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.
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 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.
September 16, 2013 |
Three years after the end of "Lost," Damon Lindelof is heading back to TV with a new series titled "The Leftovers. " HBO announced Monday that it had ordered a 10-episode first season of the series, to be run by Lindelof, the co-creator and co-showrunner of the classic ABC fantasy adventure series. While the series, based on the novel by Tom Perotta, has a fantasy bent to it, this one won't have the flavor of island adventure. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The story revolves around the people left on Earth after the Rapture whisks all the true believers off to Heaven.
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.
January 6, 2013 |
Time Warner's pay-cable channel HBO has renewed its deal for movies from Universal Studios through 2022. For HBO, the agreement means it has long-term agreements with three major Hollywood studios for movie content. Besides Comcast's Universal and HBO's sister studio Warner Bros., HBO also has a so-called output agreement with News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox. HBO also has pay-TV rights to films from Summit Entertainment. Although terms of the agreement were not disclosed, people familiar with the pact said the terms are similar to those HBO agreed to when it renewed its agreement with 20th Century Fox last year.