HBO is Playing with People’s Emotions with the Teaser Art for Game of Thrones Season 6

(PCM) If you have yet to watch the latest season of HBO’s hugely successful Game of Thrones series, read no further.

If you have, then you know that GoT fans were dealt a huge blow when fan favorite Jon Snow was stabbed to death by his own men in the last episode of season 5.

Since then, countless theories have emerged alleging that Jon Snow is still alive or will be brought back from the dead, and it would appear that HBO’s first teaser art for the sixth season confirms these theories.GameofThrones_JonSnow

The teaser art, which went live on Monday morning online and on billboards in New York City and Los Angeles, features a dark close-up of a bloody Jon Snow, looking down and away from the camera. 

With a number of cast members, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) included, publicly claiming that Jon Snow is 100% dead, this latest promotional art is either a cruel trick or a glimmer of hope for all the fans.

Looks like we’ll have to wait for Game of Thrones’ season 6 premiere in April 2016 for some real concrete answers to Jon Snow’s whereabouts and wellbeing, so stay tuned!

U2 And HBO Issue A Statement In Regards To Planned Live Concert Broadcast From Paris


(HBO) In regards to the U2 concert scheduled to air on HBO Saturday night, the following has been posted on the band’s website:

As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.

Speaking from Paris the band said: “We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe”.

Jon Stewart And HBO Reveal Exclusive Four Year Production Pact


(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.”

Jon Stewart became the host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 1999, stepping down from the show earlier this year. The series recently won three Primetime Emmys®, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, and has received 23 Primetime Emmys® overall, as well as two Peabody Awards. Stewart hosted the Academy Awards® twice, wrote the bestselling book “Naked Pictures of Famous People,” and co-authored the bestselling books “America (The Book): A Guide to Democracy Inaction” and “Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.” He wrote and directed the 2014 feature film “Rosewater.” Stewart’s previous HBO credits include the standup special “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” hosting the special “George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy,” “Mr. Show with Bob and David” and a recurring role on “The Larry Sanders Show

Fall TV Season Is Upon Us! Full List of Fall 2015 Premiere Dates!


(PCM) It is our favorite time of year! All of our favorite fall TV shows are returning and the networks are churning out a slew of new series so everyone’s DVR’s are sure to fill up fast in the coming months. We have scoured the networks and came up with a complete list of every fall premiere date that has been revealed! Our most anticipated picks for each month are highlighted in bold, so definitely be sure to check them out!



Tuesday, Sept. 1
“Drunk History” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Wednesday, Sept. 2
“Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Friday, Sept. 4
“Hand of God” – Amazon

Monday, Sept. 7
“Ladies of London” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Tuesday, Sept. 8
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – 11:30 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 9
“The League” – 10 p.m., FXX
“Suddenly Royal” – 10 p.m., TLC
“You’re The Worst” – 10:30 p.m., FXX

Tuesday, Sept. 9
“Longmire” – Netflix

Friday, Sept. 11
“20/20” – 10 p.m., ABC
“Z Nation” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Continuum” – 11 p.m., Syfy

Saturday, Sept. 12
“Ferrell Takes The Field” – 10 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Sept. 13
“Project Greenlight” – 10 p.m., HBO
“Doll & Em” – 10 p.m., HBO

Monday, Sept. 14
“Dancing With the Stars” – 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 15
“The Bastard Executioner” – 10 p.m., FX
“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” – 10 p.m., NBC
“The Mindy Project” – Hulu

Wednesday, Sept. 16
“South Park” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central
“Moonbeam City” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Saturday, Sept. 19
“Doctor Who” – 9 p.m., BBC America

Monday, Sept. 21
“The Big Bang Theory” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Gotham” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Voice” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Life in Pieces” – 8:30 p.m., CBS
“Minority Report” -9 p.m., FOX
“Scorpion” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Blindspot” – 10 p.m., NBC
“Castle” – 10 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Sept. 22
“The Muppets” – 8 p.m., ABC
“NCIS” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Scream Queens” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Fresh Off the Boat” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: New Orleans” – 9 p.m., CBS
“The Bazillion Dollar Club” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Limitless” – 10 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 23
“The Middle” – 8 p.m., ABC
“The Mysteries of Laura” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Rosewood” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Survivor” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Goldbergs” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“Empire” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Law & Order: SVU” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Modern Family” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Black-ish” – 9:30 p.m., ABC
“Nashville” – 10 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Sept. 24
“Grey’s Anatomy” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Heroes Reborn” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe” – 9 p.m., Lifetime
“Scandal” – 9 p.m., ABC
“How To Get Away With Murder” – 10 p.m., ABC
“The Player” – 10 p.m., NBC

Friday, Sept. 25
“The Amazing Race” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Last Man Standing” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Hawaii Five-0” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Shark Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Blue Bloods” – 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sept. 26
“48 Hours” – 10 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Sept. 27
“60 Minutes” – 7 p.m., CBS
“Bob’s Burgers” – 7:30 p.m., FOX
“The Simpsons” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Once Upon a Time” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Blood & Oil” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Family Guy” – 9 p.m., FOX
“The Last Man on Earth” – 9:30 p.m., FOX
“Quantico” – 10 p.m., ABC

Monday, Sept. 28
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – 11 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sept. 29
“Grandfathered” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Grinder” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Beyond the Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sept. 30
“Criminal Minds” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Chicago P.D.” – 10 p.m. NBC
“Code Black” – 10 p.m., CBS



Thursday, Oct. 1
“Bones” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Blacklist” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Sleepy Hollow” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Benders” – 10 p.m., IFC

Friday, Oct. 2
“Dr. Ken” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“The Jacksons: Next Generation” – 10 p.m., Lifetime

Saturday, Oct. 3
“The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“Saturday Night Live” – 11:30 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Oct. 4
“Madame Secretary” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Good Wife” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Homeland” – 9 p.m., Showtime
“The Leftovers” – 9 p.m., HBO
“The Affair” – 10 p.m., Showtime
“CSI: Cyber” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 6
“The Flash” – 8 p.m., The CW
“iZombie” – 9 p.m., The CW

Wednesday, Oct. 7
“Arrow” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Supernatural” – 9 p.m., The CW
“American Horror Story: Hotel” – 10 p.m., FX

Thursday, Oct. 8
“The Vampire Diaries” – 8 p.m., The CW
“The Originals” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Haven” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Billy on the Street” – 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Oct. 9
“Reign” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Undateable” – 8 p.m., NBC
“America’s Next Top Model” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Red Oaks” – Amazon

Saturday, Oct. 10
“The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“The Last Kingdom” – 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Oct. 11
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” – 7 p.m., ABC
“The Walking Dead” – 9 p.m., AMC
“Talking Dead” – 10:30 p.m., AMC

Monday, Oct. 12
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Jane the Virgin” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Fargo” – 10 p.m., FX

Tuesday, Oct. 13
“Manhattan” – 9 p.m., WGN America
“Chicago Fire” – 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Oct. 14
“Kingdom” – 9 p.m., DirecTV

Thursday, Oct. 15
“Nathan For You” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Oct. 16
“Truth Be Told” – 8:30 p.m., NBC
“The Knick” – 10 p.m., Cinemax
“Satisfaction” – 10 p.m., USA

Monday, Oct. 26
“Supergirl” – 8:30 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 27
“Wicked City” – 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Oct. 30
“Grimm” – 9 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Oct. 31
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” – 9 p.m., Starz


Thursday, Nov. 5
“Mom” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Angel From Hell” – 9:30 p.m., CBS
“Elementary” – 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 6
“MasterChef Junior” – 8 p.m., FOX
“World’s Funniest” – 9 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Nov. 8
“Flesh and Bone” – 9 p.m., Starz

Tuesday, Nov. 17
“Chicago Med” – 10 p.m., NBC

Paul Haggis Discusses Show Me a Hero, debuting this Sunday On HBO


(HBO) In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

From David Simon (HBO’s “Treme” and “The Wire”) and Paul Haggis (“Crash”), the HBO Miniseries presentation SHOW ME A HERO debuts its first two parts back-to-back SUNDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by two parts on both of the subsequent Sundays – Aug. 23 and 30 – at the same time. In addition to Simon and Haggis (who directs all six parts), the miniseries is executive produced by Nina K. Noble, Gail Mutrux and William F. Zorzi.

Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, the miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.

QUESTION: How did you become involved in SHOW ME A HERO? What drew you to the project?

PAUL HAGGIS: Truth be told, I agreed to do this even before reading the script; I had complete confidence that in David Simon’s hands this story would be well told. I had never directed anyone else’s words before, but if I was going to do that, David’s were the words I wanted to direct. I’ve long admired him from his work, starting with “The Corner,” and continuing through “The Wire,” “Generation Kill” and “Treme.”

What drew me to the story was the fact that when you say desegregation in America, you think of Birmingham in the ‘60s, or perhaps Boston in the ‘70s, but the last thing you think is New York in 1990; so close to home, just so few years ago. And the fact that the opponents of public housing sold this package of fear based on people’s livelihoods, incomes and life savings. Buying a home is usually the biggest purchase in a lifetime, especially for working people – the majority of the people in Yonkers. Those trying to protect this enclave had managed to keep east Yonkers almost exclusively white, defying federal law for over forty years. When this Federal judge decided he’d had enough and forced the issue, the city exploded. It is a very powerful story.

And of course, what liberals didn’t want to admit is that there was validity in their argument. Federal housing projects all over America had been designed and built so poorly from the beginning that it was almost like we wanted, or at least expected them, to fail. It was nothing more than cheap warehousing, and the very design of these projects guaranteed that crime would flourish within the poverty. So the opponents weren’t mistaken; as Hank Spallone points out in our story – would you want a group of these hellish towers on your street, in your neighborhood?

So, I was thrilled that we were also telling the story of Oscar Newman, who rethought and redesigned public housing. He believed it was criminal what we were doing to the poor, stacking hundreds of low-income families in tower upon tower and jamming them all together into what could only turn into a ghetto. He fought those on both sides of the issue and the federal government itself, championing an alternative that gave dignity to the residents, and allowed them to feel pride in their homes, while placing them in neighborhoods that initially didn’t want them. Public housing in Yonkers, and other places in America that followed his lead, is successful not just because of the heroes like Nick Wasicsko, who put their careers on the line to make it happen, but also because of the bureaucrats like Oscar Newman who worked behind the scenes to find a sane and rational solution – a rare thing in politics today.

Q: How is working off a screenplay and book about a true-life event different from directing a fictionalized story?

PH: I gave David and Bill [Zorzi] a handful of notes on the screenplay, and we jiggered some things around for more dramatic effect, but I left the writing safely in their hands. My job as director was simply to bring those scenes to life, and luckily I had very skilled and talented actors like Oscar Isaac who did that effortlessly.

Q: The actors involved in the miniseries are a dynamic cast of characters. How involved were you in the casting for this project?

PH: It was a collaboration from the start. We struggled to find our leading actor, our Nick Wasicsko. I’d admired Oscar Isaac’s work, but over a year ago when we were casting I really only knew him from the Coen brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Once his name came up we quickly got very excited about the possibility of working with him. As the world knows now, he’s an incredibly gifted actor – and not an obvious choice for the role, so I couldn’t wait to see what he brought to the character. His instincts were wonderful; all I really had to do was give him the room to explore.

We were thrilled to get the interest of so many amazing actors for the supporting roles – well-known talents like Winona Ryder, Jim Belushi, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina, Catherine Keener, Latanya Richardson, Terry Kinney, Clark Peters and Bob Balaban, and those we discovered, like Dominique Fishback, Natalie Paul, Carla Quevedo and Ilfenesh Hadera. I was so often surprised by what they brought to the characters, and each of them immersed themselves in researching the details of the lives of their true-life counterparts.

Q: What constraints did you face trying to re-create this period in Yonkers?

PH: Recreating the distant past is often easier than creating the near past. First, people remember it well because they lived it. And surprisingly, it is hard to find authentic props and cars from the period because no one thought to value them, so they were discarded. Easier in many was to find antiques, carriages and Model T Fords. Not a lot of people held onto their Ford Pintos or bottles of Maalox.

I had a terrifically gifted DP in Andrij Parekh and a great production designer in Larry Bennett. I’ve worked with Larry for 20 years now, and guided by our lead producer Nina Noble, we found department heads in costumes, hair, makeup, props and the other essential creative people who cared as deeply about authenticity as David, myself and the producing team did. The artists we worked with had to be really inventive to pull this off, as we didn’t exactly have a “Game of Thrones” budget. I was really proud of their dedication, creativity and resolve.

Yes, we had constraints – if you have problems you can’t just shift your schedule around and shoot something else – every store and street corner has to be dressed and the signage has to be of the correct period – so much has changed in the last 30 years – so we had very little flexibility, we had to make a plan and a schedule and work with the city of Yonkers while being respectful to the residents.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to bring this project to the attention of today’s audiences? Are the same issues relevant in today’s culture, as they were in the Yonkers of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s?

PH: These problems endure. There was an op-ed piece in the New York Times recently about Westchester, which is today in the exact same battle with the federal government, trying to keep low-income housing out of their area. There, and in many dozens of similar communities, it continues to be a battle of class as much as of race, and as always it is masked by arguments about economy and “fairness” and the right for the communities to make their own decisions – but so many times these are easy excuses we use to hide our fear of others. This issue continues to be at the heart of the American story – as soon as we landed here, the first thing we did was build walls to keep us safe, to separate us from from “the others.” And politicians learned the lesson well that it is easier to govern using fear and hatred than it is to appeal to our better nature. As much progress as we have made as a society, there is so much that has not changed. Pretending it has might make us feel better, but it truly helps no one.

Comedy Special “Ferrell Takes the Field” debuts Sept. 12 on HBO


(HBO) Last March 12, in a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell visited five different spring training ballparks in Arizona for FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD, a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also honored the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field for ten different teams in the same day. The special debuts SATURDAY, SEPT. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The special will also be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.

Ferrell’s goal was to honor “Campy” Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education.

Ferrell played in the following games on March 12:

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)

San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)

An important part of the fundraising efforts is game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks, to be auctioned at with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College, as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research. MLB is the founding donor to Stand Up To Cancer.

On Sept. 8, 1965, Bert “Campy” Campaneris, in only his second major league season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels. Campaneris joined Ferrell as he began his journey on March 12.

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