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THE NIGHT OF: “Part II: Subtle Beast” Review

Jul 19, 2016

  In this brutal, tight limited series we are being taken through the steps of the criminal justice system and as we watch are not we beginning to ask if it works properly? As it plays out...

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: OPEN YOUR EYES

Jul 21, 2016

Overview: Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s THE FINAL INCH), this documentary follows Manisara and Durga, an aging couple from the remote Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, as they embark on...

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New Movies

New Movies On HBO – Our Brand Is Crisis

Jul 22, 2016

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R rated drama playing on HBO. The movie...

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Latest HBO News

HBO’s 7 DAYS IN HELL Review

HBO’s 7 DAYS IN HELL Review

  Whether you want to call it a comedy or a documentary is up to you; even HBO is not sure what to call it. I lean on the side of calling it an HBO Comedy Special, as there are not many of them these days, though HBO has categorized it as a ‘mockumentary.’ Well, yeah, it is a spoof of HBO Sports documentaries; I can see that. Again, either way it the end result is the same –7 DAYS IN HELL serves you up one great volley of hilarious comedy. The comedic timing is swift and rough, but a treat indeed. Couple that with some surprises and the 43 minute special races by. Having said all that let me also point out that 7 DAYS IN HELL...

HBO Now Available Today on Android, Amazon Fire

HBO Now Available Today on Android, Amazon Fire

  So ends the long and dark winter where HBO’s streaming only option was only available on Apple devices. We predicted as much a while back but many “cord cutters” were still disgruntled about not being able to use HBO Now on ALL of their devices. Here’s the official word from HBO on this latest news: Today, Home Box Office is adding Android and Amazon devices to its internet only service, HBO NOWSM, providing audiences with instant access to all of HBO—addictive series,  unforgettable movies, thought-provoking documentaries, thrilling sports programs and entertaining comedy and music specials. Consumers only...

True Detective: “Down Will Come”

True Detective: “Down Will Come”

For everyone who decided that this season’s True Detective was boring and lacked the substance of the last season, you are probably kicking yourselves right now because episode four had my jaw to the floor and my eyes streaming because I was afraid if I blinked, I would miss something. There are two moments in particular that stood out for me, one is pretty obvious but we’ll get to that, first I want to talk about Ani Bezzerides. Much like the first season, this season is dominated by a male cast. The women in season one were usually victims, journalists or sexual partners of the protagonists and season two is no different, all with the...

George R.R. Martin Meeting with Editors Generates New Book Buzz

George R.R. Martin Meeting with Editors Generates New Book Buzz

In a recent entry on his blog, aptly titled “Not a Blog,” George R.R. Martin, author of the widely acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series, upon which the HBO show Game of Thrones is based, has excited many by merely mentioning that he will be meeting with his editors and publishers at an upcoming date. The author wrote a brief blog post detailing how he will soon be “headed east” to attend a wedding and a Game of Thrones themed baseball game, while stopping to talk to his team of agents and publishers along the way. People have been waiting for Martin’s next installment, Winds of Winter for so long that...

First Official Photos from HBO’s Westword (Still no Premiere Date)

First Official Photos from HBO’s Westword (Still no Premiere Date)

Imagine that the mind behind the original Jurassic Park novel had written another novel that involved Artificial Intelligence rebelling against its creator in a theme park for androids. You’d think I were joking but no, the science fiction cable program is about to get HBO-ified and it’s been a long time coming. Are you ready for Westworld to premiere? We are too but HBO has since pushed back the premiere date to (probably) early 2016. We’ll let you know when we get the official word on that. We know you’re looking forward to this one.   Here are the stills from Westworld season 1: See anything you might be...

HBO Happy With Its Early 2015 Numbers

HBO Happy With Its Early 2015 Numbers

We have often stated that since HBO is a premium channel not monitored by the Neilsen rating system that the network does not much care or hold stock in quantitative figures that indicate viewership. However, from time to time, HBO does like to boast the numbers like everyone else in TV-land. HBO as released statistics that it would like to crow about and we oblige below:     HBO SERIES HIT RECORD HIGHS, WHILE SUMMER SHOWS OFF TO STRONG START  HBO programming continues trending up as audiences for some of HBO’s biggest shows hit record numbers in the beginning of 2015 including: GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, LAST WEEK TONIGHT...

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2

It’s safe to say that Horrible Bosses 2 was not met with best critical response of all time with some critics describing it as a lazy and unfunny sequel to a mediocre first film, however I am going to have to interject here and say that I think Horrible Bosses 2 is brilliant and better than the first one. There are not many films that have me crying with laughter but this one made the list, the first one did not. The story is nonsense, much like the first film, where Kurt, Dale and Nick have decided to become their own bosses by inventing the ‘Shower Buddy’ which they attempt to sell to a rich millionaire who commissions them to make...

Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel Yields Little Information on Season Six

Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel Yields Little Information on Season Six

 Game of Thrones once again graced the halls of Comic-Con this year, but crowds who came expecting juicy insights into the upcoming season (remember last year’s casting announcements?) were left disappointed by what was mostly, as they say in Westeros, a mummer’s farce. This year’s panel was composed of several fan-favorite actors (although Kit Harington, whose hair many were hoping to measure with appraising eyes for any inches chopped off, was not in attendance), but surprisingly absent from the roster were the show’s writers, David Benioff and Dan Weis. The dynamic duo behind all that is the show side of Game of...

HBO Moves Forward with Ballers Season 2

HBO Moves Forward with Ballers Season 2

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2015 – HBO has renewed the series BALLERS for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the BALLERS cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience,” said Lombardo. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season.” From creator Stephen Levinson (HBO’s “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”), BALLERS looks at the lives of former and current football players, following former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne...

Castles Cast for Game of Thrones Season Six

Castles Cast for Game of Thrones Season Six

HBO may be keeping quiet about which actors  will be joining the cast of Game of Thrones for the show’s sixth season, but the network has been releasing announcements of several real-life castles which will be integrated into the world of Westeros next year. The first filming location to be announced was confirmed earlier this week to be Mesa Roldan in Almeria, Spain. According to a local Spanish news site, the producers chose the location for several reasons including it’s easy access and “the peculiarities of its land.” The location is nearby the coast and has several lighthouses, which, coupled with a casting...

JOHN FROM CINCINNATI Arrives on HBONow/Go

JOHN FROM CINCINNATI Arrives on HBONow/Go

Last month we mentioned in passing, in the “What’s On” post, that JOHN FROM CINCINNATI had surfaced on both of HBO’s streaming sites. And now that this writer has the time I thought I’d go back and draw further attention to it. The series was only one season long totaling 10 episodes. In short it was about a strange young man of mysterious origin (John of the title) and the effect he had on a dysfunctional family of professional surfers and their community. The series was shot at Imperial Beach, California and featured some real surfing enthusiasts. There is really nothing wrong with the premise or the twenty-some characters of...

Game of Thrones Monopoly: Review

Game of Thrones Monopoly: Review

Sometimes there’s a mashup that doesn’t make sense on first glance but ends up making a whole lot of sense once you dive deeper. The new Game of Thrones Monopoly game is one of those mashups.  While there may not be many swords or shields breaking within this game there are certainly banks and pocketbooks (the real power behind the throne anyway).   We had the chance to play the Game of Thrones Monopoly Game early and have put together a small review for your pleasure.  We were super excited when it arrived in the mail last week: Look what we got today! @GameOfThrones @USAopoly!! We'll battle this weekend and get you a...

True Detective: “Maybe Tomorrow”

True Detective: “Maybe Tomorrow”

Not only was last night’s episode of True Detective a massive change of pace but it was a bit of precursor for how we, as an audience, are going to be played for the rest of the season. The question on a lot of people’s lips following episode three of this incredibly sprawling narrative piece is “who is the true detective?” We have three flawed detectives in play, each of them with their own personal demons and one of whom is severely compromised by past misgivings landing him in trouble. Each one is out to solve the crime at hand while simultaneously resolving matters in their personal lives that are the direct result of flaws in...

HBO Celebrates 1000 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Matches

HBO Celebrates 1000 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Matches

At the end of June HBO hit a milestone. HBO Sports televised its 1000 boxing bout! With its rewarding award-winning coverage and innovative filmmaking prowess the HBO Sports team has elevated the sport for fans. It has covered some colossal pugilistic battles over the decades and HBO honors that tradition and celebrates that milestone with a video tribute. Yes, the bigger matches hold our attention. HBO aired The Rumble In The Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila. All the big names are in that video; Tyson, Pacquiao, De la Hoya, Chavez, Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and more. Also contributing to the total number of bouts, though not necessarily...

Development Slate: UNARMED; DISGRACED, PATROLMAN P and More

Development Slate: UNARMED; DISGRACED, PATROLMAN P and More

Here is some development news from all over the place and, we admit, a few that have been collecting dust. Of course, with HBO only offering Sunday nights for original fictional series most of these might not ever get to air. If they do prove successful then we bump them to their own posts, but for now they are grouped here. So, here is what HBO has under consideration.   Duplass Brothers Deal with HBO  Well evidently HBO likes the entertainment content coming from Duplass Brothers Television. The company has just made an exclusive content deal with the network. We have talked about them before; the company is the platform from...

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