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July 3, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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....
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April 27, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Outnumbered A panel of commentators - one man, four women - discusses the issues of the day in this new series. 9 a.m. Fox News Channel Dancing With the Stars "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer Ricky Martin serves as a guest judge on the reality competition. 8 p.m. ABC Mike & Molly Susan Sarandon reprises her role as Molly's (Melissa McCarthy)
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May 6, 2010
'Sergio' Where: HBO When: 8 p.m. Thursday Rating: Not rated
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April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
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March 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2010 | By Denise Martin and Joy Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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November 15, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
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.
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March 14, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012
  Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies SERIES Breaking Pointe: The lead dancers are selected on a new episode of the ballet-themed docu-series (8 p.m. KTLA). Celebrities at Home: Chef Paula Deen's Savannah, Ga., domicile is featured in this new episode (8 p.m. HGTV)
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April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
More civil lawsuits may be on the way against major Hollywood players in connection with sexual abuse allegations that have ensnared director Bryan Singer and other top entertainment industry figures. Jeff Herman, the attorney for the man who has accused Singer of abusing him as a teenager, told The Times that he's heard from other alleged victims. He said he's investigating these potential new cases and hopes to expose more illegal activity. “I've heard from dozens and dozens alleging they were abused in Hollywood as minors,” Herman said.
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April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
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April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before analyzing the Redskins' 2014 schedule. The Skinny: Sorry we are a little late today. Had to jump on the HBO/Amazon story and make sure that was in our roundup. Other stories include recaps of Aereo's big day at the Supreme Court and Comcast and Charter are trying to work on a deal to swap and sell some cable systems. Daily Dose: The NFL will unveil its fall schedule this evening. Things to watch for will be what games CBS gets for its new Thursday package.
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April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
HBO has cut a deal to sell reruns of many of its hit shows to Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant Video platform. Among the programs  that will be made available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service are "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep. " The agreement also covers HBO's miniseries including "Band of Brothers" and original movies such as "Game Change. " As part of the pact, HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year.
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April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for Mike Judge fans. The writer-director's new HBO series "Silicon Valley" has been renewed for a second season. HBO announced the renewal on Monday, along with the fourth-season renewal of its Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy "Veep. "  Both comedies, which air after HBO's massive hit "Game of Thrones," have done well by critics this season. "Silicon Valley" is Judge's return to series TV after his hit "King of the Hill" ended in 2010 and "The Goode Family" was canceled after 13 episodes on ABC in 2009.
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April 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The Season 4 premiere of "Game of Thrones" claimed another victim Sunday night, but this time it wasn't a member of the Stark family or yet another bearded old guy whose name you can't quite remember -- it was HBO GO.  For the second time in a month, the premium network's online streaming service crashed shortly after 9 p.m. EDT due to overwhelming traffic, some of which came from subscribers logging in remotely but was almost certainly boosted by...
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September 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
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.
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February 5, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
At first glance, it might appear that Claire Danes and HBO are a little behind the curve with "Temple Grandin," a biopic about an early autistic advocate and educator. In the years since "Rain Man," autism has created something of a stock character in television and film. Indeed, when Danes was preparing for the role of Grandin, she had to look no further than her husband, Hugh Dancy, who recently starred in "Adam." But you can't be behind the curve when there is no curve, and there is no longer any curve on autism movies because Danes and the makers of "Temple Grandin" have blown it out of the water.
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April 7, 2014 | By Scott Collins
HBO has spent years looking for another hit like "The Sopranos," and it may have found it in "Game of Thrones. " Season 4 of the epic fantasy opened at 9 p.m. Sunday night averaging 6.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. Those are the best numbers for HBO since 2007, when the mob drama "Sopranos" ended with 11.9 million viewers. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' It's also a huge bump over the 4.4 million viewers for the season 3 premiere in 2013.
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April 4, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Community" (NBC, Thursdays). Ratings have been reported historically low, but that this show, which now bears almost no relation to anything we have heretofore recognized as a sitcom, is surviving at all on a broadcast network seems miraculous to me. (And not a miracle I expect to be infinitely extensible, but one for which I am grateful.) With temporarily ousted creator Dan Harmon back in charge, "Community," which is set at a highly metaphorical, relentlessly postmodern community college, is now often being directed and shot as if it were a drama.
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