This is an iffy and scary post to be making. We don’t often venture into these type of guesses because invariably a number of them could be quite wrong and also a number of comments might declare our stupidity about the matter. We are going to throw out a postulation for 2016 however, because we are damn excited for what is coming to HBO in the new year ahead. So, here goes nothing!
January – March
We believe to start the year off HBO will concentrate on the launch and promotion of HBO KIDS and the showcase series that will be its anchor. HBO KIDS is an initiative to invigorate children’s programming for the network and generate a new site for it. That site, now in beta testing, will launch on 01.16 in time for the network debut of SESAME STREET which is entering its forty-sixth season.
Also possible in January could be some more VICE programming. We haven’t heard anything yet, but VICE could be ready to debut a daily VICE broadcast as part of its content deal with HBO. The only reason we feel this is possible is because Vice.com itself now features “Daily VICE” which is a daily dose of news from around the world, so that content could be making its way to HBO.
If the newscast doesn’t materialize at the start of the year than perhaps come February we will see VICE Season 4 debuting. Why? Because we already know that the animated ANIMALS is debuting on 02.05 at 11:30pm. That happens to be a Friday after REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. So, what airs after Maher at 11:00 then? It could be VICE.
We also know that mid-February through mid-April will be the following shows: Season One of VINYL, Season Five of GIRLS and Season Two of TOGETHERNESS. The music drama debuts 02.14 at 9:00pm and Dunham’s and Duplass’ shows are at 10:00 to 11:00 beginning on 02.21. And LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER also returns.
April – June
Most are too impatient when it comes to favored GAME OF THRONES and are forced to wait until April to get into its uncharted territory when it returns for Season Six at the 9:00 hour. What will follow with a comedic one-two punch? We don’t think they’ll mess with what they got going. SILICON VALLEY will air Season Three at 10:00. Sunday nights will start with TV’s Best Drama and end with its Best Comedy when VEEP once again settles in for Season Five. Now, it would have been cool for Selina and Company to air later in the fall during Election time, but we think it will stay put. THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERT should also air in this timeframe.
July – September
Now the schedule gets a bit unpredictable. We have to figure in all the other shows expected to air in 2016 and how they fit in the schedule. To us this time period is perfect for WESTWORLD. Everyone is eager to see this and we don’t think HBO would want to wait till the tail end of the year to get it up, so this is where it sits. Accompanying it we’ll guess is Season Two of BALLERS and the long awaited return of Danny McBride in VICE PRINCIPALS. It has been in development for a long time and is due. HARD KNOCKS should air in August.
October – December
Now here is a mystery. As of this posting THE LEFTOVERS has not been renewed for Season Three. Will it? We think it should but we just don’t know yet. If it does not take the dramatic series spot there are choices still available. So let’s run a scenario. We are certain that Sarah Jessica Parker will have DIVORCE debut then. We are picking that it will be coupled with HIGH MAINTENANCE. Though HBO is making six new episodes of that comedy it has nineteen episodes that aired as a web series that HBO will also air making a total of 25 installments. So we could see THE LEFTOVERS followed by DIVORCE and HIGH MAINTENANCE.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As this post was being drafted HBO’s 2015 Yearender Promo dropped. We wait for it all year; not just to highlight the year that was, but to look forward to what is coming soon. It will help clarify and tease us at the same time. Enjoy it here!
The other content we keep a track of and the above clip confirmed is harder to place on the schedule. Also to fit into the lineup is the comedy series with Issa Rae called INSECURE (which must of dropped that title now?). There are also three HBO Films presentations to spread out over the year. They are CONFIRMATION, ALL THE WAY and LOOKING. Any time throughout the year note that REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL will embark on another season, Monday nights may still be HBO Documentary Films night and Tuesday’s reserved for occasional HBO Sports documentaries and other related content like WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Add HBO Specials to the mix as well and it is a jam packed year.
Off the table…
…at least for now is TRUE DETECTIVE. It has not been greenlit for a Season Three to date and if it were it would have to be written from scratch and the whole process from state to finish won’t happen in time to air in 2016. Also we wonder about the HBO Miniseries: LEWIS AND CLARK. Could this epic work be completed to air in 2016? The production company behind that work is also helming THE MIGHTY EIGHTH, so it has to air before the highly anticipated WWII mini can. Also the huge concepts of MADADDAM, FOUNDATION and WATCHMEN cannot and should not be rushed.
There are a number of other titles, but we won’t list them all. They are in early stages of development or ordered to pilots and haven’t gone further yet. Who knows which of them will lead off 2017 making us already looking forward to the year after next?
Note, some of the above is known fact and the rest just our simple hypothesis. We await the new year and all the excitement it will bring. Are you ready?