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The Leftovers

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

May 17, 2017

Artistic creativity is something to be expected of The Leftovers, including its metaphorically heavy song choice for the opening credits. This week’s episode treated us to a feverish French...

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Game of Thrones

GoT Spinoffs to Focus On New Material Not Familiar Characters

May 15, 2017

Ever since we got word that no less than four Game of Thrones spin-offs are in the works, the internet has been running wild with speculation as to the specifics of the upcoming shows–...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

May 17, 2017

Last week, our band of misfits successfully engineered their way around a tricky situation and the cherry on top of it all, Gavin Belson took the heat and lost his CEO job at Hooli. This week...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Jason Bourne”

May 12, 2017

I’m going to be really honest with you all reading this: I don’t remember the first three movies very well, and I didn’t see the fourth one featuring Jeremy Renner and Rachel...

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Latest HBO News

The Knick: “Start Calling Me Dad”

The Knick: “Start Calling Me Dad”

Propriety is the theme of the day this week at The Knick. No character encapsulates this as well as Inspector Speight (pictured), a character that doesn’t seem to be very popular with my fellow writers at HBOWatch. I love Speight. Years of living (and watching medical shows) have taught me that important things, crucial things, are often kept secret for the sake of propriety. When disease is afoot, propriety can be fatal. A woman of wealth may not want to reveal that her husband is having an affair, but Speight’s disregard for propriety will uncover this secret, and it will save lives. Speight knows that disease has no respect...

Boardwalk Empire: “What Jesus Said”

Boardwalk Empire: “What Jesus Said”

1884 Flashbacks Little Flashback Nucky is running around delivering flowers and getting teased about kisses by little girls sending him postcards. He also walks in on dead bodies while Not!Dabney Coleman and the Sheriff clean it up. Some of the clips for this went by so fast that it was hard to tell when they were memory scenes and when they were in present day. Honestly, I would rather be spending more time with Joe Kennedy, or even Van Alden. I would LOVE to see Van Alden have his HULK SMASH! moment this season– I really hope we have one coming! Trivia bit: The postcard is signed Mabel, the name of Nucky’s first...

Colin Farrel, Vince Vaughn Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Colin Farrel, Vince Vaughn Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

  UPDATE:   As of 09.22.14 we can update with the following scant but important information. HBO has confirmed that not only is Colin Farrell in Season Two, but that VINCE VAUGHN is also involved.  That information, plus brief character descriptions for both have been offered in this Press Release: The eight-episode hour-long drama is set to begin production later this fall in California.   Logline: Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.    The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto.   Justin Lin will direct the first two...

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

HBO Planning Russian Spy Series – THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT

HBO Planning Russian Spy Series – THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT

HBO has been looking for a spy series for a while now. If you’d peek at the morgue of shows never brought to the TV screen you would see the evidence. Well HBO has targeted another attempt and this one is called THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT. It is billed as a comedic drama thriller which is a different twist to the spy game. The project comes from the Cold War satire crafted by Martyn Burke who is adapting his novel and writing the pilot script. A description of the work states  –  it follows Dimitri, a young spy in post-war Stalinist Russia who rises so quickly through the ranks of Soviet espionage that he is sent to New York as a...

Movie IN AMERICA to Become HBO Series

Movie IN AMERICA to Become HBO Series

Back in 2002 a movie entitled IN AMERICA did well on the big screen and at award season. Writer/director Jim Sheridan was behind that movie and he garnered an Oscar nomination for writing the piece. Now Mr. Sheridan and his two daughters, who also were billed as writers of the film, are bringing the concept to HBO as a dramatic series. The movie – centers on an Irish family who, broke and looking for a fresh start, settles in an apartment building in the Bronx where they struggle to befriend their neighbors, also immigrants, and realize they all have one thing in common: a past that continues to haunt them. To put it in better...

AT&T Offers Cheap Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime Package

AT&T Offers Cheap Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime Package

Are you a “cord-cutter”? Do you want to enjoy HBO and all of it’s amazing programming without a cable subscription? Are you tired of having to live with the guilt of pirating every single episode of every single show? Internet providers have recently been offering alternatives. Comcast led the way with an Internet + HBO package earlier this year for about forty dollars. Now we notice that AT&T is offering a $39 package that not only includes high speed internet and access to HBOGo– it also includes a year long subscription to Amazon Prime! That means you’ll also get access to Amazon’s library of older...

The GETTING ON Team Is Developing A French Comedy

The GETTING ON Team Is Developing A French Comedy

Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer have taken a U. K. import called GETTING ON and made a funny little comedy stateside that has a second season coming beginning 11.09.  They hope to do it again, but this time they are eying a French import. The duo will write an as yet untitled comedy centering on a French actress. It is described as a show about – a famous French actress who moves to the U. S. and, with savor faire, goes to great lengths to keep her unorthodox family together.   Assisting them with the show will be French actress and writer Judith Godreche who has some thirty acting credits in her home country. She is quoted as saying,...

Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Tywin Lannister: A great villain of Westeros?  Or Westeros’ greatest villain? Either way many fans were (spoiler alert) sad to lose the Lannister Patriarch last season even though most of us did get a twinge of satisfaction watching him take a bolt to the gut from his son’s crossbow while taking a dump. But word comes this week that we may not have seen the last of Tywin. Game of Thrones has long avoided flashback scenes. Preferring dreams and live, present action over such storytelling devices. But Charles Dance assures us that we haven’t seen the last of him telling MTV: “I’m not completely missing out on...

HBO and Playtone Creating FACTORY MAN Miniseries

HBO and Playtone Creating FACTORY MAN Miniseries

The Playtone Company is at it again! The production company that brought us the miniseries’ FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC and JOHN ADAMS, plus the series BIG LOVE and HBO Films GAME CHANGE has another project in development. It is called FACTORY MAN. FACTORY MAN will be a miniseries about the state of American jobs in the face of the outsourcing trend that has become the norm. It is based on a nonfiction book about the economic practice entitled “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled OffShoring, Stayed Local – And Helped Save An American Town.”  The New York Times review stated –...

THE LEFTOVERS: Theories and Thoughts on Season One

THE LEFTOVERS: Theories and Thoughts on Season One

Is it too late to have some LEFTOVERS? This writer, for one, feels that THE LEFTOVERS ended on quite solid ground forming a climactic ending that griped viewers and left them with some ray of hope. We started the season confused and a bit frustrated but along the way some rich character developments surfaced and some windows into the psyche of the show cracked open. No, not all was solved, but for me enough was revealed to keep me interested. To assist in sorting through it is the site WatchingThe Leftovers.com. We start with a few points of the list of “10 Things Learned” about the show. 2% is a lot of people – 140 million. So I...

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Imagination is the driving force behind all art, and yet it is a very difficult process to capture. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of the few films that has managed to tap into the human imagination in such an honest heartfelt way. On an initial look The Secret Life of Walter Mitty seems like a film that is a bad idea. It’s a remake of a 1947 film, it’s filled to the brim with product placement, and it’s aggressively earnest. Yet somehow despite all odds this ended up being one of the most enjoyable heartwarming film experiences I’ve had in a long time. The plot of the film is much more modernized and differs vastly from...

The Knick: “They Capture the Heat”

The Knick: “They Capture the Heat”

Politics. Prostitution. Potential. Payouts. Bodies continue to arrive at the Knick and more surgeries continue to be performed. One patient, in particular, arrived at the Knick with a bullet wound in his upper thigh. Bunky, the very menacing pimp and loan shark, decided to take his brother in law to a man, a barber no less – to extract the bullet. After seeing the crude way the man went about conducting his medical business (not washing his hands, smoking and attempting to use a saw to cut off the leg), he and his men quit the scene. Which leads to Thackeray receiving a very early morning call. Thackeray and Edwards actually perform...

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

Overview: On Sept. 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group from Somalia, attacked Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The siege lasted 49 hours, leaving 71 dead and hundreds wounded. Told from the vantage point of more than 100 security cameras revealing hours of previously unseen mall surveillance video, and drawing on extensive photos taken during the attack and testimony from survivors and rescuers depicted in the footage and photos, TERROR AT THE MALL recalls the horror of the attack, as well as the courage and resilience of ordinary citizens in the face of mass murder. TERROR AT THE MALL debuted on HBO on Monday,...

BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM DC – A Strong Special for HBO

BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM DC – A Strong Special for HBO

HBOWatch does not always offer up every ratings statistic that comes along, but every once in a while if others are buzzing about it we might hit on it as well. Such is the case with Bill Maher’s tenth special for the premium channel. BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM DC is HBO’s most matched comedy special in nearly five years. If you missed the HBO Comedy Special (shame on you) you missed his scrutiny on such topics as income inequality, Donald Trump and the puzzle that is politics including, of course, the Republicans. The routine played out Live on Friday, 09.12 at 10:00pm and was repeated again. The total numbers read as 1.1 million viewers and...

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