirting the competition that the show faced from “The Walking Dead” last year.

The new season of AMC’s “Walking Dead” opens Feb. 9 and wraps March 30. “Thrones” opens a week later than last year.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” HBO’s bloody, medieval-style drama has thrice been nominated for the drama series Emmy, while its season-three finale brought in a total of 6.3 million viewers for that night — up nearly 30% from the previous season’s finale.

HBO will also air the series premiere of Mike Judge’s comedy “Silicon Valley” and the new seasons of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy “Veep” and news magazine show “Vice” on April 6.

HBO also said it will air the fantasy drama “The Leftovers,” based on the novel by Tom Perrotta,” in the summer. Production is to begin soon on the series spearheaded by “Lost” alum Damon Lindelof. Justin Theroux leads a large ensemble cast.

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