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    Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones

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    Game of Thrones is an HBO adaptation of American author George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novel series published by HarperCollins,A Song of Ice and Fire. The show explores a medieval-like fantasy world with its plethora of characters all struggling in the only game that matters--the game of thrones. And in this game you either win or you die, there is no middle ground.moreless
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    True Blood

    True Blood

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    Vampires not only exist, but the entire world knows about them. Since a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many people remain apprehensive about vampires living amongst them in Louisiana. In the southern town of Bon Temps, a local barmaid named Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) understands what it's like to be an outcast. Cursed with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires. She is especially intrigued by Bill Compton(Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test. Other town residents include Sookie's best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley), her slow-witted older brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and her shape-shifting boss Sam (Sam Trammell). Six Feet Under's creator Alan Ball created this sexy horror show based on the novels by Charlaine Harris.moreless
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    True Detective

    True Detective

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    As part of a review into a 17 year-old ritualistic murder, the detectives that worked the case and apparently solved it are brought in to give statements. In narratives between split 2012 and 1995, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) narrate their story, reopening unhealed wounds in the process.moreless
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    Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley

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    Silicon Valley is an American sitcom that centers on four programmers who are living together and trying to make it big in Silicon Valley.
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Boardwalk Empire

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    Based on Nelson Johnson's book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City, this HBO drama project tells the legendary tale of the gambling mecca's origins. This show stars Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt. Writing credits will go to The Sopranos' Terence Winter while Entourage pair Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson will produce.moreless
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    Girls

    Girls

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    This show takes a comically wry and offbeat look at the ups and downs of a group of twenty-something girlfriends living in New York City. The cast includes creator, Lena Dunham, as Hannah, an intern at a publishing house in SoHo; Marnie, a motivated assistant at a political PR firm and Jessa, a down-to-earth girl who wants to be an artist and teacher.moreless
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    Veep

    Veep

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    Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfrus as Vice President Selina Meyer, this HBO series follows Selena and her staff as they struggle to navigate through Washington politics. This show was created by Armando Iannucci, who is also responsible for The Thick of It & In The Loop.moreless
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    The Newsroom

    The Newsroom

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    The Newsroom is the tale of a fictional cable news program with a lofty goal: bring back integrity and journalism to the news. The team takes on a Don Quixote-like belief in the ideals of a bygone era where journalism was facts, not opinion. As their quest plays out against the reality of ratings and public opinion, their successes and failures are magnified. Behind this aspiration is the reality of a work place where romances, betrayals, competitions, and corporate expectations add to already stressful jobs.

    Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is a complacent news anchor who is shocked back to life by a public breakdown and the arrival of his ex-love MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), one of the best executive producers in the business. She is hired by Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), president of the news division at ACN, who cheers on the transformation he orchestrated. Will is supported by his former EP Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) who jumped ship for the 10 pm show; Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.), the new senior producer who came with MacKenzie from a war zone; Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill), a newbie associate producer whose personal life affects her work; Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), a beautiful and brilliant economics expert who works to become an anchor; and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel), whose coverage of the London subway bombings landed him a job maintaining Will's social media presence but who longs to break a big story.

    Created by Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Poul, Scott Rudin and Aaron Sorkin serve as executive producers for this HBO Entertainment production.


    Program Notes:
    Season one's opening titles used a somewhat majestic theme by Thomas Newman, black-and-white pictures of journalism greats including Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, and clips from season one's first few episodes to identify the regular cast. Each episode focused on an 18-month-old real major news story. Ten episodes were ordered.

    Season two's titles were overhauled during the break. A modified theme by Newman began with a syncopated piano that merged into part of the old theme with orchestral backup that continued the jazz-influenced remix. The pictures of journalists and cast clips were replaced with shots of New York, work at the studio and clips of disasters. The episodes continued with past news stories, but they were in the background. The overarching storyline was a broadcast where the story turned out to be false, and the ramifications thereof. Nine episodes were ordered.

    Season three's titles used season two's title sequence. The episodes continued the 18-month delay of real news stories against two overarching storylines; a whistle blower story that attracts the attention of the feds, and how – after Genoa – can ACN win back the trust of its viewers. Six episodes were ordered.

    On January 13, 2014, HBO announced the truncated season three order and that it was the final season. This was a relatively long delay, as HBO announced the second season during season one. Sorkin's scheduling conflicts were blamed for the delay as his film career interfered with his television responsibilities. In this case, the script for the feature Jobs had to be completed before Sorkin could return to the show.

    Broadcast History (All times E/P):
    Season 3 – Sunday, 9:00 pm
    Seasons 1-2 – Sunday, 10:00 pm

    Awards:
    2015 Emmy Awards (67th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)

    2014 Emmy Awards (66th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
    Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)

    2013 Emmy Awards (65th)
    Won – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
    Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)
    Nominated – Outstanding Main Title Design

    2013 Golden Globes
    Nominated – Best Television Series – Drama
    Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Jeff Daniels)moreless
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    Looking

    Looking

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    Looking is an American comedy-drama television series about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco.
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    Entourage

    Entourage

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    Vince Chase is a sexy young actor whose career is on the rise. To share the fun of his ride to the top of Hollywood and keep him grounded, Vince looks to Eric, Drama and Turtle, his childhood buddies from Queens. Together, they'll navigate the highs and lows of Hollywood's fast lane, where the stakes are higher, and the money and temptations greater, than ever before. But that certainly will not stop them from having fun the whole way through.

    Adrian Grenier ("The Devil Wears Prada", "Drive Me Crazy") stars as Vince, an actor on the verge of stardom. Kevin Connolly ("Antwone Fisher," "John Q") plays Eric, Vince's closest confidant who's learning the rules of the business as he tries to help Vince make the right choices and keep his goals aimed high. Kevin Dillon ("The Doors," "Platoon") plays Vince's half-brother Johnny Drama, whose own acting aspirations have been eclipsed by Vince's success, but that doesn't stop Johnny from constantly looking for work and going to auditions. Jerry Ferrara ("Grounded for Life," "Leap of Faith") plays Turtle, the least experienced of the group who is always up for a good time. Jeremy Piven ("Old School," "The Larry Sanders Show") plays Ari, Vince's aggressive, high-powered agent, who clashes with Eric over his client's decisions.

    Theme Song:

    "Superhero" by Jane's Addictionmoreless
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

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    Each half-hour episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm features verit?-style footage of David (playing himself) at home, at work and around town, as he gets into predicaments with fictional and real-life personalities. With cast regulars Jeff Garlin (as manager Jeff Greene) and Cheryl Hines (as wife Cheryl), the series features appearances by guest celebrities playing themselves or character roles. Candid, unsparing and self-deprecating, Curb Your Enthusiasm brings the off-kilter comic vision of Larry David--co-creator and co-executive producer of one of the most lauded comedy series in TV history, Seinfeld--to HBO. The series blurs the lines between reality and fiction, as David (playing himself) and a cast of real and fictional characters are followed around Los Angeles by a ubiquitous camera that chronicles the private, often banal world of a (relatively) public man. Having evolved from the 1999 HBO special Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, this series proves how seemingly trivial details of one's day-to-day life--a trip to the movies, a phone call, a visit from some trick-or-treaters--can precipitate a "Murphy's Law" chain of misfortune to hilarious effect. Like George Costanza in Seinfeld, the protagonist of Curb Your Enthusiasm has a knack for getting himself into uncomfortable situations that end up alienating him from peers and acquaintances. To keep the narrative fresh and spontaneous, Curb Your Enthusiasm is shot without a script; the cast is given scene outlines and often improvise lines as they go. The result is an unpredictable format that's unlike anything else on TV. In Germany the show is known as Lass es, Larry! ("Stop it, Larry!")
    In French the show is known as Larry et son nombril ("Larry and his Belly Button"), though in Quebec the show is known as Cache ta joie ("Hide Your Joy")
    In Portuguese the show is known as A Louca Vida de Larry ("Larry's Crazy Life")
    In Norway it is known is Ingen grunn til begeistring
    In Sweden it is known as Simma lugnt, Larry!
    In Finland it is known as J?it? hattuunmoreless
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    Eastbound & Down

    Eastbound & Down

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    Created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, this half-hour comedy follows a former professional baseball player who returns to his hometown in the South to take a job as a substitute gym teacher.moreless
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    Ja'mie: Private School Girl

    Ja'mie: Private School Girl

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    From the series "Summer Heights High". Ja'mie returns to her private school Hillford where she must compete with her fellow classmates to win the coveted Hillford Medal.
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    In Treatment

    In Treatment

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    Paul, a psychotherapist played by Gabriel Byrne, is the picture of insightful perfection when dealing with his patients, but he becomes a raging ball of issues during his own therapy sessions. In Treatment is based on a successful Israeli television series and is produced by HBO, Closest to the Hole Productions and Leverage Management.moreless
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    Treme

    Treme

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    Premiere Date: April 11th, 2010. This musician-themed HBO TV series is set in a New Orleans neighborhood. From the creator who brought you The Wire (David Simon), "Treme" follows the lives of struggling artists and musicians in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    "Treme" refers to one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans where the African-American and Creole culture come together.
    The cast of "Treme" includes: Wendell Pierce as Antoine Batiste, Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux, Khandi Alexander as Ladonna Batiste, Steve Zahn as Davis Rogan, Kim Dickens as Janette Desautel, Rob Brown as Delmond Lambreaux and Melissa Leo.moreless
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    Hung

    Hung

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    "It's hard to make an indecent living." Thomas Jane heads up the cast in this comedy as Ray Drecker, a middle-aged basketball coach and high school History teacher who figures out how to put his exceptional physical endowments to use and change his fortunes. Forced to find an alternative source of income after a series of unfavorable events, Ray takes on a whole new profession aided by his pimp and business partner, Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams). Joining Jane and Adams are Men in Trees' Anne Heche who plays Ray's ex-wife, Jessica and Eddie Jemison as Jessica's new husband, Dr. Ronnie Haxon. Rounding up the series cast are Charlie Saxton and Sianoa Smit-McPhee who play Jessica and Ray's twin children, Damon and Darby. Created by Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, the series is filmed both in areas of Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.moreless
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    Bored to Death

    Bored to Death

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    "How he solves anything is a mystery." Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), a struggling Brooklyn writer with a drinking problem, tries to cope with his recent breakup with his girlfriend by reinventing his life. On a whim, Ames decides to emulate his idol novelists Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler by posing as a private detective and offering his services through an online ad. Soon enough, he takes on various cases of unwitting clients, satisfying some while failing others. The HBO original comedy is based on Jonathan Ames' short story of the same name, which is included in his book The Double Life is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction and in McSweeney's Issue 24. The cable series also stars Ted Danson (Damages, Becker) as George Christopher, Jonathan's magazine editor, and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as Ray Hueston, Jonathan's best friend.moreless
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    Hello Ladies

    Hello Ladies

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    Stephen Merchant stars in this HBO comedy about a tall and awkward Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles.
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    Big Love

    Big Love

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    From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer comes Big Love, the story of a man, Bill Henrickson, living in Salt Lake City with his three wives, three houses, and three families.

    As if normal family life isn't enough trouble, Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton, Twister, Thunderbirds) has everything in triple: three wives, three houses, three families. Bill's first and only legal wife is Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Word of Honor) but he also shares the bedroom with middle wife Nicki (Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don't Cry, Dogville) and youngest wife Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed, Mona Lisa Smile). Bill also has three new adjoining houses, seven kids, and a booming hardware business. His closest friend and business partner at Home Plus, Don Embry (Joel McKinnon Miller), is also a polygamist. The series kicks in as Bill receives troublesome news about his father Frank (Bruce Dern, Last Man Standing), who lives in rural Utah in a fundamentalist community lead by Bill's father-in-law, the menacing "Prophet" Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton, Wild at Heart, The Green Mile).

    Bill's younger brother Joey (Shawn Doyle, The Eleventh Hour) was once a star athlete in the NFL, but is now getting used to living in the compound with his wife Wanda (Melora Walters, Magnolia, The Butterfly Effect). Bill's mother Lois (Grace Zabriskie, Twin Peaks, Fried Green Tomatoes) is a descendant to the original founder of the Juniper Creek compound, and is still bitter for Roman Grant's hostile takeover for the leadership. Daveigh Chase (The Ring, Lilo & Stitch) plays Roman's latest wife, the child-bride Rhonda. Rounding out the cast are Amanda Seyfried (Veronica Mars, As the World Turns) as Bill and Barb's oldest daughter Sarah, Douglas Smith (Citizen Duane) as Ben, the adoring son, and Jolean Wejbe as Tancy, the precocious 8-year-old.

    The series is executive produced by creators Mark V. Olsen (Easter) and Will Scheffer (Easter), Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman (Band of Brothers, The Polar Express).

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    Luck

    Luck

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    From director-filmmaker team David Milch and Michael Mann, HBO presents a drama set in the world of horse racing. The series focuses on lives of owners, jockeys, trainers and gamblers who are all tied to the same horse track. HBO picked Luck up for a second season on January 21, 2011.moreless
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