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Game of Thrones

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: Love Is To Die

Aug 21, 2014

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,...

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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

Bill Maher Will Attempt to Shake Up Congress

Bill Maher Will Attempt to Shake Up Congress

The Real Time with Bill Maher program is no stranger to controversy.  From smoking pot LIVE on HBO’s air with Zach Galafianakis to his controversial opinions on religion you’d be hard-pressed to find a more divisive champion for progressive, rational values than Mr. Maher.  Even this site has not been immune to the flames coming Bill Maher’s way receiving emails, tweets and comments blasting the man for his point of view. Not to be outdone by himself Bill is taking it up a notch in 2014.  The NY Times is reporting that Real Time will pull a rather ballsy stunt this election cycle.   Here’s Bill: “This year,...

A Unique Update on THE MAN WHO WALKED AROUND THE WORLD

A Unique Update on THE MAN WHO WALKED AROUND THE WORLD

HBOWatch scans the news and press releases to get all the HBO programming news that is possible to get. So when news comes our way from an unexpected source it is worth a look. Well, news has come our way via e-mail conversation about an HBO project we thought off the radar. Here is what we learned first-hand. Gordon Manke is a stranger to us though he has visited our site to know that we ran a piece about a potential HBO project called THE MAN WHO WALKED AROUND THE WORLD. You can find that post right here from 05.09.13. Mr. Manke actually ran into the subject of the title, Dave Kunst (pictured), while vacationing. In Gordon’s own words ...

First Official GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Photos

First Official GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Photos

As the title says, HBO has just released the first batch of official images from the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones. Some may consider these spoilers, so consider yourselves warned. Here’s a look at some old and new faces in all their glory. Enjoy!  Game of Thrones season 4 premieres APRIL 6th at 9PM. Be...

TRUE DETECTIVE: Sn. 1 Episode Three Review

TRUE DETECTIVE: Sn. 1 Episode Three Review

Okay, I wasn’t assigned this post but the computer gremlins were taking over the intended writer’s computer so I had to watch the episode again and get it fresh in my mind before I took the review over; thus this reviews delay. So, here we go. As you remember our detectives have to come up with results soon as the occult task force is ready to take over the case. Luckily for them a depiction of the crime is found in the burned out church. It is a lead, but is it enough? We also got quite a bit of background about Hart and Cohle. How about Gilbough and Papania? Are they getting all the background they need? Exactly what are they looking...

HBO Documentary Films: HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE

HBO Documentary Films: HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE

Overview: For 55 years, Herbert L. Block’s signature “Herblock” was affixed to memorable cartoons that were published daily in the Washington Post and syndicated throughout the country in more than 1,800 newspapers. A true patriot, he elevated editorial cartoons to a level rivaling and, in critical ways, surpassing prose journalism, giving “a voice to the voiceless” through strokes of a pen. In HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE, actor Alan Mandell portrays the cartoonist (who died in 2001) in scenes scripted from his speeches and interviews, and filmed in a re-creation of Herblock’s Washington Post office, filled with his...

Girls Season Three, Episode Four: Dead Inside

Girls Season Three, Episode Four: Dead Inside

The aptly titled fourth episode of the already magnificient third season of GIRLS starts with Hannah finding out that her publisher, David (the crazy little guy who through Ray across a table last week) was found dead in the Hudson River without any explanation. Hannah being Hannah she ambles home and admits to Adam and Jessa that she doesn’t feel sad or numb, she is merely concerned about what is going to happen to her e-book. Classic Hannah. Thus starts a theme to the episode. Jessa tells Shosh about her friend, a girl called Season, (only Jessa would have a friend called Season, right?) who died by choking on her own vomit “or...

LOOKING for the Uncut (S1 E2) Review

LOOKING for the Uncut (S1 E2) Review

There is a long standing tradition of HBO being the network who pushes it’s viewers out of their comfort level, encouraging them to accept aspects of our society that might not be the most conventional. They’ve been doing this for so long, it’s almost expected when they premiere a new show. In that aspect, Looking has not disappointed. As a show that revolves around gay culture, it gives a voice to a powerful community in our society that has gone unheard for far to long in mainstream media. And while it’s stirred up a lot of controversy, especially when one focuses on the sex scenes, it’s doing exactly what HBO intended. It’s...

The HBO Watch Newsletter (and Prizes!)

The HBO Watch Newsletter (and Prizes!)

For  four years now HBO Watch has been bringing you all of the latest news on your favorite HBO programs.  From the announcement of Game of Thrones to the eventual cancellation of True Blood we’ve not only gotten you the information you need to know, we’re also bringing you commentary and insight into all of HBO’s documentaries, mini-series, feature and theatrical films.  We may be a little bit biased but to our knowledge: HBO Watch is not only the best source of Home Box Office news; we’re also the only HBO fan site on the internet!  This month mark’s our fourth birthday here at HBO Watch so we wanted to...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for February 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule for February 2014

It’s cold and windy and snowy most places this month and February looks like more of the same. Best thing to do nights is to curl up warm and watch some of your favorite programming.  HBO might just have what you are looking for. As always the network offers diverse series, witty commentary, informative shows and entertaining movies alongside repeats of some of your favorite actors and flicks. And, as always, we try to point out some of those highlights in this monthly update. Though the weather outside is frightful you can find something delightful across the various HBO platforms to make you laugh, think and wonder. Here is What’s...

HBO Tweaks Schedule for Super Bowl Sunday

HBO Tweaks Schedule for Super Bowl Sunday

The Home Box Office audience is a sophisticated bunch.  So it may not have occurred to you that the game of football may interfere with your Sunday night television watching plans like Richard Sherman on a fade-pass to Crabtree at the back of the end zone.   Actually the normal HBO Sunday schedule will air as planned on Super Bowl Sunday minus True Detective which will be taking a break that week with the newest episode of Girls at 10PM and Looking, episode two airing at 10:30.  The change here will be that HBO will air new episodes of those shows on SATURDAY night starting at 10PM (their normal time).  This means you can watch them any...

Nic Pizzolatto of TRUE DETECTIVE Going Forward with HBO

Nic Pizzolatto of TRUE DETECTIVE Going Forward with HBO

HBO has officially signed up Nic Pizzolatto, the creator and sole writer of TRUE DETECTIVE, to a two year development deal. Also, with the fact that it was HBO’s most watched series debut in over three years, TRUE DETECTIVE is likely to get a second season. HBO has yet to confirm that detail but Deadline.com reports that Mr. P. is preparing a draft of a second go-around to HBO executives. As sole writer of the series will he have the time to develop other fare? We will have to wait to see on that. If nothing else we will settle for more TRUE DETECTIVE. Here is what Pizzolatto said at the Television Critic Association event earlier this...

8 HBO Characters You Can’t Help But LOVE

8 HBO Characters You Can’t Help But LOVE

Perhaps you love that you hate them, or maybe you hate that you love them. Whatever your weird love/hate relationship with these characters happens to be, one thing is for sure, you have some form of love for them… I think. Jimmy Darmody: Boardwalk Instead of choosing the main man on Boardwalk, Nucky Thompson, I opted for Jimmy Darmody instead. The reason is simple. Right through the first two seasons of Boardwalk, in every scene he appeared, Michael Pitt stole the show. Portraying Jimmy ever so dramatically, Pitt is a phenomenally gifted actor. As odd as it was tragic, Jimmy lived a life steeped in controversy and anguish. His extremely...

Movie Review: “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

Movie Review: “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

If you’re a fan of magicians, magic acts, and all the insanity of Las Vegas magic shows, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” might be a good movie for you to check out Saturday, January 25th, when it premiers on HBO. The movie focuses on the eponymous Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carrell), his friendship with Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), magic act assistant “Nicole”, actually known as Jane (Olivia Wilde), crazy, Criss Angel-ish magic/freak show act Steve “The Brain Rapist” Gray (Jim Carrey), casino owner Doug Munny (James Gandolfini), and magician legend Rance Holloway (Alan Arkin). The standouts of the...

No Season 2 for Merchant’s Hello Ladies

No Season 2 for Merchant’s Hello Ladies

HBO has opted out of a second season of Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies.  We’re actually not sure whether a Hello Ladies season 2 was even on the table but Deadline now confirms that the show will end with a special similar to that made for Life’s Too Short, another Merchant project on HBO. At HBOWatch, many of us enjoyed the series and thought it was quite funny.  We reviewed several episodes here if you’re interested.  We’ll let you know when the special gets a firm date and if and when the compete set of episodes make’s its way to DVD and Blu-Ray. We hope Mr. Merchant continues with HBO in some...

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