HBO has set specific premiere dates for two of its most anticipated Spring 2011 originals, slotting "Mildred Pierce" and "Game of Thrones" into its schedule.
"Mildred Pierce," a miniseries adaptation of James M. Cain's novel, will air its first night on March 27. Written and directed by Todd Haynes, this new "Mildred Pierce" -- not a remake of the Joan Crawford Oscar-winning film -- stars Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood.
Even more anticipated, at least within some circles, "Game of Thrones" will roll out starting on April 17. The adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series was executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and featured a cast of hundreds, including Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke. 
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.