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HBO sets April return date for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

PASADENA, Calif. — Blockbuster “Game of Thrones” will be back with a new season Sunday, April 12, along the premium cable network’s comedies “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.”

HBO made the announcement Thursday at the TV critics’ winter press tour.

Based on Northwestern’s Medill grad George R.R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” HBO’s fantasy hit will include the usual 10 episodes in its fifth season (8 p.m. Sundays).

Emmy nominated “Silicon Valley” from Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”) returns for a sophomore run (9 p.m. Sundays) with 10 episodes, followed at 9:30 p.m. by a fourth season of “Veep,” starring Northwestern grad and Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as vain Vice President Selina Meyer.

HBO renewed “Real Time With Bill Maher,” about to kick off its 13th season Friday, for two more seasons to air in 2016 and 2017.

Comedian Tig Notaro (“Transparent,” “The Office”) will star in her first special for the cable net. No date set yet on that one.