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Game of Thrones

Rape in the Great Sept of Baelor: An Analysis

Apr 22, 2014

*Warning: this post discuses a graphic sexual scene* In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, a scene involving Jaime and Cersei in the sept beside Joffrey’s body has gotten a lot...

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True Blood

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

Apr 20, 2014

HBO surprised us all with a very full Easter Sunday this year.  While some networks took a break the Home Box Office kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal with new episodes of “Game of...

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True Detective

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

Apr 17, 2014

Delayed figures on viewership trickled in this week and with it came a very uprising revelation:  True Detective is now HBO’s most watched freshman series of all time.  Yes, more than...

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Girls

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

Apr 21, 2014

HBO is giving fans of Girls a little treat this season.  Normally we’d have to wait quite some time for the digital downloads to make their way to the likes of Amazon, Google Play and...

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Latest HBO Series News

True Detective Premiere is HBO’s Biggest in Years

True Detective Premiere is HBO’s Biggest in Years

We’ve known that professional critics were in love with True Detective for about a week now but I don’t think HBO knew just how big this new series would become.  Going up against the Golden Globe awards and a number of other Sunday premieres True Detective ended up with 2.3 million viewers, the best premiere numbers for a new HBO series since Boardwalk Empire in 2010.  And yes that includes the Game of Thrones season 1 premiere as well (which drew 2.2 million). I’ve written  about how ratings don’t matter as much to HBO in particular but they are a fairly good...

HBO Docs Update: The Latest about Sam Berns; Pussy Riot and TROPHY KIDS

HBO Docs Update: The Latest about Sam Berns; Pussy Riot and TROPHY KIDS

This is a unique post. I have never followed up on a documentary after its debut but as of late some news has surfaced related to films we have covered. The most meaningful update comes first: LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM’s Sam Berns has died.   On Friday, 01.10.14 the young man of seventeen succumbed from complications due to the rapid aging disease Progeria.  The Progeria Research Foundation, founded by Sam parents and his aunt, issued a simple statement upon his death. It reminded us that the average age expectancy for someone with the disease is only thirteen so, as you can see, Sam lived...

Girls Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2

Girls Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2

Episodes 1 and 2, Females Only and Truth or Dare This Sunday brought us a double dose of Girls, as Lena Dunham and company returned for their third season.. Although Females Only and Truth or Dare are two separate episodes, they fit together seamlessly. The missing Charlie was dealt with in a surprisingly simple, yet sensible fashion, which was a relief to fans of the show who’d expressed concern about the effect that Christopher Abbott’s departure. The flow of both episodes was smooth as silk, the writing, simply flawless.   Season 3 kicks off with things seemingly coming...

The Newsroom Season 3 is Confirmed & Will be the Show’s Finale

The Newsroom Season 3 is Confirmed & Will be the Show’s Finale

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2014 – The Emmy-winning HBO drama series THE NEWSROOM will begin production on its third and final season this spring, with debut slated for fall, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.             “THE NEWSROOM is classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking,” said Lombardo. “I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.” Created by showrunner Aaron Sorkin (Oscar winner for writing “The Social Network,” executive producer and creator of the multiple Emmy winner “The West...

TRUE DETECTIVE – Series Premiere Review

TRUE DETECTIVE – Series Premiere Review

Finally! We have been itching for this series to launch for a while now. HBO is excited about what numbers it will draw and shows its enthusiasm by the large marketing engine it has applied to support this show. It has created a stand-alone promotional website called darknessbecomesyou.com; did a promo gimmick  by mailing ‘devil nets’ and has generated over twenty-five, yes 25 video bits including 5 trailers, and numerous teases, clips, intros, behind-the-scenes and making-of segments. I, for one, stopped watching them. Just show me the damn show for fuck’s sake!  Well, the...

Game of Thrones Artist Showcase: Mariana Moreno’s Animated House Portraits

Game of Thrones Artist Showcase: Mariana Moreno’s Animated House Portraits

Here at HBO Watch we enjoy shining the spotlight on the myriad incredible artists who are inspired by George RR Martin’s world of Westeros.  Today we’ll meet Mariana Moreno whose work you may have already seen floating around Reddit, Facebook or other social networks.  Have you seen this one yet?: Pretty clever, right?!  We loved it so much we shared it on Facebook and Twitter ourselves to much acclaim.  Well Mariana has put her talents to work AGAIN and come up with THREE MORE AMAZING PIECES for the HBO Watch audience.   These have NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.  Mariana was kind...

Darren Aronofsky Eyeing HBO Projects

Darren Aronofsky Eyeing HBO Projects

HBOWatch has been making huge announcements over the past day due to a Television Critics Association event where HBO programming chiefs and showrunners have been teasing the critics with what is ahead. One other announcement that was not the usual show news was a new development deal in the offing. Darren Aronofsky, through his company Protozoa, has made a major development deal that includes creating and directing projects for HBO. If, by change, you are not familiar with his work than wrap your mind around these titles: Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and...

First footage of Game of Thrones Season 4!

First footage of Game of Thrones Season 4!

UPDATE:  Here’s a trailer for the trailer: HBO has finally revealed the first official glimpses of the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, via Vine. Jon Snow: Daenerys Targaryen: Oberyn Martell: Mystery Cavalry: Tyrion Lannister: The brief footage shown is from the first official trailer, which will be revealed just before the season premiere of True Detective this Sunday. SPOILERS These clips will surely make hype levels skyrocket over the next while. I definitely can’t wait for the full trailer this Sunday. For book readers, it looks as though the clips are as...

GIRLS Season Four is SO Happening

GIRLS Season Four is SO Happening

It is official even before Season Three of Lena Dunham’s GIRLS airs that a Season Four is planned. The show is said to film this summer with all the cast intact. It is too early to confirm how many episodes will be made but the fourth season is likely to air in its usual timeframe (meaning January) of 2015.  This info was straight from HBO’s EVP, Casey Bloys at the start of the Girls TCA panel. But first, HBOWatch will be sitting pretty with the GIRLS in Season Three debuting this Sunday, 01.12 beginning at 10:00pm ET with two back-to-back episodes. Some of our own Girls will be...

THE LEFTOVERS Confirmed for Summer 2014

THE LEFTOVERS Confirmed for Summer 2014

Though no actual premiere date has been given it is confirmed that THE LEFTOVERS will be coming to HBO this summer. There is a void on the schedule if THE NEWSROOM does not appear which it must not or we would have a Press Release regarding it as well.   This is what we know of THE LEFTOVERS via its issued notification:  When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they’re supposed to do about it. Three years later, the new HBO drama series THE LEFTOVERS is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut. Damon...

Where is SILICON VALLEY? – On HBO in April

Where is SILICON VALLEY? – On HBO in April

Sunday, 04.06.14 at 10:30pm ET  We were beginning to wonder about this comedy. Now we have our answer. HBOWatch first reported on it back in 12.12 and fourteen months later it will be a part of HBO’s Sunday nights. The official notification goes like this - In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butthead,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series SILICON VALLEY. Partially inspired by Judge’s...

DOLL & EM Coming Our Way in March ’14

DOLL & EM Coming Our Way in March ’14

Wednesday, 03.19.14 at 10:00pm ET Another short comedy heads our way called DOLL & EM. HBOWatch gave followers a heads up about this series back in September. The official HBO Press Release states: DOLL & EM, a six-episode comedy series starring Emily Mortimer (HBO’s THE NEWSROOM and Dolly Wells (HBO Films: THE GATHERING STORM), will debut WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), presenting two half-hour episodes back-to-back, followed by two episodes on both of the subsequent Wednesdays, March 26 and April 2.    Written by and starring real-life best friends Mortimer and...

VICE Sets March Premiere Date for Season 2

VICE Sets March Premiere Date for Season 2

Friday, 03.14.14 at 11:00pm ET  That is the date and time for the debut of VICE Season Two! This writer is totally beside himself and has red circled the calendar. Sadly we do not have information on what any of the news items covered will be. All we do have to go off of at this time is the following HBO Press Release:   VICE returns for its second season FRIDAY, MARCH 14 (11:00-11:30 p.m.).HBO partners with the premier new media company VICE on this innovative news magazine show, hosted by VICE founder Shane Smith, covering the kinds of stories often overlooked by mainstream media...

Veep Season 3 Premires April 6th

Veep Season 3 Premires April 6th

She’s baaaaaaaack! Everyone’s favorite, if somewhat useless Vice President of the United States is back for another season and we now know the final air date: April 6th!  Debuting alongside Game of Thrones on the same night we expect a lot of the audience to carry over or some more lighthearted than that found in Westeros. We have no idea what the new season will bring to the table but we’re sure it will freakishly mimic the real world with Julia and the cast’s normal grace and sophistication… or something like that. Did the President call?  Nope.  But you do...

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