HBO‘s latest hit drama Westworld has been a ratings and critical smash over its first ten episode season (which is still unfolding). The show is averaging about 11.7 million viewers every week – higher than Game of Thrones‘ current ratings and that of its first season. Naturally, then, the network has announced that the park will stay open for at least one more year.
Casey Bloys, President of HBO Programming, announced the unsurprising yet welcome news, along with renewals for comedy series Insecure and Divorce.
“I am thrilled to announce the pickup of our three fall series, all of which have distinctive, original voices. Critics and viewers alike have welcomed Westworld and Insecure, as well as the return of Sarah Jessica Parker to the network after 12 years with Divorce.”
In case you’ve missed all the buzz about it, Westworld is a sci-fi/western drama based on the classic movie from director (and Jurassic Park creator) Michael Crichton. It is set in an expansive vacation resort dressed up as an old Wild West cowtown and populated by androids programmed to stay in character. Unfortunately, problems arise when – as robots tend to do – the park’s hosts begin to break out of their conditioning.
Westworld’s showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are presumably hoping the show gets to run for many more years yet. Previously star James Marsden revealed that plans exist for about “5 or 6 years” down the line. Apparently, they even know the events of the series finale, whenever that may be. Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin also pitched an idea for a Westworld/Westeros crossover, which has got fans excited.
The series stars Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, Ben Barnes, Tessa Thompson and Sir Anthony Hopkins. You can watch the teaser for the announcement below:
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