Most of us might be happy to see March fast approaching. It means spring is closer; Daylight Savings Time soon takes effect and fans are that much closer to GAME OF THRONES. What does HBO offer us? Let’s get to it right away. Here is What’s On for March 2015.
Originals: Our Sunday night shows wrap up this month and below is a look at the remaining episodes from each. Don’t miss the conclusion of GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING. To start off we got to ask how are the young gals of GIRLS going to get on with life now. We have four more episodes this season in order to find out.
— Episode #39: “Ask Me My Name” debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 01 at 9:00pm. Hannah (Lena Dunham) goes for drinks with Fran (Jake Lacy), a new coworker, before attending an unusual art show. Later, she spends time alone with Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs), while Adam (Adam Driver) is unnerved by Ace (Zachary Quinto), Mimi-Rose’s friend. Meanwhile, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) helps Ray (Alex Karpovsky) with his community board election campaign. Written by Murray Miller & Jason Kim; directed by Tricia Brock. Other HBO playdates: 03.01 at 10:30pm & 1:55am; 03.02 at 12:10am; 03.03 at 10:30pm; 03.04 at 8:30pm; 03.05 at 12:10am; 03.06 at 2:55am and 03.07 at 11:40pm.
— Episode #40: “Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz” debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 08 at 9:00pm. In this one Hannah spends an afternoon with a new young friend; Marnie (Allison Williams) and Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) fight over money; Jessa (Jemima Kirke) gives Shoshanna advice on the art of seduction; Loreen (Becky Ann Baker) and Tad (Peter Scolari) have a tense dinner party with their friends Avi (Fred Melamed) and Shanaz (Jackie Hoffman). Written by Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner; directed by Jamie Babbit. The episode also airs on 03.08 at 10:30pm &, 1:45am; 03.09 at 12:40am; 03.10 at 10:30pm; 03.11 at 8:30pm; 03.12 at midnight; 03.13at 3:00am and 03.14 at 12:30am.
— Episode #41: “Daddy Issues” debuts: SUNDAY, MARCH 15 at 9:00pm. It is about t time that Hannah’s maturity is called into question in this episode after she is confronted with a family dilemma. Also Jessa, Ace, Mimi-Rose and Adam have an awkward encounter and Marnie makes an announcement at Ray’s campaign party. Written by Paul Simms; directed by Jesse Peretz. Other airings are 03.15 at 10:30pm & 12:45am; 03.16 at midnight; 03.17 at 10:30pm; 03.18 at 8:30pm; 03.19 at midnight; 03.20 at 2:20am and 03.21 at 11:00pm.
— Episode #42: “Home Birth”, the season finale, debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 22 at 9:00pm. Hannah, Adam and Jessa each try to convince Caroline (Gaby Hoffman) and Laird (Jon Glaser) to forgo their planned home birth. Shoshanna faces a crucial decision when presented with a unique job opportunity. After Marnie and Desi’s meeting with a record label exec, Ray lets Desi know what he really thinks of him.It repeats on HBO on 03.22 at 10:30pm & midnight; 03.23 at 12:05am; 03.24 at 11:00pm; 03.25 at 8:30pm; 03.26 at midnight; 03.27 at 1:30am and 03.28 at 9:30pm.
That leads us into the conclusion of the premiere season of TOGETHERNESS. Are you following the new series? Are these people going to end up at a happy place with each other or others? We will find out with the two final episodes.
— Episode #7: “Party Time” debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 01 at 9:30pm. It sounds like a lot happens in this episode as Michelle (Melanie Lynskey) throws a fundraising party for the charter school while Brett (Mark Duplass) enters a new state of mind at Linda’s (Mary Steenburgen) house. Still at odds with Alex (Steve Zissis), Tina (Amanda Peet) struggles with her bouncy-castle business; later, a conversation with Larry (Peter Gallagher) makes her rethink the future. Brett has a chat with David (John Ortiz) and an honest conversation with Michelle. Written and directed by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass. Other HBO airdates are 03.01 at 12:25am & 2:25am; 03.02 at 12:40am; 03.03 at 8:00pm & 4:05am; 03.04 at 12:40am; 03.05 at 10:15pm and 03.06 at 2:25am.
— Episode #8: “Not So Together” is the season finale which debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 8 at 9:30pm. When Alex gets big career news, he seeks out Tina, who is busy planning her future with Larry. On a trip to Sacramento, Michelle steps up to the plate in a big way. Oh, no, what is she going to do? After a day at the beach with the kids, Brett decides to share his feelings with Michelle. Also, what is he going to say? Written and directed by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass. Repeat airings are on 03.08 at 12:15am & 2:15am; 03.09 at 1:10am; 03.10at 8:00pm & 2:25am; 03.11 at 12:30am; 03.12 at 10:00pm and 03.13 at 2:00am.
That leads us into LOOKING and the adventures of the San Fran gang.
— Episode #15: “Looking for a Plot” debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 1 10:00pm. After learning of a sudden death in the family, Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) travel with Doris (Lauren Weedman) to Dom and Doris’ hometown of Modesto, where they revisit old haunts and attend an emotional funeral. Written by Jhoni Marchinko; directed by Andrew Haigh. The episode replays on 03.01 at 12:55am & 2:55am; 03.03 at 11:00pm; 03.04 at 8:00pm & 1:10am; 03.05 at 10:45pm; 03.06 at 2:55am and 03.07 at 12:10am.
— Episode #16: “Looking for Glory” debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 8 at 10:00pm. Patrick is eager to present his new game app with Kevin (Russell Tovey) at the upcoming GaymerX convention, but soon worries that their app may not be ready yet. Dom shows Doris and Malik (Bashir Salahuddin) the progress on his chicken take-out window. Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) is forced to confront his underlying fears about having protected sex with HIV-pos Eddie (Daniel Franzese). Written by Michael Lannan & JC Lee; directed by Jamie Babbit. Other HBO air dates are 03.08 at 12:45am & 2:45am; 03.10 at 11:00pm; 03.11 at 8:00pm & 1:00am; 03.12 at 10:30pm; 03.13 at 2:30am and 03.14 at 2:00am.
— Episode #17: “Looking for Sanctuary” debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 15 at 10:00pm. Patrick and Kevin look at a sleek new apartment for Kevin, and later, Patrick’s mom (Julia Duffy) convinces him to spend a day at the zoo with his judgmental sister Megan (Kelli Garner). Bad financial news drives a wedge in Doris and Dom’s friendship. Eddie convinces a resistant Agustín to take on an art project for the shelter. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Tanya Saracho; directed by Craig Johnson. You can also find it on 03.15 at 12:15am & 1:50am; 03.17 at 11:30pm; 03.18 at 8:00pm & 12:30am; 03.19 at 10:30pm 03.20 at 1:50am and 03.21 at 11:30pm.
— Episode #18: “Looking for Home” is the season finale which debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 22 at 10:05pm. Note that late start if you are recording it. In this one Patrick makes a discovery that leads him to question what he wants in a relationship. Malik encourages Dom to patch things up with Doris. Agustín’s nerves come out at the shelter’s mural unveiling. Written by Andrew Haigh & John Hoffman; directed by Andrew Haigh. What a tangled set of lives here as they keep on looking for what eludes them. Maybe, it will continue in a Season Three? It also airs on 03.22 at 11:45pm & 1:25am; 03.24 at 11:35pm; 03.25 at 8:00pm & 12:45am; 03.26 at 10:40pm; 03.27 at 1:00am and 03.28 at 10:05am.
Oh, and don’t forget that Sunday night at 11:00pm is LATE NIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER. His season just got underway a few weeks ago so he has plenty of episodes ahead of him. He upped his stint from twenty-four up to thirty-five installments this season. He continues SUNDAY, MARCH 01 followed by other weekly editions debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. Edition #28: 03.01, 03.02, 03.04 and 03.05; Edition #29: 03.08, 03.09, 03.11 and 03.12; Edition #30: 03.15, 03.16, 03.18 and 03.19; Edition #31: 03.22, 03.23, 03.25 and 03.26 His colleague also is holding down Friday nights. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 13th season with a new edition debuting FRIDAY, MARCH 06 at 10:00pm followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. Edition #345: 03.06, 03.08, 03.09, 03.10 and 03.11; Edition #346: 03.13, 03.15, 03.16, 03.17 and 03.18; Edition #347: 03.20, 03.22, 03.23, 03.24 and 03.25; Edition #348: 03.27, 03.29, 03.30 and 03.31: And since we haven’t had a video clip in this post yet we better offer one up right now…And Now This…
That is not all in original programming VICE starts up a new season in March. Winner of the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, HBO’s VICE kicks off its third season FRIDAY, MARCH 06 at 11:00pm, with other new episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time. The new season features an expanded slate of 14 all-new editions. Joining Shane Smith are returning correspondents Thomas Morton, Suroosh Alvi, Ben Anderson and Vikram Gandhi. New reporters Gianna Toboni, Eddie Huang, Isobel Yeung, Hamilton Morris, Sal Masakella, Tania Rashid, and others also file reports. You got to know that no one is as excited for this series as this writer. Airdates on the main channel are Episode #23: 03.06, 03.07, 03.09 and 03.12; Episode #24: 03.13, 03.14, 03.15, 03.16 and 03.19; Episode #25: 03.20, 03.21, 03.22, 03.23 and 03.26; Episode #26: 03.27, 03.28 and 03.30. While all the specific issues addressed are not known here is a trailer that offers a clue to some of them.
Theatrical Movies: If you appreciate the work of Seth Rogen or Melissa McCarthy or are a fan of Seth McFarlane or natural disaster than the upcoming movies are right up your alley because HBO premieres NEIGHBORS, TAMMY, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST and INTO THE STORM in March. Here is a brief look at each one.
When a fraternity moves next door to a young family, an all-out war breaks out in NEIGHBORS, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 07 at 8:00pm. This outrageous comedy stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco. (Rated R; 1h 37min) A sequel is on the way. this movie airs on 03.07, 03.08, 03.10, 0316, 03.17, 03.25 and 03.29 on HBO. Is this rowdy, bawdy comedy for you?
Maybe, try a different comedy? After losing her job and ditching her cheating husband, a woman (Melissa McCarthy) embarks on a road trip with her salty grandmother (Susan Sarandon) in TAMMY, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 14 at 8:00pm. The comedy also stars Allison Janney and Gary Cole, with Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. (Rated R; 1 h 36 min) Can McCarthy hold up another movie? Airdates: 03.14, 03.15, 03.18, 03.23, 03.26 and 03.30.
A shy farmer (Seth MacFarlane) falls for a married woman (Charlize Theron) when A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST debuts SATURDAY, MARCH 21 at 8:00pm. Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson also star in this comedic western. (Directed by Seth MacFarlane; written by Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild & Seth MacFarlane. (Rated R; 1 h 56 min) Can McFarlane make a fun movie without a talking stuffed teddy bear? Maybe, the accompanying trailer can help you decide? HBO dates: 03.21, 03.22, 03.24, 03.26 and 03.29.
Tornadoes are the star of the last premiere of the month as they ravage a small town when INTO THE STORM debuts SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 8:00pm. Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Casey and Arlen Escarpeta star in this terrifying action-thriller (PG-13; 1 h 29 min) HBO air dates are 03.28, 03.31 and into April.
Documentary: Some exciting stuff has been happening on the documentary front, including THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST this limited series spotlights Robert Durst, the scion of New York’s billionaire real estate family, who has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years, but never convicted. Brilliant, reclusive and the subject of relentless media scrutiny, Durst has never spoken publicly – until now. The fourth part in the series debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 01 at 8:00pm followed by two other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time, including the March 15 finale. “Part Four”: 03.01, 03.02, 03.03, 03.05 and 03.06; “Part Five”: 03.08, 03.09, 03.10, 03.12 and 03.13; “Part Six”: 03.15, 03.16, 03.17, 03.19 and 03.20. We don’t have any descriptions of the remaining chapters or any clue as to how this will all end. We eagerly await the conclusion of THE JINX. Can you?
Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s book and directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF debuts MONDAY, MARCH 16 at 9:00pm. The powerful film has caused a bit of fervor. It profiles eight former members of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith and shining a light on how the controversial church attracts true believers. Written and directed by Alex Gibney; based on the book by Lawrence Wright; producers, Alex Gibney, Kristen Vaurio, and Lawrence Wright; editor, Andy Grieve; director of photography, Samuel Painter. For HBO: supervising producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.) It plays on HBO on 03.16, 03.17, 03.21, 03.24 and 03.27.
Also in March is some lighter documentary fare. Debuting MONDAY, MARCH 23at 9:00pm is IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE which paints an intimate portrait of Hilary Knight, the illustrator behind the iconic “Eloise” (pictured) books, as he reflects on his life as an illustrator and his relationship to his most successful work. Executive produced by Lena Dunham (HBO’s GIRLS), an Eloise fan since childhood, along with Jenni Konner, the film reveals an artist stunted by early success and haunted by personal failures, but always deeply devoted to his most famous creation You can find it airing on: 03.23, 03.26, 03.28, 03.30 and 03.31.
Sports: This month, HBO Sports presents an exciting tripleheader event when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SERGEY KOVALEV VS. JEAN PASCAL AND VYACHESLAV GLAZKOV VS. STEVE CUNNINGHAM debuts SATURDAY, MARCH 14 at 9:45pm. In the main event of the evening, undefeated light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) of Russia, defends his titles against Canada’s Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round affair. In the second fight, undefeated heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs) of Lugansk, Ukraine, squares off against Philadelphia’s Steve Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round fight in the heavyweight division. The HBO Sports team will be ringside at the Bell Centre in Montreal for this exciting tripleheader event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
If that is not enough of the sport check out the inside scoop withTHE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY. They air another installment on TUESDAY, MARCH 17 at 11:00. It is the best way to get the news about the world of boxing. REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL: Hosted by Bryant Gumbel, the Emmy Award-winning HBO Sports magazine show looks at the world of contemporary sports, going behind the box scores and statistics to tackle timely subjects. (Executive producer, Rick Bernstein) Playdates: Edition #216: 03.24, 03.26, 03.29 and 03.31. Encore playdates for Edition #215: 03.04, 03.06, 03.08, 03.09, 03.17 and 03.19. If you haven’t been watching then you don’t know that Bill Maher will now appear on REAL SPORTS from time to time; here is a taste of what you have missed.
Yes, he is on the REAL TIME Set doing “New Rules”, but the segment airs on REAL SPORTS.
Other Movies and Shows: Yes, I know HBO repeats programming like everybody else, but sometimes it is nice to find a hidden treasure. Just maybe, a title I mention here strikes your fancy and you’ll enjoy it on HBO in March. How about BATMAN BEGINS or THE BOOK THIEF? There is also THE DARJEELING LIMITED, DOLPHIN TALE, the recent Oscar winner THE GRAND BUDEPEST HOTEL, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and a couple of FAST & FURIOUS flicks. Just remember a repeat to you could be someone’s gem.
HBO’s Other Platforms: Lucky HBO subscribers get more than one channel on which to find entertainment. Consider the following. HBO Latino: Man, I have rattled off so many titles over the years I hope I am not repeating myself. Here are two titles on the channel that I have singled out. I suggest THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS about Santiago and Eugenio who are more than friends, they are life-long business partners. They understand each other without words, they care for each other, they need each other. One day Eugenio disappears without leaving any clues behind. Also look up BEFORE WE ARE FORGOTTEN. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s six-year war on drug trafficking is the focus of this investigativedocumentary. The voices of parents, siblings, wives, and children of the many victims of the war–more than 121,000 and counting–tell their personal stories of suffering. There are also continuing episodes of the series PSI and ROOMMATES. HBO Family: I never heard of either of these – SUPER CAPERS (pictured) and THE EAST. The first one simply states “A good guy with no powers joins a superhero team with no clue against a bad guy with no shame.” Hey, remember it is a channel for kids! The other one, THE EAST, is about an operative for a elite private intelligence firm who finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group. Hey, I thought this was a channel for kids? HBO Signature: I’ll confess one of my go-to channels is this one right here. I can always find something to watch on HBO Signature. Check such titles like 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, which is a 1999 high school romp with the late Heath Ledger or DEAR GOD with Greg Kinnear. Okay, then how about TIGERLAND or CHAPLIN? Surely, one of those got your attention? The first is about fresh Vietnam recruits and the other has Robert Downey, Jr. (pictured) before he was Iron Man. HBO Comedy:I’m on a roll so how about SON OF THE PINK PANTHER by Blake Edwards, ME MYSELF I with Rachel Griffiths well before HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER, plus you can catch an encore of THE LIFE’S TOO SHORT SPECIAL with Warwick Davis — just a thought. HBOGO: Let’s see if I can intrigue viewers with some cool titles coming for a rotation on the HBO site. You need to see BLADE RUNNER again especially since Harrison Ford signed up for a sequel. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is a classic I can’t pass up. Okay, so it didn’t get Oscar-nominated so just watch THE LEGO MOVIE again anyway. Lastly, how about the sci-fi thriller SUNSHINE? Cinemax: Season Three of the Emmy-winning BANSHEE continues with a new episode FRIDAY, MARCH 06 at 10:00pm followed by the season finale March 13. The following is what we can tell you about them.
— Episode #29: “Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You”: Lucas recalls the history of his friendship with Job, while pondering the future – if there indeed will be one. Proctor and Emily pay the price for Rebecca’s recklessness; Carrie and Gordon pick up the pieces of their shattered relationship; Stowe and Leo land a big fish; Bunker reconnects with his skinhead past; Deva gets a lesson about crime and punishment. (Written by Jennifer Ames & Steve Turner; directed by Loni Peristere.) Playdates: 03.06, 03.07, 03.08, 03.09 and 03.11.
— Episode #30: “We All Pay Eventually”: As Lucas recalls a secret chapter in his life, Job gets special treatment from a fan of his work, while blaming Carrie for blowing the group’s cover. Unexpectedly joined by Gordon, Lucas prepares to return to Genoa for a final negotiation with Stowe, or die trying. Bunker vows to shut down the Brotherhood, but his brother Calvin isn’t about to back down. Joined by Rebecca and a new ally, Proctor heads to Philly to settle a score with Frazier and the Black Beards. After a bloody denouement in Banshee, Brock finally gets what he’s been wishing for. (Written by Jennifer Ames & Steve Turner; directed by Loni Peristere.) Playdates: 03.13, 03.14, 03.16, 03.17 and 03.18.
Next Month’s Tease: Last time we hinted that the movie NEIGHBORS would play this month. Here is a tease for next month – Besides the obvious (GOT) in April, Big Girls Don’t Cry.
Final Clip: I want to overload your senses with some VICE, but I must not try to force my tastes onto others so here is a trailer for INTO THE STORM instead. But, don’t forget VICE has a special report out and a season premiere on 03.06.