A new season of Boardwalk Empire means new characters to replace those who have passed away the previous season. This fall brings Jeffrey Wright of Casino Royale and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fame on board. As such, he has a pretty prominent role in the year’s first footage-filled teaser opposite Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson. Continue Reading
It is hard to believe, but only two more episodes remain of the third season of Game of Thrones. What’s going to happen in the penultimate episode. Here is a clue from the teaser promo that ran on top of the credits this weekend. The episode will air June 2 after a week off. What will air over Memorial Day Weekend in its place? The Matt Damon-Michael Douglas Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra. Continue Reading
Remember last year’s True Blood poster with the stakes. Well, here is another crazy on for you. The season kicks off and June 16th and for those who missed it, there is already a trailer out. Continue Reading
Just ‘wow.’ Last week I was impressed with yet another series high rating for Game of Thrones which is now in its third season, but apparently that was due to low expectations. The new best number for the beloved fantasy series is 5.5 million as that is how many tuned in on Sunday, May 5. There is not much to say beyond that although it is worth mentioning this is higher than any single episode of True Blood on top of the notion that HBO’s newly minted ‘most-watched’ show airs in the spring against heavy broadcast competition and carries with it a higher percentage of on-demand/post-live viewership. Like I mentioned last week though, this is still about half the height of The Sopranos’ popularity so there is clearly still room to grow.
We have seen many teasers these past few weeks, but HBO has finally released an official footage-filled trailer for the sixth season of True Blood. The takeaway? Expect the vampire-human war to escalate as if fans did not know that already… Continue Reading
With The Rock now three-fourths of the way done with his monster February to May stretch, he was yet to fill his time beyond that of Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Fast & Furious 7. That has now changed though as HBO ordered a pilot for a half-hour dramedy that is to star Dwayne Johnson. His Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg is naturally producing as he continues to maintain a close relationship with the premium network’s top execs. Steve Levinson is writing and Battleship’s Peter Berg is directing.
The story that was shopped is about athletes living in Miami. This falls right into Johnson’s wheel house as a former college football player for the area, and it should satisfy fans of his role in Pain & Gain. In that particular movie, he played a Jesus fanatic muscle builder who was a cog in Mark Wahlberg’s scheme to steal Tony Shalhoub’s money. Audiences largely considered the character a fan favorite and one of Michael Bay’s best.
Hot off receiving season-best ratings on April 28 thanks in part to its Game of Thrones lead-in, HBO has decided to renew Veep for a third season. This is not exactly a surprise given viewership is better than the premium network’s other comedies at the moment, but it is seen as a vote of confidence going forward given that the channel’s first two runs of a series are automatic and anything afterwards has to ‘earn its place.’
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2013 – HBO has renewed the comedy series VEEP for a ten-episode third season, scheduled for 2014.
Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar® nominee for co-writing “In the Loop”), the show stars Emmy®-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer. The Emmy®-nominated show kicked off its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 14 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. Continue Reading
Game of Thrones has yet another record viewership to tout. The latest hour of the hit HBO fantasy drama airing Sunday, April 28 found 5.3 million viewers in its first run, tying the series best True Blood accomplished a few summers ago. This firmly places the series as the premium network’s top program although the all-time mark could be a toughy. For that, we look at what The Sopranos did several years ago before DVR and on-demand options became an everyday choice. Tony and New Jersey mafia maxed out above 12 million which shows there is a still a ways to go for GoT. HBO is currently in 28 million households nationwide.
True Blood returns on June 16th which means more and more teaser trailers are beginning to surface. This one shows no new footage for the series’ sixth season but that came earlier in the week in the form of B-looks for Eric, Alcide, and Jason Stackhouse.
Joining the Jason Stackhouse and Alcide teasers released earlier in the week comes one with Alexander Sarsgard’s Eric for the sixth season of True Blood. This should be fine for now while we await a proper trailer ahead of the show’s June 16th return.
The FX series The Strain is not the only television series coming soon from film director Guillermo del Toro. The man behind Hell Boy and so many animated classics through the years is partnering with HBO on a potential program called Monster. Deadline broke the story this afternoon that has Del Toro backing a project based on a series of Japanese Manga from author Naoki Urasawa. He aims to co-write the story with Sherlock’s Steven Thompson.
This project is dubbed as a thriller, having a young doctor save the life for an evil 12-year-old sociopath. The unwitting decision comes back to haunt the man who tries to prevent mass genocide resulting from his actions. Deadline adds that Monster was originally set to hit feature film status but it was ultimately a no-go at New Line due to the film’s scope. Let the Game of Thrones comparisons begin as we look forward to hearing more about this unique effort as it rides the developmental pipeline.
More B-footage has been teased for the upcoming sixth season of True Blood, this time with Joe Manganiello who plays a werewolf named Alcide on the program. The latest promo follows a similar type of tease starring Ryan Kwanten’s Jason Stackhouse that hit the web on Monday. Look for the series’ return to air June 16.