BEVERLY HILLS

The bigwigs at HBO have two words for "Game of Thrones" fans who worry that the popular TV show will outpace the books they're based upon: Chill out.

Actually, HBO president Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler had a little more to say than that on the matter when addressing journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour. But basically, the message was they're not concerned.

They know that "Thrones," which garnered 19 Emmy nominations on Thursday, is quickly catching up to author George R.R. Martin's source material and that they'll need to adjust accordingly. Plepler assured reporters that nothing will stand in the way of the network seeing their most popular show through to the end.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in ’Game of Thrones.’
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones.' (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

"We're not losing any sleep over it," he said. " ... Our line to George has always been, 'You keep writing and we'll keep making the show.'"

Lombardo added that Martin, a notoriously deliberate writer, will be an integral part of any end game.

"We're not on our own," he said. "Every step, every move is being closely choreographed with him. ... Certainly, after next year, we'll have to figure it out with George."

Meanwhile, scratch any hopes you might of had of seeing the series end with a movie. The HBO honchos said "there are no conversations going on" about a big-screen film.

Other take-aways from the HBO executive session:


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-- The first two scripts are in for Season 2 of "True Detective" and Lombardo gushed that they're "more exciting" than the first season. As for casting, he and Plepler were mum, but said some announcements could be coming as early as next week.

"The people who we cast will be well-known names. Great writing attracts great actors," Lombardo said.

-- The network announced that multi-Oscar winner Meryl Streep will star in an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play "Master Class." The film will be directed by Mike Nichols, who worked with Streep on HBO's version of "Angels in America."

-- HBO will film the final two shows of Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run tour in Paris this September to air as a concert event.

-- The fifth and final season of "Broadwalk Empire" will premiere Sept. 7, while the third and final season of "The Newsroom" is scheduled for later this fall.

-- Queen Latifah will star in a film about legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, to air in 2015.

-- Lombardo called the success of the Emmy-nominated comedy "Silicon Valley" an "unexpected delight and joy. ... The press responded to it. The audience responded to it. We couldn't be happier," he said.

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