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The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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The Pack Survives: HBO Drops Game of Thrones Trailer  #2

Jun 22, 2017

Yesterday, HBO dropped it’s second full-length trailer for Game of Thrones. With only twenty-four days to go until the premiere of Season 7 of HBO’s award-winning fantasy...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Hooli-Con”

Jun 21, 2017

Last week, we saw the guys finally come moments away from everything they have worked for: butt loads and butt loads of money. But much in Pied Piper fashion, it would be ripped out from under...

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Movie Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Jun 23, 2017

Race relations and slavery have always been a topic of controversy, especially now in the U.S. where police brutality against African Americans is a hot button issue. Initially, I was keen on...

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The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I have not suffered the sudden departure of a husband or children – and I would not be able to comprehend her grief and anger. She went from being an angry, lonely widow and grieving mother, to a  tougher woman who seemed to find some stability (in her relationship with Kevin Garvey Jr and her job) but at the end, she just spiraled into a dark descent. The fact that she wanted to go through with being zapped, just to be with her family, either...

Bill Maher Taking the Heat For Racial Slur On REAL TIME…

Bill Maher Taking the Heat For Racial Slur On REAL TIME…

In all honesty, we were not even going to report that Bill Maher was taking flak for the racial slur he let loose on the June 02 edition of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, but the incident is starting to raise the question that the show should come to a dead halt because of his utterance. And that more than anything is what prompts this filing. Just to get up to speed here, in case someone is out of the loop, during his back & forth with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse on Friday’s, (June 02) show the following exchange occurred: Senator Sasse invited Maher to come to his state and “work in the fields with us” in which Maher replied “Work...

JB Smoove Drops CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Season 9 Debut Date

JB Smoove Drops CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Season 9 Debut Date

Evidently, JB Smoove cannot curb his enthusiasm for his TV gig as a part of the ensemble cast of Larry David’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. The actor behind the character Leon, who is Larry’s roommate after Larry’s divorce from Cheryl, went against protocol at an event to state when the series would return to HBO. It seems that The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots throws a big bash in their home city of Philadelphia, PA every year and at their latest get-together Smoove was at the microphone and that is when he announced that the premiere date for Season 9 of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM will be — SUNDAY, OCTOBER 01. Again,...

Game of Thrones Final Season Might Not Be Until 2019

Game of Thrones Final Season Might Not Be Until 2019

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO’s Programming President, Casey Bloys (pictured) suggested that the final season of Game of Thrones might not be out until 2019. Bloys confirmed that would it take show writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “about a year and a half” to complete Season Eight, but that he would have a better sense of the timing when they were further along with their writing process. If Bloys is correct in his estimation, this means that after Season Seven this July, Game of Thrones will take a year off from television before returning for its final season. Although this approach is...

THE DEUCE Debuts September 10, 2017

THE DEUCE Debuts September 10, 2017

Hey, you are either a David Simon fan or you’re not and if you are then you are happy to know that his latest, THE DEUCE, has announced a premiere date and a tease for us. But first, let’s get up to speed. As you can see if you follow the link we have been tracking this work since July of 2015. After the HBO Miniseries SHOW ME A HERO played well Mr. Simon pitched a few ideas and THE DEUCE stuck and a pilot was granted. James Franco was onboard early and the fast track to series was set. Now, we learn straight from a press release that the series has a premiere date of 09.1.17. Here is the copy: HBO has confirmed the debut date for the...

SILICON VALLEY and VEEP Renewed For Another Season; Is Everyone Returning?

SILICON VALLEY and VEEP Renewed For Another Season; Is Everyone Returning?

HBO has confirmed via a press release that two acclaimed comedy series are returning in 2018. Both the political career of Selina Meyer and the life of young upstarts in the tech world get to continue their stories when SILICON VALLEY and VEEP return for another season. Here is the official notice: LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2017 – HBO has renewed SILICON VALLEY for a fifth season and VEEP for a seventh season, with both shows returning in 2018, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated SILICON VALLEY takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush,...

The Leftovers: “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and his Identical Twin Brother)”

The Leftovers: “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and his Identical Twin Brother)”

Over the course of season three, there has been a massive increase in The Leftovers discussions across social media and even amongst my dinner conversations with friends and family. There seems to be a great divide between those that viewed The Leftovers as “more believable” and tonally serious in season one compared to seasons two and three. There is no doubt The Leftovers has crossed expansive genre tropes in its reinvention, but in the grand scheme of things, this is something to have been expected of the series, and the somber tone of The Leftovers has never been short of relentless. The Garveys and those close to them were reborn...

Movie Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Movie Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Many of the movie reviews I have done over the past couple years have had a book that preceded the film and in most cases, I have read the book.  Or at least, I read the book if I was interested. (Sorry, Bourne series.)  This was the first time I have been unable to read the book before watching the film and was disappointed by that fact.  But having heard about the interesting story behind the book, I pushed aside my habit of being a book stickler and checked this film out. Written by Ransom Riggs, this book follows the adventure of Jacob Portman as he discovers the stories his grandpa told him in his childhood were actually real. After...

Silicon Valley: “Customer Service”

Silicon Valley: “Customer Service”

With Gavin Belson out of the picture, “Customer Service” begins oddly tranquil. That is, however, until Russ Hanneman pulls into Richard’s driveway in his signature bright orange McLaren. Hanneman is depicted in his usual egotistical and arrogant manner, as he scolds Richard for taking “our idea” to Gavin Belson. I find it interesting how the moment Gavin Belson leaves Richard’s life, Hanneman finds a way to come right back involved, leaving the viewer to wonder which character is the more deplorable of the two. However, with Hanneman now unwilling to fund Pied Piper, Richard realizes that there is not a single VC in town that is...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For June 2017

What’s On: HBO Schedule For June 2017

The situation is a little tricky this time around. The checklist I use to generate this post monthly is an HBO Press Release that easily spells out the highlights for the coming month. That article is AWOL going into Memorial Day weekend. Maybe, it will surface afterward but that leaves a small window to get this post published. So I’m winging it and just hope I don’t miss anything. Here is What’s On.   Original Series: THE LEFTOVERS concludes its eight-episode, third and final season SUNDAY, JUNE 04 (9:00-10:30pm). That’s not a typo; it takes an hour and a half to draw an end to this gut-wrenching and acclaimed series. All we...

Movie Review: “Storks”

Movie Review: “Storks”

A movie for all! We’ve all heard the old tale, Storks deliver babies…THE END! But did you ever ask yourself, why did they stop delivering babies? Well, wonder no more! Here’s what happened… You see, a stork named Jasper decided he wanted to keep a baby instead of delivering it. At that time, the boss, Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), decided there was no longer a future in delivering babies. You see the risk was far too great! In the midst of chaos, the baby’s address was lost and Jasper (voiced by Danny Trejo) flew away. Without any address or idea of what to do next, they decided to keep the baby, Tulip, and switch to the...

Digital Animated Series Not Going Forward For Jon Stewart on HBO

Digital Animated Series Not Going Forward For Jon Stewart on HBO

It should come as no surprise, due to its extra-long gestation period, that John Stewart’s state of the art animation project is not going forward. We reported back in November of 2015 about it for the first time knowing that the attempt to bring something different would take time but, in 05.10.16 we were still waiting. In the end, it looks like the powers behind the project just couldn’t figure it all out to get Stewart on air. It should come as no surprise, due to its extra-long gestation period, that Jon Stewart’s state of the art animation project is not going forward. We reported back in November of 2015 about it for the first...

Andy Samberg’s TOUR DE PHARMACY Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

Andy Samberg’s TOUR DE PHARMACY Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) returns to HBO with yet another sports mockumentary. You may recall he poked fun at professional tennis with Kit Harrington (GAME OF THRONES) in 7 DAYS IN HELL and now returns skewering professional cycling. Here straight from an HBO Press Release are details of TOUR DE PHARMACY.   TOUR DE PHARMACY, HBO SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM ANDY SAMBERG AND MURRAY MILLER, DEBUTS JULY 8 In 1982, during a dark and fictitious time in cycling history, the sport’s most venerable, time-honored race was marred by the doping of virtually all of its competitors. Riddled with nefarious characters, that year’s...

Silicon Valley: “The Blood Boy”

Silicon Valley: “The Blood Boy”

Jumping right in, Richard learns that there’s more to having to work with Gavin Belson than garages within garages or pools on yachts. He still has to deal with the blood boy. The introduction of the “transfusion associate” was awkward, to say the least. Erlich convinces Monica that Laurie’s baby shower is nothing but a ruse to form a coup against Laurie. I can’t help but see his point because, besides Monica and Laurie, there isn’t another woman in attendance. I don’t think I’ve seen a “baby shower” like it. The blood boy is invited to overstep his bounds by Gavin by giving his opinion on how to launch the peer-to-peer...

The Leftovers: “Certified”

The Leftovers:  “Certified”

Continuing to delve deeper into the human psyche, this week’s episode of The Leftovers display pain and trauma. The Sudden Departure did many things to many people: but most notably, we get an episode dedicated to Laurie Garvey and the pain she was forced to endure when the Departure took place. We get some insight into why she is the way she is. And it’s pretty sad. This episode sees Laurie, Matt, John, Michael, Nora, Garvey Sr. and Grace all gathering around a table to have a meal together. To the naked eye, it’s just a group of folks having a bite to eat, talking and spending time together. However, we know that this is no ordinary...

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