January 10, 2014 |
Writer Tom Perrotta is hopeful that HBO's new series, "The Leftovers," will be received as warmly as other Hollywood adaptations of his books. Based on Perrotta's bestselling novel of the same name, "The Leftovers" imagines the aftermath of a world in which 2% of the population suddenly disappears in a mysterious rapture-like event. Prior to this, Perrotta's books "Election" and "Little Children" were adapted into critical darlings. The former, a quirky black comedy directed by Alexander Payne, became a cult classic.
May 6, 2010
'Sergio' Where: HBO When: 8 p.m. Thursday Rating: Not rated
January 18, 2014 |
A continent may divide them, but HBO's "Girls" will have to shove over and cede some of the Frank New Voice limelight to "Looking," the network's charming and deceptively significant new half-hour series that premieres Sunday about a trio of gay men living in San Francisco. What at first seems like your standard (if R-rated) banter-heavy, young-urbanites-seek-love/meaning tale, this time told from a gay perspective, quickly proves to have a truer heart and loftier ambitions. Yes, creator Michael Lannan is clearly determined to depict and discuss male homosexuality with the same semi-erotic-realism that has become commonplace among heterosexual sex scenes - We're here, we're queer, we're copulating on screen, get used to it. TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Having established this (again and again and once more for good measure)
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 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.