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"We are going big", Orsi said.

Orsi remained tight-lipped on what sort of budget the network would be working with, but she did confirm that $50 million per season just "wouldn't fly" for what HBO has in mind.

HBO's senior vice president of drama Francesa Orsi recently recalled her experience of being at the table read of the final six episodes - including the finale, where some actors found out about their characters' ends without any warnings.

"None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths".

"Kids" meets "Trainspotting"," she said. The surprise second season renewal of Big Little Lies reportedly came with a significant bump in salary for stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who as THR reports, were able to negotiate significant raises (along with the rest of the women in the cast) based on competing salaries handed out by rival networks. As Orsi said, "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it".

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Competing networks are also forcing HBO into a tough spot to spend more.

"We gave the greenlight (for the series) on Friday", Bloys told the audience at the INTV conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Orsi added that the deluge of series from streaming services is "absolutely diluting" quality of shows by ordering in volume.

But before we get to these side-quests, which will arrive at least one year after the conclusion of Game of Thrones, we need to finish up the original series.

Asked about Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes' recent megabucks deals with the streamer, Bloys acknowledged that he couldn't compete but said the creators deserve the big paydays. "That's a very valuable talent". "We can't obviously start with the budget of season eight but would it be a Game of Thrones season three budget?"

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