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Girls

Girls: “Full Disclosure”

Mar 22, 2017

The episode starts off with Marnie and Hannah preparing a dinner because Hannah has news. Marnie is aware that this is the purpose of the meal but wastes no time talking about herself. Ray...

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Date Revealed

Mar 10, 2017

Mark your calendars! After months of mystery surrounding the rather novel summer premiere date for Season Seven of Game of Thrones, HBO has finally released a tangible date for the premiere,...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Mar 22, 2017

Big Little Lies has been a tour-de-force on a weekly basis, and with only two episodes left, the plot continues to thicken. It must be stated: it is not helping that many of the clues are left...

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New Movies

Movies on HBO: Independence Day: Resurgence

Mar 25, 2017

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, a sequel to the 1996 original. Nevertheless, we draw your attention to this film as it debuts on HBO...

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Latest HBO News

Gandolfini’s BIG DEAD PLACE Revived At HBO

Gandolfini’s BIG DEAD PLACE Revived At HBO

HBO has just unburied an old James Gandofini (pictured) project with Tim Van Patten at the helm. Just how old? Our first reporting of the work comes from back in 2011 when the late THE SOPRANOS star was looking for his next series after his Jersey mobster. It was BIG DEAD PLACE. That project passed by the wayside as HBO considered CRIMINAL JUSTICE (now known as CRIME) instead; a work we are still waiting for. Tim Van Patten (pictured), a former director of THE SOPRANOS and BOARDWALK EMPIRE is now bringing the concept back to the table. He will serve as executive producer. The work, based on Nicholas Johnson’s memoir about his stint working...

HBO Having WESTWORLD Woes?

HBO Having WESTWORLD Woes?

We don’t wish to hit the panic button but according to recent reports WESTWORLD is still not back before the cameras. As everyone has stated by now the show halted production to improve on the final scripts of the first season and that production would resume on the other side of the Holidays. Variety has just updated that line of thinking and has stated that filming would not resume until March!  We really are only following up on this report to ask some pertinent questions, though we don’t want to cast doubt onto the series. Though it has been reported that HBO claims the series will make its debut date of sometime in 2016 we have got...

THE DEUCE Becomes David Simon’s Next Series for HBO!

THE DEUCE Becomes David Simon’s Next Series for HBO!

HBO does appreciate the talent of David Simon as an announcement has come out declaring that THE DEUCE has been picked up as a series. Of course, anyone who is an HBO fan knows that he was responsible for THE CORNER, THE WIRE, GENERATION KILL, TREME and SHOW ME A HERO. Now, he has a go to create for HBO again. HBOWatch has been following his career for a while including his latest developments. We first caught notice of THE DEUCE in July of ’15; then we learned in September that it was one of two pilots being considered and then in November we reported that the greenlit pilot was in production. Well, it appears that HBO liked what it saw...

What Comic Books Would You Like to See Adapted by HBO?

What Comic Books Would You Like to See Adapted by HBO?

For years, we at HBOWatch have speculated on the possibility of seeing our favorite channel adapt a comic book property (remember Watchmen is in, Monster is out). As other networks have added comic series from the Big Two, we began to wonder if there were any smaller, lesser-known series that would be a good fit for HBO’s brand. For the purposes of this post, we have decided to stay away from DC and Marvel (Sorry, Fables and Swamp Thing, we love ya; we really do!), and focus on that oft-ignored 3rd (or 4th, depending on the month) publisher, Image Comics. Title: SEX Author: Joe Casey Premise: Simon Cooke is a billionaire playboy, who...

Movie Review: Unfriended

Movie Review: Unfriended

2015 was a disappointing and incredibly lackluster year for good horror. Not only were there a limited number of releases for the genre, but the quality of many of the year’s films were forgettable and tedious—with perhaps the only exceptions being David Robert Mitchell’s moody It Follows or the artsy Austrian psychological thriller Goodnight Mommy. However, several unexpectedly chilling and unique films managed to slip through the muck of clichéd drivel, a prime example being Leo Gabriadze’s Unfriended. With its witty satirizing of trendy technology and its creatively sadistic style, this movie broke an interesting mold in the...

LOOKING: “Racy” Movie News

LOOKING: “Racy” Movie News

Fans of LOOKING have been waiting for that concluding movie that will wrap up the loose plot lines of the series after its two season run. Just what happens to Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Doris and the rest is unclear at this time as well as exactly when the concluding story will air. A while back though, Jonathan Groff (who plays Patrick) did report some news about the project. Apparently, there will be a lot of sex going on. In an interview late last year Groff had this to say about the LOOKING movie: ”There’s a lot of sex. I don’t want to say who it was with, but I just shot the most intense sex scene I’ve ever done....

Alexander Skarsgard Returns to HBO

Alexander Skarsgard Returns to HBO

Normally, it is the custom around here not to whip up a post for every cast member that comes on board any given project. That would apply especially to a show like BIG LITTLE LIES who has the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley already in the limited series. However, we could not pass up who has recently joined the cast now. Alexander Skarsgard has returned to HBO to play Perry Wright the husband of Nicole Kidman’s Celeste Wright. Now don’t they make a lanky, but pretty couple? David E. Kelley’s TV adaptation of the critically-acclaimed novel by Liane Moriarty is getting quite a bit of buzz from...

Two HBO Films, CONFIRMATION and ALL THE WAY, Plus LADY DAY… Slated for this Spring

Two HBO Films, CONFIRMATION and ALL THE WAY, Plus LADY DAY… Slated for this Spring

We knew that HBO FILMS: CONFIRMATION and HBO FILMS: ALL THE WAY had to be in the can and ready to air, but we couldn’t lock down dates. Unfortunately, we still can’t but we are a bit closer; they debut in April and May respectively. With HBO’s presence at the Television Critics Association event recently they have confirmed the works are about to air and we around here we are anticipating their arrival. You can be assured HBOWatch will watch and review each in turn.  From the official Press Release – KERRY WASHINGTON, WENDELL PIERCE AND GREG KINNEAR STAR IN HBO FILMS’ CONFIRMATION, THE STORY OF THE EXPLOSIVE CLARENCE...

Real Time with Bill Maher Returns This Week with Al Gore, John Krasinski

Real Time with Bill Maher Returns This Week with Al Gore, John Krasinski

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER kicks off its 35-show 14th season FRIDAY, JAN. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO.Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests. Former Vice President Al Gore is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor John Krasinski is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are political activist Ralph Reed, political analyst Nicolle Wallace and academic Cornel West. Bill comes back to us at just the right moment. Of course the show...

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2016; Our 2015 Favorites

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2016; Our 2015 Favorites

HBO has dropped a hefty load of news as of late due to the latest Television Critics Association event. One such report was on the documentary front as the network listed the upcoming films that will be on the schedule for the first half of 2016. We speculated to a small degree on potential offerings but now there is no question. What follows is a press release showcasing the documentaries to appear from now through June. We are sure those interested in non-fiction films will find something worth watching. As for HBOWatch, we will watch and review them all. HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for...

J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING Debuts January 09, 2016

J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING Debuts January 09, 2016

The weekend for J. Cole is upon us. This writer will admit that I don’t know who he is or one note of his music but I will soon as is hot Hip-Hop album has topped the charts and warranted this Concert Special via Jay-Z’s development deal with HBO.  To help build up the hype a series of small clips have been released of a behind-the-scenes documentary leading up to this tour and Cole’s filming of it in his hometown. Hey, this shouldn’t be any surprise look what Jay-Z did for Beyonce. Anywhere, here is one of those clips followed by the official press release:   COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING, FEATURING ONE OF MUSIC’S...

DEADWOOD TV Movie is “Going to Happen”

DEADWOOD TV Movie is “Going to Happen”

  Pretty big attention getting statement above, but the words were uttered by HBO President of Programming himself, Michael Lombardo, at the Television Critics Association event where all the HBO news has been pouring out of lately. We hang on plenty of hopes around here at times like the return of Larry David, ROME and a DEADWOOD movie. That last hope has taken one step closer to reality with the words spoken from Lombardo: “David has our commitment that we are going to do it. He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen. [David Milch] has something...

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

People had a lot to say when Mad Max Fury Road hit theaters. It was hailed as a feminist movie. It was seen as a warning to future masses that if we didn’t smarten up as a civilization, nuclear holocaust and severe drought would be the outcome. It was seen as a movie based on revenge and redemption. I saw it as a gritty, brutally tough film in which you needed to have a backbone and an escape plan in order to survive any and all obstacles thrown in your way. My perspective on this movie was that of an awe struck fan because I love Tom Hardy as an actor and think that Charlize Theron is freaking AWESOME. The two of them paired up as the...

VEEP Returns for Season 5 in April, but with New Showrunner

VEEP Returns for Season 5 in April, but with New Showrunner

UPDATE: VEEP launches its ten-episode fifth season SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). This Emmy-nominated series stars Emmy® winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Vice President Selina Meyer, who became president after her predecessor stepped down. The cast also includes Emmy winner Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson and Hugh Laurie. Dave Mandel, Frank Rich, Chris Godsick, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lew Morton executive produce.  I think it would have been cool to run this coming season in the Fall right at Election time, but am also glad to see it with...

Silicon Valley Season 3 Premiere Date Confirmed

Silicon Valley Season 3 Premiere Date Confirmed

  UPDATE: Silicon Valley Season 3 will premiere April 24th! Silicon Valley will receive another round of funding from it’s parent corporation HBO!  Put another way: Silicon Valley Season 3 is GREEN BABY!  Season 2 kicked off last night just after the big Game of Thrones premiere.  HBO says they won’t be releasing ratings on a nightly basis anymore but since they’re renewing this series so quickly, we think they went well. Are you ready for another round of Silicon Valley?  Season 3 will probably premiere alongside Game of Thrones Season 6 in 2016.  Here’s the official announcement: LOS ANGELES, April 13,...

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