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The 10 TV premieres to DVR this fall

With new projects from Andre Braugher, Mindy Kaling, Michael Chiklis, and, uh, Lucy Liu?
Last Resort, The Mindy Project, American Horror Story, and more
By BY RYAN STEWART  |  September 21, 2012

Treme's third season is in the money

From the beginning, Treme has been too much — too many stories, too many angles, too many scenes.

By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012

Review: The Newsroom

The Newsroom is a dose of concentrated Sorkin, by turns maddening and exhilarating.
All in the family: Sorkin does Sorkin in 'The Newsroom'
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2012

HBO's Veep needs more mean

Reality, right now, is so absurd that almost everyone has already adopted a "laugh-to-keep-from-crying" approach to the news. We don't need someone to tell us how truly horrifying our political landscape is. So what's a satirist to do?
Soft serve
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 20, 2012


Who does your lady friend think of during sex? It's not you ... and it's not who you'd think.
By KARL STEVENS  |  April 13, 2012

Lena Dunham and HBO get it right

When a new television show chronicling the lives of young women arrives, it tends to come packaged with the promise that it will expertly define them, both as a generation and a gender.
Girls, girls, girls
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 13, 2012

GameOfThrones Dinklage

And thus the 'Game of Thrones' continues

'Twas the thud heard round the world. In the penultimate episode of the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones , our hero Ned Stark (Sean Bean), after a brief, fraught tenure as the King's Hand, discovered the Lannisters' incestuous affair, was falsely
Calling Dr. Zaius!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: Luck

You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012
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Closing the book on the West Memphis Three

The Paradise Lost story began in 1993 with the discovery of the bodies of three West Memphis, Arkansas, children in a watery ditch, hogtied and mutilated. A confession led police to the arrest of three teenagers: Damon Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie
Between heaven and hell
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 06, 2012
Boardwalk Empire TV

Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?

Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
Easy livin'
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2011
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Lewis Black holds on to his anger

In the last 10 years, he's written three books, recorded seven albums and two HBO comedy specials, and in 2010 released a feature-length concert film called Stark Raving Black .
Rage On!
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  September 09, 2011

American Gods comes to American TV

American Gods comes to American TV

  Neil Gaiman is about as ubiquitous as a modern fantasy writer can be. He's written comic books, and an impressive stack of novels for...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  June 22, 2011

Review: Your Highness

The magnificent Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound and Down ) co-wrote and stars in this clever spoof that reveals the human frailties beneath all those sword 'n' sorcery clichés.
Clever spoof of sword ’n’ sorcery clichés
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 15, 2011
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HBO's Game of Thrones(1)

In spite of the obstacles to making Martin's story succeed as a TV show, someone at HBO must be a fan, because Game of Thrones — named after the first book in his series — makes its live-action television debut this Sunday, April 17.
It's a long story
By MADDY MYERS  |  April 15, 2011

The Big Love Series Finale: What a Stinker!

Just some dashed-off thoughts about the Big Love series finale. I'll leave the legitimate criticism to the big guns, but I needed to register my...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  March 22, 2011

I did Sookie Stackhouse

What is it about reading and falling in love that invites cliché. When I met Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series, I didn't think much of her. She was right under my nose, but I was blind. But when I fell, oh, did
A book snob reveals her whirlwind affair with America's favorite telepathic waitress
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 11, 2011


B. Dolan goes where few MCs have gone before

B. Dolan is like Joaquin Phoenix with no safety net and a whole lot more back hair. Unlike Phoenix in last year's faux meta-mockumentary I'm Not Here , the Providence native doesn't shock people for no good reason.
The Bombzo Way
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2011

HBO's Big Love shows us the inequalities in every marriage, writ large

For four seasons and five years, HBO's Big Love has dominated the edgy-soap-opera niche once inhabited by Six Feet Under .
Big Patriarchy
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 14, 2011

Interview: Chloë Sevigny

For the record, Chloë Sevigny is not dating Jersey Shore 's Pauly D.
On acting, freaks, nerd roles, the end of Big Love, and why she doesn't want to be any more famous than she is
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 14, 2011

Interview: Chloë Sevigny

For the record, Chloë Sevigny is not dating Jersey Shore 's Pauly D.
On acting, freaks, nerd roles, the end of Big Love, and why she doesn't want to be any more famous than she is
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 14, 2011

DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #8: Spreading Helliday Cheer

What would the horror-day season be without a visit from the master of Crypt-mas fear? My old pal the Crypt Keeper has made his list,...
By Infinite Santa 8000  |  December 15, 2010


Interview: Michael K. Williams

This Sunday will mark the premiere of Boardwalk Empire , HBO’s newest epic drama series.
On trading Baltimore for Atlantic City in Boardwalk Empire
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 17, 2010

HBO's Game of Thrones unveils trailer, teaser, new website

Fans of George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, have been itching to see footage of HBO's adaptation, Game...
By Maddy Myers  |  September 13, 2010

Awooooooooo: Werewolves of Saugus

I touched the Hunky Werewolf. It couldn't be helped.
True Blood 's Joe Manganiello alights on Estate
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 10, 2010

Hooray for students

Do me a favor: drive through Malden on a hot summer day and look around.
Or, go out and bang a college kid tonight
By SLEEZY TREES  |  September 03, 2010

What Louis C.K. can’t say on FX

OK, we're keeping Comedy Central's caption for this one: "Louis C.K. imagines Jimmy Carter falling to his death, says ‘retarded' like a weatherman, and shares...
By Andrew Cominelli  |  June 29, 2010


Review: Sex and the City 2

Where does your 1998–2004 HBO hit series about sex and the single girl go when three of your four girls are no longer single? How about the United Arab Emirates?
Abu Dhabi to the rescue
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 28, 2010

Easy does it

Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010

Another HBO trailer, this time for "Boardwalk Empire"

Preview Trailer #2It was just yesterday that we showed you the trailer for one of HBO's upcoming series, Treme. Today, we have another trailer for...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 16, 2010

VIDEO: New trailer for David Simon's "Treme"

TrailerEvery time I consider cancelling HBO, I'm stopped by one thought: "Isn't that David Simon show about New Orleans supposed to start soon?" And now...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 15, 2010