HBO’s next big show ‘Confederate’ already drawing criticism. See why it may be familiar to Utahns

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FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, creator-showrunners David Benioff, left, and D.B. Weiss accept the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for “Game Of Thrones” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. HBO’s announcement, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, that Benioff and Weiss will follow “Game of Thrones” with an HBO series in which slavery remains legal in the modern-day South drew fire on social media from those who fear that a pair of white producers are unfit to tell that story and that telling it will glorify racism. The series, “Confederate,” will take place in an alternate timeline where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union and formed a nation in which legalized slavery has evolved into a modern institution. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Two HBO television programs sucked up social media’s attention Sunday night.

One, as conventional wisdom of modern pop culture would suggest, was the hit show “Game of Thrones.”

The other show has yet to broadcast a single episode, but it’s already drawn fire from critics and civil rights activists alike.

That show is “Confederate,” and it comes from the creators of “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The show will likely air after “Thrones” wraps up, which will be in 2018 or 2019, depending on scheduling.

But “Confederate” hasn’t drawn positive reviews mostly because of its premise. In this fictional alternate reality, “the Southern states have successfully seceded from the Union,” creating a place where slavery is still legal and has become an institution of the modern…

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