September is that time of year when all the channels, especially the broadcast ones, rush out their brightest and best with new episodes and new series. HBO plays a slightly different game. It doesn’t seem to go too hard in September to compete with the new launches, but holds back a bit and comes in hard a little later on in the year. That does not mean there is not something worth watching in the ninth month on our favorite home box office. The premiere movies, for example, are pretty darn good all month long. Below are some highlights of what is on for September 2016.
Original Series: There are two series debuts this month, but they are not drama series. Like I just stated above, you got to wait for it…wait..for..it. But a new (sort of) comedy series launches in September. The only thing is they are throwing it on after prime time? What is up with that? Here are details:
The hit web comedy series comes to HBO with six new half-hour episodes when HIGH MAINTENANCE debuts FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 11:00pm, exclusively on HBO. Providing a glimpse into the homes and routines of eccentric New Yorkers, the comedy series explores the private lives of unique individuals through a common thread: their weed deliveryman. Ben Sinclair stars as The Guy, whose client base includes a group of characters with neuroses as diverse as the city.
Each episode features multiple stories exploring the inner workings of people from all walks of life, told fly-on-the-wall style through the series’ patented brand of offbeat humor and pathos, revealing a city full of strangers united by the perennial pursuit of life’s greatest highs. Here is the debut of the trailer:
Plus, we have insight into the first three episodes below.
Episode #1: “Meth(od)”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 11:00pm
The Guy (Ben Sinclair) makes an uncomfortable delivery to a macho client and his taciturn friend. Best friends Max (Max Jenkins) and Lainey’s (Heléne Yorke) codependent relationship begins to wane after Max accidentally stumbles upon a new group of friends. In order to stay part of this group, Max must maintain a charade, while keeping Lainey’s suspicions at bay. Written and directed by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair. Other HBO playdates: 09.16 at 12:35am, 09.19 at 11:05pm, 09.20 at 10:00pm & 5:25am, 09.21 at 4:30am and 09.22 at midnight.
Episode #2: “Museebat”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 at 11:00pm
Eesha (Shazi Raja), a young girl living with her aunt and uncle in Brooklyn, struggles to be a “normal college student,” despite her family’s religious values. The Guy (Ben Sinclair) delivers to Leo (Lee Tergesen) and Gigi (Amy Ryan), a jaded couple throwing an intimate gathering for Leo’s birthday – an event marked by accusations, recriminations and a troubling revelation. Written and directed by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair. Other HBO playdates: 09.23 at 12:30am, 09.25 at 12:25am, 09.26 at 10:30pm & 1:35am, 09.27 at 5:25am, 09.28 at 2:40am and 09.29 at 12:30am.
Episode #3: “Grandpa”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 at 11:00pm
When Chase (Ryan Woodle) and his sensitive yet fun-loving dog Gatsby move from the suburban Midwest to Queens, culture shock takes its toll – until they cross paths with Beth (Yael Stone), a whimsical dog walker. Written and directed by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair. Other HBO playdate: 09.30 at 12:30am and into October.
The other new content on HBO is not really a series but a launch of news programming VICE NEWS TONIGHT finally launches this coming month on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 at 7:30pm and will air Monday through Fridays at that time. We will remind you from time to time what news the new show has been covering.
The other comedies are not done so we got more antics from Johnson and McBride in September. Check it out. The comedy series BALLERS continues its ten-episode second season SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 at 10:00pm, with other new episodes debuting subsequent Sundays, including the September 25 season finale. Are all our playersgoing to be able to stand the heat! Note that there is no episode over Labor Day weekend.
Episode #18 (season 2, episode 8): “Laying in the Weeds”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
As Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) tries to move forward, Joe (Rob Corddry) works to keep things together. Charles (Omar Benson Miller) and Ricky (John David Washington) clash. Travis (Adam Aalderks) faces tough questions and worries about his prospects. At his draft day party, Spencer asks for help, while trying to keep ASM’s latest developments quiet. Written by Steve Sharlet; directed by Simon Cellan Jones. Other HBO playdates: 09.11 at 11:30pm & 12:30am a.m.), 09.12 at 8:00pm, 09.13 at 3:55am, 09.14 at 10:45pm, 09.16 at 3:45am and 09.17 at 12:45am.
Episode #19 (season 2, episode 9): “Million Bucks in a Bag”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Andre makes Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) a surprising offer. Ricky (John David Washington) considers where to build his legacy. Vernon (Donovan Carter) pushes himself harder to get back on the field. Charles’ (Omar Benson Miller) busy schedule puts him at odds with Julie (Jazmyn Simon). Written by Evan Reilly & Steve Sharlet; directed by Julian Farino. Other HBO playdates: 09.18 at 11:30pm & 12:30am, 09.19 at 11:40pm, 09.20 at 2:55am, 09.21 at 10:30pm, 09.23 at 3:25am and 09.24 at 12:05am.
Episode #20 (season 2, episode 10): “Game Day” (season finale)
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 25 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) makes a last-ditch effort to get back what he’s lost. Ricky (John David Washington) awaits a call that could define his future. Vernon (Donovan Carter) takes a road trip. Siefert (Dulé Hill) offers Charles (Omar Benson Miller) a big opportunity, but it comes at a cost. Written by Evan Reilly & Steve Sharlet; directed by Julian Farino. Other HBO playdates: 09.25 at 11:45pm & 1:25am, 09.26 at 8:00pm, 09.27 at 2:40am, 09.28 at 10:30pm and 09.30 at 3:20am.
The dark half-hour comedy series VICE PRINCIPALS continues its nine-episode first season SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 at 10:30pm., followed by the September 18 season finale. Again, note that there is no Labor Day weekend episode.
Episode #8: “Gin”
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Gamby (Danny McBride) and Russell (Walton Goggins) look to finish what they started; Gamby confronts Amanda (Georgia King) about her relationship with Hayden (Mike O’Gorman). Written by Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri & Tim Saccardo; directed by Jody Hill. Other HBO playdates: 09.11 at midnight & 1:00am, 09.12 at 3:00am, 09.13 at 11:00pm, 09.14 at 4:00am, 09.15 at 12:20am and 09.17 at 1:20am.
Episode #9: “End of the Line” (season finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Gamby (Danny McBride) and Russell (Walton Goggins) play their end game with Dr. Brown (Kimberly Hébert Gregory). Written by Danny R. McBride & John Carcieri; directed by Jody Hill. Other HBO playdates: 09.18 at midnight & 1:00am, 09.19 at 2:15am, 09.20 at 10:35pm, 09.21 at 4:00am, 09.22 at 12:35am and 09.24 at 12:35am.
If you missed the rants of Maher and Oliver in the past month you missed some good ones. Before we rattle off their presence on HBO for the near future here is a quick look back at what you’ve missed. Bill Maher let the likes of Julian Assange and Rick Santorum speak on 08.14 before hitting a hiatus. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER resumes on SEPTEMBER 16 at 10:00pm as well as at that same time on 09.23 and 09.30. John Oliver tackled such topics as the current state of journalism, the Rio Olympics, the state of the auto loan racket, the issues with charter schools, Ryan Lochte and before he went on hiatus a plea to Donald Trump to withdraw for his own best interest. LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER sits out for a few weeks and returns with a new edition SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 at 11:00pm.
Movies: September offers some big names and something for everyone in the family Saturday nights. We got famous rodents, top-notch comediennes and Oscar nominees and winners to look forward to watching. Specifically they are ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: ROAD CHIP, SISTERS, THE REVENANT and STEVE JOBS. Here is a bit on each.
Who would have thought this novelty act form the 1960s would carry over into five movies now? But here is HBO’s premiere of Alvin, Simon and Theodore once again in are ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: ROAD CHIP. Distributor Fox states – Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Adult sisters (Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler) throw one last party at their parents’ house before they sell it when the family comedy SISTERS debuts SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 8:00pm. Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, John Cena, John Leguizamo and Dianne Wiest also star. It seems these gals need to let loose with a rowdy fling before they finally settle into adulthood. Take a peek.
Left for dead after an attack in the wild, a frontiersman (Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio) struggles to survive when THE REVENANT debuts SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 8:00pm. Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter also star in the 19th-century period drama, directed by Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu with a screenplay by Mark L. Smith & Alejandro G. Iñárritu. You just can’t stop watching the bear attack, can you? Distributor Fox states, “Inspired by true events, this movie is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience as Hugh Glass navigates a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.” Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender stars in a portrait of the genius behind Apple when STEVE JOBS debuts SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 at 8:00pm. Distributor Universal says “Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, [this movie] takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.” Oscar nominee Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels also star. In this computer age everyone has got to appreciate this genius, right?
HBO Documentary Films: THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS is a searing account of the Jan. 2015 terror attacks on Paris, which combined the last European attack by Al-Qaeda and the first European attack inspired by ISIS. The horrific events began Jan. 7, 2015, when two brothers who were members of Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a French police officer. Amidst a massive manhunt, an additional five people were murdered and 11 wounded over the next two days. Drawing on exclusive access to hostages, survivors, police, paramilitary forces and intelligence findings and evidence, as well as never before seen footage and photographs, Dan Reed highlights the courage and resilience of Parisian police and citizens in the face of mass murder. The chilling documentary debuts MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 at 8:00pm.
HBO Special: STAND UP TO CANCER, debuting FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), 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 other participating networks, HBO will present the live, multi-platform event to help raise awareness and funding for groundbreaking research in the fight against cancer. This is not the first time the event has been held; it sends a powerful message each and every time.
HBO Kids: SESAME STREET is still going strong, but with more big change. Did you see where the human cast, some of them longstanding, have been cut from the show, but since an uproar may be returning? Gather the kids for the repeat episodes airing Saturday mornings at 9:00am. They are called “What I Love About Art,” “Elmo and the Bookeneers,” and “The Good Sport.” New episodes return starting on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 with ‘Elmo Learbs to Salsa.” It’s about time, Elmo.
HBO Sports: ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY WITH BILL SIMMONS, a weekly talk show hosted by one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media, continues its 20-show season WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (10:00-10:30pm), with other editions debuting subsequent Wednesdays at the same time, exclusively on HBO. If you haven’t been tuning in here are some of the guests he has had on recently and some topics: Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen Lamorne Morris and Rembert Brown talking about drugs in the NFL, the Olympics and political activism in athletes. Here is a clip from the show with Caitlyn Jenner.
HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Los Angeles Rams team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS:TRAINING CAMP WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS concludes TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 06 (10:00-11:00pm), exclusively on HBO. The 11th season of 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 Rams, who compete in the powerhouse NFC West division, conduct the franchise’s first training camp in Southern California since the team’s 1946-1994 tenure there. As always 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, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00- 11:00pm).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING has a big card for its televised event in September. It is GENNADY GOLOVKIN VS. KELL BROOK AND ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ VS. CARLOS CUADRAS AND YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI VS. JESUS SOTO KARASS 2. On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 5:30pm from The O2 in London, powerhouse Gennady Golovkin (35- 0, 32 KOs), defends his middleweight crown against Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), from Sheffield, England, in a scheduled 12-round contest. At 10:00pm, from The Forum in Inglewood, Cal., the primetime bouts kick off with Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KOs), taking on Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) of Los Moches, Mexico, in a scheduled ten-round super welterweight fight. That is followed by the undefeated fighters Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs), from Managua, Nicaragua, and Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs), from Mexico City, Mexico battling it out in a scheduled 12-round super flyweight title fight.
Other Movies and Shows: HBO is actually listing a few first run features coming up. Keep in mind that usually just means they were featured heavily on another platform and are just the first time they appear on the main HBO channel. You can find HARDBALL with Keanu Reeves as desperate gambler, THE CONSPIRATOR, in which President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination is viewed from the perspective of the lone female conspirator charged in the case which was directed by Robert Redford, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVA GIRL (which we know played a lot on HBO Family), ASTRO BOY (pictured, for those who don’t know this early anime character),THE FOREST (mentioned in last month’s tease) and two installments of FIRST LOOK: focusing on the upcoming movies Deepwater Horizon and Birth of A Nation. On 09.05 HBO2 has a marathon of THE NIGHT OF.
HBO’s Other Platforms: A quick look at some other choices to get out of the heat and enjoy. HBO Latino: This channel still offers new episodes Season Three of both EL NELGOCIO and SR. AVILA and the talk show CHUMEL CON CHUMEL TORRES is still going strong. Two movies will take note of are CODIGO PAZ (Peace Code) in which a Dominican real estate broker, who leads a double life as a petty thief, gets caught in the middle of a twisted plot involving rival drug gangs. The other is EAST SIDE SUSHI, in which a Latina single mother battles gender and ethnic prejudices in order to become a sushi chef at a Japanese restaurant in this “feel-good film” (San Francisco Chronicle). HBO Family: A lot of repeats circulate here; sadly this channel needs new life, but we’ll single out NIM’S ISLAND and SUMMER CATCH as two to watch with the youngsters and for the little ones new episodes of PINKY DOO and THE ELECTRIC COMPANY air. HBO Signature: You can find the ladies at the bar in COYOTE UGLY, the roaming lost girls of GHOST WORLD, the two estranged brothers of TETRO and the tough platoon in the war movie THE GREAT RAID. HBO Comedy: The biggest content here for those who might want to deep dive into it – the Vimeo run web episodes of HIGH MAINTENANCE air on this channel beginning 09.13. There is also movies like THE BROTHERS GRIMM, THE BUCKET LIST and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS to watch again. HBO Zone: How about THE BACHELOR (no, not repeats of the lame reality show) HOUSE (no, not Hugh Laurie) BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES and SHANGHAI NOON? They star Chris O’Donnell, Michael Madsen, Tom Hanks and Jackie Chan, respectively. We’ll close out this section with a video treat!
HBONow/Go: There is some good stuff over on the streaming sites too. Here is a quick rundown of a few saving the best for last! Wait…for…it. On the movie front we note 300, “10,” I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, CHILDREN OF MEN, BOMBA (The Bomb), Plus there is the complete run of DANE COOK:TOURGASM, the documentary THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE and more. But the big news is the complete six season, 56 episode run of OZ. That’s not all – the complete run, all 88 episodes worth of THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW is about to be uploaded too. Those two shows alone outweigh any movie the sites could offer this month. Take a look at this –
Cinemax: A new series launches on the sister channel. It is called QUARRY. Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, the series tells the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public he fought for. While struggling with the nightmarish experiences he witnessed and took part in, Conway is unwillingly drawn into a network of killing that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Debuting FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09 (10:00-11:15pm), the new drama series stars Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour and Peter Mullan, and features Nikki Amuka-Bird, Jamie Hector, Damon Herriman, Edoardo Ballerini, Ann Dowd, Skip Sudduth, Josh Randall and Kurt Yaeger.
Episode #1: “You Don’t Miss Your Water”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09 (10:00-11:15pm)
Sullied Vietnam vet Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green) is tempted by criminal elements after returning home to Memphis in 1972. Teleplay by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller; directed by Greg Yaitanes. Other CINEMAX playdates: 09.09 at 11:20pm & 12:40am, 09.10 at 9:00pm & 12:35am, 09.11 at 5:35pm, 09.12 at 11:00pm, 09.13 at 2:05am, 09.14 at 10:00pm, 09.15 at 9:00pm and 09.29 at 6:40pm.
Episode #2: “Figure Four”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (10:00-11:00pm)
Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) looks to pay down a debt; Joni (Jodi Balfour) is queried by detectives following the death of a co-worker. Written by Michael D. Fuller & Graham Gordy; directed by Greg Yaitanes. Other CINEMAX playdates: 09.16 at 11:00pm & midnight, 09.17 at 9:00pm & 12:05am, 09.18 at 5:00pm, 09.19 at 11:00pm, 09.20 at 2:25am, 09.21 at 10:00pm, 09.22 at 9:00pm and 09.29 at 8:00pm.
Episode #3: “A Mouthful of Splinters”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (10:00-11:00pm)
Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) is forced to turn to The Broker (Peter Mullan) for help; Moses (Mustafa Shakir) gets a new assignment. Written by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller; directed by Greg Yaitanes. Other CINEMAX playdates: 09.23 at 11:00pm & midnight, 09.24 at 9:00pm & 12:10am, 09.25 at 3:30pm, 09.26 at 11:00pm, 09.27 at 3:20am, 09.28 at 10:00pm and 09.29 at 9:00pm.
Episode #4: “Seldom Realized”
Debut: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (10:00-11:00pm)
Other CINEMAX playdate: Sept. 30 (11:00 p.m., midnight) With Suggs (Kurt Yaeger) at large, Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) and Joni (Jodi Balfour) are forced to seek temporary refuge in a remote hotel. Written by Michael D. Fuller & Graham Gordy; directed by Greg Yaitanes. Other CINEMAX playdate: 09.30 at 11:00pm & midnight and into October.
Next Month’s Tease: Are you kidding? There is only one possible tease for next month – the newest tease for the big dramatic series debuting in October!
Last month the three part answer, answered correctly by the way, was Natalie Dormer from GAME OF THRONES staring in THE FOREST. The Japanese name for the forest in question is Aokigahara, which served as the clue if you recall.
Final Clip: The clip chosen may not be of content that excites everyone, but it is a new direction for HBO and needs heralded. It is now in the news business.
Whew! So with that we have got to close it out. This post is just a launching pad for what is ahead for us and HBO fans in September. Refer back to this post or check out our Schedule Pages to get informed. HBOWatch hopes you enjoy!