While Bill Simmons not-so-subtly pushed his way out of ESPN, he’s certainly landed on his feet after signing a big new deal with HBO. Per The New York Times, HBO has announced that Simmons will get his own sports-centered talk show on HBO that will begin airing in 2016. Part of the HBO deal, which goes into effect starting in October, will also let Simmons host regular video podcasts, which were a staple of his career at ESPN. More →
In the first season of True Detective, the hook was instantaneous.
You put Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in front of a brutal, ritualistic murder scene and you’ve got yourself an audience — it’s as simple as that. True Detective was so unexpected and so in tune with its viewers that even its frequent stumbles weren’t enough to pull (most of) us out of its universe.
Game of Thrones fans, you have your work cut out for you.
Millions of fans of HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones are reeling now that the fifth season has come to an end. What will become of Daenerys? Is Jon Snow really dead? There are plenty more questions as well, and we won’t be any closer to getting answers until Game of Thrones season 6 premieres next year.
In the meantime, it’s time to test how big a GoT fan you really are. More →
When I first heard John Oliver was getting his own show on HBO, I wasn’t excited at all. Oliver was amusing at times on The Daily Show, but his deliveries were often labored and I generally found him to be pretty annoying. Honestly, I really didn’t think he would be able to carry a show himself. It’s a good thing HBO is better at doing HBO’s job than I am at doing HBO’s job, because Last Week Tonight is a fantastic addition to the network’s Sunday night lineup.
The show took the night off this past Sunday because of the July 4th holiday, but Oliver still released a quick bit on the Last Week Tonight’s YouTube channel, and while fans certainly would have preferred a full episode, it was absolutely hilarious. More →
Cord cutters, your prayers have been answered. Sort of.
Households no longer need pay TV packages to enjoy movies and TV shows at home, and cord cutting has reached new heights thanks to services like Netflix, which offers tens of thousands of movies and TV shows that are each just a few clicks away. Networks are also finally getting in on the action, as HBO, ESPN and others launch services that stream paid content without the need for a pay TV subscription.
Netflix, HBO Now and WatchESPN are all paid options, though. What if you want to stream content for free? Sure, you can steal content by streaming it illegally, but there are plenty of legal options out there as well. The key, however, is getting them all in one place, and now there’s a community-powered service that looks to do just that. More →
Many Game of Thrones fans have probably seen the terrifying end of season 5 by now and are anxiously waiting to see what’s coming next year. Many questions have to be answered in the next season, especially about You Know Who having been You Know What “for the Watch.” While a purported audition for season 6 that made its way online doesn’t answer that question, it still offers some insight into what might happen in the upcoming new season.
Caution though, spoilers ahead. More →
Forgive me if I get emotional. I’m not sure how the season finale of Game of Thrones could have been any more intense than it was. The tension leading into the final episode of season 10 had reached fever pitch, and there wasn’t a moment’s rest in the entire episode. I might have actually been sweating by the time the episode was over. And the death toll, while not unexpected, left viewers reeling.
In case you’re not watching HBO’s Last Week Tonight on a regular basis then you might have missed a hilarious John Oliver take on a very serious matter. This time it’s not about net neutrality or FIFA corruption but on the American government’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” or torture in simpler terms. More →
The Leftovers didn’t have quite the same impact as True Detective or Silicon Valley when it debuted last year, but it got enough people interested in its overarching mystery to get picked up for a second season. In season 2, the show has moved to the fictional town of Mapleton, TX which you can see in the teaser trailer below. More →