"After the Thrones" is set to premiere on Monday, April 25, the day after the "Thrones" season premiere, and will be hosted by critics and podcasters Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, in conjunction with Bill Simmons's new sports and pop culture venture, The Ringer. Greenwald and Ryan previously hosted the popular Watch the Thrones and Hollywood Prospetcus podcasts for Grantland before the site shuttered in 2015, and now co-host The Watch for The Ringer's podcast network.
Here's the official logline for the series, per The Ringer and the "After the Thrones" site:
An epic show deserves an epic conversation, and Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are answering the call on 'After the Thrones.' Beginning April 25, they will host a weekly 'Game of Thrones' recap show on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand, as well as other affiliate portals, breaking down each week's episode with the help of superfan guests and experts.
Each week, After the Thrones recaps the latest episode, explaining the who, what, when and where, exploring the complicated politics and history of Thrones, and offering absurd and not-so-absurd theories about future episodes.
As the synopsis notes, the series will first be available only on HBO Now and HBO Go. "After the Thrones" will eventually be broadcast on traditional HBO channels as well, though the specifics are TBA. (Greenwald also promised that the show would be made available in podcast form, too.)
While shows like "Talking Dead" have just about worn out their welcome, we're cautiously optimistic that this format can work for "Thrones," precisely because of Greenwald and Ryan's involvement. Their podcasts are great and they have an easy rapport that should make for a fun show. As The Ringer's most recent newsletter proclaimed, banter is coming, and we can't wait.
[via: The Ringer, After the Thrones]
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