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HBO: ‘Hung’, ‘Bored To Death’ And ‘How To Make It In America’ Cancelled; ‘Enlightened’ Renewed

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 10:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Here’s Mike White’s reaction to his series Enlightened getting a second-season renewal by HBO: “I know HBO has had to make some hard decisions. I feel very lucky that they are letting us make more Enlightened. We will do our best to make something cool.”

PREVIOUS: Those two Golden Globe nominations sure helped. HBO has just picked up the Mike White-Laura Dern comedy Enlightened for a second season, while canceling three other comedy series: Hung, Bored To Death and How To Make It In America. Enlightened drew critical praise but struggled mightily in the ratings on Mondays. However, ratings have never been the deciding factor in HBO’s renewal decisions as evident by the longevity of David Simon’s New Orleans drama Treme. The network was already leaning towards picking up Enightened for Season 2 when the dark comedy earned two Golden Globe nominations last week, for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series, Dern. Hung and Bored To Death are ending their runs after three seasons, How To Make It In America after two. Of the four comedies that learned their fate today, Hung has been the highest-rated, and star Thomas Jane recently landed his second Golden Globe nomination for his role. But in the end that wasn’t enough. Read More »

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Is Time Warner Cable Really, Finally, Close To A Deal To Offer HBO Go?

It’s stange that a former corporate cousin of HBO — Time Warner Cable — remains the biggest pay TV company that still doesn’t offer subscribers the opportunity to access the HBO Go digital streaming service. But that will change “soon,” Time Warner Cable COO Robert Marcus tells Bloomberg. Marcus declined to say what’s holding things up — and we’ve been hearing for months that a deal was just around the corner. Still, if Marcus’ prediction is correct, then it means the HBO customers among TWC’s 12.1M subscribers will be able to watch shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Hung, Bored To Death, and Real Time With Bill Maher on demand from Web-connected devices including tablets and mobile phones. It’s important to HBO because TWC serves two of its biggest markets, Manhattan and Los Angeles. TWC and Cablevision are the only major cable, satellite, and telco video providers that still don’t offer HBO Go.

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HBO CASTINGS: Alice Eve To Recur On ‘Entourage’, Ana Ortiz On ‘Hung’ & More

By | Friday May 20, 2011 @ 4:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: She’s Out Of My League star Alice Eve has been tapped for a four-episode arc on the upcoming final season of the HBO comedy series Entourage. In a role created for her, she will play a journalist assigned to write a profile piece on Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) who subsequently becomes a possible love interest for the actor. Brit Eve, repped by UTA, U.K’s ARG and Untitled, recently wrapped Men in Black III and next stars in Rogue Pictures’ The Raven and Lionsgate’s ATM.

Ugly Betty alumna Ana Ortiz is set for a multi-episode arc on another HBO comedy series, Hung. She will play a woman with serious anger issues who becomes a client of part-time male prostitute Ray (Thomas Jane). He ends up helping her deal not only with her voracious sexual appetite but also supporting her strong emotional needs. Ortiz, repped by Gersh, manager Geordie Frey and attorney Brad Small, recently starred in the Fox comedy pilot Outnumbered. Read More »

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HBO Adds Actors To ‘Hung’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Nellie Andreeva

Ray Drecker is getting new love and some competition. Stephen Amell (Vampire Diaries) has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming third season of HBO’s comedy series Hung. He will play Jason, a rival gigolo of Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) who is described as super sexy with a good physique and possessing a sweetness to him that makes him very charismatic. Amell, who just signed on to star as Joran van der Sloot in the Lifetime movie Justice for Natalee, is with SMS and Leverage. Leven Rambin (Grey’s Anatomy) also is joining Hung‘s upcoming season as a recurring, playing a new love interest for Ray. The actress, repped by the Schiff Co. is already recurring on 3 other series, CW’s One Tree Hill, CBS’ CSI: Miami and Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

Heather Lind has joined another HBO series as a recurring, period drama Boardwalk Empire. On the prohibition-era saga, she will play Katy, a maid. Lind, repped by ICM and Troy Nankin, just wrapped her run opposite Al Pacino in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘True Blood’ Finale Slightly Up From Last Year, ‘MNF’ Opens Big

Nellie Andreeva

Airing against the big football game on NBC, the third season finale of HBO’s True Blood drew 5.4 million viewers, up 5% from the second season finale and just 60,000 viewers shy of last week’s series high. Another 1.1 million watched vampire drama’s closer at 11:30 PM. Following True Blood, the finales of Hung and Entourage brought in 2.3 and 2.7 million viewers, respectively, down from last week’s averages of 2.5 million and 2.9 million. All 3 HBO series have already been renewed for another season. Over at TNT, The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles wrapped up their red-hot summer seasons last night with 7.2 million and 6.6 million viewers, respectively. The two dramas rank as the most watched cable series ever.

Speaking of the Sunday football game, NBC today released the final numbers. The Sunday Night Football season premiere featuring the Cowboys vs. Redskins averaged 25.3 million viewers to become the most-watched Week 1 primetime game in 14 years and the most-watched SNF game ever.

UPDATE: Football kept the momentum with another big showing on Monday. The 2010 season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN delivered the network’s highest-rated and most-viewed opening night, helping ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos.  The Baltimore Ravens’ 10-9 road victory over the New York Jets in the first prime-time game at the New Meadowlands Stadium at 7 p.m. ET drew 15 million viewers, the second largest audience for any program on cable television in … Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘Hung’ For Third Season

By | Wednesday September 1, 2010 @ 9:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has picked up dark comedy Hung for a third season with a 10-episode order to run in 2011.

Hung stars Thomas Jane as a down-on-his-luck Detroit high-school coach moonlighting as a male prostitute and Jane Adams as his rookie, poetry-loving pimp. The husband-and-wife duo of Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson created the show and are executive producing with the pilot’s director Alexander Payne, Michael Rosenberg, Scott Stephens, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss for E1 Entertainment. Anne Heche, Eddie Jemison, Rebecca Creskoff, Gregg Henry, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Charlie Saxton co-star. The penultimate episode of Hung‘s second season on Sunday averaged 2.5 million. Its season finale airs Sept. 12.

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Mark Pellington Sets Jeremy Piven & Thomas Jane For Ensemble Thriller

Mike Fleming

oac7dsjeremy-pivenEXCLUSIVE: Thomas Jane and Jeremy Piven are set to star in I Melt With You, an ensemble thriller that will be directed by Mark Pellington. Production will begin in early August in Northern California. The thriller follows the interconnecting lives of four men. Glenn Porter wrote the script from a story he hatched with Pellington, who last directed Henry Poole Is Here and U2 3D. Rob Cowan and Norm Reiss are producing. Pellington and Porter will be exec producers with Neil Labute, Heidi Levitt, Aaron Gilbert and Jane. The pic, packaged by UTA, is privately financed and the budget is under a million bucks. Casting will begin so that the Hung and Entourage stars can return to their TV series.

“I am 48 and  found a dearth of of films that speak to my life experience,” Pellington said. “Where is my generation’s  version of Cassavetes’ Husbands? It is hard to get anything idiosyncratic made for a budget. I have been shooting music videos on small cameras at low cost and wanted to apply it to a film. This is about four guys and deals with mortality, aging and friendship. It is very dark and very low budget. I have nothing against the larger budget movies I have made. I just want to make movies and doing it this way improves my chances.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘True Blood’ Steady While ‘Hung’ & ‘Entourage’ Return Lower

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 1:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s True Blood held steady with its third episode Sunday, while the season premieres of Hung and Entourage were down from last year. True Blood averaged 4.5 million viewers at 9 PM, up from the 4.3 million who tuned in for episode 2 the week before. However, the total audience when the 11PM airing is factored in was 5.1 million, down 9% from the week before.

At 10PM, the second season premiere of Hung averaged 2.5 million viewers, down 11% from the show’s series debut last year. The show’s ratings were down despite the fact that the show had a stronger lead-in this year. Last year’s episode of True Blood, which opened for the Hung premiere, drew 3.7 million viewers. But for the night, Hung’s cume viewership, 3.5 million, was close to last year’s total, 3.7 million. At 10:30PM, the season opener of veteran Entourage logged 2.5 million viewers, down 26% from last year’s season debut. On the bright side, Entourage held onto 100% of its Hung lead-in in total viewers, while dropping 6% last year.

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