HBO has been dominating the early stages of this year's Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Following word of Alan Ball's new deal with HBO and a likely fifth season renewal of "True Blood," the premium cable network offered a broad view of the other shows on its slate.
According to Deadline, HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo indicated that there may be a ninth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in the cards, thanks in part to a ratings resurgence that has led to record numbers for the series this season. However, the decision is still entirely in star/creator Larry David's hands.
"We're cautiously optimistic," said Lombardo. "For the first time ever after this season, Larry didn't say 'I never want to do this again.'"
On the other hand, "Entourage" is definitely wrapping up after the eighth season; which is currently airing on HBO. During the "Entourage" TCA panel (via TVLine), series creator Doug Ellin said “I really wanted [the finale] to have a feeling more than anything else. To leave… the audience feeling like they loved hanging with these guys… [The series finale is] not open-ended.”
Regarding the long rumored "Entourage" movie, executive producer Mark Wahlberg joked “I’ve said that if I have to finance it myself, I’ll do it. I certainly hope that this has a chance to become a feature film.”
Ellin added, “We’re gonna do a movie. It’s just a question of when and how quick… and then we’ll make it happen.”
In other HBO news, Dustin Hoffman's new series, "Luck" will debut in January 2012, inheriting the slot previously held by "Big Love." And after a three year hiatus, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" may return as series of standalone films.
Returning series "Boardwalk Empire" and "Hung" will premiere their new seasons on September 25 and October 02, respectively. "Bored to Death" and "Enlightened" will headline Monday nights starting on October 10.
And finally, HBO's long running talk show, "Real Time With Bill Maher" was picked up for a tenth season.