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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

…by HBO Programming President.

"Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have shouldered their share of controversy over the years regarding the hit HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s acclaimed series of novels. Rather than learn from that experience, the pair appears to be running straight into the teeth of yet another controversy, one based on actual, factual history and loaded with real-world implications.

Benioff and Weiss recently announced their post-Game of Thrones plans for a new HBO drama titled Confederate. Set in an alternate reality, one in which the Confederacy won the first Civil War and created a new nation where slavery is a legal, modern institution, while a new Civil War is looming on the horizon. "The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall."

Obviously a neo-slavery drama from a pair of White, middle-aged dude bros did not sit well with a number of people. It's important to note that husband and wife duo Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire), who are Black, will be writers and executive producers on the series, but also that D&D will still be the showrunners. Within two days, however, the foursome were already addressing the hornets nest that was stirred up. During the Television Critics Association press tour this week, HBO programming president Casey Bloys weighed in as well, expressing hope that viewers will "judge the actual material versus what it might be."…"
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Brian Smaller27 Jul 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

A 20th C Confederacy with slavery still existing as an institution is just lazy 'what-if'ing in my opinion. Too easy.

Trajanus28 Jul 2017 2:03 a.m. PST

Big GoT fan but have no intention of watching this tripe. Saw one episode of The Man in the High Castle and that was enough for me too.

What If? History is a waste of space.

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

High Castle was stellar IMHO

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