HBO in August is packed! HBO said it would increase its content hours and with offerings now on Monday as well as Sunday & Friday nights, plus movies on Saturdays the schedule fills out. Below is proof of that. Take a gander at what might be of interest to you after a day in the sun or the pool.
Original Series: We start with what is new followed by the big returning show and then those series wrapping it up. THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES, a new comedy from Danny McBride (HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS and EASTBOUND AND DOWN), debuts SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 (10:00-11:00pm), with new episodes airing subsequent Sundays at the same time, centers on the Gemstones, a celebrity televangelist family behind a popular megachurch that is also a major money-making enterprise. McBride stars as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest of three grown Gemstone children, who sees himself as a maverick in the ministry game but, as the series begins, receives a blackmail video that could put his reputation at risk. Getting caught up in the hunt for the culprits are Jesse’s sister Judy (Edi Patterson), who is secretly “living in sin” with her fiancé and dreams of escaping the Gemstone compound, and Jesse’s youngest sibling Kelvin (Adam Devine), a pseudo-hipster who always finds a way to get under his brother’s skin. Meanwhile, the family’s patriarch Eli (John Goodman) finds himself in a point of crisis as he mourns the loss of his wife Aimee-Leigh and questions whether the Gemstones are still serving a higher power as they aggressively expand their empire. Also causing a headache for the Gemstones is Baby Billy (special guest star Walton Goggins), Aimee-Leigh’s younger brother, who agrees to minister at a new Gemstone prayer center that riles a local pastor trying to hang on to his flock. Following the antics of this emotionally stunted family in nine episodes, the series is a hilarious, irreverent look at high-living, holy-rollers – whose world of mansions, jets, greed and corruption belies their virtuous, godly mission.
–Episode 1: “The Righteous Gemstones” Debut date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Upon returning from a baptism marathon in China with his father Eli (John Goodman) and brother Kelvin (Adam Devine), Jesse Gemstone (Danny McBride) receives a video from blackmailers seeking to sully his reputation. Eli moves forward with plans to expand the Gemstone empire as he continues to mourn his late wife Aimee-Leigh (Jennifer Nettles). Written by Danny McBride; directed by Danny McBride.
–Episode 2: “Is This the Man Who Made the Earth Tremble”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 (10:00-10:30pm)
After discovering Amber (Cassidy Freeman), Pontius (Kelton DuMont) and Abraham (Gavin Munn) reminiscing about an estranged family member, Jesse (Danny McBride) tasks his friends with acquiring surveillance footage that could explain the strange events of the night before. Written by Danny McBride; directed by David Gordon Green.
From Hagai Levi (HBO’s IN TREATMENT), Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael, OUR BOYS, debuting MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (9:00-11:00pm) with two episodes back-to-back, followed by new episodes subsequent Mondays at 9:00pm, is a captivating limited drama series that follows Simon, an Israeli terrorism investigator, on his search for answers in the wake of the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, telling the stories of Jews and Arabs alike who were forever changed by a series of horrific events in the summer of 2014.
–Episode 1: “Chapter 1: Out of the Depth, I Cry to You”
Debut date: MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) Season premiere.
On June 12, 2014, the disappearance of three Jewish boys in Israel sends shockwaves across the nation. Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz), a terrorism agent at the Jewish Division of Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and his team search for answers. Arab teen Mohammed (Ram Masarweh) lands in a dangerous environment while Jewish teen Avishai (Adam Gabay) finds himself at a crossroads. Written by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael; teleplay by Hagai Levi and Noah Stollman; directed by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael.
–Episode 2: “Chapter 2: I Love Toto”
Debut date: MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (10:00-11:00pm)
In the wake of their son’s disappearance, Hussein (Jony Arbid) and Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) face pressure from the police as they search for answers. Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) and Mike (Tzahi Grad) disagree on their theories about the murder and a new angle arises when a rumor leaks to the public. Written by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Noah Stollman; directed by Tawfik Abu Wael and Joseph Cedar.
–Episode 3: “Chapter 3: Two Packs of Red Next”
Debut date: MONDAY AUGUST 19 (10:00-11:00pm)
Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) meets with Mohammed’s family to probe for details about his life. Hussein (Jony Arbid) and Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) find their neighborhood in the midst of a riot, while misinformation spreads across the internet. Written by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Hagai Levi; directed by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael.
–Episode 4: “Chapter 4: The Dawn Martyr”
Debut date: MONDAY AUGUST 26 (10:00-11:00pm)
With the Jerusalem deputy DA looking over their shoulders, Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) and his team focus their investigation on Israeli persons of interest as Mohammed’s family remain overwhelmed by the fervor surrounding their son’s death. Written by Shuki Ben Naim, Hagai Levi and Tawfik Abu Wael; directed by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Hagai Levi.
A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW, debuting FRIDAY, AUGUST 02 (11:00-11:30pm), is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. Thede produces, writes and stars and Issa Rae (Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s “Insecure”) executive produces. From Hagai Levi (HBO’s “In Treatment”), Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael, OUR BOYS, debuting MONDAY, AUG. 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m.) with two episodes back-to-back, followed by new episodes subsequent Mondays at 9:00 p.m., is a captivating limited drama series from Hagai Levi that follows Simon, an Israeli terrorism investigator, on his search for answers in the wake of the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, telling the stories of Jews and Arabs alike who were forever changed by a series of horrific events in the summer of 2014.
–Season 1, Episode 1: “Angela Bassett Is the Baddest B***h”
Debut date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 02 (11:00-11:30pm ET/PT)
Two women seek an escape from an ominous fog. 1960s soul group Claude and The Boppers perform their hit song “Ice Cream Shop.” A world-renowned author and “philosophizer” promotes her latest masterclass. Maya’s confession in a support group gets a less-than-supportive response. Trinity, the Invisible Spy, meets a formidable adversary. Drea confronts a mysterious woman stealing her dance moves at a club. Fun and games lead to tension, as Robin, Ashley, Quinta and Gabrielle are stuck in a house after an end-of-the-world event. Written by Lauren Ashley Smith, Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Akilah Green, Brittani Nichols, Amber Ruffin, Rae Sanni and Holly Walker; directed by Dime Davis.
–Season 1, Episode 2: “Your Boss Knows You Don’t Have Eyebrows”
Debut date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 09 (11:00-11:30pm)
A perpetually-late-to-work Shayla decides to forgo her morning makeup routine, to her coworker Toni’s dismay. Trinity the Invisible Spy hunts down The Recluse, an elusive villain with a surprising identity. An array of average, awkward contestants perform before a panel of judges at the Basic Ball. Security guard Fatimah helps an office worker investigate who stole her missing mug. Robin, Quinta and Gabrielle uncover a shocking truth about Ashley’s nighttime ritual. Written by Lauren Ashley Smith, Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Akilah Green, Brittani Nichols, Amber Ruffin, Rae Sanni and Holly Walker; directed by Dime Davis.
–Season 1, Episode 3: “3rd & Bonaparte Is Always in the Shade”
Debut date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 (11:00-11:30pm)
Asia is shocked by a very public, very unexpected marriage proposal from her new boyfriend Dewayne. New recruits talk about their goals and expectations at a gang orientation. A church service devolves when congregants take to the mic with self- centered motivations. Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman turns a toast at her sister’s wedding into a teachable moment. Gabrielle, Ashley, Quinta and Robin bond while discussing their ideal men and some of their worst dates. Written by Lauren Ashley Smith, Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Akilah Green, Brittani Nichols, Amber Ruffin, Rae Sanni and Holly Walker; directed by Dime Davis.
–Season 1, Episode 4: “Where Are My Background Singers?”
Debut date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 (11:00-11:30pm)
A divorce party spirals out of control following Eboni’s bad mushroom trip. The tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, Rome & Julissa. A 1930s groupie, Feather Atwood, sets her sights on Negro League baseball player Satchel Paige. A frustrated airline passenger seeks a like-minded customer service representative. Denise tries to prevent yet another breakup and its typical, unusual side effect. “Taskmaster,” “Insecurity” and “Turnt” help Krystal navigate a possible cat-calling situation. Quinta, Gabrielle, Robin and Ashley lay down odd rules while playing cards to pass the time. Written by Lauren Ashley Smith, Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Akilah Green, Brittani Nichols, Amber Ruffin, Rae Sanni and Holly Walker; directed by Dime Davis.
–Season 1, Episode 5: “Why Are Her Pies Wet, Lord?”
Debut date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 (11:00-11:30pm)
Four friends on a camping trip unknowingly disprove a stereotype. A pastor tries to take back control of his church potluck. A flight attendant struggles to get compliance from newlyweds Chris and Lachel in the exit row. Elementary school students notice a change in their teacher Ms. Miller. Jackie receives a less-than-warm welcome when she returns to her hometown high school. Robin, Quinta, Ashley and Gabrielle discuss their weird turn-ons and stage an intervention. Written by Lauren Ashley Smith, Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Akilah Green, Brittani Nichols, Amber Ruffin, Rae Sanni and Holly Walker; directed by Dime Davis.
The acclaimed drama series SUCCESSION returns for a second season SUNDAY AUGUST 11 (9:00-10:00pm), and explores themes of power, politics, money, and family, played out within a rich and dysfunctional family whose patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), is CEO of Waystar Royco, one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates. Beginning where season one dramatically left off, season two follows the Roys as they struggle to retain control of their empire amidst internal and external threats. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that portends to ultimately destroy them, as each of Logan’s four children remains focused on personal agendas that may or may not sync with those of their siblings. As Kendall (Jeremy Strong) deals with fallout from his hostile takeover attempt, this season finds Shiv (Sarah Snook) poised to make her way into the upper- echelons of the company, while Roman (Kieran Culkin) decides to reacquaint himself with the business by starting at the bottom, and Connor (Alan Ruck), who’s long eschewed the Waystar machinations, launches an unlikely bid for president. Blending high drama with sharp humor, season two of the series promises plenty of palace intrigue as this emotionally-challenged family navigates a rapidly changing media landscape and the looming question of who will take over in a post-Logan world.
–Season 2, Episode 1: “The Summer Palace”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT)
Still addled from the events in England, Kendall (Jeremy Strong) tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan (Brian Cox) receives some unvarnished advice from his financial banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv (Sarah Snook) tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor. Written by Jesse Armstrong; directed by Mark Mylod.
Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) do a “routine health check” of a new media brand to help Vaulter to determine the future of the company. Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) tasks Greg (Nicholas Braun) with sniffing out waste at ATN, as Greg wonders if the divisive media outlet is the right fit for him. Connor (Alan Ruck) and Willa (Justine Lupe) host a soiree to mark their return to New York. Shiv (Sarah Snook) brings Tom in the loop about her future at Waystar and with Gil’s (Eric Bogosian) campaign. Written by Jon Brown; directed by Andrij Parekh.
Logan (Brian Cox) informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce, a rival media company and one of the most respected names in news, and brings back Frank (Peter Friedman) to work on the deal. Convinced the acquisition is a terrible idea, Shiv (Sarah Snook) asks Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) to deliver the message to Logan at a corporate retreat in Hungary. Greg (Nicholas Braun) worries his pre-meeting with a Logan biographer puts his standing with the family at risk. Connor’s (Alan Ruck) presidential announcement irritates Logan. Written by Tony Roche; directed by Andrij Parekh
Just announced, without any information at this time, is the announcement that BALLERSreturns with Season Five on SUNDAY, AUGUST 25. It is likely it will run at 10:30pm right after THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. The only way we know is the following Teaser that has the premiere date posted at the end. On, and addition was paid to the Dyane Johnson series in the August Trailer at the top of this post. So, it must be fact. Look for a separate post giving further detail once HBO decides to release the particulars.
Based on the groundbreaking Israeli series of the same name, EUPHORIA, concludes its first season SUNDAY, AUGUST 04 (10:00-11:00pm). This provocative, authentic and unforgettable new drama puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age narrative. Serving as a guide through the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life is 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life is changed drastically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a trans girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and, like Rue, is searching for where she belongs. Also in Rue’s orbit are classmates Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Nate’s on- and off-again girlfriend; Chris McKay (Algee Smith), a football star who finds the adjustment from high school to college harder than expected; Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney), a sweet girl whose sexual history continues to dog her; Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Cassie’s younger sister and Rue’s level-headed childhood friend; and Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira), a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. Raw and unapologetic, the series provides an up-close-and-personal look at what it’s like to be a young person today in a compelling narrative that’s equal parts shocking and empathetic.
Concluding its third and final season MONDAY, AUGUST 05 (10:00-10:30pm), DIVORCEcenters on ex-spouses Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church), who, after more than a decade of marriage and two children, find themselves caught up in the lengthy process of unwinding their relationship. In season three, Frances and Robert are living independent lives, but still share an emotional and day-to-day connection through their children. With sharp, observant humor, the series mines the awkward moments and intense emotions of two people trying to embrace life’s changes – and move on with their lives – after their divorce. The show also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Sterling Jerins, Charlie Kilgore and Becki Newton.
–Episode #24 (season 3, episode 6) and Series Finale: “Knock Knock”
Debut date: MONDAY, AUGUST 05 (10:00-10:30pm)
As each of their relationships reach a moment of truth, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) face the reality of post-divorce life. Frances urges her new colleagues to break out of their comfort zones. With her career in jeopardy, Dallas (Talia Balsam) discovers what she really wants. Diane (Molly Shannon) reconsiders her relationship with Gordon (Harris Yulin). Written by Liz Tuccillo & Mark Steilen; directed by Ryan Case.
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy-winning LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues its sixth season SUNDAY, AUGUST 04 (11:00-11:30pm), followed by new episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time, with a hiatus on August 25. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHERcontinues its 17th season FRIDAY, AUGUST 02 (10:00-11:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time, with a hiatus on August 30. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests. VICE NEWS TONIGHT, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, debuts a new edition THURSDAY, AUGUST 01 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent weeknights Tuesday through Friday. Oliver & Maher have taken hiatuses but are back in August so we let a news clip this time around.
Movies: We can tack on an additional Saturday movie this month. What a perfect way to wind down a summer day of fun. So which movie interests you? We’ve got THE FAVOURITE, AQUAMAN, THE MULE, MORTAL ENGINES and CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
THE FAVOURITE, debuting SATURDAY, AUGUST 03 (8:00-10:00pm), tells the story of two cousins vying for power against the backdrop of early 18th-century England. The film stars Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Oscar nominees Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos; written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis seeks to make peace between the ocean and land worlds when AQUAMANdebuts SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 (8:00-10:30pm). The film stars Jason Momoa (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES), Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman (HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES), Dolph Lundgren and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (HBO’s WATCHMEN). Clint Eastwood directs and stars in THE MULE, debuting SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 (8:00-10:00pm). Inspired by the New York Times Magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick, the film tells the story of a 90-year-old war veteran who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. In a dystopian world, a young woman teams up with an outcast and an outlaw in MORTAL ENGINES, debuting SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 (8:00-10:10 pm). The film stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. An author desperate for money begins selling forged letter by famous writers, but finds herself in trouble when dealers and collectors start to discover her scheme in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Debuts SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 (8:00-9:50pm). The film stars Melissa McCarthy and features Richard E. Grant (HBO’s “Girls”), Dolly Wells (HBO’s DOLL & EM and ROOM 104), Jane Curtin, Anna Deavere Smith (HBO’s “NOTES FROM THE FIELD), Stephen Spinella (CINEMAX’s THE KNICK) and Ben Falcone. Directed by Marielle Heller; screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty; based on the book by Lee Israel.
HBO Comedy Special: Comedian and “Space Prince” Julio Torres (HBO’s LOS ESPOOKYS) headlines his first hour-long comedy special on HBO this summer when MY FAVORITE SHAPES BY JULIO TORRESdebuts SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 (10:30-11:30pm). Taped before a live audience at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, the special is executive produced by Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels. In the multimedia comedy show, Torres explores his favorite shapes, which include a plexiglass square, a triangle, an oval that wishes he were a circle, a self-conscious cactus and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate that Julio is mad at because she left her little skirt at home. The objects are presented via an industrial conveyer belt and serve as a jumping-off point for fantastical stories, anecdotes and jokes.
HBO Documentary Films:Directed and produced by Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill (HBO’s “AXIOS), ALTERNATE ENDINGS: SIX NEW WAYS TO DIE IN AMERICA, debuting WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 (8:00-9:09pm), offers a fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to celebrate life as it comes to an end. With attitudes about death and end-of-life choices rapidly changing, 2018 saw the first time more Americans chose cremation over more expensive burials, disrupting the $16 billion a year funeral industry. As the baby boomer generation approaches death, more and more are rethinking the way end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what will happen when they die. Touching and heartfelt, the documentary spotlights a subject most would rather avoid and presents it in a positive and thought-provoking manner. The documentary tells six stories of people nearing death and of family members of the recently deceased, who have chosen non-traditional burial options, from celebrations of life and living wakes, to green burials, space burials and more. Profoundly intimate and illuminating, the film explores what it means to be near death, either from age or terminal illness, and captures the healing power of honoring, giving thanks, and staying true to loved ones who have passed away.
HBO Sports: HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Raiders team up for an unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE OAKLAND RAIDERSkicks off its five-episode season TUESDAY, AUGUST 06 (10:00-11:00pm), with new episodes airing subsequent Tuesdays at the same time. One of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV, the 14th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy-winning series focuses on the daily lives and routines of Oakland Raiders players and coaches. Under second-year head coach Jon Gruden, the team has an intriguing mix of established veterans, highly regarded rookie hopefuls and free-agent acquisitions. The Raiders compete in the highly-competitive AFC West, where they maintain an intense rivalry with their opponents and have set their sights on ascending in the standings. With camera crews heading to the Bay area to film for several weeks, the cinémavérité series will capture all the action heating up in August. REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBELgoes 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, AUGUST 20 (11:00pm – 12:00am).
Other Movies and Shows: New to the main channel is the movie BOY ERASED debuting on 08.02. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman & Russell Crowe and follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program. Also new is also MORTAL ENGINES: THE MAKING OF and THE MAKING OF: THE FAVOURITE. Over on HBO2 SHARP OBJECTS all air a marathon of all eight episodes on 08.10 beginning at 12:00pm and all ten episodes of Season One of SUCCESSIONplays 08.11 starting at 11:00am; all ten episodes of Season Four of BALLERS start up at 12:00pm on 08.25 and the premiere season of EUPHORIA replays on 08.30 beginning at 8:00pm.
Other HBO Platforms: Here we go with a few titles from the other channels. Don’t forget to flip to them if you have all the channels on your TV. HBO Latino: PICO DE NEBLINA (Joint Venture), debuting FRIDAY, AUGUST 09 (10:00-11:00pm), is a ten-episode HBO Latino series set in a fictional modern-day São Paulo Brazil where marijuana has been legalized. The story follows 29-year-old Biriba (Luis Navarro), a drug dealer who decides to give up his criminal life and enter the legal drug sales industry. Unfortunately for Biriba, going straight is more difficult than he could have imagined. This brave new world of dealing means he has a whole new set of rules to follow, forcing him to reexamine everything he knew as a lowly dealer. To make matters worse, his new career isn’t sitting well with people from his past who desperately want to put him out of business. The series explores the gray area between what is criminal and what is legal, diving into the social and economic consequences drug trafficking can have on not only a person but their country as well. Also, that night is the debut of NO ME DIGAS SOLTERNA (Don’t Call Me Spinster) which is a movie about a 35-year-old is forced to deal with the single life and her nagging mother after her boyfriend cheats with a younger lady. It debuts FRIDAY, AUGUST 09 at 8:00pm. One more movie to note is EL ANGEL about a baby-faced teenager who goes on a murder and robbery spree in 1970s Buenos Aires arriving on 08.02. Two short films surface on 08.01; the 9-minute ME3.769 and the 15-minute MARISOL. Recorded in front of a live audience and back by popular demand after her 2018 HBO Latino stand-up appearance in “Entre Nos: The Series,” actress-writer-comedian Gina Brillon’s ENTRE NOS: GINA BRILLON: EASILY OFFENDED, a hilarious half-hour stand-up special, debuts FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:30-10:00pm), only on HBO Latino. In the special, Brillon couples her magnetic stage presence with all too relatable content – from the charm of Southern accents to the nuisance of people who talk too much; from the excitement of cruise-ship buffets to the pros of “marrying up.” HBO Family:THE PRINCE AND ME, THE LITTLE RASCALS and BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 1,2 & 3 have been mentioned before but it is the best I’ve got, unless you don’t mind me adding the animated TARZAN from 2014, AIR BUDDIES, the sixth in the “Air Bud” franchise and the cartoon macaws of RIO. HBO Signature:Natalie Dormer of GAME OF THRONES fame stars in the terrifying horror film THE FOREST about a young woman ending up in the famed “Suicide Forest” of Japan. Also find titles like JUST LIKE HEAVEN, SUSPECT ZERO and SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY. Oh, this HBO channel airs all kinds that you don’t remember or never heard of before. But you have heard of OUT OF AFRICA, CHARIOTS OF FIRE and THE LOST BOYS. You can find them al on HBO Signature.HBO Comedy:Wow, two titles I don’t recall ever seeing before on this channel. They are SPRUNG and SPYMATE. The former has men and women on the prowl and taking a bumpy jaunt down the rocky road to love in this hilarious look at dating, mating and the very funny games that singles play. It’s a screwball comedy cocktail with a spicy modern twist as Cupid tends bar. In the latter, a high-flying secret agent primate named Minkey swings into action when a young inventor is kidnapped by an evil scientist/ Yeah, I know, that happens all the time, doesn’t it? AN IDEAL HUSBAND has been on before and mentioned before I believe. It is Oscar Wilde’s witty play about scandals, secrets and swindles in Victorian London brought to cinematic life. HBO Zone:Does COLLISION, DELTA FARCE (pictured) or MANHATTAN NIGHT strike an interest? That last one has Academy Award winner Adrien Brody in danger. What, and pass up DELTA FARCE, come on!
HBONow/Go:First, a few titles coming onto the sites in August: ARIZONA, BODY HEAT, DANGEROUS LIAISONS, DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY and FLY ME TO THE MOON, Rotating off-cycle are titles like DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, GEOSTORM, OCEAN’s 8, SUPER TROOPERS, TAG and TULLY. Check out the “Cool Off With Comedy” Collection which links you to the following comedy series: BALLERS, BARRY, BORED TO DEATH, THE COMEBACK, CRASHING, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, DIVORCE, EASTBOUND & DOWN, ENLIGHTENED, ENTOURAGE, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, GETTING ON, GIRLS, INSECURE, LOS ESPOOKYS, MR. SHOW, SEX AND THE CITY, VEEP and VICE PRINCIPALS. Surely with a tall glass of iced tea in hand, you can find some laughs from these HBO entries? There is also a big collection of the listed 2-19 Emmy nominees. HBO received a record 137 nominations!
Cinemax:Created, written, directed and executive produced by Sebastian Gutierrez, JETT continues its nine-episode first season FRIDAY, AUGUST 02 (10:00-11:00pm) with the season finale airing on August 09. This series stars Carla Gugino as Daisy “Jett” Kowalski, a world-class thief just out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow. When powerful crime lord Charlie Baudelaire (Giancarlo Esposito) offers her the proverbial “last job” – a jewel heist in Cuba that will see her reunited with former flame and safecracker extraordinaire Quinn (Mustafa Shakir) – Jett goes back to doing what she does best. Over the course of the nine-episode season, Jett deals with the fallout of this heist, finding herself buffeted from job to job through a series of unpredictable reversals, tethered to a cast of morally ambivalent and eccentric criminals – from budding femme fatales to compromised law enforcers to unscrupulous Russian mobsters – as she deftly navigates shifting loyalties, trying to figure out who double-crossed her and how to protect her daughter.
–Episode #8: “Dillon”
Debut: FRIDAY, AUGUST 02 (10:00-11:00pm)
Jett (Carla Gugino) finds herself in dire straits when Dillon (Michael Aronov), hell-bent on revenge, descends on Charlie’s (Giancarlo Esposito) house to confront an out-of-control Junior (Gentry White), who has come to his father for help. Phoenix (Gaite Jansen) deals with her brother Neal’s (Gus Dale Halper) threats head-on. Later, Jett remembers her last heist with Quinn (Mustafa Shakir) and a crucial tête-à-tête with Dillon, before hearing Bestic’s (Greg Bryk) final demand. Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
Before a fateful meeting with Bestic (Greg Bryk), Jett (Carla Gugino) sets in motion a plan to be free of him for good. When the two come face-to-face, Bestic reveals the origins of his feud with Charlie (Giancarlo Esposito). As the situation becomes increasingly perilous, Jett realizes she’s in danger of losing the very thing she holds most dear Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
Heralded as new movies to CINEMAX – Based on the science fiction novel of the same name and directed by Steven Spielberg, READY PLAYER ONE,debuting FRIDAY, AUGUST 09 (7:35-10:00pm), is set in 2045, where the world has drastically changed for the worse, but humanity has found solace in the virtual reality universe of Oasis. When its creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), dies and leaves his fortune to the first player to find a digital Easter egg hidden in the game, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is pulled into a massive treasure hunt in an unpredictable, digital world. After their daughters make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, overprotective parents Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) join forces to stop the plan in BLOCKERS, debuting FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 (8:00- 9:45pm). The raucous comedy also stars Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon. After they are suspended for assaulting a suspect on video, two policemen are brought into the criminal underworld in DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE, debuting FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 (8:00-10:40pm) The film features an ensemble cast including Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Fred Melamed, Udo Kier, Thomas Kretschmann and Don Johnson. After her husband leaves her, a housewife (Melissa McCarthy) goes back to college and embraces her independence on a journey of self-discovery in LIFE OF THE PARTY, debuting FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 (8:00-9:45pm). The comedy is directed by Ben Falcone.
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