Here we go with a new Season and Schedule change for HBO. It is September, the fall when all the networks launch the most new shows. HBO wants to keep up with that by enticing you away from the broadcast networks and hoping all discover the wondrous lineup at Home Box Office. Just what is being offered? Well we are about to see what entertainment is going to lure us to our favorite premium channel as we end summer and head into autumn. Here is What’s On: HBO Schedule for September 2014.
Originals: In this month of transition we conclude one dramatic hour and start up another on the best night to relax with such fare, Sunday nights. Plus, there is still that lad from Tonga! So make note of the stories coming our way from Mapleton, NY, Atlantic City, NJ and Down Under.
With its season finale left over THE LEFTOVERS, from Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, wraps its ten-episode season on SUNDAY, SEPT 7 at 10:00pm exclusively on HBO. Note that the show is skipping the Labor Day weekend.
— Episode #10: “The Prodigal Son Returns”: An unexpected ally helps Kevin (Justin Theroux) get out of a jam near the town of Cairo. Meanwhile, an elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunges Mapleton into chaos. Holy Wayne (Paterson Joseph) grants a final wish; Tom (Chris Zylka) copes with his new reality; Nora (Carrie Coon) makes a life-changing decision. (Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta; directed by Mimi Leder.) Air dates: 09.07, 09.08, 09.09, 09.11, 09.12 and 09.13.
Where will this leave viewers at the end of the season? More than likely, whatever stunt the GR is going to pull happens at the end and it is going to trouble everyone. But, hopefully before then we get some interesting peeks at the characters mentioned above. Hit this link to check out the trailer we already posted about the season’s end.
There may be only one more episode of that show to debut but the first four of eight episodes of BOARDWALK EMPIRE are also in September. The Emmy-winning drama will return for its fifth and final season SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 (at 9:00pm ET/PT. From Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, the series is set in the Prohibition era and chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. The first four seasons took place during the 1920s. In the final season, which takes place in the depths of the Depression in 1931, Nucky recalls his Atlantic City roots and plots a post-Prohibition future. Here is a look at the episodes this month.
— #49 “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”: Awash in memories from his pier-boy days growing up in 1884 Atlantic City, Nucky remembers first catching the eye of the Commodore. In 1931, Nucky joins Sally Wheet in Cuba, and with a U.S. Senator in tow, forges ties with Bacardi Rum with the hope of Prohibition’s repeal in the U.S. While working on Wall Street, Margaret finds herself in the hot seat when her boss, facing an internal investigation, decides his own future. Down but never out, Chalky seizes an opportunity to extricate himself from a difficult situation. In New York, Lucky Luciano (pictured) sets in motion a bold plan — a move that reverberates with all the way to Nucky in Cuba. (Written by Howard Korder; directed by Tim Van Patten.) Air dates: 09.07, 09.08, 09.09, 09.10, 09.11 and 09.13.
I’m guessing that Luciano’s “bold plan” will drive the season’s main plot.
— #50 “The Good Listener”: Back from Cuba after a dangerous encounter, Nucky pays a visit to a now-retired Johnny Torrio, who agrees to broker a meeting with the new “Boss of Bosses,” Salvatore Maranzano. In Chicago, Eli and Van Alden are tasked by Al Capone’s new right hand man, Mike D’Angelo, to recoup money lost during a federal raid by Eliot Ness. Fresh out of law school, Willie has a job interview. Rebuffed by a group of would-be financiers, Nucky dines with Tonino Sandrelli before sending a message to Lansky and Luciano. In 1884, a young Nucky deals with the death of his sister, Susan, while his father has a standoff with the Commodore. (Written by Terence Winter; directed by Allen Coulter.) Air dates: 09.14, 09.15, 09.16, 09.17, 09.18 and 09.20.
Certainly Nucky has to respond to the “bold plan.” Plus, let’s add that the flashbacks used this season will add texture to the tale and they will no doubt correlate to what is happening in 1931 as well.
— #51 “What Jesus Said”: Chalky heads in a new direction after assessing his latest partnership. In New York, Margaret finds herself in a quandary as a result of her association with Arnold Rothstein. Nucky hosts a prospective “big fish” partner from Boston. Luciano and Siegel meet with Narcisse in Harlem, promising business as usual but encountering resistance. In 1884, young Nucky is privy to the passion of a hotel guest, and flirts with a young girl. (Written by Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder; directed by Ed Bianchi.) Aid dates 09.21,09.22, 09.23, 09.24, 09.25 and 09.27.
This must be the episode in which we hear the following which is found right at the very beginning of this trailer.
— #52 “Cuanto”: Facing a shared dilemma, Nucky and Margaret find common ground in Atlantic City. Luciano encounters an old adversary while meeting with Capone in Chicago. Sally Wheet makes a payment in Cuba amidst concerns of a grass-roots uprising. In 1884, young Nucky shows Eli how the other half lives, and takes another step up the Commodore’s ladder. (Written by Howard Korder & Cristine Chambers & Terence Winter; directed by Jake Paltrow.) Air dates: 09.28, 09.29 and 09.30 and into October.
Ah, Nucky and Margaret find “common ground” while Luciano and Capone clash. Both encounters should be good. And before you know it you are halfway through the final season.
Our only comedy with original episodes right now is JONAH FROM TONGA. It concludes its run FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 at 10:00pm ET/PT. (Created and written by Chris Lilley; executive produced by Chris Lilley and Laura Waters; produced by Chris Lilley and Laura Waters; directed by Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonald.) Try as he might I don’t think this Islander will ever stay out of trouble, but he tries.
— Episode 6: Jonah tries to stay out of trouble and later returns to Tonga for unfinished business.Air dates are on 09.05, 09.06, 09.09 and 09.10. Encore air dates for Episode 5 are on 09.02 and 09.03.
In other original content with an unprecedented move, Bill Maher travels to Washington, D.C. for two live shows in September. More on that in a bit, but first REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER returns from hiatus with a new edition (9:00-10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FRIDAY, SEPT 12. Air dates are Edition #328: 09.12, 09.14, 09.15, 09.16 and 09.17; Edition #329: 09.19, 09.21, 09.22, 09.23 and 09.24; Edition #330: 09.26, 09.28, 09.29 and 09.30. And presenting his satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues its inaugural season with a new edition SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other weekly editions. Air dates: Edition #16: 09.0.7, 09.08, 09.10 and 09.11; Edition #17: 09.14, 09.15, 09.17 and 09.18; Edition #18: 09.21, 09.22, 09.24 and 09.25; Edition #19: 09.28 and 09.29. He is almost through the twenty-four episodes of his first season before a hiatus and a tour.
Theatrical Movies: Again, keep in mind HBO wants to lure you away from broadcast television so it wants to bring out the big guns over the next couple of months. So it pads the line-up with great drama, great talents, great comedy and great action. September’s slate certainly reflects that. Debuting are 12 YEARS A SLAVE, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY and RIDDICK. Here is a brief look at each in chronological order of premiere date.
12 YEARS A SLAVE gives us the powerful story of a free man (Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor) battling to survive after being abducted and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America. Oscarnominee Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard also star in the moving drama. Based on a true story, the film earned three Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. (Directed by Steve McQueen; screenplay by John Ridley.) (R-2013) Air dates just on HBO are: 09.06, 09.07, 09.10, 09.18, 09.22, 09.226 and 09.30. This movie and the others will also appear on HBO2, HBO On Demand and HBOGo. This powerful, though graphic movie, is not to be missed; and even if seen in the cinema should be caught again on HBO. Don’t miss it or our review coming after its debut. Even the trailer is strong and rich.
If that one dramatic, award-winning piece is not enough, how about if we told you, there is another one to go with it? It is DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. In this one a man, (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) after being diagnosed with AIDS, goes around the system to obtain medication for himself and others. Jennifer Garner and Academy Award winner Jared Leto also star in this Oscar-nominated drama, based on a true story. (R-2013) Play dates: 09.13, 09.14, 09.17, 09.23 and 09.25. The offerings are not all high drama. The third Saturday of the month presents the 2013 version of the comedy THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. A dreamer (Ben Stiller) learns to live the life he’s always wanted – filled with romance and adventure – in this whimsical retelling of the classic short story. Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn also star. It proves similar to Forrest Gump. (Based on the short story by James Thurber; screen story and screenplay by Steven Conrad; directed by Ben Stiller.) (PG – 2013) Play dates: 09.20, 09.21, 09.23, 09.26, 09.28 and 09.30.
RIDDICK is the last movie of the month. Though I wasn’t planning on a trailer for the film I am due for one about now in the post, so Sci-Fi fans are in luck as I now showcase the sequel. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, notorious escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) fights for his life against alien predators. Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista and Karl Urban also star in this third installment of the popular The Chronicles of Riddick series.(R – 2013) Air dates are 09.27 and 09.28 and into October. Her is that perfectly placed and promised trailer.
Okay, out of the award winning movies this coming month that isn’t one of them, but it did look like it was a tad on the “cool” side, right?
Specials: HBO is doubling down the HBO Specials this month. It offers up the arts, comedy and a worthy cause to make September special. First up is that worthy cause that everybody is a part of including multiple networks. It is STAND UP TO CANCER, debuting FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), which features live performances by popular recording artists and stars from film and television, who will engage viewers with powerful stories of the remarkable progress being made by Stand Up to Cancer-funded research. Along with all the other participating networks, HBO will present the live, multi-platform event to help raise awareness and needed funding for groundbreaking research in the fight against cancer. And face it, we all know someone who battled cancer or maybe is right now. Joining HBO & HBO Latino in the telecast are a total of thirty-two networks ranging from ABC to VH1. (Executive produced by Joel Gallen and Gwyneth Paltrow.) (TV-G) Air date is 09.05.
BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM D.C.: This stand-up comedy special marks Bill Maher’s tenth solo special for the network since his HBO debut in 1989, presented live from the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. (Directed by Troy Miller; executive producers, Bill Maher and Marc Gurvitz.) (TV-MA) Air dates: 09.12, 09.15, 09.16, 09.17, 09.22, 09.25 and 09.30. Evidently, he is completing his usual Friday night stint of REAL TIME with an early edition and then racing across to another venue to walk in to a full house awaiting this LIVE comedy special like only Bill can deliver it. Don’t miss it. ALAN ALDA AND THE ACTOR WITHIN YOU: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS Award-winning actor/producer/director/writer Alan Alda mentors a group of aspiring young actors, while teaching them the fine art of improvisation. (Produced and directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon; executive producer, Lin Arison. For HBO: supervising producer, Jackie Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.) (TV-G) Air dates: 09.16, 09.22, 09.24, 09.25 and 09.28. The musical special that has been getting buzz for a while now is BEYONCE – JAY Z: ON THE RUN. Featuring the superstars in their first collaborative tour and their first HBO concert event, this special music event highlights their musical careers. Although 17-time Grammy winner Beyoncé and 19-time Grammy winner JAY Z have recorded numerous hit songs together, including “Crazy in Love” and “Drunk in Love,” and have been guests on each other’s tours, the special music event marks the first time the married couple has toured together on the same bill. Taping Sept. 12 and 13 at Stade de France in Paris on the only international leg of their current tour, the special will feature the superstars performing more than 40 songs. (TV-MA) Air dates are 09.20, 09.24 and 09.30.
Documentary: Three new documentaries debut Monday night this month and two Encore Presentations. The repeats are ETHEL and DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM. The premieres are as follows.
A GOOD JOB: STORIES OF THE FDNY: A film by Liz Garbus (HBO’s Emmy- winning (GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB) and actor Steve Buscemi (a former New York City firefighter and star of BOARDWALK EMPIRE), this documentary explores what it’s like to work in one of the most demanding fire departments in the world, where going to work means risking it all. From old New York to the post-9/11 landscape, the film reveals the immense mental and physical toll that fire-fighting takes on individuals, and on the community borne out of sharing an incredible responsibility. (Directed and produced by Liz Garbus; produced by Wren Arthur and Steve Buscemi. For Olive Productions: executive producer, Stanley Tucci. For HBO: supervising producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.) (TV-MA) Air dates are on 09.08, 09.10, 09.14, 09.15 and 09.29.
TERROR AT THE MALL, debuting MONDAY, SEPT. 15 (9:00-10:15 p.m.), is a searing account of the events of Sept. 21, 2013, when the Islamist group al-Shabaab stormed the West Gate Mall in Kenya, ultimately claiming responsibility for the 67 deaths and 125 injuries that resulted. Dan Reed (HBO’s TERROR IN MOSCOW and TERROR IN MUMBAI directs the documentary, which features never-before-seen footage and photographs from the day and debuts the week of the first anniversary of the attack. Air dates: 09.15, 09.18, 09.21, 09.23 and 09.27. The third documentary is THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, will debut MONDAY, SEPT. 29 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The documentary profiles the provocative and influential publication The New York Review of Books and its charismatic and indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers, who, along with his co-editor, Barbara Epstein (who passed away in 2006), has guided the Review since its launch over a half-century ago. HBOWATCH will be reviewing them as they debut.
Sports: Football, boxing and Bryant Gumbel are the staples of HBO Sports. They all appear in the ninth month. As football season is upon that means HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS concludes. It does so on TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m.). The first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest turnaround programs on TV – focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches as the Atlanta Falcons, who play in the talent-rich NFC South, conduct the franchise’s 49th training camp and prepare for the 2014 NFL season, while chronicling seventh-year head coach Mike Smith and an intriguing mix of high-profile veterans, emerging stars, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the four game preseason schedule. Air dates: Episode #5: 09.02, 09.03, 09.04, 09.05, 09.06, 09.07 and 09.08.
Also airing is THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy Award winner this boxing program is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing. Air dates for Show #10 are 09.16, 09.19, 09.21, 09.24, 09.27 and 09.29.Also find 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.) Air dates for Edition #209 are 09.23, 09.24, 09.25, 09.27 and 09.29. Here is a promotional clip from THE FIGHT GAME if you are not familiar.
Other Movies and Shows: Let’s spin the wheel and see where we land this time around because it is all just a guess as to what you might like. There is the war movie FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, HBO Films: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, the horror & thrills of TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS: DEMON KNIGHT, the biopic WALK THE LINE, the PG-rated NANNY MCPHEE, and the heroic MAN OF STEEL. There is also SIZE MATTERS: A REAL SEX XTRA and plenty of reruns of THE LEFTOVERS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS and recent documentaries. One such treat is HBO’s acclaimed TRUE DETECTIVE re-airing Sunday nights at 10:00 ET starting 09.14.
As of late I’ve been mentioning late night movie premieres for those night owls and for September I single out CLOSED CIRCUIT. In this one Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play ex-lover lawyers called to defend a notorious terrorist and get caught up in cover-ups and lies. Also, fans there is a Labor Day airing of the first three episodes of Cinemax’s THE KNICK airing on HBO on 09.01 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm ET. It is not every day that content from HBO’s sister channel appear. So if you don’t get Cinemax than you’ll want to make sure you watch. In any case, have fun finding the right program to fit your mood and enjoy.
HBO’s Other Platforms: What’s left is to single out some other goodies from across the platforms as a mere suggestion of what you may find when you’re not watching football. HBO Latino: This channel has another rocking music concert of its own. It is THALIA – EL VIVO (VIVA Tour) This Mexican recording artist had a recent concert tour filmed at the 90 minute concert debuts on 09.05. There is also the movie debut of PONCHAO, a comedy about a baseball player destined to be the greatest and the misadventures he takes to realize his dream. It stars Manny Perez. HBO Family: Along sode the Alan Alda Masterclass session there is also the Discovery Chaneel film WALKING WITH DINOSAURS. Also, since talking raccoon seem to be the pop culture rage right now how about RJ Racoon voiced by Bruce Willis in OVER THE HEDGE. HBO Signature: Have you ever heard of RED DRAGON or THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE? They are just two titles out of a schedule of great movies found on this channel. The first one mentioned offers us Hannibal Lector with Anthony Hopkins and the second one is a well-done remake of 1963’s Charade. HBO Comedy: A movie from this channel that I can suggest is Woody Allen’s BROADWAY DANNY ROSE starring Allen himself and Mia Farrow. On the comedy front I got to ask whatever happened to Dana Carvey? You can check his brand of humor in DANA CARVEY: SQATTING MONKEYS TELL NO LIES. HBOGO: Here is a quick rundown on some titles about to be available on the site. Maybe you can find the time to enjoy a complete marathon of TRUE BLOOD. Also there is BLACK DOG, THE BLOOD OF HEROES, HOW TO STEAL A MILLION, PLEASANTVILLE, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, STUART LITTLE, BLADE or SYRIANA. Haven’t heard of some of those? That is what HBOGo is for. Check them out. Cinemax: THE KNICK continues its inaugural season Friday night at 10:00pm. Here are episodes notes:
— #04: “Where’s the Dignity?” Algernon forces Thackery’s hand during surgery, angering Gallinger. Abigail, in recovery, regrets her past choices involving Thackery. Cleary and Sister Harriet strike one deal, then another. Bertie’s father, Dr. Bertram Chickering, Sr., scolds his son for his career choices. Lucy learns of Thackery’s secret life. (Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler; directed by Steven Soderbergh.) (TV-MA) 09.5, 09.06, 09.07, 09.08, 09.09 and 09.10.
— #05: “They Capture the Heat”: Barrow looks to pay down a debt by treating one of Collier’s wounded men at the Knick, and tries to convince Captain Robertson to purchase a new Edison invention. Still marginalized by Thackery, Algernon attempts to improve on a hernia surgery. Everett and Eleanor fear for their baby’s health; Cleary and Sister Harriet visit Chinatown. (Written by Steven Katz; directed by Steven Soderbergh.) (TV-MA) Air dates: 09.12, 09.13, 09.14, 09.15, 09.16 and 09.17.
— #06: “Start Calling Me Dad”: After testing out a new procedure, Thackery and Bertie vow to reverse a series of failures in the operating theatre. Euphoric after helping Speight track down a typhoid carrier, Cornelia finds herself less than enthusiastic about her status as the future Mrs. Phillip Showalter. Thackery entertains a salesman’s pitch; Everett considers how to help Eleanor with her grief; Barrow haggles over used merchandise. Edwards finds his clinic, and his career, in jeopardy after a surprise encounter. (Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler; directed by Steven Soderbergh.) (TV-MA) Aid dates: 09.19, 09.20, 09.21, 09.22, 09.23 and 09.24.
— #07: “Get the Rope”: The stabbing of a cop by a black man stirs up racial tension on the street and in the Knick, forcing Thackery and Edwards to take action. Everett returns to work and a changed OR; Barrow fears for Junia’s safety; Cornelia is impressed with Edwards’ ingenuity; Lucy is escorted home. (Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler; directed by Steven Soderbergh.) (TV-MA) Air dates: 09.26, 09.27, 09.28, 09.29 and 09.30.
Next Month’s Tease: You are going to get a RUSH!
Final Clip: I can’t help it. It is technically on HBO and HBOGo. The Final Clip is THE KNICK!