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HBO Picks Up 'True Detective' TV Series Starring McConaughey & Woody Harrelson With Cary Fukunaga To Direct

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 1, 2012 8:58 AM
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Yesterday we got our first look at Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” and we also heard that both “Girls” and “Veep” – despite only having aired a total of five episodes between them – had both been renewed for a second season. It must be a busy week in the HBO offices, because hot on the heels of all that they’ve announced that they’ve made an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for a show headlined by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

HBO Renews Lena Dunham's 'Girls' & Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 4:12 PM
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Haters gonna hate, but Lena Dunham will have the final word as her excellent HBO series "Girls" as well as Armando Iannucci's "Veep" have both been renewed for a second season. And the numbers don't lie.

Review: 'Girls' Tackles Abortion, Sex & STDs Head On With Heart & Hilarity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 11:00 PM
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Having already established in the premiere episode that the sex in "Girls" that sex in the show (at least for now) will often be uncomfortable and awkward, the second show of season turns up the cringe factor. As the show opens, Hannah and Adam are in the midst of some fairly routine missionary sex, with the latter spicing things up with a melange of dirty talk that probably isn't fit to print here. Adam pulls out and ejaculates on Hannah's arm, and in the somewhat unsatisfying post-coitus pause, she says unconvincingly, "That was really good. That was so good....I almost came." To which Adam deadpans, "You want a Gatorade?" Welcome to "Girls."

Review: Armando Iannucci's 'Veep' Off To A Fast, Furious But Only Intermittently Funny Start

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 10:30 PM
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In the midst of an election season, where politics in the United States seems to be more partisan than it ever has been, and riding on the back of the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the world last year, there is probably no better time for a political comedy. And for Armando Iannucci, it's territory that he's already mined to great success. British TV viewers were first acquainted with his work with the series "The Thick Of It" (which was remade by ABC for a potential series, that never made it past pilot and was disowned by Iannucci), while audiences on both sides of the pond applauded "In The Loop." HBO is the ideal home for Iannucci to make his American debut (if only to drop f-bombs, which the script does quite often), but it's shame that this debut episode is so toothless.

Take A Look At The Full Cast Of Aaron Sorkin's HBO Series 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 6:10 PM
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With a slate of programming that already boasts two of the biggest shows on television -- "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" -- HBO is not slowing down for a minute in 2012. This past weekend they finally unveiled the hotly buzzed Lena Dunham series "Girls," and this weekend Armando Iannucci's "Veep" will debut as well. But that's not all. This summer, the network will welcome Aaron Sorkin back to TV, unspooling his latest "The Newsroom," and Vanity Fair has provided the first look at the entire cast photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz.

HBO Renews 'Game Of Thrones' For Third Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 12:53 PM
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Well, this is hardly a surprise. With critical raves pouring in, coupled with a dedicated and devoted following, HBO has announced that they've gone ahead and renewed "Game Of Thrones" for a third season.

Review: HBO's Fantasy Epic 'Game Of Thrones' Returns For A Satisfying Sophomore Season

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
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Ever since HBO changed the landscape of television dramas back in the late 90s, a dozen other networks have stepped up to try to follow in their footsteps with their own challenging, original programming. So how does the pay cable network stay ahead of the pack? By taking risks that no other network can afford to take (literally). Many of the recent dramas in their stable have come from showrunners who have shepherded previous hits -- “Luck” from “Deadwood” creator David Milch; “True Blood” from “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball; “Boardwalk Empire” from “The Sopranos” vet Terrence Winter; “Treme” from “The Wire” creator David Simon -- but their medieval epic “Game of Thrones” is a beast all its own. Adapted from George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series “A Song of Ice And Fire” by novelist D.B. Weiss and writer/screenwriter David Benioff (“25th Hour,” “Troy”), the series aims to break up each massive 800+ page book into a 10 episode season. Though sci-fi, action and even horror have made their way to the small screen, fantasy has rarely been attempted and putting the series in the hands of two writers who had no television experience was, putting it lightly, a risky move.

Take A Peep At Character Videos For 'Veep,' Armando Iannucci's Upcoming HBO Political Comedy

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 27, 2012 12:40 PM
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If you were a fan of the 2009 political-satire “In The Loop,” you were probably pretty pleased to see that creator Armando Iannucci is thankfully going to forgo overseeing a remake of his own BBC series "The Thick of It," which “In The Loop” acted as a spin off of, and would instead created a new series for HBO called “Veep.” Featuring the always enjoyable comedic stylings of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the network dropped a trailer for the series at the beginning of the month, and now they’ve released more hilarity on the web.

Did HBO Cancel 'Luck' To Get Out Of A Contentious Production?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 3:50 PM
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It has been just about a week since HBO closed the lights on Michael Mann and David Milch's horsetrack series, "Luck." And while the death of a horse (the third to pass away during production of the series) was cited as the reason the cable network pulled the plug on the show, it likely wasn't the only factor at play. Even though the network quickly greenlit a second season, ratings had been lagging for the show, and though HBO has often held on to programs even if viewers didn't always follow right away, we're beginning to wonder if behind-the-scenes tensions also contributed.
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SXSW '12: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & The Team Behind 'Girls' Discuss The Brilliant New HBO Show

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 16, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the past decade, SXSW has turned into one of the countries most exciting showcases for feature films and shorts as well as the programs for music and interactive. So consider this something of a milestone that one of the most exciting premieres to take place at the Paramount Theatre this year was not a film at all but the first three episodes of a new HBO series. The event was the first time the cable juggernaut had utilized the festival as a showcase for one of its shows and though one might have guessed a sneak peek of the new season of their fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” would be an easy lay for the geek-centric crowd, instead the network decided to put their big promotional push towards “Girls,” a new comedy from writer/director/star Lena Dunham. This actually makes sense because Dunham premiered her first two features at the fest which included her breakout, “Tiny Furniture,” which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature. "Girls" revolves around the relationships between 4 college friends - Hannah (Dunham), her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), hipster princess Jessa (Jemimi Kirke), virgin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) - and their trials and tribulations working, dating and living in NYC.

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