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HBO Renews Westworld, Insecure, Divorce

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Good news everyone (and news that everyone isn’t super surprised about)! “Westworld” has officially been renewed alongside other new shows “Insecure” and “Divorce.”

“Westworld” has been a pantheon show since premiering. The internet is already overflowing with theories and fans falling in love with Dolores and terrified of Ford. In fact, the series is doing better in the ratings than the first season of HBO’s most popular show, “Game of Thrones.” It’s averaging 11.7 million viewers.

Rumor is that the creators of the series have a five year plan for “Westworld” so we won’t have another “Lost” situation on our hands. So the renewal wasn’t so much a surprise as it was an eventuality.

Entertainment Weekly also reported that HBO renewed “Insecure,” the new series from Issa Rae that has absolutely captured my heart and many others this season. Additionally, the Sarah Jessica Parker show, “Divorce” was also picked up for a second season. Both new second seasons will consist of 10 episodes.

Jon Stewart Will Return to TV With Animated HBO Show This Fall

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Jon Stewart may be super cynical after years on “The Daily Show” watching the world crumble but he is coming back to television! Sort of!

This fall, Stewart returns but this time to HBO and in an animation deal. HBO Program Director Casey Bloys confirmed the deal and explained the show’s unique format in a recent press conference during a recent Television Critics Association (TCA) gathering.

While he did not confirm a release date, he did say maybe September or October.

“He is establishing an animation studio. He wants to get material out on a daily basis. The idea is that it’s an animated parody of a cable news network in an Onion-like portal,” said Bloys. “It will be his voice, in his actual voice, and his tone.”

According to the reports about the show that released last year, these shorts will arrive on HBO GO and NOW throughout the day. Stewart’s program will also feature a companion written component as well. Once this and the shorts take off, fans can expect a half-hour traditional show on the network.

HBO Wants Another Series From The Duplass Brothers

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I think HBO s finally regretting their insanely dumb decision to cancel “Togetherness,” because the network has decided it wants the Duplass brothers back. What a classic tale. You don’t know what you had until it’s gone. (Okay granted they still had “Animals” but its not the same.)

The network announced last week that it has picked up a new anthology series from the brothers Room 104. The series follows a single room in a chain hotel and the different people who wander through it every episode.

“Room 104” was picked up as part of the Duplass brothers’ overall deal with the network, will enter production later this year and premiere in 2017.

 

HBO Announces Premiere Dates for Westworld, Divorce, and Insecure

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HBO have finally officially announced the premiere dates of several of their highly anticipated series!

 

“Westworld” will premiere on Sunday, October 2 at 9 PM ET while “Divorce” and “Insecure” will premiere a week later on Sunday, October 9 at 10 PM PT and 10:30 PM PT respectively.

 

 Many science fiction fans have been patiently awaiting for over a year for the premiere of “Westworld” since HBO teased it many many moons ago. The one-hour drama series is based on the iconic film of the same name. It is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Its includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

“Divorce” is a Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle set in Westchester County, NY, created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), with Paul Simms (Girls) serving as a showrunner on the series. Parker stars as Frances in the comedy series with Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore. After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

“Insecure” is a little less dramatic as the other two premieres thankfully. It was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, and explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way. Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

HBO Drops Vinyl

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HBO has decided to not move forward with a second season of their rock and roll mess of a show, “Vinyl.” HBO issued a statement about the cancellation, which comes just months after the network gave the series a renewal.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl. Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”

The series  starred Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record executive yearning for the days of unvarnished rock ’n’ roll and his downward and upward spirals of madness. Unlike their show, “Boardwalk Empire” also from Terrence Winter, the show struggled in the ratings from the beginning. However, things began looking grim when last April, Winter was dropped as showrunner. Unfortunately, it seems that despite the original effort for a second season, it just wasn’t working for HBO.

What a shame, because Bobby Cannavale is amazing and needs a show.

Westworld Trailer Released by HBO!

It feels like I have been waiting years for this series to finally come to fruition. HBO’s “Westworld” has released the first trailer and it looks pretty amazing.

The one-hour drama series Westworld, based on the film of the same name, is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

The original film was written and directed by Michael Crichton. The series, is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is executive produced, written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, executive produced and written by Lisa Joy, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

We don’t have an official premiere date yet but we do know it will be sometime in October of this year.

HBO’s Togetherness Canceled After Two Seasons

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In really sad news that makes me kind of frustrated at HBO, the network cancelled one of their best shows “Togetherness” after two seasons.

The comedy was created by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Steve Zissis. It will officially end after the April 10 Season 2 finale, which will now serve as the series finale too, according to Deadline.

“Togetherness” is one of the most honest looks at relationships I have probably ever seen. It follows two separate couples. One several years into a marriage that seems stalled then becomes what seems to be irreparably damaged. The other is a blooming love that starts off rocky when one can’t see the other before it is maybe to late. Love is complicated for everyone.

HBO said in a statement,

“Although we have decided not to proceed with another season of Togetherness, we look forward to continuing our strong creative collaboration with the talented Jay and Mark Duplass.”

However, we still have the other Duplass brothers show “Animals” that has a two season deal at HBO.

 

GRRM Has a New Twist for Winds of Winter that Won’t Be in the TV Show

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Now that the HBO series, “Game of Thrones” has caught up and basically surpassed the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire of which it is based, some readers may be less enticed to read the forthcoming novel. (I mean let’s be real, this may not have happened had author George R.R. Martin not taken 5 plus years to write the upcoming novel “The Winds of Winter” which we still have no idea when it is coming out.)

However, GRRM has announced that he will be putting a “twist” in the upcoming final two novels that is a diversion from the series on HBO. He claims this diversion is because certain life-and-death plot changes in the show have already begun.

“It involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show but not dead in the books,” Martin said, in the course of the 25-minute interview with IGN. “The show can’t do this stuff, because they killed a character that I have not killed.”

It is hard to figure out who exactly may get the axe considering there are at least 15 characters who fit the description but as with most things there is a Reddit thread where this is being widely discussed.

Hopefully, “The Winds of Winter” will release next year as soon as the creative muse inhabits GRRM once more.

 

Jon Stewart Heading to HBO

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The former “Daily Show” host, Jon Stewart, is officially heading to HBO! According to the news release Stewart has signed an “exclusive four-year production pact.” As of now, his mandate is to produce “short-form digital content” using some kind of new technology involving cloud graphics.

Here’s the full press release from HBO:

Jon Stewart and HBO have concluded an exclusive four-year production pact, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The partnership marks the next phase of Stewart’s groundbreaking career, beginning with short-form digital content, which will be showcased on HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms, and includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures.

In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism. Working with the pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc., he is developing new technology that will allow him to produce timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day. Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed.

“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the ‘Daily Show,’” said Lombardo. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”

“I’m so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family,” says Stewart. “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”

Stewart is joining his friend and former correspondent, John Oliver who already has a television series on the network titled “Last Week Tonight.”

GRRM Hasn’t Figured Out the Exact Ending for ASOIAF

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“Game of Thrones” and A Song of Ice and Fire author, George R.R. Martin, revealed recently that he has not yet decided how to end the popular series.  But don’t worry fans, he has an overall tone set for the final book in the series and with those ideas in mind, the HBO show will follow accordingly.

“I haven’t written the ending yet,” Martin said in an interview with the Observer when asked if the ending would be particularly dark. “I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet,” he added.

GRRM said that the Lord of the Rings series provided some inspiration for A Song of Ice and Fire. 

“It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. Frodo is never whole again, and he goes away to the Undying Lands, and the other people live their lives,” he said. Martin says that’s exactly the sort of tone he’ll be aiming for with the Song of Ice and Fire ending.

When it comes to the HBO show, the producers have said many times that they know what to do if something happens and the book series is never completed. David Benioff, one of the main writers and producers, explained that they have had MANY conversations with GRRM about the show and the direction in which the books are heading. Benioff also explained that GRRM “makes a lot of stuff up as he’s writing it. Even while we talk to him about the ending, it doesn’t mean that that ending that he has currently conceived is going to be the ending when he eventually writes it.”

The sixth season of the HBO series is currently filming in Northern Ireland.