Bill Simmons creates 'After the Thrones' for HBO

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Game of Thrones" is getting its own post-game show, and it's coming from Bill Simmons' production company.

"After the Thrones" is a weekly series hosted by two of Simmons' colleagues, Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, from Simmons' new web site The Ringer.

It will appear on HBO's video-on-demand sites and sometimes will appear on the network's main TV channel as well.

The talk show will premiere after "Game of Thrones" — hands down HBO's most popular series — has its season premiere on April 24.

Monday's announcement is notable because it is the first product of HBO's partnership with Simmons, the former editor in chief of ESPN's Grantland.

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Bill Simmons

He recently launched The Ringer as his new web home, and he is expected to start hosting a weekly TV show for HBO sometime later this year.

Simmons will be an executive producer of "After the Thrones." The hosts, Greenwald and Ryan are also alums of Grantland: They used to have a Grantland podcast called "Watch the Thrones" all about the TV series.

Related: Bill Simmons unveils new site's name: The Ringer

Talk shows about popular TV dramas have proliferated in the past couple of years. "Talking Dead," a companion to "The Walking Dead," has been joined by after-shows for "Better Call Saul" and "Orphan Black."

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The forums are a logical way to extend the reach of big TV franchises and capture some of the conversation that already takes place after new episodes of hit shows.


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