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Los Angeles (AFP) – As “Home of the Dragon” debuted to almost 10 million US viewers this weekend, HBO seems to have claimed first blood in its much-hyped TV fantasy epic showdown with Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” prequel.
Set in the identical Medieval-inspired Westeros world as smash hit “Recreation of Thrones,” “Home of the Dragon,” which launched Sunday, is a crucially essential sequence for the premium cable community and its streaming platform HBO Max.
HBO is banking on its prequel matching the wild recognition of the unique “Thrones,” which over eight seasons turned appointment viewing, spawned numerous imitations and delivered 59 Emmys — a document for a drama at tv’s equal of the Oscars.
A press launch on Monday hailed 9.986 million viewers as “the biggest viewers for any new unique sequence within the historical past of HBO” — though some analysts famous that “new unique” could be pushing a definition for a spin-off, and that its father or mother title drew a whopping 17.4 million to the debut of its remaining season.
Nonetheless, the determine represents successful for newly merged Warner Bros Discovery, which is beneath intense scrutiny because it tries to navigate its place in a quickly altering leisure panorama dominated by the so-called “streaming wars.”
On September 2, fierce competitors will arrive within the type of “The Rings of Energy,” one other swords-and-dragons-themed epic of the small display screen, this time going down in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Center Earth, and created by retail large Amazon’s personal streaming platform Prime Video.
Stated to be a ardour venture for Amazon’s uber-wealthy founder Jeff Bezos, “The Rings of Energy” has been commissioned for 5 seasons, and has been dubbed the costliest present ever made.
Its total funds of round $1 billion dwarfs the $150 million spent up to now on “Home of the Dragon,” although HBO has a number of different shiny Westeros-set prequels, sequels and spin-offs within the works.
Creatives and executives on all sides have been cautious to minimize discuss of a rivalry.
And in actuality, comparisons between the exhibits could also be tougher to attract than in TV scores battles of the previous.
HBO’s return to Westeros, and its predecessor present’s addictive mix of scheming dynasties, gory violence and arguably gratuitous intercourse, has drawn usually heat reward from critics, although critiques for Amazon’s present stay beneath strict embargo.
Whereas HBO has been joyful to rejoice its robust early scores figures, Amazon is beneath no obligation to publish viewing statistics.
Certainly, many within the extra “conventional” aspect of Hollywood have famous that Prime Video — which produces each tv and movie — might not be particularly fascinated about the identical metrics as its obvious rivals.
Earlier this 12 months, the top of the movie show trade’s commerce physique informed AFP his group was “very involved” about Amazon Prime, noting that the subscription service’s enterprise mannequin was not “attempting to generate income” off its motion pictures and exhibits, however as an alternative getting customers to “purchase their groceries and use their delivery companies.”
Nonetheless, fantasy followers together with George R.R. Martin — writer of the books on which each “Recreation of Thrones” and “Home of the Dragon” are based mostly on — have expressed hope that each generally is a success.
“I need each exhibits to search out an appreciative viewers, and provides them nice tv. Nice fantasy,” Martin wrote in a current weblog submit.
“The extra fantasy hits we now have, the extra nice fantasy we’re more likely to get.”
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