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Here Comes WBD’s Max!

by Jef Dinsmore
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The date is upon us. Say goodbye to HBO Max and hello to Max. I still don’t like it at all. Yes, the interface is supposed to be better but it will just be another Netflix jammed with a lot of products you just don’t want while they excised content that you did want. Plus, I still wonder, if Discovery fans can have a stand-alone streaming site why can’t HBO fans? Why must we toil with the whole kit & kaboodle? Sigh.  

Nevertheless, May 23 is upon us and WBD has an official announcement about that fact and what is new to the streamer and what’s in the offing. See below for details. 

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Max will launch with brand new Max Originals SmartLess: On the Road

How To Create a Sex Scandal

What Am I Eating? With Zooey Deschanel

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai

Clone High

and documentary Bama Rush

plus blockbuster hit Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

Sunday, May 28 will bring the highly anticipated series finales of the award-winning HBO Originals Succession and Barry, and the season finale of Somebody Somewhere.

Launch week will also feature a new episode of HBO Original White House Plumbers (5/22) and the debut of HBO Original comedy special Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love (5/27), HBO Original documentary Being Mary Tyler Moore (5/26), and HBO Original film Reality (5/29) starring Sydney Sweeney; the premiere of lookback podcast Talking Sopranos (5/23), a new episode of Max Original The Other Two (5/25), the finale of Max Original Love & Death (5/25), and the debut of special 100 Years of Warner Bros.

Also launching are new episodes of Food Network’s Ciao House (5/28), TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: Love in Paradise (5/29), Discovery’s Deadliest Catch (5/23), and HGTV’s Home Town Takeover (5/23); debut of Magnolia Network’s Silos Baking Competition (5/28) and a new season of Growing Floret (5/23); a new season of DC’s Teen Titans Go! (5/25) and the debut of Total DramaRama: A Very Special, Special that’s Quite Special (5/25); the debut of ID’s The Curious Case of Natalia Grace (5/29); and a new season of Kendra Sells Hollywood (5/26). 

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But that is not all. The presser singles out the curated items left standing and the shows imported over as well.  

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Max will also launch with 35,000 hours of beloved programming for everyone in the household, including recent hits like the HBO Original series House of the Dragon, EuphoriaThe White Lotus, and The Last of Us, and full seasons of Max Originals including HacksAnd Just Like That…The Sex Lives of College Girls, Sort Of, Rap Sh!t, Titans, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, and more. 

gameofthrones_logoAudiences can binge iconic favorites including every season of HBO’s Game of Thrones (8 seasons), The Sopranos (6 seasons), Curb Your Enthusiasm (11 seasons), Sex and the City (6 seasons), The Wire (5 seasons), VEEP (7 seasons), Silicon Valley (6 seasons)and Insecure (5 seasons); bingeable favorites like Friends (10 seasons), South Park (26 seasons), The Big Bang Theory (12 seasons), Abbott Elementary (1 season), and Adult Swim titles including Rick and Morty (6 seasons) and Robot Chicken (11 seasons). 

Max will be the home of lean-back entertainment from Discovery including bingeable audience favorites like House Hunters (197 seasons), House Hunters International (169 seasons), Property Brothers (14 DeadliestCatchseasons), Chopped (53 seasons), Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (44 seasons), Ghost Adventures (24 seasons), Say Yes to the Dress (22 seasons), Deadliest Catch (19 seasons), Naked and Afraid (15 seasons), Mythbusters (21 seasons), Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (8 seasons), plus Magnolia Network hits like Fixer Upper (5 seasons) and Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (7 seasons).

Max will have something for everyone in the household and include dedicated hubs for Cartoon Network kids programming and Sesame Workshop, which will include Sesame Street and other hit preschool shows such as Bugs Bunny Builders, plus classic favorites such as Looney Tunes CartoonsTom & Jerry, and Scooby-Doo. For film lovers, Max features an extensive catalog of iconic films including Casablanca, A Clockwork Orange, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Shining, Bonnie and Clyde, Some Like It Hot, Young Frankenstein, Cleopatra, the full Harry Potter film collection; DC favorites including Shazam!Black Adam, Aquaman, and The Dark Knight; and CNN Originals The Whole Story with Anderson CooperAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (12 seasons), Who’s Talking to Chris WallaceStanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, and Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico (5/30).

Additionally, Max will continue to be the exclusive streaming home of Studio Ghibli in the U.S., offering all 22 animated films including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor TotoroPonyo, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, plus Max will have something for everyone in the household and include dedicated hubs for Cartoon Network kids programming and Sesame Workshop, which will include Sesame Street and other hit preschool shows such as Bugs Bunny Builders, plus classic favorites such as Looney Tunes CartoonsTom & Jerry, and Scooby-Doo. For film lovers, Max features an extensive catalog of iconic films including Casablanca, A Clockwork Orange, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Shining, Bonnie and TheWholeStoryClyde, Some Like It Hot, Young Frankenstein, Cleopatra, the full Harry Potter film collection; DC favorites including Shazam!Black Adam, Aquaman, and The Dark Knight; and CNN Originals The Whole Story with Anderson CooperAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (12 seasons), Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace the Studio Ghibli documentaries Kingdom of Dreams & Madness and Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

Surely, from all those titles you can find something. We will stick to our premise of featuring HBO content, but hey, get into whatever you want, okay?

Look for our monthly outlook for what is ahead when ‘What’s On: HBO Schedule for June 2023″ arrives soon. 

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2 comments

Michelle May 25, 2023 - 2:00 pm

I agree. It’s always going to be just HBO to me. I’m not sure I’m loving the new interface either…..something about the fast forward and rewind is janky. Not smooth like before the app update to MAX. I am looking forward to “Reality” and enjoyed “Love and Death”.

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Jef Dinsmore May 25, 2023 - 7:17 pm

Yes,let’s be in agreement on this, shall we? Plus, lets hope for continued quality from HBO. REALITY does look intriguing and it looks like I should have asked you to review LOVE AND DEATH!

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