The story of a nuclear catastrophe in the 1980s behind the Iron Curtain became an unlikely global phenomenon and a rating juggernaut. The limited edition Chernobyl which announces a new night of original programming for HBO on Mondays, has raised its ratings every week. The attendance has exceeded 12 million to become the most watched HBO Limited or Miniseries since Band of Brothers
. Given the success of Chernobyl which includes 19 Emmy nominations, it's not surprising that this is the case I've talked about how HBO talked to Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobyl and executive producer Jane Featherstone
has considered another historic miniseries Programming Casey said deadline at TCA on Wednesday. "He obviously cares about history, but we do not want to make a franchise out of it. There are no plans to find and talk about another man-made or natural disaster. But when he says, "I really want to research that," and there is a really good story, an important story, we would be open to it. Everything he's excited about would upset me. "
HBO increased its original programming by 10% in 2020, but the digital platform HBO Max does not affect the linear strategy – TCA
Chernobyl was a coproduction of HBO and Sky. Would the UK broadcaster, now Comcast, continue to be a viable coproduction partner for HBO?
"We have had good experiences with Sky and BBC. We know the leaders there, they work with talent that we like. we sent them to Chernobyl, they sent us to Catherine the Great "Bloys said. "I imagine both continue."
After Sunday's successful expansion to a second night of executive programming with Chernobyl (HBO also has originals on Friday), the network rushes It does not continue to expand its program base.
"I think for the near future, two nights are likely to be what we could do," Bloys said, noting that the resources needed to program and market such a boot would be needed. "I do not see a third night on the horizon."
HBO plans to complete about 160 to 165 hours of initial programming in 2020, compared to 150 hours this year. The slow expansion makes it possible to "maintain quality for the remainder of 2019, 20, and even into the 21st century," he said.
Peter White contributed to this report.