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HBO Summer: 'Game Of Thrones' And More Return

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: It’s July, but if you’re an HBO subscriber and a fan of intense explicit television, winter is here. (SOUNDBITE OF RAMIN DJAWADI’S “MAIN TITLE”) MARTIN: Tonight, HBO will begin airing the penultimate season of its hit drama “Game Of Thrones.” With more than 20 million viewers every episode, “Game Of Thrones” is the crown jewel of HBO’s summer season, but there are other fan favorites which HBO is also rolling out in the coming week. So we thought we’d call NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans to hear more about what HBO has in store. Hi, Eric. Thanks for joining us. ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: So I’m still looking through my dictionary for penultimate. What does that mean? The second to last. OK. Got it. MARTIN: You work here. You’d know that. So HBO earned 111 Emmy nominations last Thursday, the most if any TV outlet. So what does this say about television right now and HBO’s place in it? DEGGANS: Well, HBO has always sort of sat, I think,

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