Saturday, January 20, 2007

Winter Is Coming - To Your Television

Permit me to engage in a bit of fanboy gushing. A few days ago I was scrolling through SF Signal and came across word that George R. R. Martin has inked a deal with HBO to produce a limited television series (one season per book, as I understand it) for his “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.
Given the quality of productions like “The Sopranos” and “Rome”, Martin made the right choice in going with HBO.
On the downside, it’s going to be a long, long wait for some of us. As Martin notes on his “Not A Blog”, it’s still really early in the process and it’ll be a while before the project goes to production and eventually hits the air. Longer still for those of us up here in the land of winter – Canada’s cable companies won’t carry HBO, so we either have go try our luck with a satellite system or wait until Space or one of the other cable channels decides to pick the series up, likely a year or two after it’s already begun airing in the US (witness the sad example of how long it took to pick up “The Sopranos”) or hunt for bootleg taped copies provided by our neighbours to the south.
They say patience is a virtue. Well, I have a feeling there will be a few of us fans up here in the Great White North who will be extremely virtuous by the time we get to lay eyes on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” television series. I hope it’s worth the wait.
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