There’s not much of a shake-up with HBO’s fall drama schedule, which keeps Boardwalk Empire‘s fourth season premiere (see the teaser trailer here) in its usual September spot. With The Newsroom airing earlier this summer than last year, a comedy slot has opened up at the end of September that will pair the return of Eastbound & Down (for a “final” season, though we’ve heard that before) along with the new Stephen Merchant comedy Hello Ladies, which will serve as the lead-in. No news yet regarding Treme, whose shortened fourth season should return some time in the fall to conclude the series. Hit the jump for more spoiler-free specifics about the fall schedule, including the new Larry David movie.
Despite a number of news outlets reporting that Eastbound & Down, one of the most cinematically filmed (the most?) comedies ever on the air, was “cancelled,” it seems that it’s more of a case of the show naturally coming to a close. Of course, the show pretty much did that to end its third season … so we’ll see where this takes us, and if Kenny will feel the call of the majors once again.
Eastbound & Down will return September 29th at 10:30 p.m. and run for eight weeks; in the 10pm spot will be Stephen Merchant’s (the long-time writing partner of Ricky Gervais) new 10-episode comedy Hello Ladies, where the 6’7″ Merchant will star as a gawky Englishman looking for love in Los Angeles (doesn’t seem like a stretch). “Hello Ladies” is also the title of Merchant’s recent well-received stand-up tour, and despite his former collaborations with Gervais, this will be his first TV project without him (co-writers include The Office‘s Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky).
Boardwalk Empire, which took a number of odd turns last year and ended with a bloodbath, will be back for its fourth season in its normal 9 p.m. spot for a 12 episode run starting September 8th.
Curb Your Enthusiasm fans will likely be happy to see Larry David return to HBO, but this time it’s for a film, Clear History, in which David plays a hipster marketing executive seeking revenge on his former boss. David wrote the script with Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. Co-stars will include Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes and more, and while it sounds promising, wary David fans will remember his last foray into film, Sour Grapes (which is mentioned many times on Curb as being a low point). The film is set to premiere Saturday, August 10th at 9 p.m.
As for Treme … I guess HBO is just doin’ what they wanna.