We are in the thick of it now. We are into spring and into another exciting season of HBO content. As this post will point out there is a variety to choose from. With hot series, powerful documentaries and specials to comedy, animation and sports HBO has packaged up a May 2017 package that just looks fun. Let’s get right to it. We got a lot to share. I don’t want to waste any time; here is What’s On.
Original Series: THE LEFTOVERS continues its eight-episode, third and final season SUNDAY, MAY 07 (9:00-10:00pm), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. The new season of the Peabody Award-winning drama series, which was created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey =-in a thrilling series climax.
As of this writing, there are no episodes details beyond the following:
–Episode 24 (Season 3, Episode 4): “G’day Melbourne”
Debut: Sunday, May 07 at 9:00pm
–Episode 25 (Season 3, Episode 5): “It’s A Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, World”
Debut: Sunday, May 14 at 9:00pm
–Episode 26 (Season 3, Episode 6): “Certified”
Debut: Sunday, May 21 at 9:00pm
–Episode 27 (Season 3, Episode 7): “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)”
Debut: Sunday, May 28 at 9:00pm.
SILICON VALLEY continues its ten-episode fourth season SUNDAY, MAY 07 (10:00-10:30pm.), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. The Emmy-winning series takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Richard is a great case in point. He is a tech whiz but sucks at being a CEO. How far he gets with his “new internet” and more is on tap for May.
–Episode #31 (season 4, episode 3): “Intellectual Property”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 07 at 10:00pm
An overtired Richard (Thomas Middleditch) pushes himself to the brink of sanity while trying to move ahead with his next big idea. Eyeing a comeback, Erlich (T.J. Miller) pressures an uncooperative Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang). Monica (Amanda Crew) sets a trap at Raviga to improve her standing with Laurie (Suzanne Cryer). Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) goes on a date; Big Head (Josh Brener) enters the world of academia; Gavin (Matt Ross) faces an unknown future.Written by Carrie Kemper; directed by Jamie Babbit.
–Episode #32 (season 4, episode 4): “Teambuilding Exercise”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 14 at 10:00pm
When Richard (Thomas Middleditch) reaches out to an unlikely ally, Jared (Zach Woods) worries about the company he’s keeping. Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) gets tough on security in the wake of Dinesh’s (Kumail Nanjiani) latest dalliance; later, he considers whether to put his pride aside for a job. Concerned about Jian-Yang’s (Jimmy O. Yang) commitment to his app, Erlich (T.J. Miller) takes matters into his own hands. Written by Meghan Pleticha; directed by Jamie Babbit.
–Episode #33 (season 4, episode 5): “The Blood Boy”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 21 at 10:00pm
Cracks in Richard’s (Thomas Middleditch) latest partnership become more apparent when he’s forced to deal with an unexpected interloper. As things get more serious, Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) scrambles to find a way out of his new relationship. After learning of surprising developments afoot at Raviga, Monica (Amanda Crew) has trouble deciding which horse to back. Written by Adam Countee; directed by Tim Roche.
–Episode #34 (season 4, episode 6): “Customer Service”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 28 at 10:00pm
On the hunt for financial support, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) looks outside the tech bubble, and crosses paths with a contentious figure from Pied Piper’s past. Erlich (T.J. Miller) reaches out to Monica (Amanda Crew) and Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) in search of a new endeavor. A launch gone wrong finds Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) at war as Jared (Zach Woods) tries to keep the peace. Written by Graham Wagner & Shawn Boxe; directed by Clay Tarver.
VEEP continues its ten-episode sixth season SUNDAY, MAY 07 (10:30-11:00pm), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. The Emmy-winning comedy series has everyone going their separate ways until Selina Meyers states that she is going to run for POTUS. Oh, boy, here we go again! And here we go with what he got on May’s episodes.
–Episode #52 (season 6, episode 4): “Justice”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 07 at 10:30pm
Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team attend the funeral of a Supreme Court justice. Amy (Anna Chlumsky) works on securing a location for Selina’s library. Dan (Reid Scott) tries to maintain his upswing with Jane (Margaret Colin), his co-host. Jonah (Timothy Simons) finds an issue. Written by Rachel Axler; directed by Dale Stern.
–Episode #53 (season 6, episode 5): “Chicklet”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 14 at 10:30pm
Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) settles on a location for her presidential library. Dan (Reid Scott) lands in a gossip column. Mike (Matt Walsh) and Selina work on her book. Jonah (Timothy Simons) tries to cement a big donation. Gary (Tony Hale) manages a mini-crisis at Madame Tussauds. Written by Gabrielle Allan & Jennifer Crittenden; directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller.
–Episode #54 (season 6, episode 6): “Qatar”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY, 21 at 10:30pm
Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) visits Qatar. In D.C., Jonah (Timothy Simons) gets a dinner invite. Dan (Reid Scott) receives an unexpected visit from an HR rep. Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) and Marjorie (Clea DuVall) have big news. Written by Steve Hely; directed by Becky Martin.
–Episode # 55 (season 6, episode 7): “Blurb”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 14 at 10:30pm
Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tries to finish her book. Selina and her staff prepare for her portrait-unveiling ceremony, while Jonah (Timothy Simons) tries to weasel his way onto the guest list. Dan (Reid Scott)works on his onscreen chemistry problem. Written by Ian Maxtone-Graham; directed by Morgan Sackett.
ANIMALS. continues its ten-episode second season FRIDAY, MAY 05 (11:30pm -midnight), with other new episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time, including the May 19 season finale.
Episode #18 (season 2, episode 8): “Cats Part 2.”
Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 05 at 11:30pm
In the conclusion of the war for power among New York’s cat gangs, Phil runs the show while Mike looks for a way out, leading to a dramatic showdown between pussies. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.
Episode #19 (season 2, episode 9): “Worms Birds Possums.”
Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 12 at 11:30pm
In an interconnected exploration of the urban food chain, two ends of a worm search for love and independence, a pair of newly hatched bluebirds fight for survival, and an opossum father and son butt heads over the reality of being predators. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.
Episode #20 (season 2, episode 10): “Dog.” (season finale)
Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 19 at 11:30pm
An old dog reflects on her life and doles out sage advice. As high school graduation approaches, rat teens Phil and Mike consider what comes next, as their paths appear to be going separate ways. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.
You know the routine, the style sand the host of each of these commentary/news series. Whether it’s Maher, Oliver or Smith you know you are going to be told what is what from around the world.
Outspoken comedian/social commentator Bill Maher continues the 15th season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER on FRIDAY, MAY 05 (10:00-11:00pm), followed by other shows subsequent Fridays at the same time. Devoted primarily to news and comedy, the show’s format includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with special guests, and interviews with guests. Season four of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues with a new edition debuting SUNDAY, MAY 07 (11:00-11:30pm), followed by other shows subsequent Sundays at the same time. Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy-winning show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taking viewers around the globe as its correspondents investigate the stories not being told, season five of the Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series VICE continues with a new episode debuting FRIDAY, MAY 05 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other episodes subsequent Fridays at the same time. VICE NEWS TONIGHT, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, debuts a new edition MONDAY, MAY 1 (7:30-8:00pm), with other new editions subsequent weeknights Monday through Thursday.
Movies: What movies are about to bloom on HBO? Three diverse ones, not one like the other. A character study, an action filled film and an animated tale are forthcoming. They are SULLY, JASON BOURNE and STORKS. An HBO Film presentation fills a Saturday, but more on it in a bit. First, a look at the theatrical debuts.
If you remember the incident you remember the man. SULLY tells the story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), an American commercial airline pilot who brought his faulty aircraft down safely on the Hudson River, saving the flight’s passengers and crew. Based on a true story, the film debuts SATURDAY, MAY 06 at 8:20pm and also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney. Matt Damon stars as the ex-CIA operative who continues his quest to discover his real identity in JASON BOURNE, debuting SATURDAY, MAY 13 at 8:00pm. Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star in the action hit, directed by Paul Greengrass, with a screenplay by Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse. Once only used for delivery babies, storks now mostly deliver packages, but when a baby girl shows up at the facility, Junior (Andy Samberg) is charged with delivering her to her family. Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Danny Trejo lend their voices to the charming animated film STORKS, debuting SATURDAY, MAY 27 at 8:00pm.
HBO Films: The subject of this movie may be an old story by now, but you cannot pass up Robert De Niro, right?
Starring Robert De Niro, who also serves as an executive producer, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Bernie and Ruth Madoff, THE WIZARD OF LIES debuts SATURDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-10:15pm). The film examines Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme – his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier’s wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight. Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe and Hank Azaria also star. Here is the first look on the site of the trailer:
HBO Documentary Films: Two hot topics are drugs and true crime and HBO explores both topics in May.
From journalist-director Perri Peltz, WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., profiling four families who have seen their lives tragically changed by abuses involving their loved ones, whose addictions arose due to doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers. Through the personal and emotional stories of those who have dealt with addiction, either as a user or concerned family member, the film sheds light on the struggles of ordinary people whose lives turned on a dime after minor and major ailments led to the over-prescription of highly addictive opioids, which are often the gateway to heroin. The film debuts MONDAY, MAY 01 at 10:00pm.
Debuting MONDAY, MAY 15 at 10:00pm MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST explores a headline-grabbing crime in the age of social media. Things are not always as they appear in the case of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose Blanchard, and what starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception. Child abuse, mental illness, forbidden love and a bizarre case of Munchausen by proxy syndrome converge in this mystery of a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairytale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. Directed by Erin Lee Carr.
HBO Special: Adapting his one-man off-Broadway show of the same name, CHRIS GETHARD: CAREER SUICIDE debuts SATURDAY, MAY 06 (10:00-11:20pm). This exclusive presentation is a comedy about depression, alcoholism, suicide and the other funniest parts of life. Gethard holds nothing back as he dives into his experiences with mental illness and psychiatry, finding hope in the strangest places. Here is our first look.
HBO Kids: For more than four decades, SESAME STREET has helped children grow. The show continues its 47th season with a new episode debuting SATURDAY, MAY 06 (9:00-9:30pm), followed by other episodes subsequent Saturdays at the same time.
—Season 47, Episode 18: “Counting Hats”
Debut: SATURDAY, MAY 06 at 9:00am
Elmo and Zoe compete to see who can wear the most hats
–Season 47, Episode 18: “House of Worm”
Debut: SATURDAY MAY 13 at 9:00am
Abby helps Turner the worm build a place that feels like home.
–Season 47, Episode 19: “Wild Animals Stop for Lunch”
Debut: SATURDAY, MAY 20 at 9:00am
Snuffy helps out at Hooper’s Store when zoo animals come for brunch, but has to find a way to remember everyone’s order. Guest star: Audra McDonald.
–Season 47, Episode 20: “Sheep In A Jet Pack”
Debut: SATURDAY, MAY 27 at 9:00am
When Ovejita flies up high after putting on a jetpack, Abby and Nina must figure out how to get her back down.
HBO Sports: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. FELIX DIAZ AND RAYMUNDO BELTRAN VS. JONATHAN MAICELO will be presented SATURDAY, MAY 20 (10:15 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Madison Square Garden in New York City, exclusively on HBO. Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) defends his weight title against Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs). The main event features the talented rising superstar from Omaha, NE, Terence Crawford as he returns to Broadway to take on Felix Diaz, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and now living in New York City, in a scheduled 12-round junior welterweight title contest. 29-year-old Crawford has become a force in the junior welterweight division and a standout star in the sport. Diaz is a crafty 33-year-old southpaw, with only one blemish on his record. The evening’s opening bout features a lightweight match between Raymundo Beltran (32-7-1, 20 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, now living in Phoenix, AZ going against Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KOs) from North Bergen, NJ originally from Callao, Peru. Beltran, 35, is looking to continue his climb in the division after his previous loss to Terence Crawford in November of 2014. He has won his last three bouts, while Maicelo, 33, is in on a four-bout winning streak.
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 debuts TUESDAY, MAY 23 at 10:00pm. 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 WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 at 11:00pm.
Other Movies and Shows: Yeah, well we kind of rushed through all that didn’t we? Let’s see what else we can uncover for the merry month of May. Non-primetime First Runs are light on the main channel it appears. We got LEGEND (pictured) debuting on 05.03 with Tom Hardy deftly taking on two roles as twin gangsters; FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY (since when did his name get attached to this title?) debuts 05.09 and GOOD WILL HUNTING, believe it or not, debuts 05.20. On HBO2 you can snag movies like UNFORGIVEN and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and CRIMSON TIDE plus, documentary encores like BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN and THE CHESHIRE MURDERS.
HBO’s Other Platforms: More content is blossoming across the platforms. It is our job to point out some. HBO Latino. Two debuts here with ENTONCES NOSOTROS (About Us) on 05.09 and LA LUZ INCIDENTE (Incident Light, pictured) on 05.26. The former is a rom-com about a hopeless romantic who tries to salvage his relationship with his longtime girlfriend by taking her on a beach getaway; the latter is shows a woman who has not been able to put her life back together after the sudden death of her husband, but does find new inspiration to start over. Also on the channel are new episodes of PSI Friday nights at 10:00 & the talk show CHUMEL WITH CHUMEL TORRES. Some short films entitled EL CORREDOR (The Runner) and 25KM debut 05.01. Also Colombian pop-rock superstar Juanes takes to the stage in an exclusive concert showcase called JUANES CONCERT FILM.05.19. HBO Family: Hey, the second month in a row with fresh debuts for the kids! BRATZ: THE MOVIE, based on an urban doll collection, I believe runs through May. In it, four diverse girls aim to shatter their high school’s divisive clique social system. Also, there is SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS in which Sinbad the sailor must retrieve the stolen Book of Peace from a goddess with a penchant for chaos in this mythological animated tale. Brad Pitt is the voice of Sinbad Plus, HERBIE: FULLY LOADED debuts 05.03 and you can also find THE GOLDEN COMPASS, SPACE CHIMPS and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE for family time. HBO Signature: I know some of these titles mentioned before, but we got to take what we are given. How about 15 MINUTES, JOE KIDD, THE EIGER SANCTION, THE TROUBLE WITH SPIES and APPALOOSA? Respectively, they have Robert De Niro as a homicide detective, Clint Eastwood in western mode and then in murder thriller mode, then there is the bumbling spy with Donald Sunderland and Ed Harris’ turn in a western. They are all good and this channel has them. HBO Comedy: You can also take on classic movies of a comedic tone on this channel. May I suggest BROADCAST NEWS, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP with Robin Williams, HOLLYWOOD ENDING, SIXTEEN CANDLES with Molly Ringwald, OPERATION DUMBO DROP or LEGAL EAGLES with Robert Redford? HBO Zone: If you get this channel then you get a quite a few movie debuts. EXCALIBUR, SCREAM 2 & 3, PLAY MISTY FOR ME and THE BEGUILED to name a few. There are more obscure ones too. Recognize any of these titles? How about ILLICIT DESIRES, PLAY MISTY FOR ME, CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE, PERKINS’ 14, or THE CHILDREN? Seek them out if you are curious. Out of this batch, we single out the stylized look of Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Sin City” brought to cinematic life.
HBONow/Go: Of course, coming to the sites are the of all the series episodes that debut throughout the month on HBO including those seen on HBO Latino like PSI. So, if you don’t want to watch the big TV you can curl up with your tablet and watch them instead. As far as movies go, well there are over a dozen of Action movies alone starting 05.01 including BABYLON A. D. and HIGH PLAIN DRIFTER. You can also find INVENTING THE ABBOTS, NOTORIOUS (about Biggie Smalls), ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (the extraterrestrial kind), TENDER MERCIES (with Best Actor performance from Robert Duvall) and PRESUMED INNOCENT. The sites also have a series of Collections which are groupings of HBO content packaged together by a theme. Onsite you can find “15 Hidden Gems You Have to See” which includes REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES and STEALING BEAUTY. Another set is “True Originals: The Best Of HBO FIlms” which offers movies like 1998’s GIA with Angelina Jolie and 2010’s TEMPLE GRANDIN with Claire Danes. Trust me, dig around and you’ll find a gem just right for you. I do all the time.
Next Month’s Tease: To get the name of the movie you need to get the name of the writer who wrote it. To find the author you need to know Mel Gibson movies. Get the name of the 1996 Ron Howard movie he starred in and his character’s name in the Lethal Weapon franchise to get the connection.
To answer last month’s Tease we needed to see if anyone could connect US Airways Flight 1549 to its captain. He is Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger personified by Tom Hanks in SULLY coming in May.
Final Clip: Here is a look at the other theatrical movie we couldn’t fit in up above. Here is a look at JASON BOURNE.
Oh, and if you were baffled by the Zebra back there a then you don’t watch LAST WEEK TONIGHT!