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.

THE COMEBACK Returning for Six-Episode Event; Lisa Kudrow, Malin Ackerman, and Kellan Lutz to Reprise Roles

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Last month word surfaced that HBO was looking to possibly resurrect the fantastic comedy series The Comeback.  Well, they got it.  E! Online now confirms that the cult favorite will indeed return for a six-episode run, with Lisa Kudrow poised to reprise her role as Valerie Cherish, a washed-up sitcom actress whose “comeback” on a new sitcom was captured by a documentary crew.  These new episodes will take place 9 years after the events of the first and only season, with Malin Ackerman and Kellan Lutz also set to return for a handful of episodes.

Hit the jump for more, and if you’re never seen The Comeback, do yourself a favor and catch up on HBO Go.

HBO Teaming with BBC for J.K. Rowling Miniseries Adaptation THE CASUAL VACANCY; Filming Begins This Summer

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The miniseries adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel The Casual Vacancy is getting a high-profile partner.  We learned last year that the BBC was developing an adaptation of the novel in miniseries format, and now HBO has come aboard the project to co-produce the three-hour event.  In a story that is wildly different from the Potter universe, The Casual Vacancy 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.  Rowling uses the story to explore themes like social class structure, the welfare state, drugs, and politics, making the miniseries format an excellent fit for the story.

Hit the jump for more on HBO and BBC’s plans for The Casual Vacancy miniseries, including how soon it might come to the small screen and which creatives will be bringing it to fruition.

Amazon Prime Strikes Exclusive Streaming Deal with HBO; Will Provide THE WIRE, THE SOPRANOS, GIRLS, and More

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While, “Can I get that on Netflix?” still remains the primary question people have when it comes to streaming a title, Amazon Prime refuses to play runner-up.  Today, the company announced they had struck an exclusive deal with HBO to stream some of the network’s biggest series including The Wire, The Sopranos, Eastbound & Down, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, and eventually seasons of Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep.  It’s a savvy move by both companies.  When an increasing number of consumers are ditching their cable subscriptions, HBO can’t rest its streaming business entirely on HBO GO.  However, they can’t undermine the service entirely, so they’re carefully selecting what can be shared with another company.

Meanwhile, Amazon may not get the crème-de-la-crème of HBO’s current programming (the press release makes no mention of Game of Thrones or True Detective, the two shows that were so popular they crashed HBO GO), but it gets more than enough to woo more subscribers.  The only big loser here is Netflix, who recently announced they’ll probably increase prices for new subscribers. When it comes to streaming, we may now start asking, “Can I get that on Prime?”  Hit the jump for the press release.  The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime on May 21st.

HBO Renews SILICON VALLEY and VEEP

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Though Twitter on Sunday nights is usually dominated by discussion about the excellent Mad Men and Game of Thrones, HBO is also airing a killer comedy block in the post-Game of Thrones slot with Silicon Valley and Veep.  As such, it comes as great news that HBO has renewed Silicon Valley for a second season and Veep for a fourth season.  The former is the new series from Mike Judge that revolves around a tech startup in the titular Silicon Valley, and though we’re only three episodes in, it’s quickly proving itself to be one of the funniest shows on television.  Moreover, Judge is offering up a weekly dose of brilliant satire that takes aim at our current culture of tech giants.  If you missed them, be sure to catch up on Allison’s recaps.

As for Veep, the ensemble comedy remains as sharp and mean as ever in its current third season, which sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ lead character heading down a promising new path.  If you’re not already watching Silicon Valley and Veep, I would highly suggest checking them out at some point in the near future.  Watch trailers for the next episodes of both after the jump.

Full Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Julia Roberts

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HBO has released a new, full-length The Normal Heart trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer stage play.  The film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and it looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  Though Murphy is a bit hit and miss (his last two films were Running with Scissors and Eat, Pray, Love), I’m encouraged by The Normal Heart’s stellar ensemble cast and the fact that Kramer penned the screenplay.  Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, in particular, look to be standouts, and the tone feels reminiscent of the heartwrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague, in which Kramer plays an integral role.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length The Normal Heart trailer.  The film also stars Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart premieres on HBO Sunday, May 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

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