New Trailer for HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston

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HBO has released a new trailer for their upcoming series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the 2% of the population mysterious disappears, and centers on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Although it seemed like the series would be taking place after the Rapture, this trailer makes it clear that the reason for the disappearance is unknown, so presumably the “why” will hang over the series until the question is answered or a character definitively states that the answer doesn’t matter, and the show never focuses on it again.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Leftovers trailer.  The series premieres on June 29th at 10pm, and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

THE CASUAL VACANCY Miniseries Cast Announced; Michael Gambon Leads HBO/BBC’s J.K. Rowling Adaptation

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Though Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is currently taking her first crack at scriptwriting by adapting her own book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Warner Bros., another one of her works that has absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter world is firming up on the small screen.  The BBC and HBO are partnering on a miniseries adaptation of Rowling’s first post-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy, and now the cast has been announced for the anticipated effort.  Leading the charge is Dumbledore himself Michael Gambon, who will play Howard Mollison in the adaptation, which revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member.  In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface.

Hit the jump to check out the announced cast and to read a synopsis for the book.

Matthew McConaughey Says He’s “Open” to More TRUE DETECTIVE

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Few can argue that there was a more arresting presence on TV in 2014 so far than that of Rustin “Rust” Cohle, played by Matthew McConaughey, in HBO’s anthology series True Detective.  Rust’s “time is flat circle” comments (among so many other) captured the zeitgeist alongside the performance of his co-star Woody Harrelson (“what is ‘scented meat?’”) and the show’s exceptional writing and directing (by Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga respectively).

But McConaughey’s role as Rust has also been an integral part of the “McConassaince,” which started with Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club, and has included films like Mud and presumably the upcoming Interstellar.  Still, his turn in True Detective was one that really resonated with TV audiences in a way few expected.  Might he do it again?  Hit the jump for more.

Darren Aronofsky Comes to Television with MADDADDAM Book Triology Adapted as HBO Series

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Darren Aronofsky, the Oscar-nominated writer-director behind such films as Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and Noah, is making the move to television.  Aronofsky and his production banner Protozoa Pictures made a three-year, first-look deal with HBO earlier this year, and now the first project under that arrangement has been announced.  Aronofsky will executive producer a series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book trilogy MaddAddam with a possibility of directing.  Atwood will serve as consultant on the picture, and the team is currently in search of writers.  Hit the jump for more on the upcoming adaptation of the futuristic dystopian epic.

THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE SERIES Finally Coming to Blu-ray November 4th

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HBO’s The Sopranos has long been considered the “godfather” of this current Golden Age of Television, and though it paved the way for a number of other incredible series like Mad Men, The Wire, and Breaking Bad, it still just might be the best of the bunch.  HBO started releasing the James Gandolfini-fronted drama on Blu-ray in 2006, but inexplicably stopped after only releasing Blu-ray upgrades for seasons one and six.  Well now the entirety of The Sopranos is finally coming to Blu-ray later this year in a box set, complete a brand new featurette.  In addition to the extras that were included on the complete series DVD set, this new Blu-ray collection features “Defining a Television Landmark”, which runs 45 minutes in length and includes new interviews with everyone from Gandolfini and show creator David Chase, to director Steven Soderbergh and actor Jeff Daniels.

But the real draw here is finally being able to own all 86 episodes of quite possibly the best television show of all time in glorious high-definition when the set hits stores on November 4th.  Hit the jump for more, including a video clip from the new featurette.

HBO Orders New Comedy VICE PRINCIPALS from EASTBOUND & DOWN Creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill

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HBO is on a roll as of late when it comes to new comedies.  The network launched the new Mike Judge series Silicon Valley to great success earlier this year, it’s developing a new comedy with Bill Hader, and now the network has ordered a pitch from the creators of Eastbound & Down straight to series.  Deadline reports that HBO has ordered 18 episodes of the new comedy Vice Principals from creators/executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, with those 18 installments poised to be split up into multiple seasons.  McBride and Hill were the brains behind the four-season run of HBO’s unabashedly nutty Eastbound & Down, and they will again steer the ship of Vice Principals with Eastbound alum David Gordon Green also set to executive produce.

As the title suggests, the new comedy will tell the story of a high school and the people that almost run it, the vice principals.  With guys like McBride and Hill at the helm, that’s an incredibly fruitful premise.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING Sequel Moving Forward with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett

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12 years after the first film took the box office by storm, a My Big Fat Greek Wedding sequel is finally moving forward.  THR reports that Playtone, HBO, and Gold Circle are producing the comedy follow-up, with Nia Vardalos reprising her role from the first film alongside returning co-star John Corbett.  Inspired by her life growing up in a Greek household and marrying a non-Greek, Vardolos went on to nab an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and she has written the script for the follow-up as well.  Hit the jump for more, including the plot of the sequel.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two Will Have 3 Leads; Takes Place in “Psychosphere Ambience” of California

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While most TV shows these days have to find their audience, and don’t really start finding widespread acclaim until their second or even third seasons, True Detective exploded with people buzzing about “The Yellow King”, “Time is a flat circle”, and countless impressions of Matthew McConaughey‘s nihilistic Rust Cohle.  It’s going to be a tough act to follow, and details have been scarce about season two.  All we’ve known thus far is that it’s about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

Now, a few more details have emerged.  Hit the jump for more.

Bill Hader to Create and Star in New HBO Comedy Series

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Will Forte may not be the only SNL alum heading to the small screen in the near future with a new TV series.  Forte created and stars in The Last Man on Earth, which debuts on Fox during the 2014-15 TV season, and now Deadline reports that Bill Hader is creating a comedy series of his own at HBO.  The immensely talented actor is developing a new show for the premium cable network that he also plans to topline, adding another exciting comedy series to HBO’s eclectic lineup that now includes Silicon Valley, Veep, and Girls.  Hit the jump for more.

New Full Trailer for TRUE BLOOD’s Seventh and Final Season

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Last night before its Sunday programming, HBO unveiled a new True Blood season 7 trailer for the show’s upcoming final batch of episodes.  Though the previous teaser only hinted at the troubles to come for the folks of Bon Temps, this one delves a bit deeper into the peril that results from the zombie-like Hep V-infected vampires.  The trailer opens with multiple flashbacks that show just how much Bon Temps/True Blood has changed since its early seasons (spoiler alert: a lot), but I’m encouraged by the smaller focus of this final stretch of episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the True Blood season 7 trailer.  The series stars Anna PaquinStephen MoyerDeborah Ann WollRutina WesleySam TrammellJoe ManganielloRyan Kwanten, and Chris Bauer.  True Blood kicks off its seventh and final season on HBO Sunday, June 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

New Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Goes through the Stages of Grief

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HBO has released a new trailer for The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Unlike the previous trailer went into the details of the plot, this new trailer is more of a teaser that plays on the Kübler-Ross model (aka “the five stages of grief”) until nothing but anger remains.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 29th at 10pm.

Dave Grohl Directing HBO Series Chronicling the Making of Foo Fighters’ Latest Album

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Musician Dave Grohl made his directorial debut last year with the fascinating music documentary Sound City, and now it looks like we don’t have to wait long to see his directorial follow-up.  It was announced today that Grohl will be directing an untitled documentary series for HBO that chronicles the making of the eighth album from his band Foo Fighters.  This won’t simply be a music series, however, as the aim is to tap into both the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities—Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York—as the band records songs in studios unique to each location.  Foo Fighters will be enlisting guests from each city to play on the songs recorded there, and in the TV series Grohl will sit down for interviews with the participants.

It’s unclear when the series will air on HBO, but it will coincide with the release of the band’s new album this fall.  As a fan of Grohl, Foo Fighters, and HBO, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this comes together.  Read the full press release for more details after the jump.

First Images from TRUE BLOOD’s Seventh and Final Season

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HBO is ramping up the marketing campaign for the upcoming seventh and final season of the vampire series True BloodA trailer arrived online a little over a week ago, and now a batch of the first True Blood season 7 images has been unveiled.  I stopped watching the show a few seasons ago so I’m not quite sure where everyone stands going into the finale, but from the looks of the trailer it appears that vampire zombies have now been added to the fantastical hodgepodge that is True Blood.  Producers have promised a more focused final season for this last batch of 10 episodes, and moving the action exclusively back to Bon Temps is certainly a good start.  It should be interesting to see how this unabashedly campy—and oftentimes crazy—series comes to a close.

Hit the jump to check out the True Blood season 7 images.  The series stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Deborah Ann Woll, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten, and Chris BauerTrue Blood kicks off its seventh and final season on HBO Sunday, June 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reviving PROJECT GREENLIGHT at HBO

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Project Greenlight is coming back, folks.  In the midst of the reality TV boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s, HBO got in on the fun with a filmmaker-centric reality show called Project Greenlight.  The show offered an inside look at the filmmaking process, as a contest chose a director and writer to bring an original feature film to fruition.  The brainchild of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the series ran from 2001-2003 on HBO and then for a third season on Bravo in 2005.  After nearly a decade off the air, though, HBO, Affleck, and Damon are reviving the series for a new season.  Hit the jump for more.

THE WIRE Creator David Simon Wants to Make a Show about the History of the CIA; Discusses the End of the Golden Age of TV

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With the HBO series The Wire, creator/executive producer David Simon tackled real, hard-hitting issues in America with a frankness that was—and still is—rare in the entertainment world.  Throughout those five seasons, Simon chronicled the War on Drugs, the issues plaguing the public education system, racism, and various other issues that remain some of the biggest problems facing our nation today.  The Wire is truly one of the best shows in the history of television, and now Simon has an incredibly promising idea for a future project that he’d love to dig into: the history of the CIA.  However, the chances of it ever coming to fruition may be slim.

Hit the jump for more on Simon’s passion project, including what he has to say about the end of our current Golden Age of Television.

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