There is something for everyone across HBO in November. We try to hit the highlights here. Pay close attention because some of this content we a dropping for the first time; that will make for some surprises, I hope. So, just because your favorite show is not on this time of year doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be thankful for what cinematic entertainment HBO does give us. Enjoy this post & enjoy November on HBO.
Original Series: As always we lead off with the original series because we always starve for new content or crave our returning favorites. From acclaimed Italian director Saverio Costanzo, MY BRILLIANT FRIENDdebuts SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), with other new episodes airing subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same time. Based on the first book in the “Neapolitan Novels” quadrilogy by Italian author Elena Ferrante, the eight-episode season tells the story of Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who discovers that the most important friend in her life, Raffaella “Lila” Cerullo, seems to have disappeared without a trace. An author immersed in a house full of books, Elena starts writing the story of her and Lila’s tempestuous friendship, starting from the point when they met during their first year of primary school in 1950. The beginning of an epic tale that spans over 60 years, MY BRILLIANT FRIEND finds Elena trying to describe the mystery of Lila, her “brilliant friend” who is, in a way, her worst enemy.
–Episode #1: “The Dolls” Debut: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT)
The disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerrullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco (Elisabetta De Palo) to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s Naples, when Elena (Elisa Del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti) are two very different girls at the top of their class. When the girls discover the underground lair of Don Achille (Antonio Pennarella), a criminal figure who controls the neighborhood, they decide to confront him, facing their fears together and laying the cornerstone of a lasting friendship and rivalry. Written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo; directed by Saverio Costanzo.
–Episode #2: “The Money” Debut: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:00-10:00pm.)
As fourth grade draws to an end, Elena (Elisa Del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti) fight with their families for the chance to continue their education. Later, a trip out of town becomes a day Elena will never forget, and a death changes things in the neighborhood forever. Written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo; directed by Saverio Costanzo.
–Episode #3: “The Metamorphosis” Debut: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (9:00-10:00pm)
Now a teenager, Elena (Margherita Mazzucco) grapples with the onset of puberty, her studies and her friendship with Lila (Gaia Girace), who now works in her family’s shoe-repair store. After a library awards ceremony reveals what Lila has been keeping secret, Elena learns what her friend’s grand plans might be. As the girls’ encounters with the opposite sex become more frequent, Lila takes a stand against the dangerous Solara brothers (Elvis Esposito, Alessio Gallo). Written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo; directed by Saverio Costanzo.
–Episode #4: “Dissolving Margins” Debut: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (9:00-10:00pm)
Entering high school, Elena (Margherita Mazzucco) vows to stay ahead of Lila (Gaia Girace), academically and romantically. Lila eschews a parade of suitors vying for her affection, choosing instead to focus on her ambitions in the shoe shop. Promising a better future for the neighborhood, Stefano Carracci (Giovanni Amura) invites Elena, Lila and their families over for New Year’s Eve. Things escalate quickly during a fireworks faceoff with the Solaras (Elvis Esposito, Alessio Gallo), leading Lila to see a new side of her brother Rino (Gennaro De Stefano). Written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo; directed by Saverio Costanzo.
This limited series will give an international feel not seen by HBO unless you are like me and watch HBO’s foreign content. It is sure to be a unique and interesting experience.
Out of the blue comes a series not on our radar so here is our first look at a series called SALLY4EVER. This comedy series will begin its seven-episode season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (10:30-11:00pm ET/PT). In this one, Sally (Catherine Shepherd) is about to marry David (Alex Macqueen), her nebbish boyfriend of ten years, when she encounters the charismatic Emma (Julia Davis). The two fall into a romantic relationship, but what starts out as an exciting and sexy fling takes an unexpected turn when Emma reveals herself to be a nightmare.
The story of a love affair that quickly spirals out of control, SALLY4EVER’s fearless exploration of love, sex and obsession could only come from the outrageous mind of the very British Julia Davis.
–Episode #1 Debut: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (10:30-11:00pm)
Sally (Catherine Shepherd), a mid-level marketing executive, is bored witless after a ten-year relationship with her fawning, milquetoast partner David (Alex Macqueen), who is desperate to get married. Although she reluctantly agrees to the union after a tearful plea, a chance encounter with Emma (Julia Davis), a Bohemian singer and actress, propels Sally into unchartered sexual and emotional terrain that spells the end of her engagement, and the beginning of what could be an even more challenging affair. Written and directed by Julia Davis.
–Episode #2 Debut: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (10:30-11:00pm)
It’s Sally’s (Catherine Shepherd) birthday. After a subdued celebration with co-workers Nigel (Julian Barratt), Eleanor (Felicity Montagu) and Mick (Steve Oram), Sally heads home for a surprise dinner with her stodgy parents (David Cann, Georgie Glen), who are shocked when Emma (Julia Davis) shares details of her lesbian relationship with their daughter. Following a distressing phone call, David (Alex Macqueen), Sally and Emma take the long trip to his parents’ house, where Emma begs Sally to join her in the guest room. Written and directed by Julia Davis.
–Episode #3 Debut: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (10:30-11:00pm)
As cracks in her relationship with the cloying Emma (Julia Davis) emerge, Sally (Catherine Shepherd) agrees to visit a therapist, Belinda (Vicki Pepperdine), where she’s forced to share uncomfortable realities about the couple’s private life. After a chance encounter with Sally’s longtime friend Kate (Robin Weaver) and her husband, Dan (Seb Cardinal), Sally and Emma are invited to dinner, where Emma presses Dan, a well-known director, for a role in one of his films. Meanwhile, Nigel (Julian Barratt) finds it increasingly difficult to fend off the advances of an overbearing Eleanor (Felicity Montagu). Written and directed by Julia Davis.
Next, we are going CAMPING. The premiere season is still underway in November. From executive producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner this show continues SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 03 (10:00-10:30pm). The comedy series tells the story of a “back to nature” camping weekend thrown by the hyper-organized and aggressively controlling Kathryn in honor of the 45th birthday of her mild-mannered husband, Walt. What should be a relaxing celebration in the wilderness quickly becomes a test of friendships and marriages. The show stars Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Ione Skye, Janicza Bravo and Juliette Lewis. HBOWatch has been following this show all along. Only one episode listed here –
–Episode #4: “Up All Night”
Debut: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (10:00-10:30pm)
A late-night pill swap leads a buzzed Kathryn (Jennifer Garner) to crash a neighboring campsite, where she runs into Nina-Joy (Janicza Bravo), Carleen (Ione Skye) and some chic old friends. Unsettled by a revelation from Miguel (Arturo Del Puerto), Jandice (Juliette Lewis) ends up sharing a beer with a forbidden friend. Written by Paula Pell; directed by Wendy Stanzler.
Now to returning and continuing favorites. Another unique experience, in a totally different way from the other programming, because in each episode you’re just not sure what you are going to get is ROOM 104. Created by Jay and Mark Duplass, this anthology series returns for its second season FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (11:30pm – 12:30am) followed by two more new episodes subsequent Fridays at the same time. If you need to be reminded the show is set in a single room of a typical American chain motel and tells a different story of the assorted characters who pass through it in each episode, ranging from comedy to drama to horror.
–Episode #13: “FOMO” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (11:30pm-midnight ET/PT)
Grace (Charlyne Yi) and her friends (Tom Lenk and Pia Shah) take a weekend trip to celebrate Grace’s 30th birthday, only to be surprised by the arrival of her uninvited sister (Jennifer Lafleur). Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Ross Partridge
–Episode #14: “Mr. Mulvahill” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (midnight-12:30am)
Jim (Rainn Wilson) reunites with Mr. Mulvahill (Frank Birney), his third-grade teacher, and challenges him to admit to an incident from the past that left Jim forever changed. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Ross Partridge
–Episode #15: “Swipe Right” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (11:30pm-midnight)
A powerful Russian political technologist (Michael Shannon) arranges an internet first date with a veterinary nurse (Judy Greer), who tries to figure out the truth behind his shifting identity. Written and directed by Liza Johnson
–Episode #16: “Hungry” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (midnight-12:30am)
Two strangers (Mark Proksch and Kent Osborne) meet to fulfill an unusual mutual fantasy. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice
–Episode #17: “The Woman in the Wall” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (11:30pm-midnight)
Plagued by a host of ailments, Catherine (Dolly Wells) is comforted by a disembodied woman’s voice (Leonora Pitts). Story by Esti Giordani; teleplay by Mark Duplass; directed by Gaby Hoffmann
–Episode #18: “Arnold” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (midnight-12:30am)
After waking up soaking wet and with no memory of the previous night, Arnold (Brian Tyree Henry) tries to piece together the events that got him to Room 104. Written by Mark Duplass & Julian Wass; directed by Julian Wass
–Episode #19: “The Man and the Baby and the Man” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (11:30pm.-midnight)
A couple (Josephine Decker and Onur Tukel) hoping to conceive makes a video of their emotionally-charged night for their future child. Story by Josephine Decker; teleplay by Josephine Decker & Onur Tukel; directed by Josephine Decker
–Episode #20: “A Nightmare” Debut: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (midnight-12:30 a.m.)
A woman (Natalie Morales) finds herself trapped in increasingly terrifying versions of the same nightmare. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Jonah Markowitz
If you don’t watch the quirky ROOM 104 you are in for a treat.
One hour-long program continues. Featuring an acclaimed ensemble cast led by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal is THE DEUCE. It concludes its second season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (9:00-10:00pm).
–Episode #17 (season 2, episode 9): “Inside the Pretend” (season finale) Debut date: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 04 (9:00-10:10pm)
As “Red Hot” premieres, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Harvey (David Krumholtz) and Frankie (James Franco) get caught between competing investors. Vincent (James Franco) and Abby (Margarita L
evieva) must deal with an unexpected loss. Lori (Emily Meade) is afraid to go to LA without C.C.’s (Gary Carr) permission. Paul (Chris Coy) turns to a familiar source to help finance Tod’s (Aaron Dean Eisenberg) dream. Darlene (Dominique Fishback) comes clean. Goldman (Luke Kirby) and Alston’s (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) plan for cleaning up Times Square hits a roadblock. Written by David Simon; directed by Minkie Spiro.
Celebrated British actress/comedian Tracey Ullman concludes the third season of her Emmy -nominated sketch-comedy series, TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (midnight-12:30am). This season, Ullman has reprised her takes on Dame Judi Dench, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Jerry Hall, and introduced impressions of British Prime Minister Theresa May and French First Lady Brigitte Macron, among others. The show satirizes public figures and today’s culture, including television’s latest obsession with strong but messy female characters, the future possibilities for smart-home devices, and life in a post-Brexit world.
Angela Merkel tries to keep President Trump’s attention during a video chat; an actress is encouraged to make her award-show appearance mean something; the chair of Public Works gets proactive about potentially offensive statues in London; pollsters turn to new techniques during tricky times; Theresa May preps for a Halloween party. Guest stars include Anthony Atamanuik (President Trump).
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 16th season FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (10:00-11:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time, including the Nov. 16 season finale. LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues its fifth season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (11:00-11:30pm), followed by other new editions subsequent Sundays at the same time, including the Nov. 18 season finale. Hosted by VICE Media founder Shane Smith, the innovative weekly news magazine show VICE covers the kinds of stories often overlooked by mainstream media outlets. The Emmy winning weekly series continues its sixth season FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. VICE NEWS TONIGHT, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, debuts a new edition THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 01 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent weeknights Monday through Thursday, with a hiatus on November 22. Here is one of Bill Maher’s latest bits:
Movies: The schedule may be stuffed but there is always room for more. Part of the filling is the theatrical movies on Saturday nights. For November you get the following four movies. They are FIFTY SHADES FREED, LOVE, SIMON, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING AND TOMB RAIDER.
In the third and final installment of the “Fifty Shades” series, FIFTY SHADES FREED, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 03 (8:00-9:50pm), follows newly married Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) as their relationship is threatened by Ana’s former boss, Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson). LOVE, SIMON, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (8:00-9:5pm), tells the story of a closeted gay teenager (Nick Robinson) as he navigates high school, discovers his identity and falls in love. The film also stars Jennifer Garner. Directed by Greg Berlanti with a screenplay by Elizabeth Berger & Isaac Aptaker, based upon the novel “Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda.” Set ten years after the original film in 2035, the sequel PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00-9:55pm), follows former Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), who is given the opportunity to live up to his father’s legacy when the world is faced with a new threat. Looking to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) embarks on a precarious expedition to the mythical Japanese tomb where he was last seen in TOMB RAIDER, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00pm).
HBO Documentary Films: HBO always serves up flavorful side dishes to complement the main course. Get a healthy portion with these. WE ARE NOT DONE YET debuting THURSDAY NOVEMBER 08 (8:00-8:45pm) follows U.S. veterans and active-duty service members from varied backgrounds who come together at the USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Md. for a workshop led by poet Seema Reza and Community Building Art Works. Striving to combat their traumatic military pasts via the written word, they share fears, vulnerabilities and victories, using their writing as a tool for bonding, empowerment and healing, and engaging in a live performance of a collaborative poem at Washington, D.C.’s Lansburgh Theater under the direction of actor Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Sareen Hairabedian. THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING, debuting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 (8:00-9:45pm) examines the thrill and anxiety associated with pricing and purchasing contemporary art, exploring the vagaries of an exploding market that’s often driven by subjective opinions of what is “hot” and valuable. Directed by Nathaniel Kahn, the film takes a deep dive into the world of high-end collectors, dealers, curators, auctioneers and artists, weaving together a cultural and commercial tapestry that’s both intoxicating and capricious. The documentary features candid insights from prominent artists like Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Marilyn Minter and Larry Poons, as well as art-world insiders Stefan Edlis, Jerry Saltz, Amy Cappellazzo, Ed Dolman, Margaret Lee and others. When a robot kills a human, who takes the blame? THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS, debuting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (10:00-11:25pm) explores this question, as well as many other practical and ethical matters that arise as humans become more dependent on robots than ever before. This eerie, eye-opening work of science nonfiction from director Maxim Pozdorovkin charts incidents in which robots caused the deaths of humans – in an automated Volkswagen factory, in a self-driving Tesla vehicle, and by a bomb-carrying droid used by Dallas police – considering the issues that these cases, typically treated as freak anomalies, raise in terms of accountability and morality. The film goes beyond the sensational deaths to examine more subtle and pervasive ways that robots pose a threat to society, asking what a future living amongst these non-human entities could mean for humankind.
One politically minded series exits and another one begins. Enter AXIOS. They promote as a series of documentary installments. This four-part limited documentary series of news-oriented specials from HBO Documentary Films and the groundbreaking new media company of the same name, debuts SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (6:30-7:00pm ET/PT), two days before the midterm elections, followed by other editions subsequent Sundays at the same time. Directed and produced by Emmy winner Matthew O’Neill (HBO’s “Baghdad ER”) and Perri Peltz (HBO’s “Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.”), the show will highlight the week ahead in politics, business and technology – and the topics shaping the future. Each edition of AXIOS will feature coverage of a timely big issue, followed by documentary shorts, illuminating interviews with major newsmakers and trustworthy insights delivered with Axios’ signature “Smart Brevity” in a succinct, shareable format.
HBO Specials: The content exiting, after one more installment, is POD SAVES AMERICA. It concludes its series of four specials, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (11:00pm-midnight) with an edition taped the same day in front of a live audience in Irvine, Cal. Hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, former aides to President Obama, the show breaks down the week’s events and help Americans figure out what matters and how to make a difference in these turbulent political times.
HBO Kids: Get ready parents & kids for something special; get ready for a new animated special. Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale gets a colorful, music-filled makeover in THE EMPEROR’S NEWEST CLOTHES, debuting THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (6:00-6:30pm). Written and produced by Sheila Nevins and featuring the voices of Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Alison Pill, John Early and Tim Heidecker, the whimsical family special is filled with bold animation, catchy musical numbers and valuable lessons, offering an enchanting twist on a beloved tale. Check out the opening credits.
SESAME STREET begins its 49th season SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (9:00-9:30am), with other episodes airing Saturdays at the same time. For almost five decades, Sesame Street has been using the power of media to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder – and this season, debuting on HBO on Saturday, November 17th, is no exception. The 49th season of the iconic children’s show will explore a “Learning Through Play” curriculum that models how kids can build school readiness skills as they embody different career roles during play. In line with the new curriculum, the season will start with a new primetime special that puts a madcap spin on pretend-playing different careers. Also new this season is “Abby’s Amazing Adventures,” a recurring animated segment starring Abby Cadabby that shows how girls – and boys, and fairies-in-training! – can take charge of their own journeys.
In line with the new curriculum, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A PICKLE: A SESAME STREET SPECIAL puts a madcap spin on pretend-playing different careers. After a mysterious Wish Pickle is delivered to Sesame Street, Elmo, Abby and Bert see their wishes coming true. All three wish to have jobs, and once the Wish Pickle springs into action, Elmo finds himself switching bodies with Chris so that he can be grown up and run Hooper’s store. Abby gets to solve mysteries with her favorite literary detective. And Bert winds up on TV to achieve his impossible dream of being a TV weathercaster. In the end, Elmo, Abby and Bert learn that if they believe in themselves – and practice, and play it, and dream it – they can be anything they want to be, without needing magic. It is debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (7:00-7:45pm ET/PT), followed by new weekly episodes of the main show starting on 11.17. Here is what’s up for the return of Big Bird, Elmo & the gang on SESAME STREET.
–Season 49, Episode 1: “When You’re a Vet” Topic: Veterinarian Debut: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (9:00-9:30am)
Abby and Elmo play veterinarians. By using their eyes, ears and hands, they figure out what’s wrong with their pretend patients and help them feel better. Guest: Tiffany Haddish.
Alan gives Elmo, Rosita and Abby his old cameras to play with and suggests they can be photographers for the day. Abby, Rosita and Elmo go around Sesame Street learning how to use their cameras and taking pictures of things like sports and fashion.
SESAME STREET is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
Sesame Workshop’s ESME & ROY continues its first season SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 03 (9:30-10:00am), followed by another new episode November 10. 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 and we can add – teaching our kids.
HBO Sports: HBO Sports’ groundbreaking 24/7 reality franchise, which has captured 18 Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence, will spotlight professional golf for the first time when 24/7 THE MATCH: TIGER VS. PHIL debuts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (10:00-10:45pm), it was announced today by Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. The behind-the-scenes show chronicles Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, two of the sport’s most accomplished competitors (with 19 major championships combined), as they prepare to go head-to-head for a live pay-per-view event at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas on Friday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)/noon (PT).
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, NOVEMBER 20 (10:00-11:00pm). What? Just when you thought there was no more boxing on HBO an out-of-nowhere BAP aside the head puts us in line as WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: DMITRY BIVOL VS. JEAN PASCAL comes our way SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (10:00-12:15am).
Other Movies and Shows: Let’s consider what follows as the dessert plate after the main meal. Now, not everyone saves for dessert while others perhaps hold out for it. Whether you take a sliver of pie or pile on the whipped cream the content below is a great way to supplement your HBO meal. Seek out what you want and enjoy. New movies arriving not in the Saturday primetime spot but at various times across the channel include ANNABELLE: CREATION, COOTIES, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (2002), IDEAL HOME, THE MASK and PADDINGTON 2. Return movies for a spin include ATOMIC BLONDE, BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY, and PHANTOM THREAD.
HBO’s Other Platforms: There is always room for something from one of the other channels.HBO Latino: DIEZ MINUTOS ANTES (Ten Minutes Before) — The chaos of the healthcare system is revealed in this short film from Colombia about the police searching for a criminal on the loose in a hospital. LA FAMILIA (The Family) -in this one from Venezuela a single father and his 12-year-old boy living in the slums of Caracas go on the run after the son seriously injures another boy. HOMBRE DE FE (Goal Seeker) is an inspirational biography from Costa Rica that tells the story of Costa Rican soccer goalie Keylor Navas, whose spiritual faith guided his life, from humble beginnings to his rise to athletic greatness. In ENTRE NOS: ORLANDO LEYBA we witness Orlando’s chance at a big stand-up stint. HBO Family: The animated JUNGLE MASTER has a little girl magically transported to a mystical land where she helps a creature called Blue save the rainforest. Remember when Eddie Murphy tried to make us laugh? THE NUTTY PROFESSOR is one of his last attempts. Also find THE MUSIC IN ME: A FAMILY SPECIAL. See kids from all over the U.S. and from diverse cultural backgrounds perform the music they love in this refreshing family special. HBO Signature: THE COOLER stars Bill Macy as a Las Vegas casino employee who is paid to pass his bad luck onto hot-streak gamblers until a pretty cocktail waitress appears. ANYWAY BUT HERE has Susan Sarandon & 14-year-old Natalie Portman as a mother/daughter on a new life together and the epic Kevin Costner western DANCES WITH WOLVES plays.HBO Comedy: How about a little EUROTRIP? There is also Jamie Foxx in HELD UP or just hit some stand-up comedy like D. L. HUGHLEY: UNAPOLOGETIC. HBO Zone: ROMEO MUST DIE is martial arts action with Jet Li, FIRST KILL has a father and son run afoul of a violent group of thieves in this harrowing thriller starring Hayden Christensen and Bruce Willis. One more actioner for you is ILLEGAL TENDER. More than 20 years after her drug dealer-boyfriend was gunned down on the same day she bore his son, Millie DeLeon is living a comfortable suburban life. But a chance encounter forces her to tell her college-age son about his late father–and to prepare for an inevitable assault by the thugs who killed him. How about that trip to Europe?
HBONow/Go: For a change here is a listing of what is coming on the sites. Debuting November 1 are ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, COP CAR, CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, DANGEROUS MINDS, EDGE OF DARKNESS, EMPIRE, EXTREME MEASURES, FIREWALL, FIRST DAUGHTER, FOUR CHRISTMASES, HARD CANDY, HEAD OVER HEELS, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, INVICTUS, KIGHT AND DAY, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE, THE MASK, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, TIGHTROPE, VAMPIRES SUCK, VOLCANO and WITHOUT A TRACE. Just as many leave the site at the end of the month.
Cinemax:Chronicling the exploits of legendary music artists, MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUSreturns for its second season FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (10:00-10:30pm), with other new episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time. This time, the show focuses on funk music greats, including James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Rick James and others. Narrated by co-creator and executive producer Judge, the show recounts the raucous adventures of notorious musical talents, as told by those who knew them best. The series features animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, who share uncensored anecdotes brought to life by animated reenactments, and woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.
A space crew sets out to colonize a distant planet but is soon terrorized by an evil creature when ALIEN: COVENANTdebuts FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (8:00-10:00pm). Directed by Ridley Scott with a screenplay by John Logan, the sci-fi horror film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demian Bichir. After she suffers a debilitating injury, a Russian ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence, pictured) joins the sparrows, a group of exceptional young people who learn to use their minds and bodies as weapons in RED SPARROW, debuting FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (7:40-9:00pm). This spy thriller also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schnoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary- Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Justin Haythe. Based upon the book by Jason Matthews. After years of growing apart, two teenage girls reconnect, hatching a plan that could have deadly consequences when THOROUGHBREDSdebuts FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (8:25-10:00pm). This thriller stars Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin and Paul Sparks. Lifelong friends reunite in New Orleans for an unforgettable vacation when GIRLS TRIPdebuts FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-10:00pm). Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish star in the rowdy comedy with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.
Next Month’s Tease: This is an easy one and a rare photo clue –
Last month we asked if anyone could find OASIS on HBO. No, not the musical group or even a desert movie. OASIS is the virtual reality program in READY PLAYER ONE. Check it out.
Final Clip: Here is a reboot for you – TOMB RAIDER.
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