Here we go with another big month at HBO. It offers plenty for you and I know you just want to gobble up this information and the content that is waiting for you in November. So, make sure you give thanks and settle in for series, movies and more on the dial and online with HBO. You’ll be stuffed by the time you are done.
Original Series: Here is a look at the big, new series of the month! Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, HIS DARK MATERIALS, debuting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. Other series regulars include: Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College, Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father MacPhail and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal. Are you interested in the next big fantasy adventure?
Tick…Tock…the time is now upon us and we are drawn in as WATCHMEN, continues SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 03 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). From executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for Lost HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS), the series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Oh, it has been doing that. Cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent and Dylan Schombing.
The HBO comedy seriesSILICON VALLEY continues its seven-episode, sixth and final season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 03 (10:00-10:30pm). A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series takes a comedic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. God, they’ve been using that phrase forever! The series stars Thomas Middleditch as Richard, Zach Woods as Jared, Kumail Nanjiani as Dinesh, Martin Starr as Gilfoyle, Amanda Crew as Monica, Jimmy O. Yang as Jian-Yang, Suzanne Cryer as Laurie Bream, Matt Ross as Gavin Belson and Josh Brener as Big Head.
Starring Kathryn Hahn (HBO’s forthcoming I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE) in the title role, MRS. FLETCHER continues SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 03 (10:30-11:00pm). Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, the series is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. As the series begins, Eve Fletcher (Hahn), a mid-40s single mom who works as the executive director of a senior center, drops her only child off at college and returns home to a very empty house. Meanwhile, Eve’s son Brendan (Jackson White), a popular (though sometimes clueless) jock, finds college a little more complicated than he expected and struggles to make connections with his more socially and politically aware fellow students. As mother and son find themselves alone for the first time, this sharp, provocative series navigates themes of parenthood, sexuality, love, and identity in a cultural moment when attitudes about gender and sex are evolving rapidly.
While Brendan (Jackson White) gets settled at BSU, Eve (Kathryn Hahn) finds herself torn between the fantasy world of internet porn and the prospect of a real-life date. Roy Rafferty (Bill Raymond) gets into some trouble at the Senior Center. Written by Dana Fish; directed by Liesl Tommy
–Episode 3: “Care Package”
Debut date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (10:30-11:00pm)
Brendan (Jackson White) visits a peer support group and makes a new friend. After a troubling encounter with her ex-husband, Ted (Josh Hamilton), Eve (Kathryn Hahn) bonds with her community college writing class at a local bar. Written by Jeremy Beiler; directed by Liesl Tommy
–Episode 4: “Parents’ Weekend”
Debut date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (10:30-11:00pm)
Eve (Kathryn Hahn) and her colleague Amanda (Katie Kershaw), attend a wake. Meanwhile, Brendan (Jackson White) reconnects with Ted (Josh Hamilton) at Parents’ Weekend, and Margo (Jen Richards) and Curtis (Rashad Edwards) go on a first date. Written by Eric Ledgin; directed by Carrie Brownstein
–Episode 5: “Invisible Fence”
Debut date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (10:30-11:00pm)
Eve (Kathryn Hahn) gets out of her comfort zone, joining Margo (Jen Richards) at a hip party in Brooklyn. Brendan (Jackson White) and Chloe (Jasmine Cephas Jones) have an unexpected encounter at a college event promoting body-positivity. Written by Elle McLeland; directed by Carrie Brownstein
Concluding series are our focus next. Starring Academy-award winner Helen Mirren (HBO’s ELISABETH I), CATHERINE THE GREAT, the four-part limited drama series concludes MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (10:00-11:00pm). It is, of course, set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Mirren) who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century. The HBO/Sky production follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke).
Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (10:00-11:00p, ET/PT)
Catherine (Helen Mirren) and Potemkin (Jason Clarke) experience growing pains in their relationship, as Potemkin’s push for expansion puts him at odds with Panin (Rory Kinnear). Written by Nigel Williams; directed by Philip Martin.
Pressure from foreign powers leads to a bitter argument between Catherine (Helen Mirren) and an ailing Potemkin (Jason Clarke). Catherine works to change the line of succession as her reign draws to an end. Written by Nigel Williams; directed by Philip Martin.
Created by Jay and Mark Duplass (ANIMALS., TOGETHERNESS), the late-night, half-hour anthology series ROOM 104 continues its third season FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 04 (11:00-11:30pm), with new episodes subsequent Fridays at the same time, leading up to the season finale on NOVEMBER 29. The series tells unique and unexpected tales of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel. While the room stays the same, every episode of Room 104 features a different story, with the tone, plot, characters, and even the time period, changing with each installment.
They are wrapping up their seasons before the Holidays begin. 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 concludes its sixth season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (11:00-11:30pm). Topics on this bloke’s mind recently have included The consequences of China’s one-child policy; weather forecasting issues; Brexit deadline, Dilemma with the Kurds, plus, the latest on Trump’s impeachment inquiry and his plea for foreign meddling. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHERconcludes its 17th season FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (10:00-11:00pm live ET/tape-delayed PT). Guests lately have included Senator and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, Radio personality Howard Stern, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, Actor Zach Galifianakis and correspondent Donny Deutsch.
Movies: You might have not ventured out to see these in the cinema but perhaps you’d check them out in the comfort of your own home? Saturday nights you can find HEAD FULL OF HONEY, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, LITTLE, US and SHAZAM.
Nick Nolte stars as a widower suffering from Alzheimer’s who moves in with his son in London and bonds with his young granddaughter while on an eventful road trip to Italy in HEAD FULL OF HONEY. It debuts SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (5:45–7:55pm). A young boy stumbles upon a mythical sword and must save the world whenTHE KID WHO WOULD BE KINGdebuts SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (7:45-9:45pm). The film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart. A high-powered, overbearing tech mogul transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself in LITTLE, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (8:00-9:50pm). This comedy stars Issa Rae (HBO’s INSECURE) Regina Hall and Marsai Martin. US, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-9:56pm), tells the story of a family who, on a family vacation, find themselves faced with malevolent versions of themselves who are out to kill them. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker. A 14-year-old boy transforms into a superhero and must master his newfound powers in SHAZAM!, debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (8:00-10:12pm). The film stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer and Djimon Hounsou.
HBO Documentary Films: Helmed by Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, THE APOLLOchronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, the Apollo Theater. The documentary weaves together archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité with the team that makes the theater run. The Apollo features interviews with artists including Patti LaBelle, Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, and Jamie Foxx. It debuts WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 06 (9:00-10:45pm). VERY RALPH, debuting TUESDAY, NOV. 12 (9:00-10:48pm), reveals the man behind the icon and the creation of one of the most successful brands in fashion history. With an uncanny ability to turn his dreams into reality, Ralph Lauren has built a multibillion-dollar, global powerhouse out of his aspirations, becoming a living embodiment of American optimism and the American Dream. For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognized brands. In VERY RALPH, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from the Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world. The film is directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy. ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS, debuting TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:00-10:40pm), follows San Antonio, Texas police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, who are diverting people from jail and into mental health treatment. The documentary chronicles their daily encounters with people in crisis, showing how their innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way police respond to these challenges. Directed and produced by Jenifer McShane. The groundbreaking documentary news series AXIOS concludes its second season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (6:00-6:30pm). The short series features Axios journalists highlighting the week ahead in politics, business, technology, media, science and other big topics shaping the future. The first four episodes of the second season of AXIOS aired this past June.
HBO Specials: Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss brings his critically-acclaimed, tenth solo show DANIEL SLOSS: Xto HBO while continuing to tour with it across the rest of the globe. Debuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 02 (10:00-11:30pm), the 90-minute special was taped before a live audience at Sydney, Australia’s Enmore Theatre, where Sloss deftly skewers society’s gender constructs and mines his own personal experiences to reveal the humor inherent in today’s fraught masculinity, providing insights that are alternately humorous and profound, along with Sloss’ unexpurgated Scottish-level swearing.
Comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery makes his HBO stand-up comedy debut with an hour-long specialLIL REL HOWERY: LIVE IN CRENSHAW, premiering SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (10:00-11:05pm), exclusively on HBO. Known for his well-crafted storytelling and hilarious impressions of the myriad characters he encounters in life, Lil Rel Howery draws on his personal experiences in his relatable, uproarious stand-up. The special was filmed before a live audience at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School in Los Angeles.
HBO Kids: A foul-mouthed comic is not the perfect lead-in to kids programming but the return of the educational Muppet crew cannot be ignored. It is a big anniversary year and it all kicks off with SESAME STREET’S 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONdebuting SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 09 (7:00pm-7:45am). The Season 50 season premiere of SESAME STREETbegins SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (9:00-9:30am). Ah, warm fuzzies everybody!
HBO Sports: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, NOVEMBER 26 (9:00-10:00pm). Universally recognized as the greatest female skier ever, Lindsey Vonn went on a remarkable journey that was defined by unexpected twists and turns and dramatic peaks and valleys in its final chapter. Produced in conjunction with Teton Gravity Research, HBO’s feature-length documentary LINDSEY VONN: THE FINAL SEASON, debuting TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (10:00-11:30pm), intimately recounts the iconic skier’s last competitive campaign while looking back on her transcendent career, from child prodigy to decorated Olympian to global superstar. The film traces Vonn’s exhilarating story from her childhood in Minnesota, all the way to the World Championships in Are, Sweden this past February, for what proved to be the epilogue of her fabled career, as she earned bronze in her final event. Teton Gravity Research, widely recognized as one of the premier documentary production companies in the outdoor action, adventure, and exploration space, had a camera crew embedded with Vonn throughout the winter months, capturing the final, intimate moments of her skiing journey.
Other Movies and Shows: Now that you’ve gotten the main course, how about the dessert. Find some titles, like the few suggested, to round out your repast. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, PADDINGTON 2, CRAZY STUPID LOVE, FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD, ELEKTRA, JOJO RABBIT: THE MAKING OF and to top it off, CHOCOLAT.
Other HBO Platforms: Just like the turkey we are stuffed by now, but still we nibble. HBO Latino:The second season of the HBO Latin America series LA VIDA SECRETA DE LAS PAREJAS (THE SECRET LIFE OF COUPLES) continues FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01 (10:00- 11:00pm) This season, Bruna Lombardi returns as a psychologist and therapist Sofia Prado, director of the Tantra Institute. She joins investigator Luis (Carlos Alberto Riccelli) and journalist Vicente (Alejandro Claveaux) to investigate the murder of Daniel (João Paulo Lorezon). A six-episode mini-series from Brazil, SANTOS DUMONT, debuting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-9:00pm), follows the life of Alberto Santos-Dumont, the man considered to be the father of aviation. Moved by his desire to fly, Santos-Dumont became a pioneer of air travel who helped shape the modern world, until being undone by the torment he suffered at the military’s use of his innovations. Also, on the channel is another entry of the channel’s stand-up comic show with ENTRE NOS 11: ERIK RIVERA: SUPER WHITE. It debuts FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01 (9:30-19:00pm). Plus,CHUMEL CON CHUMEL TORRESwraps up his 4th season MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (11:00-11:30pm).HBO Family:Again, just nibbling. There is IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY and SPYMATE here. The first is about a teen’s trip to a psych ward and the latter offers a secret agent primate, but it is not Lancelot Link. HBO Signature:I offer EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE ITALIAN about a lovelorn fishmonger who is fixed up on a blind date and the acclaimed BEACHES. HBO Comedy:After the wishbone find the funnybone with the help of FORGET PARIS with Billy Crystal or Martin Short in JIMINY GLICK IN LALAWOOD (pictured). HBO Zone: How about BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA or THE LIMITS OF OUR CONTROL? Heck, we wouldn’t be gorging on all this stuff if we had control!
HBONow/Go: Last Chance movies, meaning those leaving 11.30.19 include BLACKkKLANSMAN, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, THE DARKEST MINDS, HOP, PAPER HEART and STEVE JOBS. But loading in for a rotation there are such titles as BIG, THE DARKNESS THE DARJEELING LIMITED, MR. BEAN’S HOLIDAY, PAN and STERLING. If you dig deep enough you will find some morsels to your liking. Some may be perhaps, documentaries like AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. Can’t get enough sports? You can find BABE RUTH and TAPIA. Or binge a new series over your holiday like the comedy SENT (pictured) or dramas like DIOS INC. or GENTLEMAN JACK. Cinemax: Head over here for some leftovers. What follows is what is debuting in November. An art thief who wants to break free from a life of crime meets an actress and conwoman looking to do the same in LYING AND STEALING, debuting FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01 (8:00-9:40pm). The film stars Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski. Three years after Jurassic 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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 08 (8:00-10:10pm). 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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (8:00-9:45pm). Dwayne Johnson stars in the thriller. When a massive, 75-foot-long prehistoric shark thought to be extinct attacks a submarine, an oceanographer and recue diver must save the crew in THE MEG, debuting FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:55pm). Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis star in the action romp. When a woman who was recruited by Mossad, Israeli’s national intelligence force, goes rogue and disappears, her handler must retrace her steps in an effort to both rein her in and protect her in THE OPERATIVE, debuting FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (8:00-10:00). The film stars Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman.
Next Month’s Tease: Fred & Charlotte have nothing in common except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. What’s the name of the 2019 movie that tells their story?
Last month we asked if you knew of the ‘alietheometer’ which is a helpful mechanical device Lyra uses in HIS DARK MATERIALS. You’d know that if you read the source material for the series, but if not, you will become familiar with it when the show debuts 11.04.19.
Final Clip:I say one more from SESAME STREET. Happy Anniversary!
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