HBO Sets Premiere Dates For New Drama ‘The Leftovers’, Final Season Of ‘True Blood’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Heroes Day meetingThe Leftovers, HBO‘s drama series from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta, will debut on June 15 at 10 PM, following the season finale of Game Of Thrones. The following Sunday, June 22, the … Read More »

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HBO Acquires Tribeca-Bound ‘The Newburgh Sting’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 10:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

explHBO Documentary Films bought U.S. and overseas TV rights to the docu The Newburgh Sting, by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, who helmed Southern Comfort and The Cheshire Murders for the payweb. It debuts April 20 at Tribeca and … Read More »

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David Milch Extends Overall Deal With HBO

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David Milch HBO DealEXCLUSIVE: There are few relationships between a network and creator that have been as enduring as the one between David Milch and HBO. Now it has been extended with a new overall deal, which will keep … Read More »

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HBO Buckles Up For Female Space Comedy From Kristin Gore & Jay Roach

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 2:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jayroachgorekristinEXCLUSIVE: Jay Roach first got in business with HBO as a director and producer of the network’s 2008 movie Recount, about the aftermath of the 2000 U.S. presidential election between … Read More »

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HBO Developing Small-Town Drama From Kate Robin & Sue Naegle

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

katerobinEXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development Carthage, a drama series project from playwright-screenwriter Kate Robin (Six Feet Under), which she is executive producing with former HBO entertainment president-turned-producer Sue Naegle. Written by Robin, Carthage is an examination of … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Game Of Thrones’ UK Simulcast; ‘Mr Whicher’ Re-Upped; Andrew Davies Honored; More

Game of ThronesBritain’s Sky Atlantic HD is making sure Game Of Thrones fans don’t have to wait to see the first episode of the upcoming fourth season. The pay channel will premiere the season debut simultaneously with HBO’s U.S. East Coast transmission. Catering to the faithful, it will air on Monday April 7 at 2 AM and then be repeated in primetime at 9 PM UK time. Following the first 2 AM transmission, the premiere episode will also be available on demand. After that, Game Of Thrones will settle into its regular time slot. The move is not unprecedented for Sky which has done similar simulcasts with the series finales of Lost and Fringe. Read More »

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EMMYS: HBO’s ‘True Detective’ To Compete As Drama Series

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detective-hboOne of the most intriguing questions of this year’s Emmy season has been answered, with HBO‘s buzzy True Detective opting to compete as a drama series. The project, created by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was sold and done as an eight-episode limited series, which easily would’ve qualified it as a miniseries. FX’s anthology series American Horror Story, which airs 13-episode installments, started off in the drama series category at the 2012 Golden Globes before switching to longform for the 2012 Emmy Awards. It has competed Emmyslogo_newas a miniseries ever since and has been dominant in Emmy nominations, landing 17 last year. The drama field is far more competitive and tough as PBS’ Downton Abbey found out after switching from miniseries to drama series after Season 1. Still, winning a drama series Emmy has a big cachet to it. Plus, True Detective does employ drama series storytelling techniques. But an entry as a miniseries would’ve pretty much guaranteed the moody Louisiana series a dominant performance and a slew of trophies. Now it will go against the final installment of AMC’s Breaking Bad among other drama heavyweights. With the TV Academy restoring separate best TV movie and best miniseries categories and True Detective not entering as mini, the longform field has a lot of room this year. Ryan Murphy is behind top contenders on both sides — film The Normal Heart and mini AHS. With the slew of event series put in the pipeline by the networks not slated to premiere until after the end of this year’s eligibility period (Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, for example, debuts in May and won’t qualify for 2014 Emmys), AHS‘ top competitor will likely be FX’s Fargo. Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Girls’ Steady In Season 3 Finale

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 1:19pm PDT

girls season 3 finaleThere was some Broadway, some midwestern acceptance and, not unexpectedly, a whole lot of unhappy people on the Season 3 finale of Girls on HBO last night. Following an airing of The Hangover Part III, the 10 PM … Read More »

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‘Entourage’ Pic Still On Despite Kevin Connolly Injury Playing Football With Seahawks Quarterback

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 12:03pm PDT

entourage__140219185446-275x196Money disputes couldn’t stop the Entourage movie from going forward and neither can Kevin Connolly breaking his leg. The actor broke his left leg in two places Wednesday while playing football on set in L.A. with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, I’ve learned. The accident, which Connolly posted a pic of on Twitter on March 21, occurred while the cameras were rolling on the Warner Bros pic. (UPDATE 12:53 PM - According to a tweet from director Doug Ellin, the actor caught the ball.) Connolly immediately iced his leg, I’m told, and went back to work to do the next scene soon afterward. He showed up for work the next day, and production on the movie based on the long-running HBO Hollywood hustle series has not been interrupted at all. Super Bowl XLVIII-winning Wilson is set to make a cameo in the movie.

With Wilson, Connolly, Jeremy Piven and the rest of the gang on screen, the Entourage movie is due to hit theaters on June 12, 2015 – four years after the series wrapped on HBO.  Read More »

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HBO Eyes Return Of Michael Patrick King/Lisa Kudrow Comedy ‘The Comeback’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 3:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comeback Season 2 HBOAfter Netflix resurrected Arrested Development, another cult 2000s comedy, HBO‘s The Comeback, is eyeing a comeback. I’ve learned that HBO is in discussions with the series creators/executive producers Michael Partick King, who also served as director, and Lisa Kudrow, who toplined the show, about doing a new installment almost a decade after the first season. I hear it is being envisioned as a limited/event series. Comeback, which debuted in June 2005, was a docu-style single-camera comedy starring Kudrow as washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback with a role on a new sitcom. The series, whose cast included Malin Akerman, didn’t go beyond the 13-episode first season, which earned three Emmy nominations, including a lead actress nom for Kudrow and a directing nom for King. Like Fox’s single-camera comedy Arrested Development, which aired at the same time, Comeback was considered to be ahead of its time. While it didn’t get a lot of traction during its original run, Comeback quickly achieved cult status, with fans still buzzing about it. The Comeback, which King and Kudrow executive produce with Kudrow’s producing partner at Is or Isn’t Entertainment Dan Bucatinsky, also has earned posthumous critical praise, landing on a number of lists of the best/most underrated comedy series of the last decade. Viewers are far more used to the style and pace of shows like The Comeback and Arrested Development now with a slew of series that also include another TV industry satire toplined by a former Friends star, Matt LeBlanc’s Showtime comedy Episodes. Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 8:51pm PDT

Game of Thrones“What good is power if you cannot protect the ones you love?” “You can avenge them.” Game Of Thrones co-creator David Benioff has promised that “some of the most shocking and mind-blowing scenes of the entire series come at the end of this coming season.” You can judge that for yourself; Season 4 of the Emmy-nominated HBO drama launches April 4. In the meantime, below lurks the final trailer to whet your appetite. Look for stars including Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Iwan Rheon and Gwendoline Christie:
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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 1:42pm PDT

TV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves for the first time between June 1 and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

Related: Midseason Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable (January Through May)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)

June 2:
Mistresses (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Beauty And The Beast (The CW, Season 2B premiere)

June 3:
Famous In 12 (The CW, series premiere)

June 4:
Jennifer Falls (TV Land, series premiere)

June 6:
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

June 7:
Power (Starz, series premiere)

June 9:
Murder In The First (TNT, series premiere)
Major Crimes (TNT, Season 3 premiere)
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HBO Casts Melonie Diaz As Lead In Drama Project ‘Laughs Unlimited’

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

meloniediazFruitvale Station’s Melonie Diaz has been cast as the lead in Laughs Unlimited (working title), a drama series project about a war vet’s struggles with post traumatic stress disorder, which has been on the works at HBO for the past Read More »

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Is It Time For HBO GO To Be Offered To People Who Don’t Subscribe To Pay TV?

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 9:06am PDT

Time Warner‘s premium channel is approaching the point where a change would pay off, but there’s no need to hurry, according to data from an online survey of 2,501 adults out today from Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne. HBOGOSome 44% of broadband-only Read More »

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Hot Teaser: ‘Veep’ Season 3

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 4:25pm PDT

Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back as Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, which returns for its third season April 6 following the series return of Game of Thrones. Check out the new trailer:

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Max Casella & Jack Quaid Cast In HBO’s Rock ’N’ Roll Drama Pilot

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 2:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jackquaidcasellaMax Casella (Blue Jasmine) and Jack Quaid (Hunger Games franchise) have joined HBO‘s untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter. The pilot is eyeing production start in early summer with Scorsese directing. Read More »

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Juno Temple Joins HBO’s Rock ’N’ Roll Drama

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 5:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Juno Temple HBO Rock N RollJuno Temple (Maleficent) has been cast in HBO‘s untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter. The pilot is gearing toward production in early summer with Scorsese directing. Co-written by Winter and showrunner Mastras, the untitled drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Temple, repped by UTA, Troika and attorney Jamie Feldman, will play Jamie Vine, an ambitious assistant in the A&R department at the label, American Century Records.

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‘True Detective’ Unearths Record HBO Ratings In Finale

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 12:15pm PDT

true-detective-hboHBO‘s True Detective finale bagged a series high of 3.5 million viewers Sunday at 9 PM — a 50% spike from the crime anthology’s premiere of 2.3 million. With an average gross audience of 11 million viewers season to … Read More »

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‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO Go

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 11:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detective-hboThe demand for tonight’s season finale of HBO‘s True Detective was so great online, the network’s streaming service HBO GO temporarily crashed trying to fulfill all incoming requests for the closing episode. “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for … Read More »

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