Say it Ain’t So, HBO: 8 Series Coming, Going on Cable Heavyweight
Known for popular hits such as Game of Thrones and Veep, HBO is well-versed in making a successful TV show. Many of its shows manage to hang on for multiple seasons, and the premieres of new ones are always something to look forward to. Luckily, HBO is releasing a few new TV shows for us to get hooked on this year. But, of course, for every new TV show, there is a different show reaching its end. Here’s a look at some of the new HBO shows entering the lineup, as well as a few shows that are on their way out. [Update, 5/11/16: Updated with new shows.]
Out with the old
This comedy series won’t be coming back after airing its Season 2 finale on April 10 of this year. Written, directed, and produced by the Duplass Brothers, Togetherness was about about two middle-aged couples living under one roof in Los Angeles.
“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,” said HBO in a statement obtained by Deadline.
Although HBO doesn’t appear to have any plans to continue the series, co-star Amanda Peet recently discussed her hopes for a revival of the series — possibly at an online streaming service. “I think we all just have to hope that the Duplasses have something up their sleeves,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in April 2016.
Although HBO’s groundbreaking show about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco garnered positive reviews from the critics during its first two seasons, HBO announced early last year that the show would not return to its lineup in 2016. However, fans of the show can still get some closure, thanks to a special finale that will premiere at the 40th San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival on June 26.
“After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special,” said HBO in a statement obtained by TVSeriesFinale. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.” [Update, 5/17/16: Per HBO, the ‘Looking: The Movie’ special will air on the cable network on Saturday, July 23 at 10 p.m. Eastern.]
3. The Leftovers
This show about the aftermath of an unexplained event that caused 2% of the world’s population to vanish will air its third and final season this year. Although HBO has yet to announce a premiere date, co-star Amy Brenneman tweeted that the show would start shooting its third season in May and that she will be in it. This means that the final season could air as soon as the fall. Per TVLine, the final season will consist of eight episodes and will be shot in Australia.
In with the new
4. Any Given Wednesday (premiered June 22)
Well-known sports commentator Bill Simmons will debut a weekly sports talk show on the premium cable channel this summer. The 20-show first season Any Given Wednesday will premiere on June 22. Per HBO, the show “will feature intimate conversations with compelling guests each week. The show will also include field segments and Simmons’ signature commentary on current events.”
“Bill Simmons represents a unique and distinct voice with a proven track record of challenging the norm and igniting debate and discussion on a wide range of topics,” said president of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. “We are excited about the concept Bill and his team have developed for this show, which takes advantage of Bill’s intelligence, talent and insights.”
5. The Night Of (premiered July 10)
Fans of neo-noir crime shows like True Detective may want to tune in to HBO’s upcoming miniseries, The Night Of. Starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, The Night Of is an eight-part miniseries that will explore “a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones,” according to HBO.
6. Vice Principals (premiered July 17)
On the other side of the spectrum, fans of the series Eastbound and Down may enjoy another show with the same comedic sensibilities and starring the same actor. Created by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, Vice Principals stars McBride and Walton Goggins as “two people who almost run” a high school, according to HBO.
7. Divorce (premieres October 9)
Sex and the City may be long gone, but fans of Sarah Jessica Parker may find their new favorite show when the actress returns to HBO later this year. Per HBO, Divorce will star Parker “as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.” The show was created by Sharon Horgan (one of the stars and creators of the hit British sitcom Catastrophe). Divorce also co-stars Thomas Haden Church as Frances’ husband.
9. High Maintenance (premieres September 16)
After finding success as an online series, HBO ordered six episodes that will premiere on the premium cable channel this fall. Created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance is about a Brooklyn-based pot dealer known as “The Guy” (Sinclair) who encounters various odd characters while delivering his product around New York City.
[Update, 7/14/16: Added September 16 premiere date.]
Additional reporting by Nathanael Arnold.
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