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The Wire is Finally Coming to Blu-Ray in 2015

The Wire is Finally Coming to Blu-Ray in 2015

Baltimore on Blu-Ray, GentlemenIf the comments section of our Wire Blu-Ray release date schedule are any indication, fans of the show have been waiting for this for a loooong time. With the announcement of The Wire HD being broadcast and made available on HBO Go in it’s entirety this year, it was only a matter of time before we heard about the set being released in an amazing set.  Here’s what HBO had to say about the release: In the six years that have passed since the conclusion of the HBO series The Wire,  the critically acclaimed drama has turned into a worldwide phenomenon that has been hailed as “one of the best...

The Wire Being Remastered, Rebroadcast in HD

The Wire Being Remastered, Rebroadcast in HD

UPDATE:  HBO has finally given us a premiere date for The Wire HD!  THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS 2014!  December 26th, that is.  Here’s the info straight from HBO: The Wire: The Complete Series in HD will be available for the first time as a full series purchase at iTunes, Google Play, X-Box Video and Vudu on January 5. Individual episodes and seasons will be available through all of HBO’s Digital HD retailers. To celebrate the HD launch, HBO Signature will air the entire series consecutively, one season per day starting with season 1 on Friday, December 26 at noon. The marathon will wrap with season 5 on Tuesday, December 30. This...

Happy 42nd Birthday HBO!

Happy 42nd Birthday HBO!

  Okay, so it isn’t a milestone anniversary year for HOME BOX OFFICE, but I felt the need to not let the date November 08 go by without a salute to the network we love. It began broadcasting back in 1972 and as this writer’s first post on HBOWatch indicates I was lucky enough to get the premium channel in my household in those early days. Regarding those formative years Wikipedia states – In the summer of 1971, while on a family vacation in  France, Charles Dolan came up with the concept for a cable-originated television service called “The Green Channel“. Dolan later presented his idea to Time-Life management;...

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

Lest you forget HBO has a lineup of late night entertainment that it airs but with no consistency. Those programs are all showings of previously aired content. HBO has not premiered anything new since SEX//Now back in January. That changed on Thursday, 08.14 when CATHOUSE: KING OF THE HOUSE premiered. HBO is not a stranger to the Cathouse in question, are you?  If you didn’t know the locale is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. Over the years HBO has aired specials and later a series about the house of ill repute in question. It all started with the documentary titled CATHOUSE in December 2002 which first...

HBO Classics: Comic Talent Robin Williams On HBO

HBO Classics: Comic Talent Robin Williams On HBO

Everyone we know has been rockin’ and reelin’ over the loss of the top notch talent Robin Williams. The biggest shock of it all is not that a 63 year-old died, but that depression was the driving ailment that caused the actor to take his own life. It has been quite saddening for many. News reports across the dial have been airing retrospectives on his life and career and even have been addressing the mental illness that has destroyed more than just his life. There have also been online acknowledgments from blogs to tweets and every colleague of Mr. Williams from actors to comics has reflected on the man and his contributions.  In some...

Orange Is the New Oz?

Orange Is the New Oz?

A new prison drama worth mentioning comes every few years. In 1997, it was Oz, a show about a prison with a cell block built under idealistic views of rehabilitation. They called it Emerald City. Oz ended with six seasons after wrapping up most of story lines that kept their viewers tuning in. Since then, there wasn’t a show that brought its audience into the world of prison life quite the way that HBO did. Netflix has quickly gone from being a subscription-based streaming service to producing an arsenal of original content. Among its shows, Orange Is the New Black is getting a lot of attention. You may have even seen a commercial for...

From Rome to King’s Landing

From Rome to King’s Landing

Missing Game of Thrones yet? Our watch has just begun, so we thought it’d be interesting to explore some of the influences on HBO’s most watched show. Roman and medieval epics have lent a lot of their aesthetic and themes to Game of Thrones. In fact, one can say that Game of Thrones is a deconstruction of the epic and the fantasy genres. Some of its earliest literary ancestors include everything from the Greek epics to the stories of King Arthur. Martin himself has emphasized the influence of historical conflicts like the Wars of the Roses, and the history of the Capetians as chronicled by Maurice Druon in The Accursed...

Hail, Ciarán Hinds, the King-Beyond-the-Wall

Hail, Ciarán Hinds, the King-Beyond-the-Wall

Some might argue that the only task possibly more difficult than uniting the Roman Empire under one supreme ruler is joining 90 different clans of Wildlings. Ciarán Hinds is no stranger to great conquests on HBO.  Playing Julius Caesar in the critically-acclaimed Rome probably hasn’t hurt his brooding portrayal of the similar Mance Rayder. Caesar in Rome, and Mance in GOT are middle-aged warriors who’ve been put through the wringer for their reputations in battle. During times of crisis the people demand a leader. When the Roman Republic was under attack it elected one man to make critical decisions. Julius Caesar was a...

Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK Coming Back?

Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK Coming Back?

Everyone remembers THE COMEBACK don’t they? It was a single season comedy in 2005 by Michael Patrick King of SEX AND THE CITY and Lisa Kudrow. Ohh, now you remember. It aired thirteen episodes coupled with ENTOURAGE the summer of that year and may now be coming back to HBO a decade later. Both King and Kudrow are in preliminary discussion about bringing the lauded sitcom back on the air. It was a mockumentary style spoof of the reality TV genre and of celebrities fighting to stay relevant. Kudrow plays has-been actress Valerie Cherish who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback. The show was a total ‘inside...

A DEADWOOD Marathon!

A DEADWOOD Marathon!

HBO wants to draw our attention to the fact that DEADWOOD is having an anniversary! The Emmy Award winning series began on March 21, 2004 and ran for three 12-episode seasons. To mark the 10th anniversary of its debut a marathon of the series will air on two of HBO’s platforms. HBO Zone – If you have HBO Zone, which I gather not everyone does have as a part of their HBO package, than you can watch or record all 36 episodes back-to-back beginning Saturday, 03.15  at 10:00am ET and concluding Sunday, 03.16 at 10:oopm.  HBO Signature – This channel will play out the series on a slower pace, but won’t start its run of the series until...

The Fall and Rise of Rome

The Fall and Rise of Rome

The Fall and Rise of ROME?HBO is littered with wonderful, brilliant, and engaging shows that were cancelled before their time. Production costs, controversies, and countless other factors resulted in shows like Carnivàle, Life’s Too Short, Luck, and Deadwood to be lost to the annals of time (and the wondrous bounty of HBOGO and DVD). But few shows have left the gaping, sucking chest wound of sorrow created by the cancellation of ROME. In the 7 years since the series ended, HBO has worked tirelessly to replace the dramatic epic. Of course we have Game of Thrones, and no one is complaining, but ROME paved the way for George R.R....

Girls vs Sex and the City: Can You Even Compare?

Girls vs Sex and the City: Can You Even Compare?

Girls’ four female friends, living in New York City and dealing with their everyday lives, seem to regularly inspire comparison to HBO’s Sex and the City (SATC). But really, beyond the superficial similarities, Girls is NOT the modern day Sex and the City. Another notable, and pretty frustrating, similarity is the absence of any meaningful racial diversity in the casting or story. This is a serious criticism of SATC, and criticism from which one would hope Girls would have learned. The differences between the shows, however, are more pronounced than the similarities. GIRLSGirls is an honest look at a whole cast of misfit...

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