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HBO announces dates for 'Game of Thrones,' 'Game Change,' 'Veep'

January 13, 2012 | 10:20 am

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This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

HBO announced at the Television Press Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena that April 1, will be the return date for Season 2 of "Game of Thrones." Several major characters were killed off in the first season, leaving room for a bunch of new actors; a preview of the new season offered glimpses of some incoming characters, including Stannis Baratheon, played by Stephen Dillane, and Carice van Houten as his magical advisor Melisandre.

[For the record, 10:50 a.m. Jan. 13: This post originally listed the "Game of Thrones" premiere date as Aug. 1. The show will premiere April 1.]

Also launching on HBO in April is "Veep," a political comedy created by Armando Iannucci (“In the Loop”) and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as vice president, which premieres April 22. 

Coming to HBO on March 10, "Game Change" is another production with a political orientation. This film features Ed Harris as John McCain, whose 2008 presidential campaign pulls in then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. It's based on a book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong (HBO’s “Recount”). 

Finally, there's "Girls," a new comedy series created by and starring indie film ingenue Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. Premiering April 15, it's a lo-fi look at a quartet of young New York women, starring Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet as well as Dunham.

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-- Joy Press

Photo: Richard Madden plays Robb Stark in "Game of Thrones." Credit: HBO.

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