The summer weather beacons, but so does the HBO schedule. We hope, for example, that you find time to watch two new comedy series debuting in June and/or find a good movie. Below is a listing of the highlights to be explored. HBOWatch hopes you enjoy content across all of HBO’s platforms.
Originals: We begin with the three series concluding their respective seasons on 06.14. Without delay we start with GAME OF THRONES which continues its ten-episode fifth season with a new episode debuting SUNDAY, JUNE 7 at 9:00pm followed by the season finale 06.14 at the same time. The episodes are “The Dance of Dragons” and “Winter.”
–Episode 49 – “The Dance of Dragons” Stannis (Stephen Dillane) confronts a troubling decision. Jon (Kit Harington) returns to The Wall. Mace (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) visits the Iron Bank. Arya (Maisie Williams) encounters someone from her past. Dany (Emilia Clarke) reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism. Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by David Nutter. Other HBO playdates: 06.07 at 11:30pm & 2:00am; 06.08 at 10:30pm; 06.09 at 9:00pm & 2:15am; 06.10 at 2:00am; 06.11 at 10:00pm; 06.12 at 9:00pm; 06.13 at 12:30am and 06.19 at 8:00pm.
–Episode 50 – “Mother’s Mercy” Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei (Lena Headey) seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged. Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by David Nutter. Also airing on 06.14 at 11:30pm & 2:00am a.m; 06.15 at 10:30pm; 06.16 at 9:00pm & 1:50am; 06.17 at 2:25am; 06.18 at 10:00pm; 06.19 at 9:00pm; 06.20 at 10:30pm and 06.26 at 8:00pm.
SILICON VALLEY airs on 06.07 & 06.14 as well beginning at 10:00pm. Its second season ends with “Binding Arbitration” and “Two Days of the Condor.”
–Episode 17 – “Binding Arbitation” When Pied Piper and Hooli enter binding arbitration, Erlich (T.J. Miller) demands to be put on the stand. Meanwhile, Big Head (Josh Brener) finds himself propped up, and Richard (Thomas Middleditch) worries Hooli’s claim could have legs. Meanwhile, back at the Hacker Hostel, Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) question a philosophical theory and its relation to their livestream. Written by Dan O’Keefe; directed by Mike Judge. Other HBO playdates: 06.07 at 1:00am & 3:00am; 06.08 at 1:15am; 06.09 at 10:00pm; 06.10 at 7:00pm; 06.11 at 9:30pm & 1:50am and 06.12 at 1:00am.
–Episode 18 – “Two days of the Condor” (season finale) As the guys await the verdict on Pied Piper’s fate, an unexpected real-life drama draws a spike in traffic to their livestream and leaves them fighting to hold things together – literally. While Erlich considers his future, Richard scrambles to save Pied Piper’s. Written and directed by Alec Berg. It also plays on 06.14 at 1:00am & 3:00am; 06.15 at 2:35am; 06.16 at 10:00pm; 06.17 at 7:00pm; 06.18 at 9:30pm & 1:55am and 06.19 at 1:00am.
VEEP wraps up its fourth season with the episodes “Testimony” and “Election Night” airing at 10:30pm.
–Episode 37 – “Testimony” While Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) fields questions from the press, members of her staff testify before a congressional committee about whether the Families First vote was intentionally sabotaged – and who was really behind the data breach. Teleplay bySean Gray & Will Smith; story by Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci & Will Smith; directed by Armando Iannucci. Other HBO air dates: 06.07 at 12:30am & 3:30am; 06.08 at 12:45am; 06.09 at 10:30pm & 3:15am; 06.10 at 7:30pm; 06.11 at 9:00pm and 06.12 at 1:30am.
–Episode 38 -“Election Night” (season finale) On election night, Selina and her staff find their nerves growing frayed as each state result is called. Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Tony Roche; story by Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche; directed by Chris Addison. Also airs on 06.14 at 12:30am & 3:30am; 06.15 at 2:05am; 06.16 at 10:30pm & 2:50am; 06.17 at 7:30pm; 06.18 at 9:00pm and 06.19 at 1:30am.
Those season finales mean that the following week three other shows take over the Sunday night line-up. So don’t forget that TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two is the primetime drama not to miss beginning SUNDAY, JUNE 21 at 9:00pm. It, of course, returns with a totally brand new case for a brand new set of detectives in an eight-episode run. In this one a bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch star. Here is that trailer one more time:
[box type=”info”] Frustratingly, we have been holding out for episode descriptions that have not been released as of yet. Look for an upcoming post announcing brief plot points for the first couple of episodes.[/box]
After that two new comedies debut with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black respectively. The new comedy series BALLERS kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 21 at 10:00pm followed by new episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Rob Corrdry, Omar Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity and Jazmyn Simon also star. Here is our debut of the trailer!
Spencer is a retired football superstar who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. His inner circle includes Ricky, a talented but volatile wide receiver who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles, a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon, a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to forget “where he came from” brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. Though they’re pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field. Created by Stephen Levinson (HBO’s ENTOURAGE) and executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino and Denis Biggs, BALLERS explores the whirlwind lifestyle and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players.
–Episode 01 – “Pilot” After the unexpected demise of a friend and former teammate, retired football superstar Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) ramps up his efforts to build a post-football career in Miami, and feels pressure from Joe (Rob Corddry), his boss at a financial firm, to “monetize his friendships.” Meanwhile, recently retired player Charles (Omar Miller) copes with the realities of finding a new job. Talented wide receiver Ricky (John David Washington) is forced to put his pride aside to find a new home. Vernon (Donovan Carter), a player on the rise, finds himself in a tight spot and reaches out to Spencer for help. Written by Stephen Levinson; directed by Peter Berg (HBO’s STATE OF PLAY host). Other HBO air dates are 06.21 at 1:00am & 3:00am; 06.22 at 12:05am; 06.23 at 11:00pm; 06.24 at 1:00am; 06.25 at 8:30pm; 06.26 at 1:35am and 06.27 at 1:00am.
–Episode #2: “Raise Up” A cash-strapped Spencer struggles to close a deal when Vernon’s best friend, Reggie (London Brown), refuses to step aside, while Jason (Troy Garity) works hard to renegotiate for his client. On his first day of workouts, Ricky finds that not all his new teammates are friendly. At his new job, Charles finds it hard to keep his mind off the game. At a brunch to talk business, Spencer counsels Vernon to learn from his mistakes. Written by Evan Reilly; directed by Julian Farino. Other HBO dates: 06.28 at 10:00pm, 1:00am & 3:00am; 06.29 at 2:15am; 06.30 at 10:00pm and into July.
Obviously, the new comedy series THE BRINK also begins its ten-episode season on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 as well. It begins at 10:30pm. This epic dark comedy focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate, desperate men: Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), who must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson star also. Here is our first look at the trailer.
When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson. From the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House situation room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red Sea, these three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.
–Episode 01 – “Pilot.” In Islamabad, Pakistan, low-level State Department bureaucrat Alex Talbot (Jack Black) asks his driver Rafiq (Aasif Mandvi) to take him to a bazaar to score some weed. Encountering a mass protest that turns violent, they flee their car and take refuge in the house Rafiq shares with his parents and sister. In Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) is fetched from a hotel tryst by his seen-it-all aide, Kendra Peterson (Maribeth Monroe), to attend an emergency White House meeting on the growing unrest in Pakistan. After learning that paranoid General Umair Zaman (Iqbal Theba) is threatening the region with destruction, President Navarro (Esai Morales) and ultra-hawkish Secretary of Defense Grey (Geoff Pierson) put a plan in motion to remove Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, against Larson’s advice that such an operation is risky and reckless. The group soon discovers that Alex is their only source of hard information on the ground in Pakistan. Meanwhile, onboard an aircraft carrier in the region, ace pilot Zeke “Z-Pak” Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) calls his ex-wife, Ashley (Mary Faber), in Florida, urging her to send more “product” for his lucrative side business selling drugs. Later, Zeke’s mounting troubles are put on hold when he and his co-pilot, Glenn (Eric Ladin), are ordered to take off on a mission he knows could lead to catastrophe. Written by Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib; directed by Jay Roach. Other HBO playdates: 06.21 at 12:30am & 3:30am; 06.22 at 11:30pm; 06.23 at 11:30pm & 3:30am; 06.24 at 7:30pm; 06.25 at 8:00pm and 06.26 at 1:00am.
–Episode 02 – “Half-Cocked.” With President Navarro and Defense Secretary Grey ordering a military response to General Zaman’s threats, Walter argues that an air strike could unleash a world war. He and Kendra must track down a moderate contact inside the Pakistan government to defuse the crisis. Meanwhile, after learning that classified information has been sent from Rafiq’s house, Zaman’s men storm the place, threaten Rafiq’s family, and drag Alex to an undisclosed location for interrogation of the worst kind. In the skies over Pakistan, with Walter and the president looking on via an airborne camera, Zeke tries to sober up a drug-addled Glenn, but his partner accidentally launches a missile that creates high anxiety in three world capitals. Written by Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib; directed by Tim Robbins. It can also be found on 06.28 at 12:30am & 3:30am; 06.29 at 1:45am; 06.30 at 10:30pm & 2:55am and into July.
New editions of the late-night shows also appear in June. Friday nights start with the continued rantings of LATE NIGHT WITH BILL MAHER. Its thirteenth season continues on 06.05 at 10:00pm. VICE follows, beginning on the same date, in the 11:00pm timeslot. It has a total of four installments to air wrapping up its third season on 06.26. Also on Sunday nights is LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER which presents a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. New editions throughout the month premiere at 11:00pm.
Theatrical Movies: Four Saturdays in June means four debuts of movies you may not have caught at your favorite cinema house. They are THE JUDGE, GET ON UP, GONE GIRL and JOHN WICK. They are not real big blockbusters, but acclaimed dramas that got noticed for their respective reasons. As always we announce a few details here and ask you to note that HBOWatch will be reviewing each of them as they appear throughout the month of June.
To start us off a hotshot lawyer (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to his hometown, where his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town judge, has been accused of a fatal hit-and-run when THE JUDGE debuts SATURDAY, JUNE 6 (8:00 p.m.). Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star in the drama. This one generated buzz for Downey going outside his “Iron Man” role and a strong late career role for Duvall. Alex Gibney gave us an in-depth look at the early career of James Brown. Now director Tate Taylor offers this cinematic bio-pic GET ON UP which debuts on SATURDAY, JUNE 13 at 8:00pm. Chadwick Boseman got praise for his role of the “Godfather of Soul.” Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson and Dan Aykroyd also star.
Suspicion points to a husband (Ben Affleck) when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, but a police investigation uncovers more than meets the eye in GONE GIRL, debuting SATURDAY, JUNE 20 at 8:00pm. Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry also star in this twisty thriller, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, and directed by David Fincher, with a screenplay by Gillian Flynn. And also we have an ex-hitman (Keanu Reeves, in a career boost performance) who seeks vengeance on the gangsters who stole everything from him in JOHN WICK, debuting SATURDAY, JUNE 27. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, with Ian McShane, with John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star in the action film, directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad.
Documentary: HBO continues its agenda of airing documentaries on Monday nights Four new debuts are on the docket for June. First, following courageous young filmmaker-actress Marianna Palka, is THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS in which Marianna gathers her friends together to share the moment when she finds out whether she has inherited Huntington’s disease from her father. It debuts MONDAY, JUNE 1 at 9:00pm. The pay cabler also continues its agenda to address the environmental concerns our sphere faces as the documentary family series SAVING MY TOMORROW debuts a new episode WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 at 7:00pm. Produced in association with the American Museum of Natural History, it features a collection of songs, calls to activism and heartfelt tips from the children who will inherit the planet. The series features readings and performances by Alan Cumming, Laura Dern, Tina Fey, Karen O, Audra McDonald, Elizabeth Mitchell, Liam Neeson, Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Wright and Dan Zanes, among others.
Every spring in America, more than 8,000 people die from gunfire. Debuting MONDAY, JUNE 22 at 9:00pm REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014 draws entirely on found footage – social media postings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere, plus news accounts and material from police files –to tell the stories of some of those who died that spring. From accidental shootings and suicides, to family disputes and random violence, the accounts are shared in present-tense by the people who lived them through their own words and images. These tragic stories represent just a fraction of the 32,000 people who are lost to gunfire in America every year, an average of 88 deaths per day. Those statistics alone are chilling. Debuting MONDAY, JUNE 29 at 9:00pm is LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER which is an intimate profile of the legendary author, political firebrand and playwright, who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. A pioneering activist, LarryKramer (pictured) co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), where his calls for direct action protest made AIDS a national issue, forever changing public health policy.
HBO Sports: HBO Sports presents the return of one of boxing’s biggest stars when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: MIGUEL COTTO VS. DANIEL GEALE debuts SATURDAY, JUNE 6 at 10:3pm from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Making his 2015 debut, Puerto Rican superstar Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) defends his middleweight title against Australian challenger Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12- round contest. The opening bout of the evening will be announced at a later date.
Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy winner, THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing. The latest edition debuts TUESDAY, JUNE 9 at 11:00pm. REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL goes behind the box scores and statistics to tackle timely subjects in the world of contemporary sports. Featuring a top lineup of contributors, the next monthly edition of the show debuts TUESDAY, JUNE 23 at 10:00pm.
Other Movies and Shows: Some titles claiming to be first run entertainment on HBO include NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS (wasn’t one enough?); GOOD DOG, about a dog that is not what he seems and BODYGUARD: A NEW BEGINNING (never heard of this martial arts thriller). Ok, those are rather lame so how about 12 YEARS A SLAVE, BANKSY DOES NEW YORK or DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB instead. The channel also has HBO FIRST LOOK installments looking at Jurassic World, Pitch Perfect 2, Trainwrecked and Entourage. Oh, what the hell here is an ENTOURAGE Movie Trailer just because we can.
HBO’s Other Platforms: Time to see what else is out there in June. HBO Latino: You can always find something here assuming your bilingual or follow subtitles. I’ll offer two choices starting with LA VIDA INESPERADA (The Unexpected Life). After ten years of trying to make in acting in New York City a Spaniard rethinks his life when his cousin visits from home. Also there is the never ending question of QUIEN MATO A BAMBI? (Who Killed Bambi?) How that title fits a tale of a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who kidnaps the wrong man for ransom in this dark comedy is anybody’s guess. HBO Family: Does anyone watch this channel? This month it has movies like ED, the chimp that plays baseball, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, which might not mean anything if you don’t know who Theodore Cleaver is, and there is WOLVERINE who you probably do recognize. OVER THE HEDGE is some animated fun and throw in the billionth repeat of HAPPILY EVER AFTER shows and you got the line-up pretty much. HBO Signature: This channel I do watch and in June I can find movies like SHATTERED and OUT OF TIME. That first one has a sadistic kidnapper played by Pierce Brosnan doing the terrorizing and the latter film has small town sheriff Denzel Washington framed for murder. There is also the James Clavell epic TAI-PAN to watch. HBO Comedy: If you love standup HBO has an archive of them that keep rotating on this channel. You can catch routines from Jerrod Carmichael, Tracey Ullman,and also Bill Engvall, Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy team up in their BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR. There is always some stand-up comedy to find. Sadly, I think I mentioned this bit before. HBOGo/HBONow: Coming in June to the site is the complete first and only season of JOHN FROM CINCINNATI. If you’ve heard all about this show, but never saw it then binge watch it, by all means, when it arrives. As far as new movies on the sites we suggest the classic DELIVERANCE, JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH, PAY IT FORWARD, THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Other programming arriving includes THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY, episodes of REAL SPORTS and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. Cinemax: On the classic front there is the Blake Edwards’ gems THE PINK PANTHER, THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN and SON OF THE PINK PANTHER. For more recent flicks the guide I consulted features – I ORIGIN starring Michael Pitt (HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE); A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES with Liam Neeson and –
Next Month’s Tease: For July – According to mythology Daedalus was the first one of these as he was credited as the creator of the structure. The word we were looking for last month was ‘wick’ pointing us towards the Keanu Reeves movie JOHN WICK.
Final Clip: Since we hype up on the original programming pretty well this final clip is usually a movie. We’ll run with that and offer a look at GONE GIRL.