BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. HBO’s Q&A session in the final hours of Summer TV Press Tour 2010 was a love fest the likes of which the tour hasn’t seen in ages.
The pay cable network used to be the darling of critics. Its deliciously lurid scripts attracted big movie stars, writers and directors, which enabled HBO suits to hold their heads up high around their offices. But these days, HBO is not the critics’ only love: AMC and FX have muscled into the HBO gripper-drama business with shows such as “Mad Men” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Last month, HBO again nabbed the most Emmy nominations of any network, but only three went to its series; the rest were in the movie and miniseries competitions. [The Washington Post]