Spring is going to try to spring forth this month and HBO is going to try to keep us all engaged with interesting programming. We hope you find something you like. You won’t find a big dramatic series, but the comedies are strong and there are movies and more to seek out. This may not be a complete look at everything HBO has to offer but it does show the variety of shows & titles across HBO’s platforms. Enjoy What’s On and what is on in March.
Original Series: BARRY is back and is the first of two acclaimed comedies to hold down Sunday nights for a while. Its second season debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 31 (10:00-10:30pm), followed by new episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. As of this writing, we have not had details on the direction of the season or episode breakdowns. We do have an official trailer though and it looks good!
The seventh and final season of the Emmy winning comedy series VEEP, debuting SUNDAY, MARCH 31 (10:30-11:00pm), follows the former vice president and president Selina Meyer (Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as she hits the campaign trail hoping to regain the highest office in the land, despite the flubs and scandals that have followed her and her staff for years. Enjoy the wonderful, wacky world of Selina Meyer!
Executive produced by Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes, and inspired by Holmes’ own real-life experiences, CRASHING continues its third season SUNDAY, MARCH 03 (10:00-10:30pm), followed by the season finale on March 10. This season finds a reinvigorated Pete (Holmes) displaying newfound confidence in his comedic abilities. Continuing to feature a whos-who of established talent and rising stars, the show takes a nuanced, but hilarious look at the state of comedy today, as Pete edges closer to success, one stand-up set at a time.
–Episode #23 (season 3, episode 7): “The Christian Tour” Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (10:00-10:30pm)
While enjoying the perks of being on a Christian comedy tour, Pete (Pete Holmes) feels busted when he runs into NY Cellar comic Jessica Kirson in Charleston. After ghosting Kat (Madeline Wise) while on the road, Pete finally sits down to talk about their relationship. Written by Greg Fitzsimmons & Pete Holmes; directed by Gillian Robespierre.
–Episode #24 (season 3, episode 8): “Mulaney” (season finale) Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 10 (10:10-10:40pm) Pete (Pete Holmes) jumps at the opportunity of a lifetime to open for John Mulaney at New York’s Town Hall, but the gig leaves him in an awkward situation. Written by Judd Apatow & Judah Miller; directed by Gillian Robespierre.
Here, take a CRASHING moment –
From creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, HIGH MAINTENANCE continues its third season SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (10:30-11:00 p.m.), followed by new episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time, including the season finale on March 17. The show delves into the private lives of New Yorkers as they look to make lasting connections, unaware of their shared link through an affable and always-available weed dealer, The Guy (Sinclair). The show captures the smaller, intimate moments in life, continuing to tell funny, authentic and heartfelt stories of regular people just trying to get by – and get high. But you knew that. Here is a hit of what’s going on –
–Season 3, episode 7: “Dongle”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 03 (10:30-11:00 pm)
Oscar (Cedric Leiba Jr.), a recent arrival from Puerto Rico, starts a construction job and develops a crush on a bodega worker (Juan Torres-Falcon). Sophia (Thandi Inès) steps up when her family’s annual fireworks display hits a snag. The Guy (Ben Sinclair) and Lee (Britt Lower) attend a “Holidazzle” boat party, where they run into a familiar face. Written by Mitra Jouhari & Zack Schamberg & Mel Shimkovitz; directed by Silas Howard.
–Season 3, episode 8: “Proxy”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 10 (10:40-11:05pm)
Married couple Adriana (Rosie Perez) and Arturo (Guillermo Diaz) get a special delivery that changes their family dynamic. An aspiring dancer (Christine Elmo) questions her future as a nanny to two motherless kids. Written by Ben Sinclair & William Meny; directed by Chioke Nassor.
Season 3, episode 9: “Proxy” (season finale)
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 17 (10:30-11:00pm)
Leonard (Reed Birney), an acting teacher, contemplates moving back to New York. The Guy (Ben Sinclair) connects with old high-school friends Sarah (Cassie Beck) and Brian (John McKeever), who are visiting the city under difficult circumstances. Written and directed by Ben Sinclair.
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, MARCH 03 (11:00-11:30pm), followed by other editions subsequent Sundays at the same time, with a hiatus March 24, exclusively on HBO. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 17th season FRIDAY, MARCH 08 (10:00-11:00pm live ET/tape-delayed PT), followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. 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 TUESDAY, MARCH 05 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent weeknights Tuesday through Friday.
Recently on the shows, John Oliver was long-winded about Brexit in his season opener and dished about TV psychics. Bill Maher caused some flap with Chris Christie, John Legend & Congressman Adam Schiff and barked about the ‘national emergency.’ Over at Vice News hot topics have included a Texas school’s police force, the Denver teacher’s strike and troubles in Serbia and Peru. We leave you with this news clip –
Movies: Five Saturdays in March means five movies to catch if you missed them at the cinema. Or perhaps you liked them enough to rewatch them here. Your choices are SKYSCRAPER, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, THE FIRST PURGE, THE MEG and MAMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN. Here is a closer look at each.
When his family is trapped inside a burning building over 200 stories above ground and he is framed for setting the fire, a security expert must save them and clear his name in SKYSCRAPER, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 2 (8:00-9:45pm). Dwayne Johnson stars in the thriller. Three years after Jurrasic World theme park is destroyed, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar to save the last remaining dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption in JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. The fifth installment in the hit series debuts SATURDAY, MARCH 9 (8:00-10:10pm). THE FIRST PURGE, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-9:40pm), reveals the origins of the annual Purge, a one time each year when all crime is legal. This prequel to “The Purge” is produced by Michael Bay, Jason Blum, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller and Sebastien Lemercier. When a massive, 75-foot-long prehistoric shark thought to be extinct attacks a submarine, an oceanographer and rescue diver must save the crew in THE MEG, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 23 (8:00-10:00pm). Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis star in the action romp. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-9:55pm), follows up the smash “Mamma Mia!,” featuring more of the music of ABBA. This musical romantic comedy uses flashbacks to tell the story of Donna’s arrival on the island of Kalokairi and the journey she took to meet her daughter’s father. The film stars Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.
HBO Documentary Films: The documentary front is huge in March. Big name films are lined up. First, a new documentary series to join the shocking THE JINX and a documentary hit with controversy and even a lawsuit, plus an acclaimed documentarian returns with another big topic. Details are below.
The four-part documentary series THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED, debuting SUNDAY, MARCH 10 (9:00-10:00pm), explores the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. Academy Award-nominated director Amy Berg brings a fresh eye to the murder case first brought to global attention by the hugely popular “Serial” podcast, as she revisits the crime and follows developments from 2014 to today. Presenting new information that challenges the state’s case, and featuring exclusive access to key players, the series examines how Syed’s trial and subsequent conviction in 2000 raised as many questions as they answered.
LEAVING NEVERLAND spotlights the experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, who were, along with their families, befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck and Robson, now in their 30s, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film presents a picture of sustained abuse and explores the complicated feelings that led them to confront their experiences after both had young sons of their own. Directed by Dan Reed, this two-part, four-hour documentary debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 03 (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT), followed by the second part the following night, MONDAY, MARCH 04 (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT). HBO and OWN will present OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS: AFTER NEVERLAND, a conversation hosted by Oprah Winfrey featuring Wade Robson and James Safechuck, subjects of the two-part HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” alongside director Dan Reed. Taped before an audience of survivors of sexual abuse and others whose lives have been impacted by it, the special debuts simultaneously on HBO and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network MONDAY, MARCH 04 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT), immediately following the conclusion of part two of LEAVING NEVERLAND on HBO.
With a new invention that promised to revolutionize blood testing, Elizabeth Holmes became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, heralded as the next Steve Jobs. Then, in a few months, her $9-billion company, Theranos, became worthless. Directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, the powerful documentary THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY, debuting MONDAY, MARCH 18 (9:00-11:00pm), explores the rise and fall of Holmes and Theranos, telling a Silicon Valley tale that was too good to be true.
Stunned by reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that life expectancy in the United States is declining for the first time in over 100 years, Dr. Sanjay Gupta sets out to find what’s happening and why in ONE NATION UNDER STRESS, debuting MONDAY, MARCH 25 (9:00-10:15pm). While looking through the lens of health in society, Gupta discovers an epidemic of self-inflicted deaths of despair (caused by drug overdoses, chronic liver disease and suicide) that are driven by an increasingly stressed America. Directed by Marc Levin.
HBO Special: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson conclude their second series of four weekly 2 DOPE QUEENS specials FRIDAY, MARCH 01 (11:00pm-midnight). Taped at the historic Kings Theatre Brooklyn, the specials feature Williams and Robinson – along with their friends, favorite comedians and celebrity guests – talking about sex, romance, race, fashion, music, hair journeys, living in New York, and much more. Donning regal gowns, Phoebe and Jessica share their latest luxury indulgences and are joined onstage by Keegan Michael Key for a game of impressions.
HBO Kids: Sesame Workshop’s ESME & ROY continues its first season SATURDAY, MARCH 02 (9:30-9:55 a.m.), followed by other new episodes subsequent Saturdays at the same time. The show spotlights a young girl and her monster best friend, two pals who share one impressive skill: they’re great at taking care of monsters! Aimed at children between the ages of two and six, each episode features two segments, in which Esme and Roy discover that even monster-sized problems can be solved through play and mindfulness. SESAME STREET continues its 49th season SATURDAY, MARCH 2 (9:00-9:30 a.m.), with other episodes airing Saturdays at the same time.
HBO Sports: 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, MARCH 26 (10:00-11:00pm). The season premiere of the unscripted series THE SHOP, from HBO Sports and UNINTERRUPTED, starring LeBron James and Maverick Carter and featuring a diverse lineup, debuts FRIDAY, MARCH 01 (10:30-11:00pm) on HBO. Joining James andCarter will be Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, American rappers and activists Meek Mill and 2 Chainz, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis and stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
Other Movies and Shows: This month we focus on some HBO2 content. That second channel often mixes and matches some good content and even offers some binge opportunities. In March they replay some older documentaries like A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS, MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST, THE CHESHIRE MURDERS and QUESTIONING DARWIN. On March 10 the entire third season of TRUE DETECTIVE plays straight through and on March 21 the first 12 episodes of DEADWOOD replay. Also, find movies like SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY and ROLL BOUNCE. Over on the main channel, HBO FIRST LOOKS: THE AFTERMATH debuts on 03.05.
Other HBO Platforms: You know the way we do it. We merely suggest and you take it from there. HBO Latino: PSI Season 4 gets its debut on 03.24. That is the series about Carlo Antonini (pictured), a psychiatrist, psychologist and psychoanalyst interested in unusual cases. A few short films debut as well. DESDE EL PRINCIPIO (From The Beginning) is 11 minutes and EL ULTIMO ROMANTICO (The Last Romantic) is 14 minutes of your time. HAVANA STREET PARTY PRESENTS ORISHAS is a concert as three-time Grammy-nominated Orishas mix hip-hop and traditional Caribbean sounds to perfection. In EL ULTIMO TRAJE (The Last Suit) an 88-year old Jewish tailor journeys from Buenos Aires to Poland to search for the man who helped save him during the Holocaust. HBO Family: When was the last time you watched HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS with Rick Moranis or FAR FROM HOME: THE ADVENTURES OF YELLOW DOG, HOLES, FREAKY FRIDAY (Lohan’s version) or the lovable PADDINGTON 2? Plop down a child and enjoy, why don’t you? Or just tolerate for the sake of your child if you must. HBO Signature: Heard of any of these titles? AGAINST THE ROPES offers Meg Ryan as the first female fight promoter; Ashley Judd stars as a San Francisco homicide cop whose lovers begin turning up as the victims of a serial killer in TWISTED; in RECLAIM, a couple unable to conceive finds them tangled with a child trafficking ring. WHERE THE HEART IS has Natalie Portman living at Walmart. HBO Comedy: Just a trio of tiles featuring Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz and Danny DeVito, respectively. They are HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and JACK THE BEAR. You can also find stand-up from Jerrod Carmichael, Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Silverman. HBO Zone: I’m not recognizing these ones but thousands of titles pass my eyes so who knows. THE FAMILY FANG gives us Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman as siblings with an eccentric upbringing, BEYOND THE REACH is a suspense film set deep in the Mojave Desert and PAPER HEART presents performance artist Charlyne Yi in a whimsical quasi-documentary.
HBONow/Go: As always, every month a cycle of theatrical movies rotates on and off the sites. Some movies, some of which you might not have seen in a while, coming on are ANGELA’S ASHES from 1999, DRUGSTORE COWBOY starring Matt Dillion, Matt Damon in THE GREEN ZONE, George C. Scott and Timothy Hutton’s TAPS from 1981 and WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S. March will be the last chance to catch movies like TAKEN, Wes Anderson’s THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, Gary Oldman in DARKEST HOUR, FARGO, JUSTICE LEAGUE and THE SHAPE OF WATER. Snooping around for different content that you might not find for yourself in the International section how about the comedy SENT from HBO Asia? It is a comedy set & filmed in Singapore about an office worker who accidentally sent e-mails no one was supposed to see and the comedic consequences thereof. If you are really stumped on what to watch there are also Staff Picks listed each month. The latest batch of choices ranges from old to new like THE OUTSIDERS (1983) to ISLE OF DOGS (2018).
Cinemax: The sister channel is still viable and offering content of note with more on the way. There have not been any real discussions had about the future of this service under the new ownership of AT&T. Will CINEMAX’s movie library grow even larger? Will it also get an increase of money for more original content also? Time will tell but for now, we just focus on March 2019.
STRIKE BACK continues its sixth season with more adrenalized action and heart-pounding suspense than ever before FRIDAY, MARCH 01 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT), with other new episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time, leading up to the season finale on March 29. To recap where we’re at – when a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 – Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata), Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown) and Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) – are reunited and sent on a mission to investigate.
Below are the Friday night movie premieres that are new to the channel.
After a woman’s scarf is found wrapped around a snowman, a detective investigates her disappearance in THE SNOWMAN, debuting FRIDAY, MARCH 01 (7:55-10:00pm). The thriller stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Squatting in a condemned Manhattan building, a wealthy young woman and her boyfriend encounter a viral outbreak and bloodthirsty residents in CONDEMNED, debuting FRIDAY, MARCH 08 (8:00-10:00pm). Dylan Penn, Ronen Rubinstein and Genevieve Hudson-Price star in the horror yarn. A teenager finds a high-tech weapon and uses his newfound strength to help his brother, who owes money to a local crime boss, but the siblings soon find themselves fighting for their lives in KIN, debuting FRIDAY, MARCH 29 (8:15-10:00pm). The sci-fi thriller stars Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, James Franco and Myles Truitt.
Next Month’s Tease: HBO tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African American living in Chicago. Do you know the title?
Last month we wondered if Detective Moss was (spoiler!) wacked by our number one hitman BARRY. Well, she had to be right, she figured it out, right?
Final Clip: I’ll let you relive a Jurassic moment.
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Is anyone else as worried as I am that the HBO we have known and loved for decades is very much in jeopardy? With a phone company now owning it and seemingly wanting to merge it with Turner and jacking up the output while at the same time top executives are leaving, I’m genuinely concerned that the phone company is going to ruin the culture that has given us such greatness. Getting rid of boxing was understandable, getting rid of the “late night” adult stuff was alarming but I can see it. Now with Plepler gone, Sheila Nevins gone and many more sure to exit, I’m very worried it will be the same brand but we’re watching the last of the Tiffany of entertainment. Stankey does not inspire my confidence at all. He sounds like a conqueror when he talks about HBO.
Yes, we are indeed concerned. Change is harder to accept when you feel that what is ahead is not for the best, or not as you’d have hoped for. It is also doesn’t help that even though the old way needed aggressively tended to it was in no means broken or bad.
Having said that, however, we are going to give the new regime the benefit of the doubt and see what the changes truly bring before we change our tone or interest. The odds are not in their favor, but we will take the gamble as far as we dare.