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HBO’s “Yearender” Trailer Provides First Glimpse at Several New 2015 Series

Dec 21, 2014

HBO sure knows how to make a trailer. Last year’s “yearender” trailer was just how it sounds: a trailer at the end of the year that wraps up a calendar full of great...

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True Detective

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Nov 24, 2014

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “What Kind of Day Has It Been”

Dec 16, 2014

This past Sunday marked the series finale for Aaron Sorkin’s controversial show, The Newsroom. Public opinion on the series has swayed heavily in both directions. Some praise it as the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Divergent

Dec 19, 2014

I’m a huge fan of dystopian literature, especially young adult novels. Having enjoyed the books, I was thrilled to hear Divergent was being adapted.  Based in a post-apocalyptic...

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Latest HBO News

Cinemax Offers STRIKE BACK Season Four and Plans Frontier Drama

Cinemax Offers STRIKE BACK Season Four and Plans Frontier Drama

Now we know there are some Cinemax fans around here because we wouldn’t be covering THE KNICK if there weren’t people watching it. If you have Cinemax then you know about another show on the channel called STRIKE BACK which is striking back hard with an upcoming fourth and final season. Here are highlights from the Press Release announcing the news:A star-studded cast heads season four of Cinemax’s hit action drama series STRIKE BACK, which recently resumed production in Europe. Stars Sullivan Stapleton (300: The Rise of an Empire) and Philip Winchester (Crusoe, and the upcoming Undrafted) return as an unlikely pair of...

HBO Documentary Films: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

HBO Documentary Films: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

Overview: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, debuted MONDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9:00pm ET. The documentary profiles the provocative and influential publication  The New York Review of Books and its charismatic and indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers, who, along with his co-editor, Barbara Epstein (who passed away in 2006), has guided the Review  since its launch over a half-century ago. Explains Martin Scorsese, “I have learned so much over the years from The New York Review of Books . It has given me so much that I jumped at the chance to make this...

Big Premiere in 2015? David Fincher Directs First Season of UTOPIA

Big Premiere in 2015? David Fincher Directs First Season of UTOPIA

Producer/director David Fincher has just announced that he will be directing the entire first season of an HBO series entitled UTOPIA. It clearly implies that Fincher is behind this project 100% and apparently so is HBO. He wouldn’t be investing the time to micro-manage it if both parties weren’t earnest, don’t you think? So just what is UTOPIA? We reported on it two times previously and we reprint those postings below.   From a Development Slate piece from 09.09.13 - David Fincher’s UTOPIA   HBO continues to get more and more talents looking at making content for the premium channel. Now David Fincher, director and...

Big Premiere in 2015? HBO’s Sci-Fi Series Westworld Films Pilot in Utah

Big Premiere in 2015? HBO’s Sci-Fi Series Westworld Films Pilot in Utah

It’s been called the hottest TV project in existence right now. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and many, many others HBO’s first step into modern science fiction is something to look out for if you care anything about the future of television. Oh, and did we mention that Jonathan Nolan and J.J Abrams are involved as well? Can this thing be bigger or as big as Game of Thrones? Remember that when that fantasy series was first announced no one thought it would blow up the way it did. Today we can confirm that filming has begun has concluded for the pilot of HBO’s Westworld. A casting call has been put...

The Knick: “Get the Rope”

The Knick: “Get the Rope”

This episode had everything going for it: action, dilemmas, emergencies, courage, shock, defiance and love. Hospitals. Heroin dens. Hidden agendas. Hook ups. By the time the episode came to an end, I immediately watched it again, in case I missed out on any small details. In the beginning, we see where Thackeray got the inspiration for shooting himself with heroin before a procedure – his mentor would do it. How ethical. Blatant disregard for racial equality is the starting point to the episode. A patient – a policeman named Sears (who in my opinion was a real JERK) got stabbed and was rushed to the Knick. Sears attempted to solicit a...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For October 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule For October 2014

Last month’s little tease phrase was preparing you for a RUSH and we were not referring to rustling fall leaves in cool breezes rushing by, but a rush of awesome HBO programming coming your way in October. This post will prove that is the case as we look ahead to all the series and specials coming to the premium network, its online site and even its sister channel, Cinemax. We are sure you will find something to make you think, laugh and cry as we offer What’s On: HBO Schedule For October 2014.    Originals: Only one dramatic series sits alone in October and it is the Emmy-winning drama series BOARDWALK EMPIRE which concludes its...

Movie Review: Riddick

Movie Review: Riddick

The thing you need to understand about Richard B. Riddick is that the man is a survivor.He has stealth, strength and eyes that can see in the dark. You wouldn’t want him as your enemy. Riddick is a lone wolf; always has been. He’s survived on instinct and did things that no human being should’ve done, in order to survive. I’ve been a fan of Vin Diesel’s Riddick character since Pitch Black came out in 2001. Riddick is quite the interesting character; he’s talented in many ways of combat and weaponry, which served him well over the years. He’s got a keen sense of being able to read anyone who crosses his path in order to...

Real Sports September 2014 Review

Real Sports September 2014 Review

If you subscribe to HBO and are not a sports fan, it’s possible that you haven’t given Real Sports a try.  That would be a tragic oversight because Real Sports is one the best investigative journalism programs on television today.  It has been described as “60 Minutes for sports” but I find it to be the equal of that venerable show.  It never fails to broadcast moving, important and timely stories about personalities, business and heart.Segment 1 – Urban Meyer Profile We are all aware of the physical and mental toll that playing sports at the highest levels can cost for the athletes.  In this report Real...

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

Overview: Each year, ten billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S., mostly on sprawling, industrialized farms, where virtually no federal laws mandate how the animals are treated – though guidelines exist – and state laws are ineffective. As a result, animals are frequently subjected to what many consider cruel treatment and inhumane conditions in the interest of economic efficiency. DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Creston, Ohio. This shocking documentary is produced by Tom Simon (a seven-time Emmy winner) and Sarah Teale, producer of the 2006...

Murphy’s OPEN is Closed and HAPPY VALLEY Postponed at HBO

Murphy’s OPEN is Closed and HAPPY VALLEY Postponed at HBO

Ryan Murphy’s OPEN is closed to HBO. That’s right, even though Ryan Murphy had an award-winning event for HBO with HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART that doesn’t mean it was a given that his other interest was going to materialize. HBOWatch first learned of this project back in 05.13 and reported on it again later that year, but after that the trail went cold as he was working on the THE NORMAL HEART adaptation. Now that the film is behind him, however, the series no longer seems important. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo commented that – After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt...

The Knick: “Start Calling Me Dad”

The Knick: “Start Calling Me Dad”

Propriety is the theme of the day this week at The Knick. No character encapsulates this as well as Inspector Speight (pictured), a character that doesn’t seem to be very popular with my fellow writers at HBOWatch. I love Speight. Years of living (and watching medical shows) have taught me that important things, crucial things, are often kept secret for the sake of propriety. When disease is afoot, propriety can be fatal. A woman of wealth may not want to reveal that her husband is having an affair, but Speight’s disregard for propriety will uncover this secret, and it will save lives. Speight knows that disease has no respect...

Boardwalk Empire: “What Jesus Said”

Boardwalk Empire: “What Jesus Said”

1884 Flashbacks Little Flashback Nucky is running around delivering flowers and getting teased about kisses by little girls sending him postcards. He also walks in on dead bodies while Not!Dabney Coleman and the Sheriff clean it up. Some of the clips for this went by so fast that it was hard to tell when they were memory scenes and when they were in present day. Honestly, I would rather be spending more time with Joe Kennedy, or even Van Alden. I would LOVE to see Van Alden have his HULK SMASH! moment this season– I really hope we have one coming! Trivia bit: The postcard is signed Mabel, the name of Nucky’s first wife.Chalky...

Colin Farrel, Vince Vaughn Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Colin Farrel, Vince Vaughn Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

  UPDATE:   As of 09.22.14 we can update with the following scant but important information. HBO has confirmed that not only is Colin Farrell in Season Two, but that VINCE VAUGHN is also involved. That information, plus brief character descriptions for both have been offered in this Press Release: The eight-episode hour-long drama is set to begin production later this fall in California.   Logline: Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.    The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto.   Justin Lin will direct the first two...

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

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