HBO Announces BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE COMEBACK Premiere Dates; Steven Soderbergh’s THE KNICK Renewed Early

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As the TCA’s are ongoing, HBO and Cinemax took the stage today to make a few announcements.  Boardwalk Empire season 5 will premiere on HBO on September 7th, kicking off the final stretch of episodes for the Steve Buscemi-fronted series.  Additionally, the return of The Comeback will take place in November, as the fantastic, Lisa Kudrow-led cult comedy returns for a six-episode limited series event following its short-lived first season back in 2005.

And on the Cinemax side of things, THR reports that creator/showrunner Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama The Knick has already been renewed for a second season, even though season one doesn’t premiere until August 8th.  Clive Owen stars as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900 New York, an era in which medical procedures were extremely dangerous.  Soderbergh directed all 10 episodes of the first season and has stated his eagerness to return for season two.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Will Have Multiple Directors and 4 “Central Roles”; William Friedkin in the Mix

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As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective.  Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring.  Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance.

During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming that it will indeed have multiple directors.  Moreover, The Exorcist director William Friedkin separately confirmed that he has met about working on the series.  More after the jump.

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 May Omit Stoneheart Character Entirely

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Most Game of Thrones fans know of the online furor that arose after the credits rolled on the show’s fourth season finale.  For book readers, there had been an omission: a character who makes an appearance in A Storm of Swords’ Epilogue.  From there, there was much discussion back and forth within the fandom and in a variety of media outlets over whether the omission was a good thing, to the point of whether the character should be eliminated from the storytelling altogether.  Hit the jump for a recent interview that could clear some of this speculation up, but warning, there will be MAJOR book spoilers about who the character is.

Watch: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Explain How to Enter the New Season of PROJECT GREENLIGHT

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A bit of unlikely (but welcome) news broke a couple months ago, when HBO announced that it was reviving the reality series Project Greenlight for a new season with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing.  The show initially ran for two seasons on HBO from 2001-2003 and then for a third on Bravo in 2005, launching a contest to find up-and-coming young filmmakers.  The winning director was then followed and mentored through the pre-production, production, and post-production process on the series, giving viewers an inside look at how a movie is really made while also providing a boost to an exciting new talent.

HBO has now unveiled a promo spot for the new season of Project Greenlight, in which Affleck and Damon explain how you can enter the contest to be considered for the new season.  Submissions begin July 24th and are open through August 8th.  Watch the video after the jump.

21 GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Finale Images

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HBO’s most popular TV series of all time, Game of Thrones, closed out its fourth season last night with almost certainly the show’s best finale yet.  Though traditionally the fantasy drama series has used its finales as a sort of denouement from the previous episode’s shocking events, last night’s episode packed a multitude of surprises, thrills, and emotion into a wholly satisfying 66 minutes.  Though we still have a while to wait before the show returns for season five, HBO has released a large gallery of images from last night’s episode for your perusing pleasure.  If you’re itching for a closer look at some of the more strange or impactful moments from the episode, these stills should be sufficient.

Hit the jump to check out the Game of Thrones season 4 finale images, and if you missed Allison’s recap of the episode, click here.

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.

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