What’s On: HBO Schedule For October 2016

HBO-Logo-SpaceThe new season of TV is launching and HBO isn’t going to let it all pass by without offering up its best. October sees the launch of a highly anticipated drama already getting buzz and a new comedy too. It also has the return of two ladies absent from HBO’s screen for a while and a recent Emmy winner has new shows on as well. Throw in the launch of nightly news and – pow! – HBO is igniting the fall schedule. Let’s take a look at most of the content coming to your favorite pay channel. There are plenty of reasons to circle your date on the calendar this month so here is What’s On for October.  


Original Series: To do our part to bump up the buzz for the newest lineup coming in October we will do a double dip of videos where we can. The original series coming our way are WESTWORLD starring Anthony Hopkins, DIVORCE with Sara Jessica Parker, Issa Rae’s INSECURE, TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW and VICE NEWS TONIGHT. Also with new episodes is HIGH MAINTAINANCE. Here is a breakdown:


The drama series WESTWORLD kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET), with other one-hour episodes debuting subsequent Sundays, exclusively on HBO. Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing, the series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. The series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Co-creator Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?”

Co-creator Joy adds, “We also wanted to explore what it means to be human from the outside in – through the eyes of the ‘hosts’: the lifelike AI characters that are the main attractions of the park. It’s a meditation on consciousness – the blessing and the burden of it – beautifully portrayed by our remarkable cast.” That cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk. Check out this Intro seen for the first time on this site. 

I’m surprised that the show has released episode details but it has, so take a look.

— Episode #1: “The Original”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02 at 9:00pm


As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld – a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android “hosts” – top programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher’s daughter named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) encounters a gunslinger named Teddy (James Marsden) in the street – but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black (Ed Harris) and, later, by a supporting host’s unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world. Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy; story by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy and Michael Crichton; directed by Jonathan Nolan. Other HBO playdates: 10.02 at 10:15pm & midnight, 10.03 at 11:15pm, 10.04 at 6:45pm & 10:30pm, 10.05 at 11:30pm, 10.06 at 8:00pm, 10.09 at 9:45pm & 12:45am and 10.11 at 8:00pm.


— Episode #2: “Chestnut”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 at 9:00pm


A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) tweaks the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater’s brothel, in order to avoid a recall. Cocky programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest narrative to the team, but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other ideas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), to help him uncover Westworld’s deepest secrets. Written by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy; directed by Richard J. Lewis. Other HBO playdates: 10.09 at 11:30pm & 2:00am, 10.010 at 10:30pm, 10.11 at 9:10pm, 10.12 at 11:30pm, 10.14 at 2:30am, 10.15 at 10:35pm and 10.18 at 8:00pm.Westworld_Baddie-300x169


— Episode #3: “The Stray”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 9:00pm


Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) head into the hills in pursuit of a missing host. Teddy (James Marsden) gets a new backstory, which sets him off in pursuit of a new villain, leaving Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) alone in Sweetwater. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) investigates the origins of madness and hallucinations within the hosts. William (Jimmi Simpson) finds an attraction he’d like to pursue and drags Logan (Ben Barnes) along for the ride. Written by Daniel T. Thomsen & Lisa Joy; directed by Neil Marshall. Other HBO playdates: 10. 16 at 11:30pm & 2:00am, 10.17 at 10:45pm, 10.18 at 9:00pm, 10.19 at 11:00pm, 10.22 at 10:10pm and 10.25 at 8:00pm.


— Episode #4: “Dissonance Theory”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 9:00pm


Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) joins William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes) on a bounty hunt in the badlands. The Man in Black (Ed Harris), with Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.) in tow, finds a critical clue in his search to unlock the maze. Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) discuss the future of the park. Maeve (Thandie Newton) is troubled by a recurring vision. Written by Ed Brubaker & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Vincenzo Natali. Other HBO playdates: 10.23 at 11:30pm & 2:00am, 10.24 at 9:50pm, 10.25 at 9:00pm, 10.26 at 10:30pm and 10.29 at 9:35pm and into November.


— Episode #5: “Contrapasso”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 9:00pm


Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes) reach Pariah, a town built on decadence and transgression — and are recruited for a dangerous mission. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) meets an unlikely ally in his search to unlock the maze. Teleplay by Lisa Joy; story by Dominic Mitchell & Lisa Joy; directed by Jonny Campbell. Other HBO playdates: 10.30 at 11:30pm & 2:00am, 10.31 at 9:35pm and into November.


After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband. But she soon discoveDivorce-300x150rs that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. Serving as an executive producer, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Frances in the comedy series DIVORCE, which begins its ten episode season SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 (10:00-10:30pm ET).

Thomas Haden Church stars as Robert, Frances’ husband, who is struggling to cope with their marriage falling apart. The show also stars Molly Shannon as Diane, Frances’ high-strung friend, who has a successful husband, a beautiful house and no children; Talia Balsam as Dallas, Frances’ close friend, who has been both widowed and divorced; Tracy Letts as Nick, Diane’s husband; Sterling Jerins as Lila, Frances’ and Robert’s daughter and Charlie Kilgore as Tom, their son. Series created by Sharon Horgan; executive produced by Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.  The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions. The first few episodes play as follows.

— Episode #1: “Pilot”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 at 10:00pm


Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) — a middle-aged couple in the suburbs of New York City — try to figure out if their marriage is worth saving after a shocking event at their friend Diane’s (Molly Shannon) 50th birthday party makes them take a hard look at their own lives. Written by Sharon Horgan; directed by Jesse Peretz. Other HBO playdates: 10.09 at 1:00am & 3:00am, 10.10 at 12:30am, 11 (12:30 a.m.), 12 (12:30 a.m.), 13 (10:05 p.m.) and 15 (1:45 a.m.)  


— Episode #2: “Next Day”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 10:00pm


Divorce_Couple-300x223Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) rushes to intercept Robert (Thomas Haden Church) before he tells the kids that she’s divorcing him. Everyone gathers at the hospital to support Diane (Molly Shannon) as she waits for news on Nick’s (Tracy Letts) condition. In the midst of the chaos, Frances considers finally signing a lease to open her long planned art gallery. Written by Sharon Horgan & Paul Simms; directed by Jesse Peretz. Other HBO playdates: 10.16 at 1:00am & 3:00am, 10.18 at 12:15am, 10.19 at midnight, 10.20 at 10:05pm, 10.21at 9:30pm and 10.22 at 4:30am.


— Episode #3: “Counseling”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 10:00pm


Robert (Thomas Haden Church) and Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) attend couples therapy in an effort to see if their marriage is salvageable. Frances gets advice from Dallas (Talia Balsam), while Robert vents at work. At home, tensions mount as Frances and Robert try to maintain a facade of normalcy for the children. Frances arrives at an epiphany. Written by Sharon Horgan & Paul Simms; directed by Jesse Peretz. Other HBO playdates: 10.23 at 1:00am & 3:00am, 10.26 at 1:35am, 10.27 at 10:15pm and 10.29 at 2:45am.


— Episode #4: “Mediation”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 10:00pm


In hopes of keeping their split amicable, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) meet with a mediator. Frances confides in a co-worker and Robert gets surprising financial news. Written by Patricia Breen; directed by Ben Taylor. Other HBO playdates: 10.30 at 1:00am & 3:00 am and into November.  


Starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, INSECURE launches its eight-episode season SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 (10:30-11:00 p.m.), exclusively on HBO. The comedy series follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry WilmoInsecure-300x111re serves as a consultant.

Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life. Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Here are two more first time clips:

October’s episodes:

— Episode #1: “Insecure as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 at 10:30pm


In the wake of her 29th birthday, Issa Dee (Issa Rae) reconsiders her dead-end relationship with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), her live-in boyfriend. Meanwhile, Issa’s best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji), mourns her singledom and the state of her “lady parts.” Later, Issa uses an open-mic night as an excuse to reconnect with an ex. Written by Issa Rae & Larry Wilmore; directed by Melina Matsoukas. Other HBO playdates: 10.09 at 12:30am & 3:30am, 10.11 at midnight, 10.12 at 3:05am, 10.13 at 10:45pm and 10.15 at 10:05pm & 2:20am


— Episode #2: “Messy as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 10:30pm


After the unexpected events of the previous night, Issa (Issa Rae) tries to decide what to do about Lawrence (Jay Ellis), while sticking to her plan to embrace a bolder side of herself. Molly (Yvonne Orji) treats herself to a “fancy day” and goes on a promising date. Lawrence gets advice from an unexpected source. Written by Issa Rae; directed by Cecile Emeke. Other HBO playdates: 10.16 at 12:30am & 3:30am, 10.17 at 12:45am, 10.18 at 11:45pm, 10.20 at 10:30pm, 10.21 at 3:15am and 10.22 at 4:00am.


— Episode #3: “Racist as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 10:30pm


Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) try to move past their issues at home, as she deals with her colleagues’ doubts and he gets a reality check from a head hunter. Molly (Yvonne Orji) introduces Jared (Langston Kerman) to her friends, and later struggles to give words of wisdom to a new summer associate at work. Written by Dayna Lynne North; directed by Melina Matsoukas. Other HBO playdates10.23 at 12:30am & 3:30am, 10.25 at 11:00pm, 10.27 at 10:45pm and 10.29 at 12:40am.  


— Episode #4: “Thirsty as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 10:30pm


Although things are better than ever with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), Issa (Issa Rae) turns to Daniel (Y’lan Noel) for help during Career Day. Molly (Yvonne Orji) finds herself in a tough position when a partner asks her to give Rasheeda (Gail Bean) a talking-to. Facing disappointment at his new job, Lawrence bonds with a surprising confidante. Written by Laura Kittrell; directed by Kevin Bray. Other HBO playdates: 10.30 at 12:30am & 3:30am and into November.



HIGH MAINTANENCE continues its six episode season starting on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), leading up to the season finale OCTOBER 21. From the unexpected and offbeat to the predictable and mundane, the show provides a glimpse into the daily routines of a diverse group of New Yorkers and how they light things up.

The final episodes of the season are as follows:

— Episode #4: “Tick”
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07 at 11:00pm


 Aging parents Joon (Kristen Hung) and Wei (Clem Cheung) navigate their son’s (Stephen Lin) recent success and new lifestyle. The Guy (Ben Sinclair) delivers to Jim (Peter Friedman), a retired, former workaholic living downstairs from his neurotic daughter, Quinn (Bridget Moloney), and her husband (Paul Thureen) and baby. Written and directed by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair.


— Episode #5: “Selfie”
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 11:00pm


Anja (Ismenia Mendes), a twentysomething aspiring writer who spends most of her time on social media, convinces The Guy (Ben Sinclair) to sit down for a one-on-one interview, but her social media addiction threatens to blow up the story. Former customer Heidi (Greta Lee) enlists The Guy’s help when she is confronted by her past. Written and directed by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair.


— Episode #6: “Ex” (season finale)
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 11:00pm


The Guy (Ben Sinclair) pays a visit to agoraphobic Patrick (Michael Cyril Creighton), a longtime customer. The Guy seeks solace from a customer (Rebecca Naomi Jones) after a rough night. Written and directed by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair.


TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW, debuting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), stars the HBO veteran as a wide array of everyday people and famous faces in an all-new six episode sketch comedy series, which looks at modern life on the British side of the pond. In this new series Tracey brings her masterful skills to take on such people as Dame Judi Dench and Angela Merkel, as well as a host of others. HBO’s last visit from Ullman was with TRACEY TAKES ON… which ran for four seasons and received six Emmys. It will be fun to have her back. Here is a taste of what she is offering this time around. First time clip below

The other new content on HBO is not really a series but a launch of news programming VICE NEWS TONIGHT finally launches this coming month on MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 at 7:30pm and will air Monday through Fridays at that time. We will remind you from time to time what news the new show has been covering. Again here is its trailer.

Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues its third season with a new edition SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02 at (11:30-midnight.), followed by other shows subsequent Sundays at the regularly scheduled time of 11:00pm. The only difference now is that John Oliver is an Emmy winner! He walked away with 3 Emmys for LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER including Outstanding Variety Talk Series; Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series; and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming. Outspoken comedian/social commentator Bill Maher continues the 14th season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07 (10:00-11:00 p.m.), followed by other shows subsequent Fridays at the same time. And Now This…


Movies: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The movie lineup is only as good as the content coming out of Hollywood. Not everyone goes for every movie, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there loving the romances, animation and horror films shown. They can’t all be acclaimed epics or blockbuster action movies. The premieres for October offer up such a variety. They are DEADPOOL, RIDE ALONG 2, JOY, GODS OF EGYPT and POLTERGEIST. Here is a little on each.People_Deadpool-300x150

 A former Special Forces officer (Ryan Reynolds) becomes a crime-fighting vigilante when DEADPOOL debuts SATURDAY, OCTOBER 01 at 8:00pm. Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand also star. Directed by Tim Miller; screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. The geek squad just eat this one up. They like this R-rated superhero. It plays for laughs so others might like it also. As his wedding day approaches, a rookie cop accompanies his soon-to-be brother-in-law, a no-nonsense Atlanta cop, on a drug bust to Miami in RIDE ALONG 2, debuting SATURDAY, OCTOBER 08 at 8:00pm. Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and Tika Sumpter star in this action comedy. We reviewed the first movie about this time back in 2014. It did well enough to generate this sequel. We’ll see how this one fares. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the title character, an entrepreneur and matriarch with a successful family business, when JOY debuts SATURDAY, OCTOBEMovies_GodsOfEgypt-300x170R 15 at 8:00pm. Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Bradley Cooper also star in the inspirational true story, which is directed by David O. Russell with a screenplay by David O. Russell. Miss Lawrence has proved quite popular in her film career. How does this one rate? Two deities battle for power of the once peaceful and prosperous ancient empire in GODS OF EGYPT, debuting SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 8:00pm. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars with Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush. Seems to me this one didn’t survive at the box office, but in the comfort of your own home you just might enjoy this swords-&-sandals tale. A family must rescue their daughter after she’s captured by evil spirits when POLTERGEIST debuts SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 at 8:00pm. This remake of the classic horror yarn stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams. What can we say, Halloween is this month, right? Though I still don’t understand why we need remakes of movies all the time? Anyway, out of this bunch here is some JOY.


HBO Documentary Films: From director Marc Levin and producer Daphne Pinkerson, CLASS DIVIDE highlights the effects of hyper-gentrification and growing inequality through the microcosm of New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits directly across the street from low-income public housing. A moving chronicle, it bears witness to the effects of gentrification and stagnant class mobility on young people who share the same neighborhood – yet live in very different worlds – as they try to navigate this rapidly changing landscape. This final installment in a trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people debuts MONDAY, OCTOBER 03 at 8:00pm. We are going strong with videos this round so why not a few more. 


HBO Kids: For more than four decades, SESAME STREET has helped children grow smarter, stronger and kinder by providing preschoolers with the gold standard in quality educational programming. The award-winning show wraps up its 46th season with a new episode debuting SATURDAY, OCT. 29 at 9:00am. See you for Season 47! Humor me as I give you a clip from the latest episode!


HBO Sports: ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY WITH BILL SIMMONS, a weekly talk show hosted by one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media, continues its 20-show season WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05 at 10:00pm, with other editions debuting subsequent Wednesdays at the same time, exclusively on HBO. Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy winner, THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing. The latest edition debuts WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05 at 11:00pm. 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, OCTOBER 25 at 10:00pm. Here is a current REAL SPORTS topic.


Other Movies and Shows: On the main channel we discovered some other cinematic treats. Not many new releases seem to be out this time around, but this is what I’ve found: there is COP CAR about two boys who come across an empty car in a field and proceed to take it for a joyride–unaware that the sheriff it belongs to has just committed murder. Kevin Bacon stars as theMovies_ByTheSea-300x169lawman on a furious mission to stop the boys. Also listed as a First Run is WE WERE SOLDIERS, a retelling of the 965 Battle of Ia Drang in the early days of America’s involvement in Vietnam. It stars Mel Gibson. BY THE SEA(pictured) is another one. Writer/director Angelina Jolie Pitt reflects on the subject of grief in this deeply personal film about a couple at a crossroads in their relationship as they meet new friends at a French seaside resort. Ooh, shades of real life in that one! Also you can still catch BLACK MASS, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, and EVEREST plus oldies like FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, GHOST and CAST AWAY.  



HBO’s Other Platforms: As always there is more to watch if you just snoop around HBO’s other channels. Below is a sampling. HBO Latino:  This channel has three series running right now. Season Two of MAGNIFICA ’70 about the work being done in a government’s Censorship Department plays. And the callgirl series EL NEGOCIO is still running Friday nights as is the Chumel Torres’ talk show. Movie-wise you can catch Adam Sandler’s THE WEDDING SINGER in Spanish, plus POR AMOR EN EL CASERIO (For Love In The Projects), a Romeo & Juliet style love story and EMBARAZADOS (We Are Pregnant), in which a couple in their 40’s wish to have a child despite the obstacles and complications. HBO Family: How about sitting down with the family to watch MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE, CASPER (pictured), MONSTERS VS ALIENS, CORALINE. HBO SIGNATURE: This channel seems a bit on the light side but still has something worth seeing again. How about Charlie Sheen in WALL STREET, Russell Crowe in A BEAUTIFUL MIND or more obscure titles like the horrific JEEPERS, CREEPERS or HORESMEN with Dennis Quaid. No, it is not a western but about four horsemen of the apocalypse! HBO Comedy: Hey, Now! THE LARRY SANDAnAmericanHaunting-202x300ERS SHOW is showing up here. Plus the movies RUSHMORE and TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME are in the lineup. Also a rarity on this channel is a noted First Run entitled MR. RIGHT. It stars Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick and is about a gal falling in love with the charming guy who happens to be a hitman. Also on Comedy is TRACEY ULLMAN: LIVE & EXPOSED a 2005 standup routine by the Brit to herald her return to HBO. HBO Zone: However, there are a slew of First Runs here. Check out AN AMERICAN HAUNTING; it is the terrifying true story of the Bell Witch haunting–the only recorded case in the U.S. in which a spirit caused the death of a human. There is also the thriller MODEL FOR MURDER, WES CRAVEN PRESENTS: THEY, complete with monsters about, Sara Jessica Parker in MIAMI RHAPSODY and Hannibal Lecter’s other movie MANHUNT.  

HBONow/Go: A batch of movie are exiting the sites by Halloween. They include 28 WEEKS LATER, CHEECH & CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE, INHERENT VICE, MEAN STREETS, PITCH PERFECT 2, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, SPY, WILD, WILD WEST and VACATION. See them if you must before they go. Coming onto the site is just as varied a bunch of choices. The first 25 episodes out of 50 of DENNIS MILLER LIVE is getting attention. The back 25 will land in November. There is also THE COWBOY WAY with Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sunderland; DEMOLITION MAN with Stallone, Douglas & Turner in JEWEL OF THE NILE and its sequel ROMANCING THE STONE; Tobey’s Maguire’s turn as the webcrawler in SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN II and horror from THE GALLOWS and WES CRAVEN PRESENTS: DRACULA 2000.  

Out of all those titles we just hit you with we single out… COP CAR because you appreciate us digging for the obscure, right?

Cinemax: Let us not forget the sister channel as they call it.Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, QUARRY continues its season with a new episode debuting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET), followed by other episodes subsequent Fridays at the same time, leading up to the October 28 season finale. The drama series tells the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public he fought for. While struggling with the nightmarish experiences he witnessed and took part in, Conway is unwillingly drawn into a network of killing that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour and Peter Mullan, and features Nikki Amuka-Bird, Jamie Hector, Damon Herriman, Edoardo Ballerini, Ann Dowd, Skip Sudduth, Josh Randall and Kurt Yaeger star.

Episode breakdown goes like this –

— Episode #5: “Coffee Blues”
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07 at 10:00pm


An unspeakable act of racial violence rocks Memphis and the Solomon family. Written by Jennifer Schuur; directed by Greg Yaitanes.


— Episode #6: “His Deeds Were Scattered”Cinemax_QuarryPic01-300x133
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 10:00pm


Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) gets a high-profile assignment from The Broker (Peter Mullan); a curfew is ordered in the wake of racial unrest. Written by Max Allan Collins; directed by Greg Yaitanes.


— Episode #7: “Carnival of Souls”
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 10:00pm


The Broker (Peter Mullan) enlists Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) to take down a top drug dealer; Olsen (Josh Randall) follows up on his suspicions. Written by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller; directed by Greg Yaitanes.


— Episode #8: “nước chảy đá mòn” (season finale)
Debut: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 10:00pm


Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) confronts his war demons and settles a score with an old adversary. Written by Michael D. Fuller & Graham Gordy; directed by Greg Yaitanes.

Movies_KrampusA few movies the channel is drawing our attention to wraps it up. A young boy accidentally summons an ancient demon on Christmas when KRAMPUS debuts FRIDAY, OCTOBER 07 at 8:20pm. Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and, Conchata Ferrell, star in the holiday horror yarn. A wanted man (Vince Vaughn) goes on the run with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) so that she can benefit from his life insurance payout in TERM LIFE, debuting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 8:25pm. Bill Paxton, Jon Favreau, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard also star in the thriller. Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino star as estranged husband and wife searching for their daughter following a massive earthquake in the action yarn SAN ANDREAS, debuting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 8:00pm and Vin Diesel, Paul Walker & Dwayne Johnson reprise their roles in the blockbuster car-racing franchise when FURIOUS 7 debuts FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 7:40pm.


Next Month’s Tease: This HBO presence had a hit song called ‘Breakaway” and two of her early characters were golddigger Candice Valentine and spinster Kay Clark. She also was last seen on screen in Into the Woods and has a big connection to The Simpsons. Who is she and where can you find her on HBO?

Last month we just wanted to make you squirm in anticipation of WESTWORLD and now it is finally here.


Final Clip: Well, since Halloween is this month and the titles we shared in this installment didn’t really reflect to any great extent here is clip from a scary movie playing this month & some classic TALES FROM THE CRYPT! You can always keep tabs of what is going on right here at HBOWatch



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