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NatGeo announces 'Big Game of Thrones,' admits HBO won't let them keep title

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This is a first: NatGeo Wild has announced a series with a title they freely admit they’ll never be able to get away with using. 

At the Television Critics Association’s Press Tour, the cable network revealed plans for Big Game of Thrones — an African wildlife show focusing on rival animal clans in conflict.

You can probably see what the problem is, since the title takes tail-riding HBO’s hit fantasy drama to a new level. But the network hastily adds that the headline-grabbing name can’t (and won’t) stay.  

 “HBO can tell its lawyers to stand down, a new title is forthcoming,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vp and general manager at NatGeo Wild. “When we developed the series, we immediately saw parallels with Game of Thrones and the name stuck as our working title. It is a natural fit for our story of the kings of the savannah fighting for the throne, complete with brutal violence, unexpected deaths, surprising characters and even interfamily romance.” 

Nice try with the incest reference (Jaime Lionster?), but unless NatGeo’s producers managed to find some dragons and direwolves, we’re unsure if the comparison really works. 

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