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The Wall Welcomes Bowen Marsh to Game of Thrones Season 5

Aug 22, 2014

The amazing casting news continues to roll in as we learn that Michael Condron, known mainly for his role in The Tudors, will be joining the Game of Thrones season 5 cast that lives at Castle...

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True Blood

True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

Aug 25, 2014

Dear friends, readers, Truebies, haters, etc., welcome to the final review of the series finale of “True Blood.” We are honored to have you here. Through some special HBO Watch...

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best

Aug 25, 2014

This episode may have been a flashback, but its message is arguably more important to the show’s present than it’s past. In last week’s episode we saw a troubled Jill Garvey ponder as to...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Aug 29, 2014

Cancel your plans for the weekend and get ready to travel to Middle Earth. HBO is airing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy on...

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True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

Dear friends, readers, Truebies, haters, etc., welcome to the final review of the series finale of “True Blood.” We are honored to have you here. Through some special HBO Watch magic, we  - Rhiannon Kavity, Tamara “The Taminator” Winfrey, MJ Snow, and me, VL Vanderveer – were able to, as a group, give you our honest opinions of all that went down last night in Bon Temps. Are you ready? Let the magic begin. When “True Blood” first came on television in 2008, it was something very, very different than anyone had seen before. Around this time, Stephenie Meyer was just publishing Twilight, a four...

The Normal Heart on DVD & Blu-Ray August 26th

The Normal Heart on DVD & Blu-Ray August 26th

The Normal Heart comes out on DVD tomorrow. Based on the stageplay by Larry Kramer, it tells the story about the emergence of HIV and AIDs in the gay community of the early 80′s, as told through fictional writer Ned Weeks. Without knowledge or proper awareness of the disease, it spread as easily and effectively as it tore apart the lives of those it infected. Today, medical advancements allow people who have contracted the illness to lead lives as close to what one considers normal as possible. But even ten years ago, those prospects weren’t nearly as hopeful. Aside from the film itself, on the DVD there’s a short...

The Newsroom Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date

The Newsroom Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date

We’d been waiting and waiting for final confirmation of The Newsroom season 3 and a possible air date. HBO didn’t let us down this week as they revealed a NOVEMBER premiere window for the series. We predicted as much earlier today with this tweet: If we had to guess we’d bet on a The Newsroom Season 3 teaser with premiere date along with @TrueBloodHBO‘s finale tonight! — HBO Watch (@HBOWatch) August 25, 2014 In a teaser trailer that showed very little of the actual show an air date finall emerged. We expect it to air alongside Getting On season 2. This WILL be the final season of The Newsroom so make sure...

Second Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

Second Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

With the Emmys, True Blood series finale and The Leftovers winding down HBO was bound to give us a little bit of “what’s next”.  This is the latest Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer titled “Evil Ways.   It looks like the new season of BWE is about to get DARK: Find out how it all ends up as Boardwalk Empire takes its final bow on September 7th, a Sunday night premiere as always. The Leftovers will also finale that night so be sure to tune in for a huge HBO...

True Blood Series Finale Extends 10 Minutes

True Blood Series Finale Extends 10 Minutes

Losing something you love always sucks.  True Blood has had a long run on HBO with seven seasons and 80 episodes of your favorite vampires, werewolves, faries and.. yeah, lots of other weird creatures. Tonight in the background of the 2014 Emmy Awards True Blood is airing its final episode at 9PM EST/PST. But we’ve just learned that the final episode will also be 10 minutes longer than usual clocking in at 65 minutes. The HBO Schedule confirms as much: Note that this pushes back The Leftovers so make sure your DVR is smart enough to figure that out if you’re watching both. Here’s the description of the episode if...

THE LEFTOVERS Season 1: Final Episodes Trailer

THE LEFTOVERS Season 1: Final Episodes Trailer

HBOWatch is fully aware that fans will be focusing on the series finale of TRUE BLOOD tonight. So are we, in fact we will review it and reflect back on the series in the days to come. However, THE LEFTOVERS is also winding down, but just for the season, not for good, as it has already been renewed for its sophomore run coming in the summer of ’15. As of this writing it has two episodes to go in its premiere season. They are # 9: The Garvey’s At Their Best (this episode begins 10 minutes late due to an extended final episode for our friends from Bon Temps) and the season ender # 10: The Prodigal Son Returns airing on 09.07.14. In...

The Knick Season 1: “Mr Paris Shoes”

The Knick Season 1: “Mr Paris Shoes”

In the second episode of The Knick, we are led through the morally corrupt and racially charged goings on in the hospital. Three things stood out in my mind: cadavers, cocaine and kickbacks. Modern medicine was trial and error back in the early 1900s, as was the idea of electricity and racial equality. I must add that Kudos is in order for Clive Owen’s riveting performance. He tends to dominate almost every scene he’s in. His character is cool under fire, yet the things he says can set your teeth on edge. Although you admire the man of medicine, you wonder what’s to admire about the man underneath it all. I also really enjoy the witty...

The Wall Welcomes Bowen Marsh to Game of Thrones Season 5

The Wall Welcomes Bowen Marsh to Game of Thrones Season 5

The amazing casting news continues to roll in as we learn that Michael Condron, known mainly for his role in The Tudors, will be joining the Game of Thrones season 5 cast that lives at Castle Black as Bowen Marsh.  Bowen plays s pivotal role in the books and is part of the leadership core of The Wall after Lord Commander Mormont’s death. He’s probably not the most memorable character for you book readers but there are some moments we can’t wait to see involving his character. We’ll see if his in-book role matches what we see on screen in the Spring of 2015! His agency announced the development today, which paired...

First Girls Season 4 Trailer

First Girls Season 4 Trailer

Girls is coming back and this time Hannah isn’t in the hustle and bustle of New York City. She’s at school! HBO released this little teaser to, well tease us with a bit of Hannah’s new world. It looks like she’s as clumsy and fumbl..y as ever. Take a look: Girls Season 4 will premiere (most likely) early 2015. We won’t have an exact air date until HBO announces it but if patterns hold true (and they usually do on HBO with the schedule, at least!) you should expect to see the Girls again early next year. Until then… keep on, ridin’...

HBO Documentary Films: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

HBO Documentary Films: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

Overview:  The HBO press release states – When the curtain rose on the murder trial of Pamela Smart murder case 23 years ago, the stage was set for the birth of reality TV. Accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband Gregory, the 22-year-old Smart was subsequently convicted in the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel court case, which has inspired TV shows, books, plays and feature films. An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary explores how the media coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing. It features an exclusive new interview with Smart herself, as well as...

True Blood Season 7: Love Is To Die

True Blood Season 7: Love Is To Die

Well Truebies, we’ve made it through 79 episodes of our vampire/fairy/werewolf/shifter/Maenad/insert supernatural creature here show. That’s 79 episodes of Sookie, Bill, Lafayette, Arlene, and Jason. I’m sure there are a few others who have been around but I don’t remember them appearing in every episode (sorry Eric and Pam!). The beginning of this season had hope and a bit of redemption; by now, it’s so muddled that apparently people only breathe long enough to curse and then talk in fake southern accents (us real Southerners know). So last week, we said goodbye to Tara and went on an insane head trip that,...

Movie Review: Veronica Mars

Movie Review: Veronica Mars

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 seasons in 2004-2007, Veronica Mars earned a small but loyal fanbase. During its final year, changes were made to the structure of the show, and finally, it was canceled. Many, including creator Rob Thomas, felt the final episode did not provide closure, particularly for the character arcs, and attempts have been made over the years to fund a Veronica Mars movie. Finally, through Kickstarter, the project came to fruition. Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) came...

The Leftovers Season 1: “Cairo”

The Leftovers Season 1: “Cairo”

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 or what will happen next. When you have a disturbing dream, you feel anxious; numb or completely bewildered. Everyone is lost in this episode. Some, more than others. The plot line of this episode varies from Kevin and Nora, to Patty and the GR crew, to apathetic Jill and company, and then back to Patty, Dean and Kevin. Personally, I enjoyed the two episodes that focused exclusively on one character’s perspective. I know I enjoyed learning a lot...

HBO Comedy Special: KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS

HBO Comedy Special: KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS

Right off the bat let me affirm that yes, as a comedic talent Katt Williams is pretty priceless. We gave you the heads up that his comedy special was going to premiere and it did do that with a title change. All of a sudden it became KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS: AFTERLIFE. Whatever, I think maybe at some point he had the epiphany that all was going well enough post incarceration that he is a new man reborn. Bottom line is it makes good comedy. The 59-minute routine was a fast paced riff on how we need to just laugh it off. Williams himself, even after being arrested “5 times in 5 cities in 5 days” laughs it off as he mentions his criminal...

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