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Game of Thrones

The Evolution of Sansa Stark

Aug 12, 2014

If you ask people who their favorite female Stark is, most people will probably say Arya. She’s pretty cool. I mean, she runs around stabbing people and being a baby assassin. However, Sansa...

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True Blood

True Blood Season 7: Almost Home

Aug 12, 2014

Expletives will be shouted from the mountain tops in frustration at some of the stupider highlights from this past Sunday’s episode of True Blood. There’s your warning. So let me...

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers Season 1: “Cairo”

Aug 20, 2014

Watching this particular episode was like having a very bizarre dream. You feel surrounded by fog and can’t quite put the pieces together. You stumble around blindly, not knowing where to go...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Veronica Mars

Aug 21, 2014

Full Disclosure: I have been a Veronica Mars fan for years, and I participated in the Kickstarter campaign to bring one of my all-time favorite detectives to the big screen. During three...

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Latest HBO News

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

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 iTunes but for Season 3 it looks like you’re able to grab episodes… well… now! Maybe HBO knows that millennials aren’t used to waiting to consume the media they want to consume.  Whatever the reason we’re happy to direct you towards the following outlets for digital consumption of Girls Season 3. Girls Season 3 on Amazon Instant Girls Season 3 on Google Play Girls Season 3 on iTunes There may be other outlets as well but...

Silicon Valley Season 2 to Receive Funding

Silicon Valley Season 2 to Receive Funding

Another HBO series is born!  There will be a second season of Silicon Valley on HBO.  We were particularly anxious about this renewal because new shows always have a tough time “breaking in” but it looks like Silicon Valley has done so and a season 2 will be made! LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2014 – HBO has renewed the comedy series SILICON VALLEY for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The renewals follow the recent two-season renewal of “Game of Thrones. Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butt-head,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of...

HBO GO: Far, Far Away From Your Parents

HBO GO: Far, Far Away From Your Parents

HBO Go may be frustrating a few people at the moment due to it’s intermittent service around Game of Thrones episode premieres.  But all in all HBO Go is still the best way to watch all of your favorite HBO series from the past and present.  Today, though HBO launched a bevvy of hilarious commercials that remind you “it might be time for HBOGo“.  Most of them revolve around the awkwardness of watching intense scenes with your parents. Give them all a watch, we promise you’ll laugh: Girls Girls II Game of Thrones Game of Thrones II Curb Your Enthusiasm True Detective True Blood   Wow, I haven’t...

Game of Thrones 4.03 Review – Breaker of Chains

Game of Thrones 4.03 Review – Breaker of Chains

Directed by: Alex Graves Written by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss My expectations for this episode were relatively reasonable considering the heart-stopping conclusion to prior episode. As an avid show watcher whose life is just a bit to busy to get around to reading the books, I still don’t think I’ve completely recovered from the way shocking way it ended. Overwhelming joy would be one way to put the way it left me feeling. As we entered this episode, I expected it to focus heavy on the falling out transpiring in King’s Landing after the well-anticipated (and perhaps overdue) death of King Joffrey and was pleasantly surprised...

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

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 Thrones,” “Veep,” and “Silicon Valley.” But not to be outdone, HBO also released the first ever clips from what will be the seventh and final season of “True Blood.” The only other teaser we’ve had for this season was HBO taking us through the Bon Temps graveyard and looking back at the multitude of graves caused by character deaths (eight BT citizens, vampires not included) with this as a final...

David Milch Still Onboard With HBO

David Milch Still Onboard With HBO

We know David Milch as the producer of classics like TV’s Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue as well as HBO’s DEADWOOD (2004-2006), JOHN FROM CINCINNATI (2007) and LUCK (2011-2012). Then, there was THE MONEY. The shows he has helmed for HBO haven’t had longevity, but that doesn’t mean he has given up on HBO as the place he wants to be. The show creator just recently signed an extended development deal for two more years with the network. Hopefully he will find a project that HBO will love and his relationship with the channel can continue. It all started with DEADWOOD which ended too soon after just three seasons. He went totally in...

HBO’s Easter Sunday is Hoppin’ as Usual

HBO’s Easter Sunday is Hoppin’ as Usual

We’ve been asked by a few concerned fans whether or not HBO would be maintaining regularly scheduled programming this weekend given the Easter holiday this Sunday. We’re happy to report that Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley will all be new, as planned this Easter Sunday!  Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 3 followed by Silicon Valley Episode 3 and then Veep Season 3, Episode 3 for those keeping tabs at home.  It all starts at 9PM on HBO but PST fans can catch it all on eastern time at 6PM PST on HBOGo assuming it doesn’t crash again! Need a taste of that sweet candy?  Here are the previews for the good stuff...

HBO Comedy Special: BILLY CRYSTAL’S 700 SUNDAYS

HBO Comedy Special: BILLY CRYSTAL’S 700 SUNDAYS

Here is a reminder of the next HBO Comedy Special to air as we shift gears from power hitter Mike Tyson to comedic champ Billy Crystal and his one man show. 700 SUNDAYS premieres Saturday, April 19 at 9:00pm ET. It is a retrospective look at the life and career (to date and still going strong) of one of comedy’s long standing entertainers and one of HBO’s favorites. In fact, the upcoming clip shows just how much Billy Crystal has been a part of HBO’s history. I’m old enough to remember these comedy appearances and specials as I have been around HBO just as long as Mr. C. Stand-up Comedy and Variety had a bigger presence on HBO back...

VICE Repeat After REAL TIME This Week

VICE Repeat After REAL TIME This Week

UPDATE: Real Time with Bill Maher was also a repeat this weekend.  Rest assured that Easter Sunday’s schedule will remain ALL NEW. No explanation has been given but HBO is skipping a new episode of VICE this week. The next installment is Episode 6 and it will debut Friday, April 25 at 11:00pm. That episode will look at the latest on legalizing marijuana and also about North Korean defectors. Episode 5 runs again this week with Shane Smith’s report on the Taliban University and Armageddon Now. Check it out if you haven’t. Or if you have seen it then here is some fresh VICE content to tide you...

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

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 Game of Thrones season 1, yes more than The Sopranos opening season and so on and so forth. The show drew 11.9 million viewers per episode which barely beats out Six Feet Under for the title.  Game of Thrones still holds court for the most watched season of any HBO series with 14.4 million viewers in its third season (2013).  Here are some older numbers that don’t include that last number. There’s still no firm word on True Detective...

Veep Season 3: Episode 2

Veep Season 3: Episode 2

First, can I just say how jarring it is to go from Game of Thrones to Veep? Yet, that is what HBO is giving us on Sunday nights. From Westeros to Washington. Episode two of Veep begins with Mike. Oh, Mike. Still on his honeymoon, even if his “honeymoon” seems more like a stay-cation. Couldn’t Mike have done better than that? Maybe the beach? The Grand Canyon? A cruise? Yes, now that I think of it, there should really be a spin-off series with Mike, his wife, Gary, and Jonah on a year-long cruise. All four of them, stuck together on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, for a solid year. That would be comedy gold. Gold! Do you hear...

HBO Documentary Films: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP

HBO Documentary Films: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP

Overview: One in seven American children experiences the death of a loved one before age 20, and few adults know how to help deal with the grief that follows. ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP highlights the work of professional counselors and volunteers at Camp Erin, a three-day program that encourages grieving children ranging in age from six to 17 to share their feelings and memories of lost loved ones with their peers. The camp, founded by baseball star Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen in memory of Erin Metcalf, a fan who died of cancer at 17, takes place in 43 locations nationwide.  Showing the indelible effect that sharing,...

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

This post is a combination of news about HBO Documentary Films. Our first segment is a follow-up to one of the recent documentaries to air and the rest are announcements for upcoming non-fiction fare under the documentary banner. There are some interesting topics ahead.   PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK Interview The LA Times has an interview up with single parent Katrina Gilbert who was featured in the HBO Documentary Films: PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AD TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. Here are a few highlights from that interview and note that the first link above gets you to the conversation in its entirety. If you recall or if you haven’t...

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

Marriage is the focal point of this episode. There are all kinds of marriages: royal (Joffrey & Margaery); arranged (Stannis & Selyse); political (Tyrion and Sansa); passionate and sensual (Oberyn & Ellaria); intellectually like-minded (Tywin and Olenna); financial (Roose & Walda) and malevolent (Ramsay & Myranda). We start off with the gruesome hunting activities of Ramsay, Myranda and Theon. Only, Theon is an empty shell of a man, forced to run along behind Ramsay. We see a young girl get pierced with an arrow, due to Myranda’s jealousy. She is attacked and killed by a pair of hounds. The look on Theon’s face while...

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