What’s On: HBO Schedule For November 2014

HBO-Logo-SpaceNovember is always a big, big, month for HBO. Have you ever wondered just why that is? When you look below at all the entertainment coming our way you will see that HBO is not holding back. There are five weekends in the month so we got five diverse movies debuting, a concert, a comedy special, a miniseries and more. There is also an acclaimed drama and a comedy block that will make you howl. Plus, we get hit hard with sports galore. It is a great month to enjoy what HBO has to offer. So let us check What’s On: HBO Schedule For November 2014.  

Originals: It may have ended up a short-lived series, but it has been appreciated by many a commenter on this site. It is THE NEWSROOM and it returns for a brief, but hopefully powerful final season starting on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 9:00pm ET. The show, of course, focuses on the on and off-camera lives of its acerbic anchor Will McAvoy (Emmy winner Jeff Daniels), executive producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and their newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel), news-division boss (Sam Waterston) and parent-company CEO and president (Jane Fonda and Chris Messina).


The denizens of the ACN cable channel wend through their exploits under the pen of Aaron Sorkin. In the final six episodes we find Will and Mac and the staff of “News Night” facing two explosive situations: the possibility of a hostile takeover of the network looming on the horizon, and leaked classified government documents that unleash a legal fire storm that threatens to topple more than one professional career. Going beyond the headlines, the show also turns its attention inward, as internal problems rock the network to its very foundation. November’s episodes are –  

TheNewsroom_Will— Episode #20: “Boston”: In the wake of the Genoa debacle, Will, Mac and the “News Night” team decide to err on the side of caution in reporting a major breaking story – a strategy that may enhance credibility, if not ratings. Neal faces a slippery slope when he’s contacted by an anonymous source in possession of stolen government documents revealing how false press stories planted in newspapers spawned fatal riots in Kundu. Sloan looks to solve a takeover puzzle; Maggie is forced to pinch-hit for Elliot in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. (Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Anthony Hemingway.) HBO air dates are on 11.09, 11.11, 11.12, 11.13, 11.14 and 11.15.

— Episode #21: “Run”: With Rebecca again tasked with defending the network in a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the fallout over the leak. Charlie and Leona enter the fray of a hostile-takeover gambit involving Reese’s half-siblings, Blair and Randy Lansing. Sloan fears Don may be guilty of cashing in on insider information; Maggie ponders the ethics of eavesdropping; Hallie pays a price for a late-night tweet. (Written by Aaron Sorkin; directed by Greg Mottola.)  Air dates are 11.16, 11.18, 11.19, 11.20, 11.21 and 11.22.

— Episode #22: “Main Justice”: Leona and Reece look to raise cash in order to salvage the network and thwart Blair and Randy. Will gets a surprise at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, while Charlie trades visions with Lucas Pruit. Maggie’s EPA scoop makes it to “News Night”. Sloan and Don try to keep their relationship a secret from the new HR veep. (Teleplay by Aaron Sorkin; story by Jon Lovett & Aaron Sorkin; directed by Alan Poul.): Airs 11.23, 11.25, 11.26, 11.27, 11.28 and 11.29.TheNewsroom_Neal-300x168

— Episode #23: “Contempt”: Facing a court subpoena and possible incarceration for contempt, Will stands firm in his refusal to reveal the source of the stolen documents. As Charlie’s distain for Lucas reaches a fever pitch, Sloan and Mac scramble to find a more acceptable, 11th-hour buyer for the network. Jim’s relationship with Hallie is put to the test by her new job at Carnivore, a start-up website. (Teleplay by Aaron Sorkin; story by Deborah Schoeneman & Aaron Sorkin; directed by Anthony Hemingway.) It airs 11.30 and into December.

After you mull over all that seriousness a lineup of comedy is just the trick. Debuting on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 09 at 10:00pm is the surprising second season of THE COMEBACK. Lisa Kudrow stars as the embattled Valerie Cherish, a fading TV “It Girl” who was once so desperate to stay in the spotlight that she allowed cameras to follow her every move as she appeared on a new sitcom – with disastrous results. All of that is chronicled in Season One that you can catch right now on HBO Comedy and HBOGo. Now, it’s ten years later, and Valerie thinks she has it all figured out this time. Well, guess what? She doesn’t. (Created by Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow; executive producers, Michael Patrick King, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky; co-executive producers, Amy Harris, John Riggi; producer, Jim Kleverweis.) Its eight-episode run starts with the following installments:TheComeback_2Poster

— Episode #14: “Valerie Makes a Pilot”: While shooting footage for a reality TV pilot she hopes will get picked up by Bravo, Valerie Cherish learns that her nemesis Paulie G. is creating a series for HBO about a sitcom writer and his relationship with a neurotic older actress – a redhead named Mallory Church. After dropping in on Andy Cohen’s lunch at the Chateau Marmont, an incensed Valerie crashes the HBO offices to get them to cease and desist. (Written by Michael Patrick King & Lisa Kudrow; directed by Michael Patrick King.) Air dates are 11.09, 11.10, 11.11 and 11.12.

— Episode #15: “Tries to Get Yesterday Back”: Preferring she use a professional crew for behind-the-scenes footage of “Seeing Red,” HBO asks Valerie to bring back Jane, the producer who followed her on “Room and Bored.” Meanwhile, Val’s publicist Billy gets her an appointment with celebrity stylist Brad Goreski for the Golden Globes. (Written by Michael Patrick King & Lisa Kudrow; directed by Michael Patrick King. It airs 1.16, 11.17, 11.18 and 11.19.

– Episode #16: “Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees”: The first day on set for “Seeing Red,” Valerie is excited to meet her A-list co-star, who will be playing “Mitch” the fictionalized Paulie G. Later, Valerie does her best to put on a brave face while filming a fantasy sequence in the show. (Written by Amy B. Harris; directed by John Riggi.) It plays 11.23, 11.24, 11.25, 11.26 and 11.28.

— Episode #17: “Valerie Saves the Show”: Valerie makes an impulsive decision when she learns that some of her Seeing Red scenes may be cut. Later, Valerie brushes up on her improv skills at The Groundlings Theatre. (Written by John Riggi; directed by John Riggi.) Air dates are 11.30 and into December.

Next stop is the hospital ward as is depicted in GETTING ON. The second season of this crack fire sitcom runs for six episodes beginning on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 09 at 10:30pm. GETTING ON: From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of the acclaimed HBO series BIG LOVE), the critically-acclaimed show follows the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring GettingOn_S02for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system, skewering the petty bureaucracies of modern medical practice in America. Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez star. (Executive producers, Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine; co-executive producers, Lisa Bellomo and Courtney Conte; producer, Chrisann Verges.) Here is a breakdown of the first four episodes.

— Episode #07: “No Such Thing as Idealized Genitalia: Dr. Jenna James’ plethora of research projects threatens to take over the ward. A frustrated DiDi asks for a raise; Patsy’s “Lean & Green” initiative causes problems; Dawn gets a surprising answer to what’s been ailing her. Later, Jenna gets some unwelcome news that leads her to make an unholy alliance. (Teleplay by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Miguel Arteta.) Air dates are 11.09, 11.10, 11.11 and 11.12.

— Episode #08: “Is Soap a Hazardous Substance?”: DiDi takes on greater responsibilities when a hospice program is introduced into the ward. Dawn looks ahead to her future and tries to share her news with Patsy, but inadvertently puts his new initiative in question. Patsy finds himself playing patient when he has a medical emergency. An alcoholic patient named Dottie looks for ways around doctor’s orders. (Teleplay by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Miguel Arteta. Dates are 11.16, 11.17, 11.18 and 11.19.

— Episode #09: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes.”: A server crash forces the staff to go “old school” – with disastrous results. DiDi steps on Dr. Stickley’s toes when making a decision about Arlene’s mother-in-law, while Dr. James has issues getting through to a deaf patient. Dawn buys a cello, and learns her life-changing news may not be what it seems. (Teleplay by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Becky Martin Air dates: 11.23, 11.24, 11.25, 11.26 and 11.28.

— Episode #10: “The 7th Annual Christmas Card Competition”: The staff finds itself in an awkward situation when one of Jenna’s “adult” study photos mistakenly makes its way into the Christmas card competition. DiDi is tempted by Parker Owens, a visiting doctor. Denya, a patient with terminal cancer, proposes a “final solution” to a startled Jenna. Patsy and Dawn’s relationship comes to a head. (Teleplay by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Becky Marti. It airs on 11.30 and into December.

While we are on a roll on Sunday nights let’s polish it off with a dose of LATE NIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER.: This weekly series concludes its premiere season in November with two installments Edition # 23 airs 11.02, 11.03, 11.05 and 11.06. Edition # 24 runs 11.09, 11.10, 1.12, and 11.13.

Switching days of the week now we jump to Fridays with two shows. Oliver’s colleague has his usual spot at 10:00pm with REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. His season wraps up on 11.21. His installments run – Edition #335: 11.07, 11.0 9, 11.10, 11.11 and 11.12; Edition #336: 11.14, 11.16, 11.17, 11.18 and 11.19; Edition #337: 11.21, 11.23, 11.24, 11.25 and 11.26 Encores of Edition #334 are 11.02, 11.03, 11.04 and 11.05.Foo_set-300x168

Continuing with a new episode FRIDAY, NOV. 07 at 11:00pm, followed by other episodes throughout the month  is FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS. This eight-part series follows Dave Grohl and his band Foo Fighters as they make their eighth album. Directed by Grohl, each one-hour episode chronicles the recording of a song in a different city – Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.– tapping into the musical heritage, cultural fabric and storied recording studios of each location. With local music legends sitting in, Grohl wrote the lyrics of each song on the last day of each session to reflect the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process. (Directed by Dave Grohl; written by Mark Monroe; executive produced by Dave Grohl, James A. Rota and John Ramsay.) Playdates: #04: 11.07, 11.08, 11.09, 11.10, 11.11 and 11.13; #05: 11.14, 11.15, 11.16, 11.17, 11.18 and 11.20; #06: 1.21, 11.22, 11.23, 11.24, 11.25 and 11.27; #07: 11.28, 11.29 and 11.30.



Theatrical Movies: There are five Saturdays which means five big screen movies debuting on HBO in November. Each one will run multiple times to make it convenient to your busy schedule. We know you might be raking leaves, hunting game, hitting the grocery store for that perfect turkey or gift shopping, but HBO will be there when you are ready to relax with films like WINTER TALE, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, THE LEGO MOVIE, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT and ESCAPE PLAN. Here is a quick look at each.Hercules-238x300

WINTER’S TALE is a fantasy romance, but far more complex than say, The Princess Bride. A thief (Colin Farrell) falls in love with an heiress (Jessica Findlay Brown) in this supernatural romance, which also stars Russell Crowe. The only catch is the lady is dying, but are there mystical powers at play that could save her? If that is not enough the struggle of good vs. evil also weighs heavy on all involved. Rated PG-13. Air dates are 11.01, 11.02, 11.05, 11.09, 11.13, 11.15, 11.17, 11.22 and 11.26. THE LEGEND OF HERCULES: After falling for a forbidden love, the mythological hero (Kellan Lutz, pictured) is betrayed by his stepfather (Scott Adkins), sold into slavery and forced to fight his way to freedom. Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathan Schaech and Roxanne McKee also star with Gaia Weiss and Rade Serbedzija. So, if you don’t know the origin story of the Greek demi-god then now is your chance. PG-13 Air dates – 11.08, 11.09, 11.11, 11.16, 11.18, 11.21, 1.22, 11.26 and 11.29. THE LEGO MOVIE: An average joe (voice of Chris Pratt) is recruited to save the Lego Universe from being forced into permanent immobility by an evil tyrant (voice of Will Ferrell). Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie and Charlie Day also lend their voices to the hit animated film, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. This is one of the funniest movies of the year and a great one to settle the family around! It is rated PG. It airs on HBO on 11.15, 11.16, 11.18, 11.21, 11.23, 11.27 and 11.29. Check out this trailer – it may look childish, but it is for everyone.

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT: Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star as friends who navigate the New York dating scene in this buddy comedy; or to put it a bit better it is about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”  Yes, it is about that awkward moment. The MPAA rates it an R. Play dates are 11.22, 11.23 and 11.26 and into December. ESCAPE PLAN: A structural engineer (Sylvester Stallone) who designs secure prisons is set up and incarcerated himself, forcing him to break free with help from the inside. Arnold Schwarzenegger also stars in the action yarn. These oldeMovie_EscapePlan-300x187r actors are holding on, aren’t they?  It might be fun to see these two together regardless of whether the movie is good or not. The movie is rated R. Air dates are set for 1.29 and 11.30 on HBO’s main channel. Like all the movies above it will play on other channels and on HBOGo as well. HBOWatch will review them as they approach.  

HBO Films: Academy Award winner Frances McDormand and Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins star in the four-part drama HBO Miniseries: OLIVE KITTERIDGE, a film by Academy Award-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko and based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The miniseries tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The miniseries’ first two parts debut SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 02 at 9:00pm. It is followed by the debut of the final two parts on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 03 at 9:00pm. Golden Globe winner Bill Murray, John Gallagher, Jr., Emmy nominee Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt and and Zoe Kazan also star.  The teleplay is by Jane Anderson; with executive producers, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Frances McDormand, Jane Anderson; co-executive producer, Steven Shareshian and producer David Coatsworth. Here is a peek at the plot and the title character:


What follows is a breakdown of each installment:

— Part 1: “Pharmacy”: After Henry Kitteridge’s assistant collapses outside the pharmacy he owns in Crosby, a small town in Maine, he brings on the young, wide-eyed Denise, who proves to be a breath of fresh air. Henry’s wife Olive, a math teacher, and fellow teacher Jim O’Casey give Kevin Coulson, a shy, intelligent student whose mother Rachel is suffering from depression, a ride home from school – a decision that does not sit well with Olive’s son Christopher. After convincing his wife to cook dinner for Denise and her husband, Henry goes on a hunting trip, which ends tragically. A few weeks later, Olive experiences a tragedy of her own. HBO dates are 11.02, 11.06, 11.08, 11.12, 11.20 and 11.27.Kittridge_couple-300x199

— Part 2: “Incoming Tide”: Now in his 20s, Kevin returns to Maine on a dark mission and is corralled by Olive while sitting in his car. Sensing that Kevin is not doing well emotionally, Olive invites him to stay over, pressuring him to attend Christopher’s rehearsal dinner that night. Kevin obliges, though his reunion with Christopher proves awkward. At the wedding, Olive, who is none too thrilled with Christopher’s bride, has a disagreement with the bride’s mother, Joyce, and, after alarming the flower girl, retreats alone to the bride and groom’s upstairs bedroom.  HBO air dates: 11.02, 11.06, 11.08, 11.12, 11.20 and 11.28.

— Part 3: “A Different Road”: After dinner with friends Bonnie and Harmon, Olive and Henry make a pit stop that takes a chilling turn. In the aftermath, Christopher is rebuffed by Olive when he suggests she and Henry should get counseling. Eight months later, Henry’s health takes a turn, and Christopher confronts his mother about constantly rebuking him as a child. Later, Olive recalls her surreal experience when paying a visit to Louise Larkin. It airs on 11.03, 11.06, 11.09, 11.13, 11.21 and 11.29.

— Part 4: “Security”: Olive goes to New York to visit Christopher, now living with his pregnant second wife, Ann, and her two young children. Put off by Ann’s touchy-feely demeanor and an incident with her son Theodore, Olive abruptly announces she wants to return to Maine – setting off another fight with Christopher. On returning home, Olive receives bad news about Henry. Six months later, Olive comes upon Jack Kennison while out for a walk, and the pair develop an unlikely bond. HBO air dates are 11.03, 11.06, 11.09, 11.13, 11.21 and 1.30.


Do you remember the tall bloke above? It is that doofus from across the pond Stuart Pritchard and he is back on HBO (briefly). Executive produced and written by Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the comedy series HELLO LADIES: THE MOVIE concludes with an all-new special, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 starting at 10:00pm, ET. The film revisits gawky web designer Stuart (Merchant) and his roommate Jessica (Christine Woods), who is still dating her smarmy agent and questioning whether to continue to pursue acting. When Stuart learns that his British ex-girlfriend Trudy is planning to visit LA with her husband Mike (who stole Trudy away from Stuart a few years earlier, prompting his move to the States), Stuart sets out to impress them with his glamorous lifestyle, enlisting a Russian model he’s just met to play the role of his beautiful girlfriend. When the model cancels at the last minute, Stuart convinces Jessica to agree to be his “girlfriend” for the night – a ruse that leads to hilarious encounters and an unexpected denouement.(Directed by Stephen Merchant; written by Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg; executive producers, Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg; producer, Dan Kaplow.) It runs on HBO on 11.22, 11.24, 11.26, 11.30 and into December. Here is an Invitation to the Set piece.


Specials:  HBO and Starbucks Coffee Company present THE CONCERT FOR VALOR, a first-of-its-kind concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to be presented live on HBO this Veterans Day, TUESDAY, NOV. 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. The concert will feature a broad array of talent from the worlds of music and entertainment, including Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as special appearances by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, among many others. THE CONCERT FOR VALOR, you got to know its well deserved. (Executive producers, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and Joel Gallen; directed by Joel Gallen.) On HBO alone it replays on 11.14, 11.16, 11.22 and 11.27. Here is a bit of a buzz about it.


Documentary: Journalist/filmmaker Sebastian Junger explores the shared struggles that soldiers and war correspondents are confronted with, mentally and emotionally, upon returning home when THE LAST PATROL debuts MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at 9:00pm. Attempting to “get to know America again,” while reflecting on the lasting effects of war, Junger gathers a group of veterans – two longtime soldiers and a war photographer – for the first leg of a 300-mile trek from Washington, D.C. up the East Coast. Utilizing verité footage, interviews and personal photos, the documentary takes viewers on an unforgettable journey through the complexities of war – and the struggles faced when you have to leave it all bDoc_BanksyWork-300x195ehind. (Directed by Sebastian Junger; produced by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested; edited by Michael Levine; cinematography, Rudy Valdez. For HBO: supervising producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.) Air dates: 11.10, 11.13, 11.16, 11.18 and 11.22. Debuting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 9:00pm ET is BANKSEY DOES NEW YORK. It is an exhilarating survey and detailed documentation of self-proclaimed artist in residence Banksy’s city-wide month-long art exhibit, which took over the streets of New York in Oct. 2013, creating a wild and woolly experience for New Yorkers. Every day, over the course of a month, Banksy and his team took to the streets, secretly creating a variety of public works ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. HBO air dates are 11.17, 1.18, 11.20, 11.23 and 11.25. The other Monday night documentaries in November are Encore Presentations of LOVE, MARILYN and WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY.


Sports: HBO is hitting hard with a block of sports programming in November complete with documentaries and even a new face. The new one in the lineup is THE OFFSEASON: KEVIN DURANT. It debuts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 04 at 10:00pm ET. HBO Sports teams up with producer Jamie Patricof and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant for this revealing reality special. The unscripted special is a first-person account of the life of the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar forward, from the moment his NBA basketball season ended on May 31, until he reported to training camp for the upcoming season in late September. (Created by Kevin Durant, Jamie Patricof and Rich Kleiman; executive produced by Kevin Durant, Jamie Patricof, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Rich Kleiman, Juan Perez; directed by Emmett and Brendan Malloy) Show dates: 11.04, 11.05, 11.07, 11.08, 11.10, 11.16 and 11.24.  Here is a tease about what Durant has to say. 

24/7 PACQUIAO/ALGIERI: HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy Awards, presents its 20th boxing installment. The critically-acclaimed show follows welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao and undefeated junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri as they prepare for their welterweight title showdown in Macau, China. The bout will be carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View on NOVEMBER 22 from the Venetian Macao Cotai Arena, but this special look debuts SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 08 at 1:00am ET. HBO show dates are Episode # 1: 11.08, 11.10 and 11.21; Episode # 2: 1.09, 11.13, 11.18, 11.19, 11.21 and 11.22.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: BERNARD HOPKINS VS SERGEY KOVALEV AND SADAM ALI VS. LUIS CARLOS ABREGU plays out on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 08 at 10:45pm ET. The season’s most anticipated boxing event features the oldest champion in history, as 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), faces undefeated, hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) in a light heavyweight title unification bout scheduled for 12 rounds. The opening fight showcases two up-and-coming fighters, Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) and Argentina’s Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs), in a scheduled ten-round welterweight contest. The HBO Sports team will be ringside at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. It airs 11.08, 11.09 and 11.10.



BOXING AFTER DARK: TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. RAY BELTRAN Undefeated rising star Terence Crawford (24-0, 26 KOs) defends his lightweight championship against veteran Ray Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-rounds battle at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. An opening bout will be announced when confirmed. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event. It debuts on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29 at 10:00pm. Other dates are 11.30 and into December.

StateOfPlay_title-300x177STATE OF PLAY: HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey team up again to present two new episodes of the innovative documentary film series. The format includes a cinéma vérité documentary, followed by an in-depth, roundtable discussion of the issues with the filmmakers, subjects and guest experts. Emmy nominee Berg will serve as moderator of the panel discussion. Episode #1 HAPPINESS – The first new edition begins with a 40-minute documentary that explores the burgeoning science of happiness. It debuts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at 10:00pm. Other dates are 11.19, 11.20, 11.21, 11.22, 11.23 & 11.24. Episode #2 BROKEN – The second edition tells the story of college football player Eric LeGrand of Avenel, NJ and mountain biker Steve Shope of Newfields, NH, who both competed at a high level,but suddenly became paralyzed on the field. It debuts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 at 10:00pm. Air dates are 11.25, 11.26, 11.27, 11.28, 11.29 and 11.30.

 THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY: Hosted by four-time Sports Emmy Award winner Jim Lampley, 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. Show #12: 11.18, 11.19, 11.21, 11.24, 11.27, 11.29 and 11.30. 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. Play dates: Edition #212: 11.25, 11.26 and 11.29.


Other Movies and Shows: I’m going to keep this section short because isn’t there enough content to watch already? How about ROBOTS (pictured), BYE, BYE LOVE, DUNSTON CHECKS IN, FAR FROM HEAVEN and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES? Plus, if you got family burned out on football after eating turkey on Thanksgiving then primetime programming on HBO might interest them. For Thursday, November 27 HBO offers THE LEGO MOVIE, HBO2 has WE’RE THE MILLERS, Signature has a run of episodes from THE COMEBACK and GETTING ON, Family has back to back the live-action SCOOBY DOO movies and Comedy has THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN.

HBO’s Other Platforms: Here are some quick choices from the other channels. HBO Latino: POR LAS PLUMAS (ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS) gives us the story of a lonely Costa Rican man who buys a rooster to get into the cockfighting ring. ALACRAN ENAMORADO (SCORPION IN LOVE) in about an angry young man who joins a neo-Nazi group and ends up less angry when he falls in love. EL NEGOCIO
(pictured) is a new series about an escort girl with a strong business plan. HBO Family: The animated ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and the live-action MAN OF STEEL showcase the superhero. A bit more serious than that is THE BOOK THIEF. HBO Signature: Have you heard of or seen HEAD OVER HEELS with Monica Potter and Freddie Prinze Jr. or THE GURU with Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Another one would be THE SUBURBANS with Jennifer Love Hewitt.  HBO Comedy: Movies this channel considers funny are THE WATERBOY, FUNNY FARM and PHAT GIRLZ with Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase and Mo’Nique respectively. HBOGO: If you haven’t been seeking it on HBO you could binge watch all the episodes of FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY as they roll out on the site. In November on the movie front you can catch Eastwood’s PINK CADILLAC, 1976’s CAR WASH, Al Pacino in CRUISING, Tom Hanks in BIG and John Carpenter’s THE THING. Well, come on, I’m trying to show the diversity of content HBOGo offers. Cinemax: The movies debuting are WALK OF SHAME (never heard of it), the 300 sequel RISE OF AN EMPIRE and the remake of ENDLESS LOVE.

Next Month’s Tease: We’re off to Budapest and heading straight into 2015!  

Final Clip:  Here are a few teases &  mashups!!



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