September 12, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- On Sunday, for one last night, HBO will bask in the presence of Tony Soprano. This year's Emmy ceremonies appear poised to serve as a farewell bash for the iconic mobster and a triumphant coda to "The Sopranos," showered with 15 nominations for its final season. But amid the expected celebration will loom a reminder of the mixed blessing the much-lauded drama bestowed on the premium cable network.
July 6, 2007 |
First everyone was nuts. Now they're crackers. A small number of die-hard fans of NBC's recently canceled drama "The Black Donnellys" plan to ship nearly 300 pounds of Zesta crackers (that's about 45,000 crackers) to HBO executives beginning next week in hopes of persuading the premium cable outlet to pick up the moribund show.
June 13, 2007 |
What happened Sunday night speaks volumes about the dilemma facing HBO. The opaque ending of "The Sopranos" may have steamed a lot of fans, but the volume of the outcry proves what a cultural touchstone the New Jersey mob-family drama remained, even in its last days. An average of 11.9 million viewers tuned into the series finale, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research, the show's highest tally since the Season 5 debut in March 2004.
June 6, 2007 |
In choosing a new HBO chief executive, Time Warner Inc. on Tuesday opted for corporate stability over bringing an outsider into the famously insular cable network. Last month the media giant was forced to find a replacement for former Chief Executive Chris Albrecht when he was fired after assaulting his girlfriend in Las Vegas.
June 3, 2007 |
LAST year, it was known as "the show they canceled 'Deadwood' for." Now, some say it's "the show that could replace 'The Sopranos.' " Expectations are running so high in some quarters for David Milch's multilayered surf family saga, "John From Cincinnati," launching next Sunday, its creators don't even want to discuss them.
May 24, 2007 |
"JOHN From Cincinnati" has the ingredients of something you've gotta see at least once: surfers, aliens, drug addicts, all brought together by David Milch, the prolific, risk-taking TV dramatist who decided to wrap up his HBO western "Deadwood" to do this new project. It's Milch's mind that's probably going to be the star here; the series' "name" actors include Bruce Greenwood and Rebecca De Mornay.
May 23, 2007 |
Filmmaker Alan Berliner's lifelong insomnia was a cakewalk, even a bit romantic, compared with the bleary days and hellish nights he spent documenting it. In his new HBO documentary, "Wide Awake," which had a "night owl" premiere in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and opens in prime-time tonight, Berliner spends a surreal 18 months staring down his sleeplessness -- figuratively and literally.
May 12, 2007 |
Former HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor battery, admitting to the "unlawful grabbing" of his girlfriend during a quarrel in Las Vegas on Sunday. Albrecht, 54, was forced out of his job this week in the wake of the incident with 37-year-old Karla Jensen and revelations in The Times of an altercation in 1991 with a woman who worked for him at HBO in Los Angeles.
May 10, 2007 |
HBO was already preparing for a challenging life after the end of "The Sopranos." Now, it's grappling with the void created by the ouster of the man who introduced America to some of the most provocative and sophisticated shows on television. The downfall of Chris Albrecht has rocked HBO, where, until his firing Wednesday, he had served as chief executive for nearly five years.
May 10, 2007 |
Chris Albrecht, the powerful Hollywood executive credited with bringing "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City" to American living rooms, was ousted Wednesday as head of Home Box Office in the wake of his arrest in Las Vegas on suspicion of publicly assaulting his girlfriend. The firing cast a pall over the cable channel, which makes about $1.2 billion a year and is one of the most profitable units of Time Warner Inc.