January 16, 2010 |
HBO's star-studded afternoon sessions at the Television Critics press tour launched with Claire Danes discussing her February biopic "Temple Grandin," and ended with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant bantering about the 13-part animated comedy series "The Ricky Gervais Show." In between, the network brought out luminaries, including Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, Rosie O'Donnell, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to talk about their spring projects. In the movie "You Don't Know Jack," Pacino slips into the skin of Jack Kevorkian, the most public face of the assisted suicide movement.
March 19, 2013 |
HBO has canceled its low-rated critical darling "Enlightened. " The series, created by Mike White and Laura Dern, centered on Amy Jellicoe (Dern), a self-destructive woman who undergoes a spiritual awakening and takes on a path bent on reforming her company's bad methods. The role earned Dern a Golden Globe for the show's debut season. The half-hour series, which recently wrapped its second season, was praised by critics but that didn't translate to ratings success. Though its second season saw a slight boost in viewership, it was hardly a sturdy or everlasting one. It's January premiere drew 300,000 viewers, up from the 210,000 viewers it locked in when it made its debut in late 2011.
July 3, 2011 |
Although it has not quite recaptured the magic of "The Sopranos," there is no denying that HBO is once again in full stride. With Emmy-winning movies, a panoply of well-done documentaries, successful comedies and dramatic hits both popular — "True Blood" — and critical — "Boardwalk Empire," "Treme" — the premium network bursts with so much justified confidence that it took on the perilous realm of fantasy with the well-received "Game of Thrones....
March 3, 2010
HBO lures Hoffman HBO continues to develop aggressively, with a new pilot starring Dustin Hoffman and a series pickup based on a line of bestselling fantasy novels. The pay cable outlet announced Tuesday that it had committed to a pilot plus nine episodes of "Game of Thrones," adapted from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy epic by screenwriter and novelist George R.R. Martin. The story concerns a violent civil war that racks a fictional land called Westeros. The cast includes Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean.
November 15, 2013 |
The trailer for HBO's “Looking,” about gay men in San Francisco, debuted this week, and I want to be excited about the show. The series is executive produced by Andrew Haigh, the director of 2011's “Weekend,” one of the best and most honest gay dramas in recent years. So why does “Looking” make me so nervous? There's an easy answer: The show is “looking awfully white,” as blogger Justin Huang puts it. In an essay for the Huffington Post, Huang takes the show to task for what appears to be a whitewashing of the LGBT community.
March 14, 2012 |
HBO has pulled the plug on its gambling drama "Luck" after controversy erupted over the deaths of three horses during production. "It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck,' " the network said in a statement. The statement continues: "Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.