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Deadwood’s Ian McShane Cast For “Game of Thrones” Season Six

Aug 2, 2015

Finally some news about Season Six! HBO is being uncharacteristically tight-lipped about its upcoming season of Game of Thrones, but the TV network broke its silence recently. Entertainment...

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True Detective

True Detective: “Church In Ruins”

Jul 29, 2015

This season of True Detective has been unjustly maligned by many critics who have decided to ignore great performances, and the nearly identical tone to the beloved first season. Episodes like...

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Show Me A Hero

SHOW ME A HERO Miniseries Debuts in August

May 21, 2015

The HBO schedule is starting to take shape for the summer. People are always so impatient with thoughts of when something will start. As the information rolls in HBOWatch will get it to you. So,...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Aug 1, 2015

I’d be surprised if I found a film that came out in the past few years more divisive than Birdman. Coming out of awards season with the Academy Award for Best Picture amongst several...

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Latest HBO News

Development Slate: INCURABLE; Alec Baldwin; THE DEVIL & More

Development Slate: INCURABLE; Alec Baldwin; THE DEVIL & More

There seems to be quite a few items popping up lately on the development front. Some are about new movies that have been given the green light and some about yet more pilot orders being granted. Below we sort through some of the concepts being entertained. Let us know in the comments which ones you seem interested in.  One Drama Called INCURABLE Gets a Pilot Order Another one-hour drama gets attention from HBO and this one is from Alan Poul (pictured) who is already in the HBO stable as a producer/director of THE NEWSROOM, BIG LOVE, SIX FEET UNDER and ROME. He is joined by Will Strouse (who makes this show his first major credit). They...

George R.R. Martin Clears Schedule, Excites Fans About Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin Clears Schedule, Excites Fans About Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin recently created a buzz throughout the Game of Thrones community when he made a post on his blog, announcing that he was canceling appearances at several upcoming conventions in favor of working on Winds of Winter.  Although Martin has asserted before that he will be straightforward about announcing when the much anticipated sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series will be released, many were quickly excited when the author finished his blog post with the note “Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind.” Fans instantly jumped...

New Game of Thrones Season 5 Photos Emerge

New Game of Thrones Season 5 Photos Emerge

With only twenty-eight days until Game of Thrones premieres, fans are anxiously awaiting a chance to see new and old characters in Season Five. While waiting for the show to start may be a test of patience, thanks to newly released photos of a multitude of characters from Season Five, fans can quest their thirst for new images from the set of Game of Thrones and even gain a few insights into what may be happening in the upcoming season.  A cache of professionally shot pictures were recently released on a Twitter account called Jon Snow  and with a large collection of new characters as well as well known ones, coupled with intricate...

THE JINX Chapter 06: “The Second Interview” or “What The Hell Did I Do?”

THE JINX Chapter 06: “The Second Interview” or “What The Hell Did I Do?”

  Overview: Present day – Nearly a decade has passed since the filmmakers began investigating Robert Durst and his alleged crimes. They have spoken to more than 100 participants in Durst’s story, including family, friends, police, lawyers, jurors and journalists in an attempt to get at the truth. Expectations: That is it. That is the official press release going into the final episode of this 6-part series. Hell, the title(s) of the installment offer more clues than that. We realize that it took Andrew Jarecki a long time to get this documentary series put together and in all comes to a head right now. But, first let’s go back...

VICE: “Protect and Serve”/”Coming to America”

VICE: “Protect and Serve”/”Coming to America”

Series Overview: Due to the construct of this second episode of the third season HBOWatch can deduce the following facts. Though the “Killing Cancer” special and the “Our Rising Oceans” premiere had longer runtimes the rest of the episodes seem to still adhere to the format of two segments by two different correspondents all within thirty minutes. We also note that this season titles revert back to the format from Season One. Instead of just naming installments “Episode One”, etc. each episode is given the title of the two segments contained therein. Shane Smith still introduces each segment from the VICE Brooklyn offices.  ...

New Insights Into The Future of Game of Thrones

New Insights Into The Future of Game of Thrones

Even as we look forward to Game of Thrones beginning soon this year, many at HBO are already anticipating the series end. In a recent article, Entertainment Weekly revealed exclusive interviews with many people who are in charge of Game of Thrones, discussing what the future may hold for the show. While most people are aware that the writers of Game of Thrones, D.B. Weiss and Dan Benioff, anticipate finishing the show’s storyline in seven seasons, it appears that not everyone at HBO agrees with this schedule. The president of HBO’s programming, Michael Lombardo suggests in the article that he would like Game of...

Movies on HBO: TAMMY

Movies on HBO: TAMMY

  HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review TAMMY, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R-rated comedy playing on HBO.TAMMY premieres on Saturday, 03.14 and will air the following dates on the main channel: 03.15 at 2:30am & 6:15pm; 03.18 at 9:00pm & 3:15am; 03.20 at 10:00am & 9:00pm; 03.24 at 12:40am & 5:00pm; 03.26 at 9:00pm; 03.29 at 8:15am & 8:00pm and 03.31 at 2:05am as well as on HBOGo. Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars in this off-beat comedy/drama about a frustrated, hard-working Midwesterner who, after losing her job and catching her husband with...

HBO/Showtime Team Up For Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout on May 02, 2015

HBO/Showtime Team Up For Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout on May 02, 2015

Did you ever think that HBO and Showtime would collaborate on anything? Well, this isn’t precedence actually, but if it was to happen twice a boxing event would be the most likely scenario. That is exactly what will happen when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao duke it out in a big, BIG fight. Even this writer knows that and I don’t follow ‘the sweet science’ per se. Now be careful here. This is not just any bout about to be simulcast on the two rival networks – instead this is a big, BIG pay-per-view event because boxing fans have been hankering for this one for a long time and it is bound to be a big, BIG cash-in for...

HBO Films: THE CASUAL VACANCY & HBO Films: BESSIE Debut In April and May 2015

HBO Films: THE CASUAL VACANCY & HBO Films: BESSIE Debut In  April  and May 2015

                  If you have been paying attention to HBOWatch at all you should already know that both J. K. Rowling and Queen Latifah have been filming their respective projects. Well, now premiere dates have been set for both and HBOWatch will be there to review them. The HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war, with conflicts between rich and poor, parents and children, wives and husbands,...

Looking: “Looking for Glory”

Looking: “Looking for Glory”

It’s official: Patrick and Kevin are now “a thing.” Sorry, #TeamRichie fanatics, but you’re going to have to sit this one out. Two weeks have passed since Kevin showed up at Pat’s doorstep, making his declaration of love for him after having left his boyfriend, and that’s been enough time to evoke snarky remarks from Agustin about how much time Kevin is spending at their apartment. Pat and Kevin are even having conversations about making their relationship public at work, which is obviously something Pat wants more than Kevin. Pat’s even decided to sport Kevin’s gray Boston Terrier sweater to work, because “the whole point...

Investigators Watch THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST

Investigators Watch THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST

I guess I am not the only one watching the six-part THE JINX on Sunday nights at 8:00pm on HBO. It seems that the law officials last on the case regarding the disappearance of Robert Durst’s wife Kathie Durst are also paying close attention to the limited series. After all, in this rare bit of television, we not only get Unsolved Mysteries– style reenactments, but also conversation with the number one suspect in the case – Robert Durst himself. And keep in mind it was Mr. Durst himself who initiated the interest in being interviewed; thus creating THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST. Apparently, the Westchester County...

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two Supporting Cast

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two Supporting Cast

Not a lot of news coming in on the sophomore season of Nic Pizzolatto’s show yet. We do have some shots of Colin Farrell at work. This post focuses on the supporting cast that has been firmed up. We may have dropped a few of these actor’s names before, but here they are consolidated into one piece with a bit of character profile on each. Don’t forget that TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two centers on three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch & Rachel McAdams) and one big bad guy (Vince Vaughn).  HBOWatch has already reported that Lolita Davidovich and Michael Frain have signed on, but we don’t know how familiar readers may be...

Magazine Covers Reveal New Looks for Arya & Tyrion in Season 5

Magazine Covers Reveal New Looks for Arya & Tyrion in Season 5

As Season Five of Game of Thrones approaches, many are looking forward to see the familiar faces of their favorite characters reprise their story-lines. However, as recently released collectible covers for Entertainment Weekly have revealed, several popular characters from the series will have drastically different looks this season. Most notable in changes of appearance are Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister who look distinctly dissimilar from their appearances in past season. Arya Stark has the most dramatic new look this season.  While previous seasons saw Arya Stark in dirty, boyish clothes with closely cut hair, this season, Arya...

Togetherness Season Finale: “Not So Together”

Togetherness Season Finale: “Not So Together”

If you were looking for this Season One finale to have a happy ending for everyone, stop right now. This episode was bittersweet, in a word. Tina thinks  she is getting her happy ending (sort of). By moving in with Larry and having him take care of her, she feels that this is a correct decision and that she’s finally saved. At least she won’t be alone or hurting for finances. She’s convinced herself that this is the right path for her because when you’re tired of being a failure, you gravitate towards something that feels like success. Alex thinks and feels differently about what Tina is going to be doing with her life. Brett and...

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